Now that Lightroom 4.1 and Photoshop CS6 have a new HDR processing method, and Lightroom can read the raw files from my camera, I thought I would re-process the raw files for these shots using the LR 4.1 32-bit processor. The previous versions were processed with Photomatix from JPG files, which I found to result in final TIFF images with crunchy details and unrealistic colors.
And now the old:
Is the new processing better?
Here are some shots from the trip. The weather wasn’t ideal, but we had a great time.
Even though I still can’t process the raw images from the G3, I decided to process the jpg as best I cound and see what I could come up with.
(There was a slideshow here on the old blog, not sure how I’ll do that now.)
I tried shooting star trails during the Perseid Meteor Shower last night – my first star trails with a digital camera.
As I was finishing up processing, I was playing with color casts. I couldn’t decide which one I liked most, so I put them all in a single image and post it here. I’d love to hear what you think of it.
Let me know which version of this shot you like better.
500px is new and has a ways to go, but is already my favorite way to share my best images and find inspiration.
This image was created on a very stormy evening at Pawnee Buttes.
Sure, expensive lenses can be wonderful, but they aren’t mandatory equipment. You can make excellent images with the most basic equipment available.
I saw this sunrise and knew I had only a minute or two to grab the shot, so I
raced to a hill top safely pulled over to the side of the road and grabbed my camera. All I had was my 50mm f/1.8 II, a.k.a. the “plastic fantastic”, on my camera body. No filters, no tilt-shift, no tripod, just the cheapest lens I could possibly have. So, I set the camera for Automatic Exposure Bracketing, held the camera in a portrait orientation, and took seven bracketed frames of the scene, for 21 total photos. Within a minute, the scene was gone.
I exported a video slideshow out of Lightroom 3 to show the best shots I got from this race.
I’m selling my Nikon gear and switching to Canon. Most of the expensive stuff has sold, but the Canon gear is just starting to arrive. In the mean time, I had a film camera and a Lensbaby and an urge to photograph something.
I thought I had one more roll left, but couldn’t find it. Then, about a year later, I found it. I put the roll in my FM2n and shot mostly with the 35mm f/2 D lens wide open, with a polarizer.
What a great way to remember how wonderful Velvia film can be.