Making Photos At Blue Hour
My favorite time of day to make photos is at blue hour. The sky always looks interesting. When you have a building with yellowish lights on it like this one then it is even better. This is a building that I have walked by a few times, but always with another job in mind. Part of the fun of this shutdown is that I have a little time to get out and make photos of buildings that I normally don’t get a chance to.
HDR Panoramas In Lightroom
One of the greatest things that Lightroom ever did was to give you the option to merge bracketed images into a panorama. In the old days I would have to take each three image bracket and merge them into one 32 bit file. Then I had to send all of those merged images over to Photoshop to merge them. Now I just select all of the images and then let Lightroom do all of the heavy lifting. I still have to tweak some things, but for the most part the tedious part of the process is done for me.
Just One Frame
I had the idea for the panoramic when I was at the building. With everything in front of it you really have to do something different to get the building in your photo with minimal distractions. I did try and make just one frame with the building in it though to see what I could do. I tried a horizontal orientation, but this vertical look was what I liked the best. The cool cloud above the building seemed to be an extension to me.