The last of three images I captured during a photo walk around the Brooklyn Bridge Park with Trey Ratcliff as part of the #TreyUSA tour.

This is 3 exposure HDR (-2/0/+2) shot on my Nikon D5100 with a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX-II (rented) and a 0.9 (3 stop) ND filter. The images were imported into Adobe Lightroom and then combined in Photomatix Pro using an export preset. I applied the natural preset in Photomatix Pro then imported the resultant image back into Adobe Lightroom for further processing.

The 35mm lens equivalent is 18-36mm f/6. The image was shot at 12mm f/8 (18mm f/11), ISO 100.

The following Adobe Lightroom adjustments were made to the HDR image.

  • Enable constrain crop, lens profile correct, and remove chromatic aberration.
  • Set exposure to -0.25, shadows to 69, vibrance to 33.
  • Set blue saturation to 51, set orange saturation to 52 to enhance the colour of the sky
  • Set white balance colour temperature to +16, and tint to +5.

There were some cranes that could be seen near the tops of some of the buildings. I didn’t like these, so I imported a copy of the image (with Lightroom adjustments) into Adobe Photoshop and used content aware fill and clone stamping tools to remove them. The resultant image was imported back into Adobe Lightroom. I also removed a person on the far left who had entered the frame.

Jane's Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan

his is one of several images I took during the recent Trey Ratcliff photo walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. As expected the turnout was huge. I’m not going at assessing crowd sizes but I think there must have been over 200 photographers at the event.

This is 3 exposure HDR (-2/0/+2) shot on my Nikon D5100 with a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX-II (rented) and a 0.9 (3 stop) ND filter. The images were imported into Adobe Lightroom and then combined in Photomatix Pro using an export preset. I applied the natural preset in Photomatix Pro then imported the resultant image back into Adobe Lightroom for further processing.

The 35mm lens equivalent is 18-36mm f/6. The image was shot at 12mm f/8 (18mm f/11), ISO 100.

The following Adobe Lightroom adjustments were made to the HDR image.

  • Exposure set to +0.60 to brighten the image
  • Contrast to +11 to pull out more of the cloud details
  • Set highlights to -100 to reduce blown out areas.
  • Increase shadow to 75 and white clipping to 1
  • Set black clipping to 54
  • Set blue to 51
  • Set clarity to 33

There were some cranes that could be seen near the tops of some of the buildings. I didn’t like these, so I imported a copy of the image (with Lightroom adjustments) into Adobe Photoshop and used content aware fill and clone stamping tools to remove them. The resultant image was imported back into Adobe Lightroom.

I then imported a copy of the image (with Lightroom adjustments) into Nik Color Efex Pro and applied the Reflector Efex preset with the setting of Gold for the method with a light intensity of 33%.

You may have heard of Trey Ratcliff. After a slow start, his Stuck in Customs blog grew in popularity as did his HDR techniques and vivid style of landscape photography. He’s now one of the most popular and influential photographers on the web. Alistair Arthur

Three years ago I attended one of Trey’s photowalks. The New York City event was organized with the help of Scott Wyden and B& H. The turnout was impressive. It was the spectacle as hundreds of photographers walked down Broadway toward Bowling Green. At one point we chased away by New York City police who thought we were part of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

After the photo-walk, I had the opportunity to have dinner with Trey and a select few of the photographers. He’s doing it again, in New York City, this Thursday 6 August from 5 pm , with the walk starting at 7 pm. It’s sure to be fun. Being around Trey is magical.

Montgomery Township, New Jersey, United States of America