This is another shot from my trip to Atlanta. When I was processing my image from Friday, I came across a 2 star, blue rated shot of this image (meaning that I tonemapped at it was awaiting stylization) that I had worked on it a few weeks back, but wasn’t feeling it. I decided to take another shot at it last night and really liked the result!
My buddy Mike Olbinski has a ‘favorite’ parking garage that he always seems to get monster shots (and haboob timelapses) from so I am always on the look out for structures to get me up a little higher. It was a cold, late night in Atlanta (11pm maybe…) and I decided to throw caution to the wind and reassured my wife and mother that it would be fine if I got out for some night shooting. I had another shot planned on the 4th floor of this structure that we were parked in and on the way out, decided to check out the top of the garage. I exited the elevator and turned around to see this blue dome that looked like a UFO landing on one of the buildings. I set up in a corner to block the wind (and hide from any questionable folks that may have been around) and bracketed away.
A few shooting notes: I usually shoot at ISO 100 and f11-16 for my HDR, but if my center bracket is at 2sec, it gives me a good 9 exposure range without having to go into ‘bulb’ mode (especially nice since my fingers were freezing!). At night, I would get too much noise over 200, so I opened my aperture a bit to 9 to get to my 2 sec exposure. After reviewing my brackets, I decided to shoot 1 more exposure at 60 seconds to capture all the shadow details… Man, I wish I had a Promote Control…
(Click on the image to view large in the light box!)