Posts tagged “Photomatix

The Red (Rope) Pony

This was a bit of a bear of a horse to process. I wanted three exposures stubbornly so I could get that great tonal range (even though I later converted it to a monotone). A good rule of HDR is not to make multiple exposures of difficult subjects like animals or moving objects. He was both. After much masking and manipulating in photoshop, I was able to get as close as I could although his nose isn’t tack sharp (you can see what looks like camera shake but is actually ghosting). This particular pony was on break from being ridden by cranky kids at the Memorial Day festivities at a local park. He had that look on his face… the I don’t mind being glue if this can all just stop look. I told him he was a good boy and pet his nose. I hope it helped.

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Raining in the Sunshine

I’ve met people who absolutely hate it when the sun is shining while it’s raining. To me, it’s one of the coolest phenomenons of weather. It is a dichotomy of meteorological logic that results in a beautiful, even cinematic scene, especially when it happens during the golden hour. This is my driveway. It’s not the most stunning scenery, but the quality of light alone is enough for me to want to preserve on film and retrieve on those dreary days. The only downside? My camera was absolutely soaked. I didn’t want to miss the moment, so I sprinted out of my house without an umbrella. Fortunately, I’ve got one of those weather resistant camera bodies. D7000, you have proved to be amazing once again. This was 3 tonemapped exposures because I was shooting into some major glare and wanted to get the foreground. 


The Point At Which To Embark…

Or the Embarcadero, as the San Franciscans call it… I guess everyone calls it that. Anyway, it’s the main marine port of commuters and tourists alike with the Ferry Building acting as berth and landmark for the bustling area. It’s also one of the most convenient places to grab a really tasty bite in the city. Stalls line the Ferry Building making it a veritable market for a wide range of appetites from Chinese, pastries, and the un-kosher but very delicious Boccolone which serves nothing but “Tasty, Salted, Pig, Parts”, to farmers market offerings and specialty boutique shops that, respectively, sell only amazing cheese, oysters, and bread. Aaaand I’ve just made myself hungry again. The downside? They don’t allow tripods to be set up inside. Lucky I got this shot seconds before I was told to pack it up. Seriously though. Was there a tripod war I never learned about? Is War of the Worlds to blame? If you ever make it to San Francisco, touristy or not, get here.


Tangerine Fluff

Airports these days are not known for their aesthetically pleasing environs or calming environments. I spent time with my Dad, who is a pilot, at the Charles M. Schulz Airport in Sonoma County which is an exception to the spartan, tile-lined, conveyer systems in most American cities. Whenever I’m there, I get to tour the premises which to me seems like I’m always breaking some vital FAA regulation but in doing so, I got to see some restored World War II aircraft and hang out with some great people who live and breath aeronautics. I would go as far as to say that they really do love the smell of jet fuel in the morning. I made this shot after a bottle of Stella Artois on an empty stomach when I noticed that I had only a few minutes left to shoot. I’m just glad that the composition ended up framed well.