Everyone knows Alcatraz, it’s the old high security penitentiary on the island near San Francisco. It was where Al Capone was put in prison. The island is also famous due to films like "The Birdman from Alcatraz" and the more recent film "The Rock".

Today, the island is a tourist attraction, reachable by ferry. The ride takes about 30 minutes and you are free to roam the island. It is a great place for photography, with wonderful views of San Francisco, that is . . . if the weather cooperates.

I find it particularly good for HDR as I really like what the tonemapping process does to brick walls, concrete floors and the like. So here are a few different views of the place. A variety of applications were used, in particular: Topaz (a Photoshop plugin), PhotoMatix and Dynamic Photo HDR.


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  1. Don March 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    Dear Albert:

    Thank you for sharing your LR presets. I am a new convert to LR and I found your presets to be a great help to me. (They are a quick lesson on how to create effects with Lr)

    I also have become interested in HDR and found your pictures to be a great inspiration to me.

    I have been retired now for a few years, and although I have taken photos for well over 50 years, they were mostly for business purposes. I have had to learn how to look at my subject matter in an entirely new way.

    Keep up the good work.


  2. albert March 4, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Hi Don,
    Thank you for the kind words. Always wonderful to hear from fellow photographers and I am thrilled you like the presets.

    I love LR and I too am a convert, it has become my main tool when working with photos. I use it for managing my images, post processing and printing. I love how I can just open an image in Photoshop too so I feel I have my cake and get to eat it too 🙂

    I am happy to hear that HDR interests you. Sadly there are many people who despise it. I find it a wonderful art form and a great thing to include into my photography.

    Thanks again for visiting

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