HDR Before & After- Surfers Paradise Cityscape

This next photo in my HDR Before & After series was chosen to represent what HDR can do to a cityscape. As you can see the change in the image is quite dramatic and we are now able to see a lot more details in the shadows of the skyscrapers. Instead of the image being a drab and flat cityscpae we now want to explore the city with our eyes.

This was shot from the observation levels- skydeck in the Q1 building. For a few years Q1 was actually the tallest residential building in the world and being this high up can give you goose bumps! But what an amazing view of Australia’s premium beach destination.

This image was created using a Nikon D800 on a tripod and then I bracketed a series of 5 images in 1EV values. These were -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 EV. I then took these 5 images into the HDR software Photomatix PRO 5– If you end up buying Photomatix 5, use the code LukeZemePhotography, at checkout to get 15% off

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

  • Camera: Nikon D800
  • Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 2, 4, 8, 15 & 30.0 sec
  • ISO: 100
  • HDR info: 5 images bracketed using 1EV -2, -1, 0, +1 & +2
  • Date: 10/01/2013
  • Time: 7:17 pm
  • Location: Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Australia

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