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?


Great Sand Dunes National Park

Here are some shots from the trip. The weather wasn’t ideal, but we had a great time.

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Colorado Sunflowers

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.)

Star Trails

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.


Cheap Lenses Can Be Great

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.