Sunday, November 29, 2009

Denton, Texas HDR

Below are some HDR shots taken around Denton, Texas over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.


Derelict Jets

Taken at the Denton Regional Airport, Texas


Monday, November 23, 2009

Union Pacific Locomotives

HDR processed from a single JPG.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Texas State Capitol - HDR

This didn't come out too badly! There are some weird, digital artifacts in the sky at upper left that I can't seem to clear out. Otherwise, happy with the detail and color with this. Under a blue sky this would look brill!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Old Post Office

Messing with HDR again. This is very mild but this is what I prefer, as opposed to pushing the settings too far and creating something that just doesn't look real. Across the image, it's very sharp and vivid, and almost 3D.

















Below is a shot that is pushed a little further...



Friday, November 20, 2009

Experimenting with HDR Pt. II

So tonight I took a photo from my recent Israel trip. It's one of my favorites - sunset at the ancient port city of Jaffa. It's a single .JPG file, so not much to work with...or so I thought! The original .JPG is below...

















I ran this single .JPG file though the trial version of "Dynamic Photo=HDR" and the result is rather stunning.

















The sunset is enhanced, and there is brighter detail within the sea and closer to shore. That's really pretty good considering this is from a single JPG file!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Experimenting with HDR

The other night I was reading about High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. In a nutshell, this is a method where you combine photos of the same object but with varying EV values into a final images with a greater dynamic range of color and luminance. This intrigued me as some of the results were truly stunning. Admittedly, some folks tend to stretch various settings a bit too much, resulting in odd looking images. Still, it's a cool technique and if done subtly, can produce some stunning and very interesting images.

So, I spent a bit of time messing with some images I had taken of the old Lime Mill building around the corner, and then used some HDR freeware entitled "FDRTools". You have to play with the settings a little bit, but after a bit of patience you can get some interesting results. (The combination and layering of files is done really easily and mostly automatically using this software). I took the first picture using the Aperture mode in the camera. For the second, I went down to EV-1, and for the third I went to EV+1.

Below is the original image taken with the D40. It's a nice image, really, and what I would expect when shooting a building like this.

















Now, below is the HDR image. Much more vibrant color, more vivid, the sky is more intense and the brickwork stands out much better. This was done with rather conservative settings adjustments.

















Just for grins, I ran this series of images through a reasonably priced software package called "Dynamic Photo HDR" which has options for much easier image processing. Pretty good results, too...



















So, this is a neat area of DSLR photography and one I am looking forward to exploring more fully...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Austin Pow Wow and Heritage Fesitval

Tonight was the annual Austin Pow Wow and Heritage Festival, where American Indians from all over the country come together. It was a night rich in color and sound. Below are some of my better images from the evening.