I had a few minutes to wait before I met my daughter, Rachel Esplin Odell, and her husband Scott (for an amazing dinner at Founding Farmers), so I set up my tripod to get some HDR shots of the Foggy Bottom stop on the DC Metro. It was still rush hour, so there were people everywhere! But I found that if I waited to shoot until right before the train(s) left, the platform cleared out and I could sneak in a quick three-exposure burst. I used my bracketing feature and timer to capture a dark, light and normal exposure. Then I blended them together for the effect you see here. I wanted the grungy, dark, underground look. Sometime, I want to add a person in the foreground of these shots for the Joel Grimes portrait look. I can’t decide which is my favorite. Any thoughts?
MY SHOOTING PROCESS:
1. Discreetly pulled out my Manfrotto MKC3-P01 Compact Tripod and set up near the end of the very long platform and set it up right behind a large mapboard.
2. Checked the light and found a good exposure. In this case my baseline was f/13 and 1.6 seconds. I set my Nikon D7000 to bracketing mode and used my 2-second self timer: -2, 0, +2 to take three different exposures.
3. Waited until people hurried by to get on the train, then when they were situated, I grabbed the 20 second opportunity to take several bursts before the train doors closed.
MY POST-PRODUCTION PROCESS:
1. Opened all three exposures in Photomatix Pro. I selected any ghosted areas and right-clicked to choose which exposure to use for that area. Then I tonemapped the blended result to get the darker, grungy look.
2. Opened the blended/tonemapped image in Camera Raw / Photoshop and/or Nik to add some finishing touches such as sharpening, burned edges, desaturation, etc.