Description This skyline shot of downtown Chicago wasn't really planned. I took a series of photos while on a lunch cruise out on Lake Michigan north or Navy Pier, including a couple of quick handheld exposures that make up this image. When I got Photoshop CS3, upgrading from v. 7 I wanted to try the photomerge feature and went looking for some old photos that might work as an experiment. I created two HDRs, then stitched them together to achieve the result you see here on my first try. The images overlap and stitch together right in the center of the photo where the Hancock Building is located. I was amazed at the seamless transition between the two, not having used the feature before. A little tweaking in Aperture put on the finishing touches and I ran the final version through Noise Ninja to reduce some of the grain. This really makes me want to go back and take a series of photos that would include Navy Pier, which is off the left edge of this image. But I like this pretty well!
Paul Brackley, Chicago Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I've been a serious photographer for nearly 40 years. I particularly enjoy "creating" works of art with my camera, but find that today's digital tools really extend my creativity. HDR processing and other image-manipulation programs are real interests of mine, and even though I've created some surreal images, my favorites are those that leave the viewer wondering, "How'd he do that?"
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