HDR photo of Paris’ Arc du Carrousel by the Louvre Museum.
Last weekend we were out with family doing a guided tour of Paris. Luckily I brought my camera with me and two lenses, but as it was a day trip I opted for no tripod. I just hoped for the best on handheld.
The weather was changing quite frequently between sunny and cloudy a lot of the time. As we walked through the Louvre yard and to the Tuileries gardens it was quite cloudy and with a 10-20mm lens it gives an “exploding” look to the clouds which I liked.
I took this shot handheld, 5 or 7 photos on bracketing mode and then HDR’d it with Photomatix. I retouched it in Photoshop.
Few tips for handheld HDR and minimizing tourists:
1. If you have large crowds of people that you want to make less visible (without erasing them) try de-saturating them completely in that way the yellow, red, orange and other colored clothes don’t seem to visible.
2. To take handheld HDR you need excellent lighting conditions. So open your aperture as much as you can, however this can cause two problems (a) shallow depth of field thus some parts being out of focus and (b) if there is a lot of light you will not get any under-exposed shot unless you manually reduce the exposure time.