HDR Photo of a Man Strolling Across the Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisville KY

Tight shot of a man Strolling along the Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisville Kentucky
Strolling along the Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisville Kentucky

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This HDR image was captured from below the Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisville last fall. I liked the way the bridge beams intersected in the frame and the texture of the rust on them. The man walking on the bridge gave some scale to the photo and added an organic element to an otherwise mechanical scene.

I shot three frames in a bracket of -2, 0 and +2 EV exposures. I merged them using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and applied 60% anti-ghosting to eliminate the ghosting that his movement imparted. After merging the files I returned the image to Aperture 3 for final adjustments. Had I not used HDR techniques the shadows would have been blocked up or the highlights would have been blown out with a single exposure. After trying many of the popular HDR software apps on the market today I have found the anti-ghosting setting in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 is the best I have used. This is especially important to me since I like to include people in my images and that I shoot handheld most of the time.

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