Louis Trocciola :: Phototrope Studio :: Leaving The Station Photo Blog

August 27, 2009

Wonder Wheel On A Late August Night


7 exposure HDR. Click image for full size……..


Wonder Wheel, Coney Isalnd, NYC

Wonder Wheel, Coney Island, NYC



  1. Wow! This picture is amazing! I absolutely love it!:)

    Comment by somethingmuffins — August 28, 2008 @ 9:37 am | Reply

  2. Hey muffins,
    Thanks for stopping by….and thanks for the rave review! I get a rush from this image as well. Stop by again as I hope to be putting up more CIsland stuff soon.
    Best regards,

    Comment by studiophototrope — August 28, 2008 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  3. Your photographs are incredible.


    Comment by sandy214 — August 28, 2008 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

  4. Amazing – love the rich colors and exciting subject!

    Comment by Gracie — August 30, 2008 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  5. Very nicely composed image; nearly feels like a drawing.

    Comment by suehenryphotography — September 4, 2008 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  6. Sandy- thanks so much for the generous review.
    Gracie- I’m fascinated with trying to get those rich, but realistic colors.
    Sue- the hdr stuff tends to make images look somewhat like illustrations, which I obviously enjoy. “Under The Bridge” image, when opened up at full size, is amazingly like an illustration to my eye.

    The interesting thing about this hdr thing is that, unlike traditional photography where you see a scene and you can automatically know how it will reproduce or how to capture it the way you want to capture it, I’ve yet to be able to preconceive what a scene will look like as an hdr. That all may be due to the fact that I have been shooting “normal” photos for many years, but have only recently been shooting hdrs.
    The post production of shot images in hdr software is really an exciting experience. I highly recommend dipping your toe into hdr.

    Thanks again…

    Comment by studiophototrope — September 6, 2008 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  7. This is one awesome photo! Love the colors.
    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Rebekah Wigley — September 6, 2008 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  8. Awesome! I love this image. The technique you are using makes my head spin!

    Comment by Staffan H — September 6, 2008 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  9. Great photo! I love night shots. Check these out.

    Comment by peterjsullivan — September 10, 2008 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  10. All of ur shots are mindblowing! Amazing work!

    Comment by chaitanya1988 — September 12, 2008 @ 11:02 am | Reply

  11. Very nice shot! How can you get these colors? Really nice.

    Comment by Rafael Perrone — September 13, 2008 @ 1:55 am | Reply

  12. Nice shot.. Either you did some serious cloning or it was was unusually empty that day. Either way, great job, it has that surreal look with out going over the edge like some bad HDRs you see out there.

    Comment by versusnyc — September 13, 2008 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  13. Looks like a fairytale again!
    OT don’t push me 😉

    Comment by Steffie — September 13, 2008 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  14. Excellent hdr. I in perticular like the cartoonish post production work. Cool!

    Comment by Kristian Rasmussen — September 15, 2008 @ 2:45 am | Reply

  15. Thank you for the compliments. Your work with HDR is amazing in this sample! Keep it up!

    Comment by Marc Edwards Photography — September 16, 2008 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  16. being great fans of HDR this image is superb!
    Outstanding colors and sharpness – the darkness is complete and works well with the composition.

    Comment by Framed and Shot — September 17, 2008 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  17. I love an amusement park shot any day, but Coney Island in HDR is really special. Never been there but still intrigued by the history and romance of the famed park. Your HDR rendering is exquisite here. Love it!

    Thanks for the visit to my blog too…

    Comment by Julie McLeod — September 20, 2008 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  18. Great shot! Really captures the festive carnival atmosphere. Love the colors and the motion….they make it work.

    Comment by Mike Blanchard — September 21, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  19. Beautiful image. Your work brings back lots of memories. Keep going!

    Comment by Marty G — September 23, 2008 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  20. Marty,
    Thanks….good to hear from you.

    Comment by studiophototrope — September 23, 2008 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  21. Fabulous shot – the sense of atmosphere here is just fantastic; I can almost hear the jingling sounds and taste the candy floss.

    Comment by Ishmael — September 24, 2008 @ 3:29 am | Reply

  22. Hi Louis,

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. It prompted me to visit your blog. I love, love, love this amusement park image. Beautiful!


    Comment by Cindy Dyer — September 24, 2008 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  23. Thanks so much for commenting on my photoblog. I’ve been taking pictures for a while as an amateur, but I’ve just gotten a new camera and am really trying to learn all I can.

    I love this picture. This is Coney Island, correct? I was there a few summers ago.

    You said this is a 7 exposure picture.. I’ve read about this in some of my magazines.. You use photoshop to layer them? Can you point me in any direction where I might learn more about this?

    Thanks so much – your site is very inspiring. I’m adding you to my blogroll.

    Comment by thisisee — September 25, 2008 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  24. awesome shot! very nicely done

    Comment by ankush — September 26, 2008 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  25. Very nice image. I’ve never tried any HDR work, but I want to try it out some time. Thanks for the comment on my blog.

    Comment by jrmcknight — September 27, 2008 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  26. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by mariana — September 28, 2008 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

  27. WOW!
    Great Work, Well Done

    Comment by Mirco — September 29, 2008 @ 1:37 am | Reply

  28. Nice stuff! Really impressed:)

    Comment by Adetokunbo Adesanya — September 30, 2008 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  29. Whoa!
    Now this is a image that certainly will grab the viewer’s attention, holding them within the frame and allowing them to study it further.

    Extremely cool stuff!!

    Comment by macroartinnature — October 2, 2008 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  30. Cool I like the Idea 🙂 unusual places for HDR
    great keep going 🙂

    Comment by svealien — October 5, 2008 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  31. That’s a fantastic photo! A love the colors and the movement of the wheel on the background. Nice work!

    Comment by Gabriel Robledo — October 5, 2008 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

  32. Beautiful. Colors are great. The photo is entertaining as well as showing entertainment. It makes me think of childhood wonders and seeing the magic as I did as a child. The colors are amazing. Like looking at a Christmas tree of lights on Christmas morning

    Comment by churchwell — October 7, 2008 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  33. […] Faux HDR After seeing Louis Trocciola’s Wonder wheel HDR photo I am now on that journey until I can figure out how to do something that looks as good as his. Click here to see his Wonder Wheel HDR photo […]

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  34. Hi Louis ! Very good HDR indeed,the whole atmosphere with the light and colors are what makes this one pop. Fantastic and magic..

    Comment by JM@somedaysomewhere. — October 8, 2008 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  35. Love the cartoon-ish feel to this. I haven’t tried a night-time HDR before. I think I might have to.

    Comment by Heath — October 9, 2008 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

  36. I’m not quite sure if I should like or dislike HDR… somehow HDR always looks like computer generated (*lol* indeed it IS computer generated) graphics. I can’t find anything natural in this technic.

    Comment by EyesWideOpened — October 13, 2008 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  37. Hey Louis,
    Thanks for checking out my blog. I really like HDR shots and you have some excellent captures. Great stuff, nice blog.

    Take care

    Faces, Places and Things

    Comment by facesplacesandthings — October 13, 2008 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  38. What a wonderful effect. To me it looks like a relief sculpture, as if I could reach out and touch the objects and find them raised.

    Comment by jo — October 15, 2008 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  39. Wow, just stumbled upon your site for the first time! What a terrific HDR image!

    Comment by Al — October 16, 2008 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  40. really good one i love the blurred effect on the wheel… the lights in the right are the only thing that tear the eye away in a not so good way..

    Comment by Timothy — October 16, 2008 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  41. This is an amazing image made magical by your HDR work. Fantastic work!! Good thing you captured the area in case it’s gone for good next summer..

    Comment by graspthemoment — October 19, 2008 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  42. Great shot love those colours well captured
    Well done!

    Comment by dani — October 20, 2008 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  43. Fantastic, impressive image and great gallery!

    Comment by Frans Erasmie — October 31, 2008 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  44. gorgeous hdr, jeez you are a wizard !

    Comment by paolo — November 6, 2008 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

  45. Impressive. That is a shot I have always wanted to get, but have yet to have the opportunity. Very nicely done.

    Comment by Thad — November 6, 2008 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  46. this is amazing…it almost looks like a painting….i have recently started my photoblog and it would be great if you could stop by and leave some comments

    Comment by Dan — November 16, 2008 @ 11:15 am | Reply

  47. Wow! Awesome HDR work. Would love to see a few tutorial or pointers.


    Comment by Ed Cooley — December 21, 2008 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  48. Really great textures here. I am really interested now in these kind of things from a creative point of view 🙂

    Comment by aurelio — March 11, 2009 @ 9:04 am | Reply

  49. Very nicely done Louis….this is super.

    Comment by leslie wargo — April 18, 2009 @ 11:39 am | Reply

  50. Wondeful capture. Just perfect composition and tonemapping. Superb! Thank you for posting on HDRspotting.

    Comment by Frederic aka Papafrezzo — October 27, 2009 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

  51. hello,

    thanks for the great quality of your blog, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

    black hattitude.

    Comment by black hattitude — October 30, 2009 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  52. This is a great shot. Processing is incredible. Btw, thank for commenting on my blog, much appreciated.

    Comment by Christoher Stampar — September 28, 2010 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  53. Most of the times i visit a blog i get disappointed.On the other hand,I could honestly say that you writting is decent and your website solid.

    Comment by Melida Guarin — December 9, 2010 @ 5:38 am | Reply

  54. Who owns the rights to this photo?

    Comment by Michael Sonsalla — August 25, 2017 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  55. After all of these years, Louis, I still think of your Coney Island photos whenever I see some other photographer’s piece of that iconic place!! Every. Single. Time!! Such rich colors and incredible depth to every piece! Outstanding…and I’ve never thought less of **any** of your work! All my best to you, my friend!

    Comment by sambissell — June 8, 2020 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

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