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Jesus Christ for your soul and
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Meet Desiree

Meet Desiree -- the hostess with the mostess at the Best Western Motel in McKinney, TX. Never leave home without the ability to light a beautiful subject like Desiree.

We had driven to McKinney to visit with our beautiful granddaughters, Caroline and Catherine who were on spring-break. Luckily we drove so that I took an umbrella and reflectors and a tripod to hold the umbrella and an Nikon SB800 flash. I used wife Caroline to hold the reflector.
Compare Desiree's eyes in both photos and note that her eyes are slightly larger in the photo on the right. Thanks to the liquefy filter in Photoshop CS4. Remember never leave home without a portable studio and the best camera available -- the one you have with you.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Starbrights Sans - Filter

I have learned by study of Digital Photography Vol 3 by Scott Kelby that you do not have to spend money for a specialized filter that will turn dusk and nighttime photos into "Starbrights". He recommends setting your aperture to f22. My ISO was set to 200 as recommended by Nikon.

I experimented this morning by setting the Nikon D90 to aperture priority and snapping photos off our deck looking due east at the Blue Ridge Mountains as the sun started to rise over the ridge. I placed the focus point directly on the rising sun and noted the shutter speed was at least 1/20 of a second.

A little editing in Camera Raw and some additional tweaking in PSCS4 resulted in the photo. Click on the image to fill your screen.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

High Dynamic Range - HDR

Another example of HDR. This photo was exposed as stated in the previous post. The photo is a view looking due east at the Blue Ridge Mountain range in between snow storms.

Click on the photo for an expanded view.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

High Dynamic Range Photography - HDR

It has been a long cold winter -- the coldest that we have ever experienced here in Western North Carolina in the 12 years we have been this part of the Universe. It all started on 12/18/2009 when the global warming crowd dumped 19 to 20 inches of snow on us. Every other few days additional snow was dumped.

Every now and then I had an opportunity to photograph the surroundings in HDR. Each of the photos consist of three photos photographed with the correct exposure and two additional photos consisting of 2-stops over exposed and 2-stops under exposed. My camera - Nikon D90 allows me to setup the shots using the bracketing function. All three shots were hand-held using multiple exposure function. It's not that difficult. Of course I use some software that automatically blends the three images into a tonemapped image that is further processed in Photoshop CS4.

Click on each image to fill your screen with a view of these magnificent mountains.