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Forgotten (HDR Photo)

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 11, 2009


This photo almost didn’t get taken. I was jogging home this morning and thinking about the weekly assignment (“Forgotten”) on a photography list, when I saw a little silver shoe at the entrance to a park. I was about 1/2 a mile from home. Jogging back with a camera was not an option. I wouldn’t be home until well after dark and by tomorrow the shoe might not be there. I didn’t want to miss my ride to work, so I didn’t have a lot of time.

I went home, showered quickly, changed, gobbled breakfast, dressed for work, and almost sprinted up the hill to the park. Beside the sparkly shoe I found a little lace sock. I imagined some mother dressing up her little girl in her holiday finery and coming home to discover that her daughter was wearing only one sock and shoe. I like photos that seem to have a story behind them. I didn’t want the shot to look like a crime site photo after an abduction, so I decided to use the HDR version because it had a dreamy, surreal quality.


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Jerusalem Model, Israel Museum

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 7, 2009

Because my son is in Netanya with friends, Baruch and I signed up for a tour of the Jerusalem Model at the Israel Museum. We went mainly because the guide, Asher, is one of my coworkers and a very fine tour guide. I took a few photos, some HDR (handheld) and some conventional.


The traffic is really slow during the Sukkot holiday, so we walked from the bus station to the museum. The road runs through the government buildings and past the Knesset. I stopped to take this HDR photo:

Knesset (HDR)

Jerusalem Model

The model represents Jerusalem during the Second Temple period (around the time of Jesus), based on texts drawn from the Babylonian Talmud and Josephus. I never saw the model when it was at the Holyland Hotel. My husband tells me it’s much more impressive and accessible at the Israel Museum.

Asher is the one in the green baseball cap:

AACI Tour, Jerusalem Model, Israel Museum

It was appropriate to move the model to the Israel Museum, not only because of the museum’s central location, but because of the proximity of the Shrine of the Book, which houses some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Shrine of the Book is surmounted by a white dome in the shape of the top of the type of jar in which the scrolls were discovered, opposite a black basalt wall. The juxtaposition represents the apocalyptic battle between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness, an important theme in the sectarian documents.

This photo of the dome is a conventional shot with a sunflare. The sun was fairly low in the sky because we’ve moved the clocks to winter time and we were there in the late afternoon.

Dome, Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum

I moved around to the other side and took three exposures to merge into an HDR photo. I was trying to get the cloudy, pink-coloured sky (a rarity after a very dry summer):

Dome, Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum (HDR)

During the tour itself I took a few shots of the model and converted them to HDR. The photo below is a wide view of the model. The large structure at the front is the Temple and its courtyards.

Jerusalem Model (HDR) 1

This photo is a closer view of the Temple grounds. The raised structure at the center back of the Temple grounds is the Holy of Holies, which only the High Priest could enter, and only on Yom Kippur. The portico on the left side was the Royal Portico, added by Herod the Great.

Jerusalem Model (HDR) 2

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HDR Photo in Late Afternoon

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 29, 2009

I still play with HDR occasionally. I think that it has some potential when it’s done well. Too often, though, the results look like rather surreal:

Construction site

It’s an interesting effect but I’m not sure one can still call it photography at this point.

Today I took a photo of the front of my workplace in the late afternoon. Normally, when the sun is low in the sky, the other side of the building is in deep shadow, as this normal exposure shows:

Assignment 38: Buildings

HDR produces a characteristic flattening of tones when it brings up the details in the shadows. I tried for a more natural result in this photo (gotta watch that halo-ing!). Photomatix was used for the HDR image generation and tone-mapping. I’ve never gotten the hang of HDR tone-mapping with Photoshop CS2, which also takes a much longer time to generate the 32-bit image.

Assignment 38: Buildings

The last time I tried HDR, I used a Canon Powershot S5 and Photoshop. I think I’m getting better results with the Rebel XSi and Photomatix.

Almost every HDR tutorial I can think of has been collected on Tutorial Blog.

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