The Streets of Mont Saint Michel

HDR Tutorial and More for the Christchurch Photo Event

I know we have many people coming to Christchurch this week for the big event! For anyone new or just getting into post-processing photos, here’s a collection of links and stuff from the HDR Tutorial here on the site.

Software I use (in order of importance):

  • Photomatix Pro (required) – Save money by using the code “TREYRATCLIFF” – grab it from the Photomatix website (there’s also a free trial version that leaves a watermark).
  • Photoshop (recommended) – You can buy Photoshop (click) right from the Adobe website, and begin the download. You can also use Photoshop Elements, although I do not recommend it in my Photoshop Review because it does not allow other robust plugins. Now, if you follow the tutorial to the final steps, you will see that I suggest using Photoshop to “clean up” problems from Photomatix above. So, it is not absolutely necessary, but it is recommended.
  • Noiseware Professional (optional) – I have tried a multitude of “noise reduction” software packages. You’ll notice that the HDR process can create a bit of noise, to say the least. I use Noiseware Professional.  Online, you can order the Full Suite for Windows or the Full Suite for Mac to get all their products and save money (I use them all – see my Reviews).  Or, you can just go to the Imagenomic website and just choose Noiseware Professional.
    • Note:  After you “Proceed to Checkout”, use the Imagenomic Coupon Code “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to save even more money!
  • Topaz Adjust (optional and awesome) - You can grab it from the Topaz Website. This product can help bring some contrast and pop into the final product. I have a Topaz Adjust Review here on the site if you want to read more. If you can afford a little more, I suggest the whole Topaz Photoshop Bundle since it comes with a lot of other goodies too!
  • What else do I use? – I use many tools and have a blast with them all. If you want other amazing pieces of software that I use, then I suggest you see my Nik Review and my onOne Plugin Review. Both are great!

Daily Photo – The Streets of Mont Saint Michel

I miss this place already!

I had a magical time exploring this place night after night. It never got boring and there were hundreds of little nooks, crannies, staircases, doors, and other mysteries to discover! I even got in the middle of a cat fight while two medieval cats duked it out… the whole place was dead quiet up until the point. That sound of fighting cats is hard to ignore… and then it all went back to quiet after that.

By the way, if you ever come to this amazing place, I suggest you sleep up inside the walled city. There aren’t a lot of rooms up there, so plan ahead. I think it’s better than staying outside of the city, because you get to roam around inside of it at night…

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The Streets of Mont Saint Michel

Photo Information

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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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  • susan ratcliff

    This looks so mysterious and at the same time inviting with the lighting – what a beautiful place!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/pmwfotos pmw

    happy December 4 day, trey, have a wonderful day today, sweet dreams world https://www.facebook.com/MarkZuckerbergPage/posts/174830619211412?comment_id=6416025&offset=0&total_comments=40 <3 1.34am est. http://500px.com/pmwfotos

  • Casper van Zyl

    love the stone walls and the little window pains and what looks like a cool Attic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Doriesmom Gail Stayton Moshier

    Wow, looks like a beautiful place to visit. I would love to stay in one of their rooms!! Thanks for sharing the photo, Trey!! Great job!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RussConsidine Russ Considine

    Trey: Excellent lighting and element of mystique ! thanks for sharing… Russ

  • GeorgeGreen

    Wow what a _____ photo! (I can’t think of a strong enough adjective) Love it.

  • Keith Moyer

    Looks like an awesome place!

  • Damon Baragwanath

    Simply stunning Trey…..great composition, balance & color – well done!

  • http://photoventures.wordpress.com/ Jeff Peterson

    Great photo, I love places like this. I have a similar picture, except during the daytime, in Eze. I agree as well about staying within the walls, for basically any city with walls around it in Europe. The old town always has so much more character and it’s worth staying right there.

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