HDR Panorama

Several times over the last couple of weeks, I have gone to nearby Ft. Hunt Park on the GW Parkway to photograph the old artillery mounts.  The historical significance of the park lies in the fact that it originated as an artillery site during the Spanish-American War, protecting the upper reaches of the Potomac River from foreign naval attack.  Now, it is  mainly used by summer picnickers, but the original mounts for the artillery batteries still remain.  The old, poured concrete structures provide for some photographic interest, and this panoramic shot of Battery Porter is the first of the shots that I have gotten around to processing from these forays.

This photo consists of six  finished 5-shot HDR photographs, meaning that this image was built from 30 original photographs.  I decided to make this an HDR shot because the sun had risen far enough to make the light pretty harsh and extend the dynamic range beyond what my camera can handle in a single shot.  In the digital darkroom, I finished one of the middle panels in Nik HDR Efex Pro first in order to establish the look I wanted for the center of the scene, and saved my settings into a preset that I used for each of the other panels.  That way, I was able to maintain a consistent look and feel across the whole scene.

This shot is pretty much of an experiment, but now that I am getting more comfortable with both taking panoramas and working in HDR, I am going to go back and work on getting some shots that are more visually stimulating.

I will process some more of the Ft. Hunt shots in the days to come, but in the mean time I am heading back to the Lonaconing Silk Mill for two days of shooting.  I am really looking forward to that!