Spring sunrise - P4P HDR pano

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Finally the weather stopped being so wretched (Chicago area) and I got off my butt for a sunrise. Normally around here I'd go to the lake, but we have this stretch of Forest preserve called Skokie Lagoons north of the city. Nice place to spend an early morning.
These are 3 frame bracket HDR, 2-frame panos. manually bracketed exposed for the sky, then opened up 1 stop, then another. So 3 stop range. 100 iso ƒ5.6 no filter.
And some skillful Lightroom & Photoshop post....
 

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Nice imaging Jeff. Doesn't have that HDR look that automated processes yield. Nice to see you kept the drone low enough to get the right POV.
 
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Nice imaging Jeff. Doesn't have that HDR look that automated processes yield. Nice to see you kept the drone low enough to get the right POV.
Appreciated.
I rarely do HDR for that surreal look. I just want the expanded dynamic range. Sometimes I just use Luminosity Masks and paint in either the Highlights or Shadow exposures where I want them. That really keeps it natural.

These were actually Lightroom HDR - which doesn't give you much control over the blending - but it's just what I needed here. And doesn't do any crazy Tone Mapping.
 
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Nice shots! I like the reflection of the clouds on the first one, not the sun though. I also like the lines on the second shot!
 
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Nice shots! I like the reflection of the clouds on the first one, not the sun though. I also like the lines on the second shot!
Thx. Me too. As the sun got a bit higher the sun patterns got more distinct.
 
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Here’s one before the sun comes up at all. Montrose Harbor, Chicago a few days ago.
 

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Very nice shots. I enjoyed the reflections in the water of your first set. Thank you for sharing.
 

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