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Castillo de San Cristóbal
Castillo de San Cristóbal

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4.0G IF-ED
Location: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Date: Oct 11, 2010
Aperture: F14
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Architecture, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Oct 29, 2010

We spent a few days in Puerto Rico after a week on Dominica for a wedding. With the rains passing, the sun just began to peer through the clouds. This is a 5-exposure HDR combined and tone-mapped in Photomatix, and some auto-contrast in Photoshop. My only regret here is cutting off the bottom of the lookout tower.

Coming from Los Angeles where the air is dry and hot, almost never rains, this Caribbean humidity was quite uncomfortable. I'll admit that after nearly two weeks in it you do start to get used to your shirt sticking to you. This trip generated nearly 25 gigabytes of photos and videos, especially because I can't bring myself to shoot anything other than bracketed stills for later HDR processing. I chose this photo because most of my friends seemed to agree it was their favorite. I hope you all like it. There were a number that I liked from the fort down the street (Morro).

Place: 110 out of 316
Avg (all users): 5.9592
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8738
Avg (non-participants): 6.1591
Views since voting: 1215
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 147
Comments: 6
Favorites: 3 (view)

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10/05/2011 11:50:44 AM
Great colors.
Great Pic
I love it !!!
11/12/2010 10:14:33 PM
Awesome. Love HDR photography.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2010 11:25:37 AM
what makes this so very amazing is the wall against the beautiful clouds/sky...
11/05/2010 11:14:19 PM
I do like the textures here. Good light too.
11/01/2010 09:09:55 PM
awesome pic
11/01/2010 07:57:46 PM
Nice HDR processing.

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