I recently purchased and read Monochromatic HDR Photography by Harold Davis. I’ve been following him for a long time and admire his photographic expertise and creativity. It’s a real treat to read this book and follow along as he makes some absolutely lovely B&W images. He covers info that will help beginners as well as experienced photographers and it’s not just post-processing technique. He also talks about the reasons behind choices and creative aspects.
A couple people asked me interesting questions recently. I don’t have final answers but I do have opinions. And sometimes opinions are more interesting than answers. Or at least more fun.
Here’s another photo from our trip last week to the Circle B Bar Reserve: Sunrise marsh: Early morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland, Florida The dynamic range of the light in a scene like this is extreme – a perfect opportunity to try your hand at High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. I … Continue reading An HDR photo and some tips
…this “Two Image Pano / HDR / Focus Stacking” technique can be useful and it has several advantages over the standard approaches …
It’s simpler than conventional techniques, and yields very good results. You can hand hold in many cases, especially if you use an image stabilized camera or lens. It uses the camera’s auto exposure effectively to expose correctly for the different areas of the image. You can post process with just Photoshop – other software isn’t required. It greatly increases the dynamic range of the final image without requiring HDR processing or software. Depth of field can be increased over a single photo approach or the conventional pano / HDR approach. It also substantially increases vertical field of view.
But… I’ve noticed some issues with color when using CS5 to create several of my HDR photos. Very bright areas sometimes have sections that are discolored, as in the example below.
This puzzled me until I discovered today that the discolored area seems to be related to Ghost removal. Here is the same image, but this time processed with Ghost removal off. You can see that the discoloring is gone (or at least greatly reduced).
I wanted to check on the Osprey nest in downtown Winter Park, Florida. I decided to leave (very) early so I could also make some night time / low light photos in the area. I’ve done that before (see: /https://edrosack.com/2015/10/03/winter-park-at-night/). Here are a few of the results from this time. Colony Theater Building The Colony … Continue reading A Stroll in the Dark
I’ve written a bit about this before (see #2 in this post: https://edrosack.com/2020/06/28/black-and-white/), but I don’t think I’ve ever explicitly revealed the secret. Here’s the finished photo: Under the bridge(click to view larger on Flickr) I like it and the Flickr folks seemed to like it too. It’s a two frame composite blended from these … Continue reading Black and White Light
The light was unusual about 15 minutes before sunrise . I don’t think I’ve encountered anything like it before. Strange light at dawn by the dock (3) There were only a few clouds near the horizon. The sky was much brighter than the river and things on it. So bright that I knew it would … Continue reading Strange Light
I doubt many landscape photographers have the south shore of Lake Jesup in Seminole County on their must do list. But local parks are a great resource and we should take advantage of them.
sur·prise: noun: an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing verb: cause (someone) to feel mild astonishment or shock synonyms: astonishment, amazement, incredulity, wonder One reason I like photography is because it often pleasantly surprises me. If you do a search on this blog (https://edrosack.com/?s=surprise). you’ll find I’ve used the word many times. Today I have … Continue reading Photography Surprises