Stopped at the old Fenton bridge last night on the way home - during the 30 minutes that the cloud cover finally lifted! Spent some time limiting myself to 1 lens - 50mm f1.4. I had been wanting to try a puddle refection shot for some time. This was a single exposure processed through Lightroom and Photoshop.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Another picture from vacation this year. This was my favorite shot of Devil's Tower. Took this while hiking the trail around the base. When we arrived the rock was completely back lit. This was shot from the backside - away from the parking area. Single Exposure RAW file - some blended tone mapping from Photomatix was layer masked in via Photoshop to enhance texture and dimension.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This image was shot in September on 2008, somewhere north of the Grand Couiee Dam in Washington State on my return trip from Canada. I re cropped and reprocessed it this week. Single image capture with Nikon D200 and 18-200mm VR lens.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tonight's shot is a single exposure processed in Lightroom blended with 3 renders from Photomatix and a couple of Photoshop adjustment layers thrown in for good measure. I tried to expand what I learned from the multiple exposure shots to a single exposure - mainly inspired by a shot from Bill Wight that I saw on Flickr.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This was one of the most difficult shooting conditions that I have ever had - shooting directly into low angle sun - when I was not going for a silhouette! This was a 3 exposure bracket off the mono pod again - Lots of work to get this one how I wanted!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Finally getting around to processing the photos I shot in August in Yellowstone. This one was a 3 exposure bracket of a thermal pool - shot off a mono pod. I am continuing to develop my "style" for processing these. I posted an image to dpreview forums yesterday and mentioned that it was an HDR process. I received one comment criticizing it saying it didn't have the "HDR look!" I actually consider that a compliment!
My goal in my processing is to use the multiple exposure to capture better dynamic range - then use HDR processing to selectively emphasize texture and tone. The last thing I want is to have a canned HDR look.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Shot this on the way home tonight from the river bank just below I-44 at the Meramec River. This was an HDR render from 3 exposures in Photomatix Pro 3. This is probably the happiest I have been with an HDR image that I have shot. This is actually 5 different HDR renders that I merged in Photoshop for the final image. All this work and I still want to re-shoot it on a tripod (this was handheld)!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Kind of a dark image today - for Halloween! I drive by this every day on the way home from work - really strange old cemetery - you can't really see it from the road and it is in the middle of a neighborhood.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
This was a banana tree that is in the courtyard at work. I have been walking by this all week - thinking that I need to go shoot that. Well, today I turned back around on my way out of the building. It had just stopped raining - had been constant for that last 36+ hours!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I think that chasing a setting sun on a motorcycle is always worth it! I shot this from the roof of a mall parking lot! I was concerned at one point that that security guard was going to try to eject me from the premises - guess I looked suspicious... He ended up being content to watch from a distance and do the occasional drive by.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
The old Fenton bridge as the sun was setting. Today was a good day for this challenge. Some days I struggle to get 1 good image to post, today it was a struggle to decide which image to use - because there were several different scenes that worked out! To bad I can't use them tomorrow!
My limitations have been that I must take and post 1 picture per day (and the photo must be taken on that day) any editing must be done on the iPhone and uploaded from the iPhone.
Some of my learns so far have been.
- I can be creative every day - I just need to push myself!
- I don't need a DSLR and f2.8 glass to create a great image.
- Equipment is not holding me back.
- The iPhone camera is actually not that bad. When I first got it, my reaction was ehhhh - not a good camera - but the best one I had seen on a cellphone. I had to learnt he limitations of the camera and learn to work within them.
I am already thinking about what the next 30 day challenge will be...