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San Diego Skyline HDR by trevor-w San Diego Skyline HDR by trevor-w
Five exposure HDR image of the downtown San Diego skyline taken from near the ferry landing on Coronado Island.

Edit for DD:
Wow, thanks everyone! I'm blown away by the response and that this was chosen as a DD.

Some more detail about the photo for those that asked:
This was shot with a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 at 24mm. You can see my full setup with tripod in another deviation that I just submitted in my Misc category if you're interested.

This was made by combining five separate exposures using Photomatix Pro and then some height cropped (mostly extra sky and a little of the water) out to give it a pano look and some slight color corrections done in Photoshop. The original RAW images were also corrected for lens distortion using Lightroom's built-in profile for this lens before the HDR processing. There's still some curvature and perpective distortion but I left it in as I preferred the look of it to one with more corrections, I felt it gave a better feeling of scale.

Edit: Sorry to add the watermark and remove the wallpaper version but this image has been abused far too many times now. :(
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Given 2010-09-08
Suggester say: Just wow.... I couldnt believe my eyes when I first came across this image, the light, the contrast the colours are all used so well together. This piece is truly amazing. San Diego Skyline HDR by ~trevor-w ( Suggested by Athenas88 and Featured by ScENeYmE )
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3Dpoke Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Great capture, I tried this same shot not long ago and it didnt quite come out the way i wanted. This shot is making me want to hit up coronado tonight to try again =)
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trevor-w Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Yeah, I've spent a few nights out there looking for the perfect mix of lights and clouds. As much as I like this shot I know I'll end up down there again some night to see what else I can come up with.
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xacage Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
beautiful
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MrTaterHead Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
This is AWESOME!!!! Nice work!
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PohutukawaNZ Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Really nice example of HDR, almost painterly effect in the sky. Niiiice :)
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Mhajjar90 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow...this is amazing...
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zaenad Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to photograph San Diego's night-skyline. I just came back from there, and even though I've never lived there, I feel homesick for it.
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buhlinduh Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Absolutely beautiful!
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PunkRose7 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Photographer
Very Amazing, I love That City!
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3512 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Very Nice HDR!!!
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Kylyipy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely stunning
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GeaAusten Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
OH WOW !!!!!
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damasjo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Despite the distortion it's a great work you created with the ultra wide angle lens in combination with HDR!
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pungentire00 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Another great shot.
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kayleighrust Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing picture
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RandomMusicLover989 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
This is Gorgeous! I really would love to use it for a graphic, may I please? All of the credit for it will go to you, and I will put a link to you in the description. :)
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dancinghorseart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
i am not a fan of hdr but i am a sucker for an urban skyline. great image.
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trevor-w Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I like a more subtle application of HDR where I can get away with it. ;)
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dancinghorseart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
hdr can really make or break a photo. i have friends who really over do it. keep shooting :)
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ryantprawira Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
its great...

I like it.. :)
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copi35 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!
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sanderdircken Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
nice man!
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KrIsItY-ChEeSeMaN43 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
this could go on a post card :)
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hugoo13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Great photo Trevor :) I like it

Carried in Cruzine: [link]
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trevor-w Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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mr-sullen Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
amazing!
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lemonsatethelimes Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
WOW :-) very cool!!
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moviegirl78 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Hi there! :wave:

This image has been featured in my latest journal: [link]

I hope you like it and thanks for posting such great images to feature! :hug:
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Taures-15 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
My little sis lives there. I have never seen the skyline. Very nice...
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DesEmeraudes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. I've lived here YEARS and never seen it like this, wonderful picture!
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trevor-w Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. Yeah, I've been out there to shoot a few times and it really has to be the right combination of higher clouds with no low fog/marine layer to get the great color and reflection in the clouds.

This was back at the beginning of June when we had a lot of nighttime marine layer but I managed to get there as it was rolling south from Mission Bay so it made a pretty dramatic backdrop with the wall of clouds/marine layer rolling down. Within about a half hour of these shots the city was looking foggy.
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raylinder Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Is there ANY way I can get a desktop wallpaper (1920x1200 hopefully) of this with your copyright info on it,? This is completely awesome work man!
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trevor-w Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure - I uploaded it here.
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raylinder Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
thanks!
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acidflow Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
I like the overall effect; do you mind if I ask what ISO speed you used?
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trevor-w Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm pretty sure it was ISO 200. I usually just set it for 200 with longer exposures that I'm using for HDR - the less noise in the originals the better because the HDR process introduces some blur/noise.
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acidflow Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Wow, well I suppose the HDR would explain the noise then. The reason I asked because from what I've seen from the D700, the noise results are generally impressively low, and I was curious how high you had your ISO turned up for this shot. I'll definitely keep that in mind though about the processing because I wasn't aware it could do that to images.
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trevor-w Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, the HDR processing seems to add a good amount of noise. I need to experiment with Photomatix some more because I had been using it to do the RAW conversion before I processed it but I'm finding out that it's better to use Lightroom to export the RAWs to TIF files and process those, the results seem to be a little better. This particular one was before I started experimenting with that and I haven't gone back to reprocess it with TIFs to see what the difference would be. It was a little breezy that night too so there's definitely a little camera shake keeping it from being as sharp as I'd like.

For comparison, this deviation and this one were both taken on the same camera/lens combo (Nikon D700 with 24-70mm f/2.8G ED) at ISO 200 as well. Not a direct comparison as they're totally different shots but you can see the sharpness of this combo with minimal post processing.
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acidflow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Ah, I see. That's interesting about exporting the RAWs to TIFs; I'll definitely try doing that first before processing if I ever try HDR. To be honest I've been photographing on and off for a few years now and I've been using Photoshop since I started, but I never really have talked with anyone too much about processing so that info is interesting to learn. I suppose it makes sense though if you think about factors like luminance and color noise.

Thanks for the comparison images, by the way! The latter of the two definitely seems especially sharp to me, in terms of visibility of details. Full frame is definitely awesome for sure. Currently I'm trying to save up for a Canon 5D Mark II. Originally I started with a Nikon D80, and have gone through a few crop format cameras since I first started around late 2007, and I've been trying to get a full framer since the 5D2 came out in 2008 :D I think its gonna be really expensive but I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about this stuff and getting out in the field more. :)

Anyways, thanks again for the info, dude. I'll look out for more of your work. :+devwatch: :)
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trevor-w Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Not all RAW conversion tools are alike, unfortunately. I've used Photoshop, Lightroom and Nikon's Capture NX with the same images and had different results from each so I'm sure that Photomatix is the same, although you can't preview any of the RAW conversions until after the first merge is done so it's impossible to tell what they look like individually. I've been using Lightroom because I like the entire feature set more but I think that Capture NX does a little bit better conversion. Photoshop was definitely the worst for me (especially with white balance), although I haven't tried it since upgrading to CS5.
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acidflow Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Yeah, I've never really used any HDR-specific processing myself. Personally I love using CS5 - even just for the new noise reduction in Camera RAW alone. I hear its also a little better at HDR stuff now; though I'm not sure for what exactly (some of it may be automated). Once I start shooting again though I definitely want to see what Lightroom is about, as I've only tried it but never implemented it into my workflow fully.
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lethe-gray Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is why I love my home town so much. It's just so beautiful, and what a terrific shot you've got here. (shots!) +fave for my lovely city!
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JennytheTurtle Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student Photographer
OH. WOW. I am stunned...
This is just so brilliant! x3
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oranjninja Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I've actually been there and I had THE HARDEST TIME trying to capture the scene with my digital camera. (It was all I had at the time)

Congratulations on bringing out the real beauty of the skyline in this photo (and the DD!!) =)
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
wOw . . Stunning photo ! This place must be awesome !
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JSteinman Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I WANNA BE THERE NOW :XD:
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discman Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
One the best shots i've seen in a while. Good work !!!!
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Vexcel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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ionreflex Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
... it can be better than this, you just own this shot!

"I may not know art,
but I know what I like."

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Elephantfreak Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done, when I get good enough and have a camera that could do this type of thing I will be setting my goal for this piece and instead a picture of Portland, OR. I agree with your choice on leaving the perspective "distortion" in, but in my opinion I like it better that way in general. I'm not a photo expert and I'd like to learn more, so did you do specific exposures (are there different kinds)? And if so, which ones?
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