Recently, Lori and I spent a very full 24hrs in Boston. We drove in on Friday evening (which is how I snagged that grim looking blue-hour HDR photo of Harvard Yard above) and then packed in as much as possible from 5:00am until sundown on Saturday. Why such a cramped schedule? Well, for one it’s more fun that way (arguable, I know); and secondly, Boston has so many photographic hot spots that it would feel like a waste not to. Don’t miss the sub 3:00 minute photo montage video below to be amazed by our super-human stamina and see all 1100+ photos from our 24hr adventure ^_^.
Getting back to what you’re really here for though… the photography (I hope). Harvard’s campus had a lot of cool buildings and Lori and I had to drive several loops through the campus before we finally settled on calling my friend Scott (who you may remember from Japan By Bicycle) to ask for a recommendation. Scott happens to live about 8 minutes away from Harvard and is fairly familiar with the campus. He’s also familiar with my photography habits from our bike trip, and patiently waited while I took photos until my memory card ran out of space (jk, but I like to think he’d be cool with that). To me, Harvard Yard at sundown was the epitome of creepy/cool (crool?). Although I’m sure it’s a totally friendly place, I was really getting a Tower of Terror vibe and tried to play that up in the editing (more on that after a short video break).
Epic Video Time! 1142 Photos in Under 3min
Post-Processing of the Lead Image
To create the lead image of this post, I followed my usual workflow outlined in my series The HDR Lifecycle. 7 Bracketed photos tone mapped in Photomatix and then blended and edited in Photoshop. This sucker took about 2.5 hours to finish and also as usual I did a jig when it was done.
Straight out of the Camera
(This is the +2 bracketed exposure)
Final Photoshop Edits
Before/After Photoshop Edits
(Slide the slider to compare the before/after shots. Best viewed in Firefox.)
The left side is after layer blending, but before adjusting contrast and color. The right side is the final HDR photo