It has been a long time since I fired up Photomatix but I did this evening for this shot. I tend to prefer luminosity masks to stack multiple exposures to get a little extra dynamic range out of a shot but for this one I decided to go back to what most people think of as HDR.
Brian Matiash and I went for a walk in the industrial part of NW Portland to scout an area for a photo walk (more on that soon). The weather wasn't really cooperating initially; we've had the wettest March on record and today was no exception. But after a little while the rain stopped and then, miraculously, the clouds started to break and we had some blue sky!
This photo was taken towards the end of our walk. For those who have been paying attention I have featured this, the Fremont Bridge, twice in the past month all from vastly different vantage points. I liked the empty benches in the foreground as they add interest, and the bridge arcing through the sky. The color version of this photo was rather unspectacular but when I converted it to black and white my imagination came alive. There is something about the wood and the benches that reminds me of a boardwalk but without anyone there it feels almost lonely and I like that...
Canon 1Ds Mark II, Canon 16-35/f2.8L Mark II
16mm, f11, HDR of 1/1600, 1/800, 1/400, 1/200, and 1/100 sec @ 200 ISO