Testa – Sacyr Vallehermoso Building in BW

This was the cover of my book B W H D R published in Blurb several years ago in order to try the print quality of this page. I was happy with it.

As I say in the about the book, BWHDR is Black and White High Dynamic Range. HDR is the new way for digital photographers to get a great quality in the grey tones across the canvas for black and white photography and enhance details. If you want to get control of scenes with high contrast between shadows and highlights, HDR is the response to your photography workflow.

But, as I am doing in my last posts, this is a revision of the picture. It has been re-processed, using firstly Color Efex Pro and later Silver Efex Pro for black and white. If you are wondering why so much treatment as some persons asked me for example in my Flickr page, this is due to I love to edit with Photoshop and ‘cos I control the histogram and medium tones using CEP.

You can compare the older and new one and give your opinion here if you want. In any case, the new version has reached my 1st Explore ;-).

Testa - Sacyr Vallehermoso Building #2 :: HDR :: BW (revised)

Testa – Sacyr Vallehermoso Building, Campo de las Naciones, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM + Hoya HD 77 mm CPL @ 10 mm | f9, 1/80s, ISO 100.HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. -0 .. +2 EV ].


Sky in Motion at Mahou Tower

A BW, HDR, long exposure with ND1000 filter picture: 3 steps from reality to surrealism 😉

Sky in Motion at Mahou Tower :: HDR :: BW

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM + Lee Big Stopper (ND1000) @ 11 mm | f8, 160s, ISO 100. HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]

Windows In The Sky

I come back to my blog with a revision of an old picture taken to Space Tower (Torre Espacio) at Cuatro Torres Business Area, Madrid. Just a little post-processing to reduce noise with Noiseware and add sharpening using High Pass filter technique.

Dedicated to my favourite group, U2.

Windows In The Sky :: HDR

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm + HiTech ND0.9 | f16, 13s, ISO 100. HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]


One the emergency staircases at ‘Torre Negra’, one of the skyscrapers in the financial zone of AZCA, near ‘Torre Picasso’ , and ‘Paseo de la Castellana’. This building was part of the HQ of ‘Banco Santander Central Hispano’

Helical :: HDR

Torre Negra, AZCA, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 1/25s, ISO 100.  HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]


In this case, I framed the 3 towers: ‘Torre Caja Madrid’, ‘Torre Sacyr-Vallehermoso’ and ‘Torre de Cristal’ at CTBA with the structure of the ‘Torre Espacio’.

I used a 9-stops neutral density filter, Hoya ND400, to increase the clouds motion sensation. I had a Lee Big Stopper (10-stops filter), but I broke it. That was more versatil because it has a square 100 mm format and can be used with any lens, you only need to change your ring adaptor for your filter holder. But I think that Lee needs to improve the frame with some harder stuff.

If you check my pictures, you will see that I usually shoot with ND filters. I love them, ‘cos you get more light quality and they usually warm the colour of your images ( this is fantastic for the time around dawn or dusk). I bought a Lee Filter holder for wide angle lens and 3 HiTech ND kits at Teamwork Digital, and I am very happy with the quality and the price. Although I have 2 graduated neutral density (GND) kits – 1, 2, 3 stops – with ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ transitions, I really don’t use due to that I often shot architecture and it is difficult to have a rectilineal horizon. So if you use them in this case, you will have some buildings or other elements darker than what you eye see as consequence of the black part of the filters. This is a reason to avoid GNDs and use multiexposures techniques like HDR or DRI for architectural photography, but the textures and details can be other ones.

3-in-1 :: HDR

Cuatro Torres Business Area, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM + Hoya ND400 filter @ 10 mm | f11, 2s, ISO 100. HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 ..+2 EV]

The Framed Tower

The ‘Torre Caja Madrid’ (Caja Madrid Tower) is the highest building in Spain.The skyscraper is located at the Cuatro Torres Business Area in Madrid and has a height of 250 m (820 ft) and 45 floors.

The shot was taking during a session with a lot of windy and rainny transients. During one of these, to protect my gear and myself, I went to a hole near an emergency exit at the nearest building, the Eurostar Madrid Tower Hotel (Sacyr Vallehermoso Tower), and I looked up then to the ‘Caja Madrid’ skyscraper, and I saw that I had a great shot using the structure of the ‘Eurostar Madrid tower’ to frame the Caja Madrid Tower.

The Framed Tower :: HDR :: BW

Torre Caja Madrid, CTBA, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 1/50s, ISO 100. HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. -0 .. +2 EV ].