HDR January Sunset Seen From The Big Four Bridge

January Sunset Seen From The Big Four Bridge in Louisville Waterfront Park
January Sunset Seen From The Big Four Bridge in Louisville’s Waterfront Park

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This sunset is another image from the photo shoot I did Monday evening from the Big Four Bridge in Louisville’s Waterfront Park. I wanted to include the Big Four Bridge with the Kennedy bridge and the preliminary construction for the Ohio River Downtown Span in one image. I set up my tripod and set my focus on the handrail in the foreground. I used a f11 aperture and a three frame bracket set of +2, 0 and -2 EV exposures. By using the small aperture I was able to capitalize on the lens’ depth of field and have everything in focus from the foreground to infinity.

My post processing was to use NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 to merge all three frames from the bracket set and apply the Balanced preset with the Detail slider set to Accentuated and the Drama slider set to Deep. During the merger I set anti-ghosting to 60% which helped give definition to the clouds and isolate the colors in the sunset. I then returned the merged file to Aperture 3 for final adjustment to Definition, Saturation, Luminance, Contrast, Mid-contrast, Color Channels and Sharpening before making my final crop to the image.

January Sunset Seen From The Big Four Bridge in Louisville's Waterfront Park
January Sunset Seen From The Big Four Bridge in Louisville’s Waterfront Park #2

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This is another bracket set using the same parameters as the other image except that I decided to try a slightly different crop.

6 thoughts on “HDR January Sunset Seen From The Big Four Bridge

    1. Thanks Lois I can’t get enough of this particular series of images. I’ve really enjoyed working my way through these images. BTW I also can’t get enough of the kind words from viewers…. 😉

    1. I can do that. I use a local printer and print on Aluminum for a vibrant ready to hang print that captures the colors that you see on your monitor.

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