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by | May 30, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre historic park that’s located in San Diego. Balboa Park hosted the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition and 1935–36 California Pacific International Exposition, both of which left architectural landmarks. The park and its historic Exposition buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District in 1977, and were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums—including an automobile museum, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within its boundaries.

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How I Made this Shot: This photo was one of my earliest attempts at HDR photography. The image is a combination of a series of five bracketed exposures that was made at San Diego’s Balboa Park in the morning. It was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark I with a EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 41mm) and a nominal exposure of 1/25 sec at f/22 and ISO 200. After some cropping tweaks, this was my first iteration of the Balboa Park image after processing in HDR Efex Pro that turned the original image’s color upside down creating a warm sunset look that I found pleasing.


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