Thursday, 27 March 2014

Nighttime HDR in Nuwara Eliya

We arrived in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's highest town, a little late in the day so rushed down the steep driveway of our guesthouse to get some shots of Lake Gregory just as the sun was setting.The lake itself is not really that interesting but as the sun slipped behind the mountains it cast a strange shadow in the sky.

Recording it as an HDR image (high dynamic range) seemed the best way to bring out and emphasise the odd lighting. Here it has only been slightly exaggerated. Just a bit using software, but the effect lasted for no longer than a few minutes before it was gone. Right place at the right time.

A long triple-exposure, assembled using Photomatix Pro then edited a bit further using Photoshop. 
It came out looking like natural light rather than a mix of available light and car headlights.
This travelling bus cafe parked beside Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya looked more like something you'd see in Europe than in Sri Lanka
Ride a White Swan?
It was nearly dark when I shot this, so a very long exposure was needed to get a bright image.
Long exposures (i.e. 10secs++) and water create an amazingly smooth-toned (water) surface effect that's impossible to see with the naked eye.
Weird mountain sunset lighting in Nuwara Eliya.
Overlooking Lake Gregory.

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