Over the last couple of days I have been showing some images that I took in between the cycling. You have seen how the weather was. For those images, all of them, I was able to get 5 images and make HDR’s for all them. For the cycling, I wasn’t able to do that, and because I couldn’t, I couldn’t always get the images I wanted, or would have liked.
This image, well everything in the foreground is OK, but the background is disappointing. Nothing I can do about the soupy looking sky. I have tried a few things, putting in a new background, but the trees and shrubs made it too hard. I can’t just darken the sky, because there is nothing there to darken. I could have zoomed in more on the cyclists, but then it would have been an image all about the cyclists and nothing about where they are.
You have seen a similar image to this one. I took this on the same road that the photos from the last 2 days ago were taken. I think this image works better than the first one. It shows you the weather and the conditions the riders were riding in, but there is enough information in the background to give you an idea of where they were riding as well.
This image is closed in more, and the sky is not so important. I think you can still tell that the weather is horrible, though, even with bad weather, the cyclists are enjoying themselves. It is lovely photographing an event like this, the people riding their bikes are so friendly and they ride past you yelling out hello and waving.
I used my larger lens for this image, the aperture was open right up which then gave me this great short depth of field. I really like the blurred background. I think if I had used my tripod it may have been different. I would like to say that I may have another go at photographing it, but I know that isn’t going to happen. It would have been interesting to do a HDR, but I didn’t take enough images to do that. I didn’t want to play around and do bracketed shots with the camera I was using to photograph the cyclists. It is only asking for trouble.
I zoomed right into the farm and the power lines. There is no way I would live anywhere near these things. There is too much anecdotal information out there that would make me worry. My husband said something about it the other day, he wouldn’t want to be a guinea pig.
Again this image is just one image, no HDR. I believe it would have been better if they were HDR’s, but I didn’t get one, so it doesn’t matter. I think it gives a lot of atmosphere and you really get an idea of what the day was like. I still feel cold when I look at the image.
I know that I do a lot of HDR’s these days, and the process can be overused, but after looking at the images from the last couple of days and then these, sometimes HDR is the only way to go.