This is a shot of a retail storefront I shot and processed as HDR.  This was 3 exposures. I combined and tried to go a little over-the-top to give it a more vibrant look.  I love the clouds and the sky. Shots were taken with Canon 5D.

HDR Flowers

I took 3 exposures of these flowers and combined them into one HDR image.
The added grain and detail gives the image a glow.  I like it.  What do you think?

The Dark Knight Rises

As the Dark Knight makes his return tonight at midnight, here is something I put together using one of my older images.

If you listen very closely, yell ” Who are you?’  and you’ll hear, “I’m Batman.”

Kayaking at Sunset

This was a sunset shot taken at Corolla, NC, OBX on the bay side.

It is a 3 shot HDR image.  I combined 3 exposures using Nik HDR efex Pro.  The cool thing about the software is how it fixes ghosting.  Since the kayaker’s oar was moving in all 3 frames, I was able to choose which frame I wanted to use.  I picked the frame where the oars were moving the least.

I think it turned out pretty good.  I like the look and feel and the color.  What do you think?


Miami Sunrise

Getting ready for the long weekend.  Hope everyone enjoys the holiday.
This was a sunrise shot just off the coast of downtown Miami, FL. (Miami is to the left of this image).
I added just a little tone mapping thanks to Nik Efex Pro 4.
Storm was rolling in.  I had to get out of the water.  Didn’t want to be struck my lighting holding a metal tripod in the water. lol.

Tone Mapping

What is tone mapping?

Tone mapping has to deal with the image contrast.
You can make a single exposure look like a HDR image.   There are many ways to use tone mapping, I use it to bring out detail in the image.

As you see from my example below, the before image is flat, dull looking.  I then used Nik Efex Pro tone mapping filter and increased the contrast, thus increasing the detail.  It is more fun to play with than it is to explain.


What is HDR

I’ve had many people ask me, “What is HDR?” So I thought I would show an example of one of my finished images. I used 3 exposures, a normal exposure, an exposure underexposed by 2 stops, and an exposure overexposed by 2 stops.  Then by using software, I like Photomatix, the images are merged into one.

The following is from Wikipedia:
High dynamic range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a method used in image processing for photography. It allows a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than a single exposure.

In simpler terms, HDR images represent more contrast in pictures. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together so that we eventually arrive at a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.