HDR

I went back last weekend to make an other HDR panorama from the Corus Steel area. I took a bit more time, but the image is still not what I wanted. There was too much shadow in the front (sun was still too low) and someone placed a big barge in front of the scenery. So I think I need to go back once more (later during the day and hoping that they removed the barge. Click on the image to see the large version.

Exactly 1 month ago my father passed away. This happened during night-time. After we left the hospital it was 6 a.m. It was still dark outside (the sun just started to rise.) We drove by some farmland that was crowded with horses. My father has been busy with horses his whole life. So of coarse this scenery reminded us of my father. It was a foggy morning and there was a full moon, so plenty of light o see the horses in the fog. Both my wife and me loved the view. Last night I decided to go back and bring my camera. I got up really early so I would be there before sunrise. This morning also was a foggy morning. When I arrived there were a few horses but the were grazing on the other end of the field so it was almost impossible to photograph them. It was new moon so I also missed the additional light. And as I could have expected, it was not the same scenery as the one in my memories. But I made the 90 minutes trip and it was a beautiful morning. I brought my gear so why not take a picture. And I did. Actually is shot several that I think are worth showing you. But lesson learned is that it is almost impossible to photograph these kind of emotions or memories if you wait too long, during time they evolve in your mind and you will loose track. The first picture is actually a HDRi.

Did some experimenting with HDR. And for a first shot I have to say that I am pleased with the result. For those who are not familiar with HDR please come back later. I intend to write an article on this subject. But in short I can explain the principle. HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range”. Black is not just black and white is not just white. There are different shades of black and white. In photography we refer to different shades of grey (stops). Film sees the world differently than our eyes do. One of the challenges of photography is learning what those differences are so we can successfully put our vision on film. The human eye sees millions of colors and color variations at the same time. The eye sees all shades of white: off-white, cream, egg, ecru, soft-white, etc. Same for colors such as purple, magenta, pink, auburn, fire engine red, orange, sunset orange, and so on. The palette of colors available for oil paints is not as varied as the eye can see. Film is more limited. Unlike our eyes, film sees across a range known as the exposure latitude. This is the range of “tones” film can see between absolute black and absolute white. Film sees about 7 stops, and the same goes for a digital sensor. So what does HDR do in relation to this. You shoot multiple frames of the same subject (typically 3 shots) with different exposure settings (-2, 0, +2) so this gives you a higher range of light and dark. With special software you combine these images into one picture that shows more that the standard 7 ‘shades of grey’ So you get more detail in your shadows and more detail in your highlights. But as said before, more on […]

Just returned from our trip to Firenze (Florance) and Roma (Rome). Traveling two weeks by car through beautiful Italy. We decided to go on this trip just two weeks before we actually left so we had a lot of last minute arrangements to make but at the end everything¬†fell into place and we had a smooth trip. I never went to Rome before, don’t ask me why, it just never happened. And the same for Firenze. But after these two weeks I am wondering why not because it was worth the trip. We saw so many beautiful things, too¬† much to describe. So I do hope the photos will say enough. Click here to go to the gallery