The Forks Market

Title -The Forks Market

Photographer name – Clarence Abrams

Description of place

The Forks Market in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The building now houses numerous interesting shops and restaurants. The building was originally two adjacent horse stables for competing rail companies in the early 1900s. The stables were joined by a courtyard and bridges to create the current setting. This is one of several buildings that make up “The Forks”, so called because of its location at the confluence of Winnipeg’s two major rivers, the Red and the Assiniboine.

Technical information

Camera – Nikon D300

Lens –  DX Nikkor 10 – 24mm f/3.5-f4.5 at 11mm

HDR Software –  Photomatix Pro 4.2

ISO – 200

Aperture – f/11

Number of exposures –  5 exposures, -2.7EV to +1.3EV (-2EV to +2EV with a –2/3 EV bias), ½ sec. to 1/30th sec.

Tripod/handheld – Tripod

Extra processing information

5 RAW exposures tone-mapped in Photomatix using details enhancer. There was a fair bit of de-ghosting done although there is still some unfortunate blurring of people owing to the slow shutter speeds used. The photo contains a lot of detail which I wanted to preserve so I set the strength, luminosity and detail contrast all at maximum, highlight smoothing at 60. This gave the colours a bit of punch as well. Lighting mode was natural. All other settings left at default values. File saved as 16-bit TIF and post-processed in Lightroom 3.6, where I added a little clarity and vibrance, a slight levels and curves adjustment (HDRs right out of Photomatix always seem a little flat to me) and some sharpening and nose reduction.

Photographers bio

Enthusiastic amateur photographer, I got interested in photography in the early 1980s, going through a number of cameras until I finally settled on a couple of Canon F1s and some Canon FD lenses. I pretty much abandoned the hobby for 25 years or so while my wife and I raised three wonderful children. A few years ago my wife convinced me to get a digital camera. I became interested in HDR photography after seeing the work of a Canadian Prairie Landscape photographer by the name of Dan Jurak, whose subtle use of HDR techniques really made his shots stand out for me. I started playing around with HDR about a year and a half ago and continue to experiment and learn. The majority of the photos on my Flickr site ( are HDRs.