Photo: Field Museum

An artistic look at the Field Museum – HDR image consisting of 15 frames at 1/3 stop intervals.

Back Story

This image was one of the few I captured during the 4th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk.

The image itself is an HDR composite of 15 individual exposures, spanning 5 EV stops. By far, it’s the most number of frames I’ve shot for a single HDR scene (not counting panoramas) and I was very happy with the amount of detail that resulted.

My own personal taste for HDR images is staying photo-realistic and not going overboard, but I’ll be the first to admit this one is pushing that boundary pretty hard. I may end up creating another version, but given the age of these buildings in downtown Chicago and the history behind them, I felt a little grundgy, edgy feel was rather fitting here.

What do you think, too much?

About the Walk

It was my first year attending this event, and despite being a little unprepared for the harsh wind off the lake (we were warned, though) I think it was a nice first start. Looking forward to shooting this route again – even if that may mean waiting until spring.

You can see a few other photos from this walk in the Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk – 2011 gallery page.

– Kris

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