View of Midtown Manhattan from my hotel room

View of Midtown Manhattan from my hotel room in HDR.

The Empire State Building from Rockefeller Center

The Empire State Building from Rockefeller Center in HDR.

I returned from New York yesterday afternoon and had not a chance to post anything on the Nug until just now.  I am glad that I finally had the chance to get a bunch of photos out of my camera, including photos to the Toyota Grand Prix, our sightseeing tour of Los Angeles, and more photos of my trip to New York.


  1. I love that HDR stuff. Are you still doing the 3-exposure thing or have you switched to using RAW data? What’s your HDR “pipeline”? How long does it take you to create an image like these?

    #1 by Larry — May 2, 2008 @ 12:15 pm

  2. Larry, I am still using three separate exposures which produces better results than simply shooting one RAW image. Which is good for me because my camera does not shoot in RAW mode. I try to shoot the three photos at the highest Automated Exposure Bracketing (AEB) range (±2 f-stops).

    The hardest part of taking these photographs while on vacation is not having a tripod, since I always forget it. As such, I have to place the camera on a stable surface and hold it steady with my hand against a wall, or against a window.

    As far as how long it takes to process them, it takes about 10-15 seconds to render each one of them using Photomatix Pro. I am glad you like them. Check out the full set to see a couple more HDR composites from the trip.

    #2 by Nugget — May 2, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  3. these photos are insanity! you should show your work at a downtown gallery.

    #3 by evan — May 2, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

  4. Hi Nugget,

    I love these!! Thanks so much for posting!!
    Can’t wait for my trip in a few weeks.


    #4 by Olya — May 3, 2008 @ 8:12 am

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