All posts tagged: HDR images

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Up for Discussion – HDR Photography

Love it, or hate it, it seems to be everywhere at the moment, and has been for the last couple of years.  I did my first HDR image back in December 2011.  I believe this was the first HDR image I put on the blog. It would have been done with Photoshop, I didn’t get software for doing HDR until later.  I look at it now, as I do most of my early attempts at HDR and just cringe.  The colours are over saturated, they have a very surreal effect to them.  I am not sure that it is what I was after at all. These, as I said, HDR is everywhere, some are good, some are bad.  I’m not saying which, but I thought we could talk about it here. So what is HDR? HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.  The idea of it, well my understanding, is that it will take the bright areas of an image and the dark areas and make an image that looks more like what we see with our …

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Trying the Same Again

A friend of mine, who is also a keen photographer, was saying to me recently how much she loved one of my photos and really wanted to see if she could get the same or similar image.  She wanted me to take her where I had taken the photo. I am sure many of you will remember this one.  It was my header shot for some time.  It is funny how the memory plays tricks.  We could both remember it as having a sunset behind the city.  When we went out last weekend to capture the image, we were so disappointed that there wasn’t a sunset.  Then I looked up the photo again and was so surprised to see there hadn’t been a sunset here either.  I think it must have been the colours that were in the final image. The above shot was taken almost 2 years ago.  It is a HDR image, I was doing so many of them back then.  I still like the image, but I had always wanted to go …

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Weekend Wanderings – Dockland Sunset

My photography friend who comes out with me often has had some problems with her foot, and we haven’t been able to go out much.  Though I dragged her to the Docklands the other night to take photos of the sun setting behind the Bolte Bridge.  I had thought it might be possible to get a nice one, as the weather the next day was predicted to be nice, warm, but nice.  So I picked her up and in we went. This is what we saw when we first got in there.  Not very promising.  Most of you know what my luck is like for getting sunrises and sunsets, I don’t get them very often.  I think both of us had that in mind.  There were lots of clouds for a sunset, but were they too thick, so to speak.  When the sun went down behind those bottom clouds, it was blocked out and you couldn’t see it.  I thought, well that’s it then, no sunset.  Then we started noticing things like this. I thought …

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Working Out New Things

Since I first started watching KelbyOne I have learned so many new things, and one of things that I have discovered is a different way of doing architectural images.  I have said before about the idea of using more than one image and doing some different things. So last week I went out for dinner with a friend and then we went and sat outside the The Centre, Ivanhoe, or what used to be the old town hall while I took photos. We sat there for just over an hour and a half as the sun went down.  I took over 200 images, though most were bracketed.  I set the camera up on the tripod and every 10 or so minutes took 9 bracketed shots.  I was hoping for a good sunset, but you know I didn’t get one, do I ever. This was one of the first photos I took, the sun is setting behind the building. This was one of the last.  The sun had set and the lights were on. I wanted to see …

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Playing with Escalators

The other day when I went into Southern Cross Train Station to take photos I knew that I would play around a lot more with some of the images.  The images I showed you were just single images with a bit of quick editing done through Camera Raw.  There was so much contrast in the images that it was hard to show the station to its best potential. After watching how Trey Ratcliff does his HDR images on KelbyOne I decided that I would have to apply some of what he does to his images and see what I could come up with. I did start by doing a HDR, but it isn’t all the HDR image, and have done many other things to it as well.  It is my first attempt at doing something like this, and I’m not disappointed.  I think if you go back to the original image that I showed you on Sunday, I think I have improved it.  The question is have I done that much to it? One of the biggest …

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Influencing Me – Trey Ratcliff

If you have ever attempted doing HDR photography, then you will almost definitely have heard of Trey Ratcliff and his website Stuck in Customs.When I started doing them I was told to go to the website to get information about doing HDR images. There is so much there to look at and check out. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and when you do a HDR image it allows you to do images that have very bright areas and very dark areas, so you can get an image that covers both.  It is good because you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. There is something quite amazing about his HDR photography.  I could never get mine to be quite the same, but I did see a course run by him on KelbyOne and I am ready to give them another try.  Doing some things the way he does them, and using some techniques I’ve learned from other instructors there.  I have to tell you, his voice is not at all what I expected, I suppose …

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Influencing Me – Joel Grimes

Joel Grimes is an artist and photographer that I have know about for a while, but not thought too much about, then recently I saw a workshop that he was doing and it completely changed my ideas about him and his work. I don’t want to imitate Joel, but I like the way he does some things and certainly would like to see if I can incorporate some of them into my own work. Images like this are perhaps what Joel is best known for, these very stylised images of sports people.  I knew that he did HDR images, but had no idea how the images were put together, and it is perhaps this aspect that intrigued me the most. Many, or most, of his shots are composites.  The athlete or subject is photographed in the studio and then he puts them onto another background.  He has a very special way that he does his lighting, and he does use studio lighting for these.  I think they are fantastic, though I don’t have studio lighting, …