Global Photowalk Contest 8/19/11

Another weekend and another photo contest! This time the theme was "Dramatic Light", and Joseph Linaschke gave us 48 hours instead of 3. As soon as I heard what the theme was two things popped into my head; Sparks Lake at sunset or sunrise or the Turkish Bath at McMenamins in downtown Bend. After seeing the weather forcast of completely clear skies I opted for the bath.

The lighting consists completely of old incandescent bulbs, and then the lights under the water. After seeing how dark it was in the room I opted to go the HDR route. I wanted to have some more bokeh so I shot it at f4 and used one of the concrete lions as a foreground reference. The exposure time ranged from 30 seconds to 2 seconds for the five images that I used.

This image shows the finished photo along with the 5 images that were used to create it.

The finished photo.

I used Photomatix Pro to merge the photos together into one HDR image then I did some adjustments in Camera RAW to get it to look exactly the way I liked it. For more information on HDR images visit Trey Ratcliff's blog at