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Washington Elementary School – Evanston, Illinois

Washington Elementary School - Evanston, Illinois

For a few years, I have always wanted to photograph this building. One Sunday morning last winter, I finally got around to it.

Built in 1901, Washington School is the largest elementary school in District 65
Washington Elementary School - Evanston, Illinois


As with most of my HDRs, these ones were composed of three shots and tonemapped in Photomatix 4.0. I am getting better at choosing what kind of subject will turn into a good HDR, and I’m also acquiring some Photomatix skills.

The Walking Dead

If you’ve watched any episode of the tv series The Walking Dead, you know what I’m talking about. That desert street with an apocalyptic look that dead ends somewhere with a couple of dumpsters, and maybe a metal fence. That’s what I was able to capture, Labor Day weekend, Downtown Chicago, from Wacker Drive looking south on Garland Court, if you look close enough (or if I had a high resolution image) you will be able to see some zombies near the red wall.

It wouldn’t look this way if it wasn’t for the magic of HDR (High Dynamic Range).  You get an image where some areas are too dark, and other areas are not dark enough, no matter how good you camera is, it will not be able to capture the highs and lows of reality. That’s where HDR comes in, you take several shots with different exposures and combine them into one High Dynamic image, that’s able to show the highs and lows without any overexposed and underexposed areas.

There are many, many tutorials and explanation of what HDR is, this is in no way any of it. It’s just my simple way of describing what HDR is in my mind, just in my mind, don’t take it too serious, just take it.

I’ve become more and more a fan of this technique. I just don’t like overdone, cartoon look HDR, once in a while maybe.

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Rusty Bridge – Evanston, Illinois



Rusty Bridge

Rusty Bridge in Evanston, at Custer Avenue and Washington Street.
Three handheld shots and tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro 4.0

When creating HDRs, my intention is usually to make it as realistic as possible. I am not a big fan of the “cartoon” look, but this photo is an exception, it’s very appealing to me the way it is.

The original full size image can be found here, fell free to explore my other sets on Flickr.