Wandering the Village of Buenne, France

I seem to remember getting a lot of “what on earth is he out in the rain photographing” looks by the occasional car that passed. Sometimes I wondered myself, although not for long. What’s not to see? Cobblestones, old world france, water reflections,……all great ingredients for HDR photography.

I took a few extra steps on this one. I actually processed 9 bracket HDR sequence with Photomatix 3 different times. One as a base image, one to bring out a little more color in the green and blue windows and reflections, and one to “grunge up” the old world arches and architectural details in the cool little scene. I then stacked them as layers in Photoshop CS4 and “painted” in the layer details that I wanted to see in the final image. I did this with layer masks so I could undo as needed.

I don’t often talk about that part of the process much, but have been asked a bit lately to share the processes. As I’ve said before, I plan on creating a few little tips and tricks videos in the future. Is there anything in particular you might like to see? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best!

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  • Flickr: mudpig - August 29, 2010 - 4:11 am

    gorgeous copper tones and greens. great work on this image. also like the window a lot on the right.ReplyCancel

  • Flickr: Ah Hman - August 29, 2010 - 4:12 am

    very nice HDR work!ReplyCancel

  • Flickr: nohc4 - August 29, 2010 - 5:32 am

    Great work here Mike, excellent, like it!ReplyCancel

  • Flickr: Cool HDR (Chris Pokorny) - August 29, 2010 - 5:38 am

    Love the greens- I don’t necessarily enjoy shooting in the rain but the photos always make it worth it in the end – this shot is no exception!!!ReplyCancel

  • Flickr: maccie1 - August 30, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    Superb shot, the light and colours are fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Flickr: Image By Design Works ﺕ - August 31, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    Wow Mike this is an awesome shot. I love the reflections from the wet roads and the lighting coming from the windows! Great work.ReplyCancel

  • Flickr: Robert Warren - November 15, 2010 - 9:59 pm

    I have to agree with all the others on the lighting and colours. Also impressive for me is the angle of the street, as it moves into the background; and, I love that your vertical lines are all vertical! Very impressive shot. Plus, I appreciate your technical information.ReplyCancel

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