Friday, May 29, 2009

Pic of the day

Every day is an opportunity at a fresh start. The chance to live a good life, regardless of the day before.

Another sunrise shot from Watson Lake. This time from water level. :)

3 Exposure handheld HDR.

13 comments:

Sillie_Girl said...

very pretty :0)

TomboCheck said...

Thanks D. :)

Sillie_Girl said...

in addition to the pretty picture the comment is such a true statement.. good job and nice insight

Warren said...

wow, really nice!

TomboCheck said...

D - Seemed to fit the image.

Warren - thanks!

Prescottstyle said...

Tombo, great colorful shot, the wide dynamic range is comforting to the eye. But I must say that some of the attributes of HDR photography resemble haphazard dodging and burning that I have come to avoid over the years. Is there any parameters in the settings to minimize the "halo effect" between the obvious color densities?

TomboCheck said...

PrescottStlye - I agree, the tone-mapping often leaves the over dodged/burned look to images. You can minimize the haloing effect by playing with the light smoothing settings, but the most effective way to minimize it is just to pick the light for your shots better.

Shooting silhouettes like this one has always given me HUGE halos, while shooting inline with the light source generally gives less.

Including less dynamic range in your sets will also reduce the haloing. I imagine that shooting a larger set of exposures might help as well, but as my camera is setup for 3 exposure bracketing and I don't carry a tripod, I've yet to due more than 3 in a set. :)

When it comes down to it for me though, HDR photography is not about capturing reality. I view these more as artsy resemblances of reality.

Prescottstyle said...

Right On!

Melissa said...

I say that to myself nearly every day. I just wonder when I'm going to get off to the right start...

The picture is stunning Tom. Thank you for sharing.

megan said...

great observation, great shot. keep on keepin on!

TomboCheck said...

Melissa - Why not today? :) Thanks for stopping in.

Megan - Thanks! I'm starting to find my balance.

Daly said...

Gorgeous!! So...to get that shot, did you have to get near the water? Like the one you took along the Colorado River hiking trail?

TomboCheck said...

Daly - Thanks! This one was a little different, as I didn't want to get wet. :) There was a fallen tree jutting out into the water so I walked about 15 feet out onto it and sat down to take some photos. Lots of balancing to make sure the cam didn't go in the water with me attached!