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!