Bratislava blues

A lovely blue hour in Bratislava - and a video showing how I made the photo!

It was several years ago that I visited Bratislava, Slovakia but I still look back fondly on that trip.  I captured many photos that I am proud of, and I loved being there.  It's a quaint town with wonderful architecture, and I felt very comfortable there.  I hope to return some day.

As part of my ongoing YouTube series "Making the photograph", I recorded a session a few days ago showing how I created today's pic in Aurora HDR.  You can view that below, or click the linked text above to see the entire series.

I was out shooting with my friend Miroslav Petrasko and we were on top of the UFO Restaurant which straddles a bridge over the Danube and actually looks just like a UFO.  They have a great rooftop deck area that we shot from, giving us this unobstructed view of the old town as well as Bratislava Castle.  

As you can see, I used many layers in Aurora HDR to achieve the final look, bringing up the details, making color adjustments, reducing noise and more.  It's fun.  I also added a final step in Lightroom (which is not in the video), which was to use the guided upright tool to adjust the perspective a little bit (and which resulted in a slight crop).  It gave the image a little more balance and in my opinion it finished well!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wow, this one is fun! I take 7 exposures and merge them in Aurora HDR, then add 8 layers of fun on top of it all. I use luminosity masks, presets, various brushes and even use color toning - twice! Dive in!