So, today I finally start a blog to document some of my photo work along the way. Big inspiration from Aimee Wenske who has been doing a photo blog for a while now and helped to light the spark.
This one will be short but hopefully I will stick with it and have something to look back on.
I recently stumbled on a serious of YouTube videos about all things photography. The creator, Mark Wallace has really sparked a new interest in my photography. His videos are helping fill in some technical and creative gaps that I had and they should continue to spur me to try or retry new projects in photography. http://www.youtube.com/user/snapfactory If you are into photography and want to get better, I highly suggest you watch these. There are hundreds, so it is a good resource for all things photography.
After watching several of his videos I found a new and better way to make an HDR photgraph. I have been taking photos on various outings in multiple exposures in order to make these, but the techniques that I had to actually combine and process these were lacking. I think I have finally figured it out and am going to start digging through folders to look for photos to do this to.
Here is one from our European Cruise that I think turned out well.
For the non photo geeks, HDR is an image made up of 3-5 images taken at different exposures(lighter and darker) in order to avoid those dark shadows or super bright spots. I use a tripod and snap 1 at the correct exposure and 2 below/above that. I then import into Photoshop, do some editing and other tricks and I get a bright, colorful and almost otherworldy photograph that I would be unable to get with just one shot.
One more from Uxmal, Mexico.