Shoot HDR on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – Rodin’s Gates of Hell

IMG_0088_89_90_tonemappedHere’s my first attempt at handheld HDR photography using my new Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

The setting is Rodin’s Gates of Hell at the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University campus.

I love their description:

“The Rodin Sculpture Garden is open all hours, with lighting for nighttime viewing. Admission is free.”

I took three raw shots while seating on the ground, holding the camera as steady as I could, using Aperture Priority with three high-speed shots on the 5D Mark II.

After importing the images into Lightroom 2.2, I post-processed the three raw images using Photomatix Pro 3.1, saved the result into the same folder, and then synchronized the folder in Lightroom to pull the result back in. I then stacked the images in Lightroom – putting the Photomatix-processed result on the top of the stack.

The 5D Mark II is already famous for its low-light performance. One of these evenings, I’ll try to get over to Stanford to take a night-time version of this photo using the ambient light at the site.

Note: Here’s Wikipedia’s entry on Rodin’s Gates of Hell! “It stands at 6 m high, 4 m wide and 1 m deep (19.69’H × 13.12’W × 3.29’D) and contains 180 figures.”

2 Replies to “Shoot HDR on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – Rodin’s Gates of Hell”

  1. Scott,
    I am very envious of your new toy. My 5D is a little worried about getting replaced but will have to wait for me to find the extra bucks.
    I tried to do an HDR of 3 night shots in Hong Kong from Lightroom to the CS3 merge to hdr with not much luck. The bright parts just became brighter.
    I’ll have to watch some tutorials about it and try it again.
    Johnny

  2. Johnny,
    My first time with HDR involved playing with PhotoShop CS3 when it was new – using the Merge to HDR features. I came away similarly underwhelmed. Photomatix Pro is just the opposite – use the same 3 pictures and it makes some amazing effects – to the extent that some folks just don’t like the surrealistic results that sometimes happen!
    Scott

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