Mooching off friends is the best. My awesome amigo Scott lives in Boston (yep, the same Scott that biked the length of Japan with me, and also looks really awesome in a Japanese beetle hat). Wanting to tour the city but not wanting to pay for a hotel, Lori and I totally took advantage of the friendship and stayed the night at his apartment in order to get an early start the following morning. Thanks Scott! (I’ve already posted too many links pertaining to him, he runs an insightful music blog which is where I go to discover new music.)
Although I shot all day, I only came back with a few keeper shots. Sometimes that happens. I’ll take several cards worth of shots, but upon reviewing them on the computer I realize that I have a steaming pile of junk pixels. Usually, I try for several hours to tone map and edit a few of the mediocre ones into a passable state, but in the end I just have to let them go… poor photos never really had a chance.
This HDR panorama from Faneuil Hall is one of the exceptions from the day. I particularly enjoy the movement created by the links, and richness of the lighting and colors.
It’s Cool to Be Smart
Boston’s Faneuil Hall (dubbed America’s 4th most visited tourist site by Forbes Traveler magazine) has been a symbol of Boston since 1742. Sometimes called “The Cradle of Liberty”, Faneuil Hall has a rich history of hosting important historical events in America. Admittance to the hall is free and the guards on duty are happy to answer any questions you might have about the building. Also, surrounding Faneuil Hall are three indoor/outdoor marketplaces with specialty shops and restaurants.
Workflow of this HDR Panorama
Planning, shooting, and processing HDR photographs is like one giant mental Everlasting Gobstopper. Rather than blather you to death with intricate descriptions about my workflow for how I created this HDR panorama, I decided just to show you in a somewhat hastily thrown together graphic seen below (it was also faster for me… which means I can sleep sooner o_o). One thing I left out is a critical step at the beginning. Before loading the bracketed photos into Photomatix, I always correct my lens distortion and chromatic aberration.