Sigma SD1: My First Shoots by Jack Howard » Diner HDRI
Here’s an abandoned Jersey Diner in Hunterdon County that is decaying nicely alsongside Route 22. I set the SD1 to autobracket 3 shots at +/-3 EV with the 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS set at F/20 at ISO 100 (1/125, 1/15, ½ second). The X3F Raw files were exported from Sigma Photo Pro as Double-sized 16-bit TIFFs with the straight-from-camera X3F settings. These huge source files (337 Megabytes each!) were merged in Photomatix, and the High Dynamic Range Image was then color tuned and tone mapped in HDR PhotoStudio 2. If you look really close, you can see faded letters saying “no trespassing” on the covered window beneath the “N.” And everywhere you look in this frame, there is beautiful detail, and crisp sharp colors.