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White House Christmas Tree

The year end vacation was a pretty great one whichever way you look at it. Finally I got to cross of the bucket list my long overdue trip to the United States, got to meet up with Looney after such a long time, not to mention a bunch of university batch mates who live in and around Washington DC. While in DC I got to go and see a few museums and the like, and after sending the ladies home I headed out with Danushka again, this time around with all the camera gear in hand. It was unusually cold and the chilling wind made things worse, so much so that pretty soon we were frozen to the bone.

Still it was all worth it; we walked around the huge ground in front of The White House where we came upon this magnificent Christmas tree set up by them. It was around nightfall so the lights were pretty lovely and lots of people were gathering around to see this lovely sight despite the cold. Indeed it was a great opportunity for an HDR so I didn’t miss out.

In the technical front, this is 3 bracketed shots (EV0 +/- 2) merged together in Photomatix, then a bit heavy lifting inside Lightroom and Nix before as customary cleaning up noise in Noiseware. The contrast of the sparkling tree and the background was not easy to pull off, so I made three versions from Photomatix, one focusing on the tree, the second on the foreground the third on sky. Merging them in Photoshop gave good results although there is indeed room for improvement.

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