Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The shot is from a recent photo shoot exploring High Dynamic Range (HDR) with an Infrared converted DSLR. I am fairly happy with the results so far.
I shot three images with a Canon D60 converted to IR and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L. The three images were imported to Lightroom and prepped for merging to HDR in Photomatix Pro. The result was tone mapped with the Details Enhancer method. After going back to Lightroom (happens automatically with LR 2.4 and Photomatix Pro 3.1.3) I cropped slightly.
I have another few hundred shots from that day so I have plenty more to play with.
Looks like we are going to add a week long HDR intensive in August. I'll have the details out soon. But we will learn the theory, process, shooting, merging, tone mapping, and more. As always here at Light we will finish with the proper sizing, sharpening, and printing on our big Canon imagePROGRAF printers.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Photoshop User is the magazine of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals or NAPP. Great organization for the digital photographer or artist.
Another one of the articles "Professionally Sussing Out Sensor Sensibility" by Kevin Ames was shot here at LIGHT earlier this year.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Just booked a High Dynamic Range workshop in Maui at the Institute of Visual Arts.
The workshop is three days from 30 July to 01 August. This should be an absolute blast. Shooting HDR and HDR pano in paradise!
The above shot is a combination of 15 shots. I shot five vertical segments and each segment bracketed the scene at 0, -2 EV, and +2 EV. The images were batch processed using Photomatix Pro and tone mapped with the Details Enhancer method. Saturation slider was set to only 55. After processing, the images were saved as 8-bit TIFF and then merged to Panorama in Photoshop CS4. I have not yet done any additional work to the image. The morning was amazing. The blue was intense, something that neither George Lepp nor I had seen in quite some time.
Monday, June 15, 2009
A quick time lapse from Sunday morning. George Lepp and I hiked to the top of Black Hill in Morro Bay, CA to catch the sunrise and shoot a few panos.
I used a Canon 50D with an EF-17-40 f/4L. To shoot the 1,500+ shots I used the Canon TC-80N3 intervalometer set to a 5" interval. Started the shooting and then didn't come back to the camera for another couple hours. When shooting time lapse I use Aperture priority, daylight white balance, and manual focus. I also shoot the small JPEG quality setting which yields 2352 x 1568 pixels (still HD.)
To put the images together I use Quicktime Pro (a very simple workflow.)
YouTube link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBZFtFeb0IA if you prefer that interface.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
By tomorrow we are going to have some incredibly detailed and large panoramas of the beautiful orchids that George and Kathy purchased for this portion of the workshop.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Obviously using an Induro Tripod sponsored by MAC Group and ball head from Really Right Stuff, I believe it was the BH55 which is great for bigger lenses (a little overkill the day I was using it.)
This is a great image of Hal drinking to his passion for wine at Midnight Cellars. We did check out his '05 Volatus currently in barrel...needing to get bottled soon! It will debut at the Central Coast Wine Classic in Pismo Beach this July. We'll see how the fundraiser goes! It should be really fun!
Anyway, let me know if you guys have questions or comments about the image. Lots of masking, lots of layers...
Hope to see you all here soon,
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Spent part of today working with a client on some HDR images of her home, both exterior and interior.
The attached images show a couple different methods of making the final image. The exterior shot is what I call "old school" Photoshop. I take the different exposures and layer them in a single PS document (stacking.) After that, I spend some quality time with my Intuos 4 tablet and get to masking.
The interior shots are all merged to HDR via Photomatix Pro. After tone mapping the images were saved as TIFFs and then sent back to PS for final processing. In most cases the final processing is limited to contrast addition and overall midtone tonal adjustments.
All images in this post were shot by Janet Penn-Franks. If you are looking for a good architectural or vineyard photographer contact Janet through LIGHT.
We're having our End of an Era eagle photography grand opening tonight down in Arroyo Grande. Check out the website for more information.
Have a great weekend.