In February I spent some time in Mazatlan, Mexico (which is one reason why I haven’t posted anything recently). I wanted to try some HDR photography while there, but did not have access to a tripod. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some “Hand-Held HDR” or H3DR photos. I’ve been debating about which photos to post first, and finally decided I should stop ‘distressing’ over it and get the photos posted.

Distressed Rotunda - Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay

Nikon D3x, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, 38mm, f/3.2, ISO 100, 7 exposures

This photo is one of the last images I shot on our vacation and is the result of 7 hand-held frames and combined in Adobe Lightroom using HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software. This is a photo of one of the rotundas on the back of the buildings.  The resort is very nice, and is kept extremely clean – the pool/ocean facing side of the looks very nice.  But I like the back side where they have created these rotundas that look old and distressed. I had just walked though this one and turned around and looked back and noticed the sun on the trees and plants in the distance through the arches of the rotunda looking toward the next one. I processed this to help draw your eye through the arches and into the distance. I also like the wrought iron railing that shows through the arch – I think it adds a bit of interest and mystery.

  1. Sam

    I really like how much of this looks like a pencil drawing. I know it’s not but the rotunda and sidewalk looks drawn and colored with pencil.

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