Was in the wonderfully funky town of Austin, Texas this past weekend giving a couple classes at Precision Camera for Panasonic. I broke out my street shooting camera the Lumix GX7 for a little High Dynamic Range work while out and about.

If you have ever photographed neon lights at night you know it’s a subject that screams out for HDR to get the scene to look great. There’s no way to get all that lighting information into an image with a single push of a button. Fortunately, with the GX7’s frame rate I was able to get the exposures hand held as this was grabbed on the fly with no tripod.

austin tatoo parlor photoSingle capture of the Platinum Ink tattoo parlor gives an idea of the range of light in this scene.

If I was shooting this on assignment I would have spent more time and had a tripod, lost the car, rearranged the motorcycle and would have added some more gelled light to the scene to really make this image rock. As it was a little layer work with some masking of the five stop exposure gave me this…
tattoo parlor austin texas photoPerhaps if they saw this at the tattoo parlor they might like to have some new images created for their web site next time I am in Austin? If you know pass on this link… We can talk!

Yours in Photography,     Bob