Angel Island or should I say Treasure Island

On Saturday May 8th, I had the pleasure if visiting Angel Island State Park in Northern California’s San Francisco Bay. The last time I was on the Island was 25 years ago and I had forgotten what a wonderful place it is to visit.

For the first time in a long time I was overwhelmed at the options to photograph. However when I came across the dilapidated building at Fort McDowell on the east site of the island, I decided to capture it’s essence through HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.

Once I decided on a subject I placed my camera on a tripod (I can’t express enough the importance of a tripod when shooting HDR photos). I then set my camera to aperture priority and then set my aperture to f/16. I then set my focus point 2/3rds into the scene to gain the best possible depth of focus.

Then using exposure compensation I took my first exposure at -2EV (to capture highlight detail), a second at 0EV (to get an overall exposure), and a final exposure at +2EV (to capture shadow detail).

In extreme lighting conditions I have been known to take 5 exposures for this technique -2EV, -1EV, 0EV, +1EV, and +2EV.

Below are the combined images using the HDR technique, along with the original images located along the top.

©R. Mabry Photography

©R. Mabry Photography - Camera specs: Canon 1-Ds Mark II with Canons EF 24 - 70mm f2.8L USM lens @ 24mm, 1/320, 1/80, 1/20 sec at f/16, ISO 200, Aperture priority -2EV, 0EV, +2EV, pattern metering mode

Being me I couldn’t just leave well enough alone, so had to play and create an extreme version of the above image. This second version has a great deal more grunge and texture. Is it too much? I will let you all decide which one is the most popular. Please enjoy and let me know which image you like best.

©R. Mabry Photography

©R. Mabry Photography - Camera specs: Canon 1-Ds Mark II with Canons EF 24 - 70mm f2.8L USM lens @ 24mm, 1/320, 1/80, 1/20 sec at f/16, ISO 200, Aperture priority -2EV, 0EV, +2EV, pattern metering mode

Comments

2 Responses to Angel Island or should I say Treasure Island

  1. Jacob May 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    oh my god ray!!! hahahaha we’re doing this in class!!!!

  2. Alicia October 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks, Martin! I may have deleted it will have to check. But I’ll know for next time. But then next time I may try the layres must remember the tripod!Thanks for your response.

Leave a Reply

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes