A Simple Shot of a Great Canadian icon –

The Chip Truck

When applying HDR, you don’t always have to push it to that famous HDR stylish look. You can keep things real by applying just enough. I’ll share some details with you.

This chip truck is located at Brook’s Farm and the fries are tasty.

I’m using the usual 24-105mm Canon L Series lens, Av (aperture priority). I’ve enjoyed this lens a lot these last few years. It’s not a fast lens but it serves me well as I shoot mainly outdoors or using a tripod. So I really don’t need an f2.8 lens. Shooting with a full frame sensor, I find boosting the ISO not as detrimental as some of the smaller APS sensor cameras I had in the past. I never hesitate to get an ISO boost that speeds up the shutter.

I have test driven the Tokina 16-24mm f2.8 lens. I’ll have more on that very soon. Promise.

First, let’s look at the original shot as is…

Mr. Chimpanzee's Chip Truck

It’s not bad. The sun is a bit intense washing out the nice lime green paint color that looked much richer and deeper to my eyes.

Mid day sun doesn’t favor photography in most instances, But some gentle HDR can help restore this while keeping things looking real and pumping in just a little more “dynamic range” that also reveals more details that our eyes are capable of seeing.

When I refer to HDR processing, I’m talking about Tone Mapping using Photomatix Pro.

Here’s The After (click to enlarge)

The Green Chip Truck at Brooks Farm photo by Marc Mantha

An Outline of the Process

  • Single Shot Raw Format
  • Open in PhotoShop Raw Editor, create 3 exposures (+2, 0, -2) and save as JPEGs
  • Open all 3 exposures in Photomatix Pro and select Tone Mapping
  • Using any of the presets will inevitably be too bold and highly stylized. Adjusting and experimenting with the settings will give you the best results for a gentler more realistic application of Tone Mapping.

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