Forecastle Fun

Forecastle Blew His Mind
Forecastle Blew His Mind

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Saturday evening I went down to Waterfront Park for the Forecastle Festival. I wanted to capture the frenzy and activity that Forecastle is known for. I opted to shoot bracketed shots of -2, 0 and +2 EV for eventual creation of HDR images of the crowd. I expected blur and indistinct faces due to the slow shutter speeds that were entailed and I was pleasantly surprised by this bracket set that left one man in the scene without his head. I played around with the anti-ghosting setting and finally applied 20% which rendered his head as a faint blur. After tone-mapping the initial merged shots in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 I returned the file to Aperture 3 for final color, contrast and sharpening adjustments.

Forecastle Fun #2
Forecastle Fun #2

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I applied much the same processing to this image too. I especially like the way the purple light from the water feature illuminated the underside of the bridge and added color to the shadows on the figure in the foreground.

 

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