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Friday, January 20, 2012

Grass Of Assateague

Monarch butterflies litter the grass of Assateague Island, MD.. This HDR image was created from three Raw exposures with 1ev spacing. Raws were converted to Tiffs in ACR, imported into Photomatix Pro 4 to create a 32 bit HDRI and tonemapped three times. One version concentrated on a sky free of halos while another focused on detail in the sands. A third produced a "highlights and shadows map" which was used to add contrast to the sands and clouds independently. Saturation added in Lab mode. Minor adjustments in Lightroom 3.  

Camera- Canon 50D, Tripod mounted
Lens- EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM @ 34mm
Settings- f/22, 1/125th (median), ISO 100

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ocean City Fishing Pier

This image was produced from a five exposure set with a 2ev spacing. Merged with Photomatix. Further processing in CS5 and Lightroom 3.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Stars And Bars

From the top deck of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, overlooking the beach at Lewes, DE, the Nation's colors fly proud. This image was produced from three hand-held exposures with a 2ev spacing. Captured on a pretty breezy day so the flag was all over the place, resulting in harsh ghosting. After attempting a merge in both Photomatix and CS5, I just couldn't get a suitable result so I opted for an alternative method. The three images were loaded into CS5 and blended manually using layer masks.

The -2ev exposure, from which the flag was drawn, was loaded into Photomatix and used to produce a highlights and shadows map. This H&S map, using the hard light blending mode, was selectively blended into the flag via a layer mask to add detail. Saturation in Lab mode. Minor adjustments in Lightroom 3.

Camera- Canon 50D, hand held
Lens- EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II @ 16mm
Settings- f/13, 1/100(median), ISO 100


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Beach At Lewes

The beach at Lewes, DE., located near the Indian River Inlet, offers convenient access to the mobility challenged to enjoy it's beautiful sunsets.

Camera- Canon 50D, tripod mounted
Lens- EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II @21mm
Settings- f/22, 1/4(4th), ISO 100

Created with a six exposure set via Photomatix Pro 4, the HDRI was tonemapped three separate times to emphasize different parts of the image. One version concentrated on a nice, clean sky free of halos while another focused on detail in the access ramp. Finally, a third process created a highlights and shadows map which was used to add contrast to the clouds, ramp and beach selectively. Color saturation and overall contrast manipulated separately in Lab mode, border added in CS5. Minor adjustments in Lightroom 3.

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