"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away." ~Eudora Welty

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Dad’s Tractors

I took this on one of my hometown visits. I try to make it out to Huffman at least once a month to visit family. My brother owns an auto shop and I always find something photo-worthy sitting around that place. Thought my Dad’s tractors would make a decent HDR subject.

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  • Camera | Nikon D90
  • Exposure | 1/6  ~  Aperture | f/22
  • Focal Length | 13 mm  ~  ISO Speed | 200
  • Flash off – Tripod used
  • Complete EXIF Data 
  • Post – Photomatix Pro/Photoshop

"A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into."  -Ansel Adams


New Podcast: Triple Exposure

Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington have a new podcast named Triple Exposure. It deals with Time-Lapse, HDR and Panoramic photography. I just listened to the first episode and can’t wait to hear the next one.

If you are a podcast kind of person, I suggest checking it out.

Triple Exposure Website

Triple Exposure on Twitter

Triple Exposure on FaceBook


The Coffeehouse HDR

Taken at Dunn Bros Coffee in Friendswood, Texas. Took 3 exposures and processed using Photomatix Pro.

Coffeehouse

  • Camera | Nikon P7000
  • Exposure | 0.3 sec (1/690)  ~  Aperture | f/4
  • Focal Length | 6 mm  ~  ISO Speed | 100
  • Flash off – No Tripod

"A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into."  -Ansel Adams


Catholic Church HDR

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in the Cypress, TX area. Took 3 exposures and processed using Photomatix Pro.

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  • Camera | Nikon P7000
  • Exposure | 0.001 sec (1/690)  ~  Aperture | f/8
  • Focal Length | 6 mm  ~  ISO Speed | 100
  • Flash off – No Tripod

"A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into."  -Ansel Adams


High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

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High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR) is performed by taking two or more different exposures of the same scene and merging the photos to create a unique looking, evenly exposed photograph. Wikipedia defines HDR as a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods.

The main process is to set your camera to bracket your shots (my Nikon D90 brackets 3 shots). The bracket includes one regular + one underexposed + one overexposed shot. A tripod is pretty much required, unless you have a really stable surface to sit yout camera on.  I then take the three shots and merge/process them in PhotoMatix Pro. I am sure, I am not doing everything correctly, but I like what I see so far. There is a lot still to learn. Below I have listed some of the resources that I have run across online.

Tutorials and Resources

Software

Inspiration

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Happy shooting!

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” – Ernst Haas


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