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Rare Occasion…

OK, so every once in a while, I get bit by the HDR bug, and decide to play around a little bit. The other night, while out shooting B&W storm clouds, I also shot through some brackets for an HDR merge.  This is what I got…

Northern Inyo COunty--HDR

Not too bad.  I don’t like super-saturated, over-cooked HDR images.  I like them when they are subtle…you wouldn’t really know it’s an HDR unless someone told you.  I think this one satisfies that description, but still puts together a nice, wide dynamic range.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking!


Sunrise at the Ranch

So…I went out for some sunrise shots yesterday morning.  I shot a bunch in color, and a bunch in B&W, but really…the color ones came out like shit, and the B&W ones came out pretty good.  So it was a B&W Sunrise…

3 exposure HDR Photo Merge at 1.0EV intervals

Southern Owen's Valley

Southern Sierras from Warm Springs Ranch

And just to prove that my camera does actually operate in color and capture in color when I choose…

Sunrise at the Ranch in color

Told you the B&W was nicer than the color…at least in my humble opinion…

Thanks for looking!


Lake Sabrina

Lake Sabrina is the starting point for the Middle Fork of Bishop Creek.  Today, I took my kid up there to see if we could find a decent landscape somewhere.  Unfortunately, I left my Cokin filter holder at home, so I couldn’t use ANY of my neutral density filters…which sucks because they would have come in VERY handy.

So, instead…I took this HDR of Lake Sabrina with an impending storm.  It came out pretty good, I think…

HDR--3 exposures merged into final image

HDR--3 exposures merged into final image

In hindsight, it was probably good that I didn’t have my filter holder.  I found a WICKED waterfall, but without the filters, I couldn’t get a slow enough shutterspeed to get a decent photo.  And when it started raining on us, we needed to move quickly.  If I would have had my filters…we would still be there, soaked to the bone.  So I’m kinda glad I didn’t have them…

Thanks taking a look!


Full Moon Cruise

Well, the full moon typically means that the snakes stay hunkered down.  But if it is slightly overcast, and you hit the dusk hours at the time time, you can find snakes between sundown and moonrise.

If not…you can take some nice landscape shots.  My friend John suggested I shoot these for HDR, and I’m glad he made the suggestion.  They came out quite nice, in my opinion.  Thanks John!

Western Slope of the White Mountains--HDR

Western Slope of the White Mountains--HDR

Western Slope of the White Mountanis #2--HDR

Western Slope of the White Mountanis #2--HDR

But tonight we got lucky, and we did manage to find a couple snakes while cruising…

Western Longnose #1

Western Longnose #1

This gorgeous Western Longnose is the first one I’ve ever had try to bite me.  He musked me pretty god, too.  Feisty little guy…

Western Longnose #2

Western Longnose #2

This little guy took one half-hearted attempt at striking and then curled into a cute little ball for pictures…

Mojave Glossy Snake

Mojave Glossy Snake

This little guy tried to bite me as well…several times.  And I couldn’t put him down or he would take off like a shot, so I had to hold him by the tail with one hand and try to take photos with the other.  Worth it, though…

Western Longnose #3

Western Longnose #3

This little one was a total surprise.  It was already about 10:30, and the full moon was well above the mountains.  What little cloud coverage was there was very whispy and didn’t dim the full moon very much at all.  But this guy was still out looking for a warm belly and a good meal.

We also saw one DOR Great Basin Gophersnake.  But I don’t like to photograph DOR snakes unless it is something I’ve never seen, doesn’t belong there…

Thanks for coming along!


Another Day, Another Desert

I went back down to the Alabama hills today to play around in the desert for a couple hours.  The wind was horrible, whipping through at 50-60mph.  There weren’t any critters about, but it was a nice, warm, bright sunny day, so I walked around through the rocks, and took some pictures.  Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed taking them!

f/5.6; 1/800; ISO 100

f/5.6; 1/800; ISO 100

f/8; 1/500; ISO 100

f/8; 1/500; ISO 100

f/7.1; 1/320; ISO 100

f/7.1; 1/320; ISO 100

f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

This next one isn’t the best picture, but it’s pretty cool how the snow is drifting off the peak.  The wind is probably pushing 120mph up there.

f/9; 1/640; ISO 100

f/9; 1/640; ISO 100

And this is a 3-exposure HDR image of the full moon from earlier this evening…

Boring, really.  But the moon itself looks pretty cool...

Boring, really. But the moon itself looks pretty cool...


HDR Imaging

HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range”.  It is a process that is relatively new, where you take 2 or more exposures at different stops of the same scene, and combine them.  Typically, you use 3 exposures…one under-exposed, one over-exposed, and one properly exposed.  You then merge these three images into one image, giving you an impossible range of tonality in the final image.

Here’s a couple examples I have been playing with using HDR imaging:

3 exposures at 0.3 EV stops

3 exposures at 0.3 EV stops

You can see that there is a HUGE range of tones in this image.  Impossible to achieve with a single exposure.

3 exposures at 0.7 EV stops.  Converted to greyscale.

3 exposures at 0.7 EV stops. Converted to greyscale.

This one uses the same process of merging 3 different exposures, but I later converted the final image to greyscale as it looked “cleaner” to my eye.

I’m fairly excited about what can be done using HDR imaging.  Very neat process, though I, admittedly, still favor a “real photo” to a heavily processed HDR image.  But still…the beauty and surrealism of an HDR image is really tough to ignore…

Thanks for looking!!