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August 28, 2014

The Printery of William Lyon MacKenzie

Filed under: HDR,Landscape — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am


The Printery of William Lyon MacKenzie

This building in Queenston was the home for the Colonial Advocate, a reformer newspaper which was an early enterprise of William Lyon MacKenzie after he immigrated to Canada from Scotland

Mackenzie is a famous and controversial figure in Upper Canada prior to the establishment of present day Canada. He was often elected to various levels of government and almost as often, thrown out of office by the upper class powers who ran the colony. At one point he became Toronto’s first mayor.

After becoming an organizer of the failed Upper Canada Rebellion which advocated separation from Britain, he fled to the U.S. This was not the end of his political adventures and you can read more in the Wikipedia article on William Lyon MacKenzie.

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December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Cityscape,HDR,Toronto — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Royal York, Toronto

Royal York, Toronto

The Royal York Hotel in Toronto

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August 2, 2011

HDR in Cityscapes

Filed under: Cityscape,HDR,Processing Tips,Toronto — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

The Eaton\'s Mall, Toronto

HDR (High Dynamic Range) has become a very popular technique in processing files, especially landscapes. I find it is also useful in city and architecture images, as the geometric shapes and blocks of color seem comfortable with the strong results of HDR processing.

This is an image of the Eaton’s Center in Toronto. I used the popular software program Photomatix Pro to process it. This technique can turn out garish and surrealistic if you are not careful. I normally reduce the default settings to keep it under control. In general I prefer an HDR image without the typical “HDR look”.

My typical Photomatix settings might be as follows under the “Detail Enhancer” method:

Hit the default button and then reduce “Strength” to 65, “”Color Saturation” to 40 . Occasionally I will make a separate TIF file with the “Tone Compressor” method and use it as a layer over the”Detail Enhancer” TIF. Adjust the layer opacity as you like.

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December 30, 2010

At the Mall

Filed under: Cityscape,Toronto — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Eaton's Mall, Toronto

Eaton's Mall, Toronto

Shopping is one of my least favorite activities but a place like the Eaton’s Mall in Toronto can be a sensory feast.


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December 16, 2010

Moving Forward

Filed under: Cityscape,HDR,Toronto — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Skyway2

This is the Skyway in Toronto. I played with it with an eye toward giving a bit of a poster effect, strong contrast and blocks of strong color.

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October 14, 2010

Old Dodge Truck

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Dodge Truck

Dodge Truck

I love the front end design on this old Dodge truck. I had previously posted a side view here.

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June 10, 2010

Panama Street Scene

Filed under: Cityscape,HDR,Panama — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Panama Street Scene

Panama Street Scene

Over the top? Yes, I admit it but sometimes its fun to just play with the color and graphics of an image.


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March 5, 2010

A Street in Venice

Filed under: Cityscape,HDR,Italy — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Venice Street

Venice Street

An old image that has been stomped on with new processing

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