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More Tinkering With Lightroom and Photoshop HDR Pro

The main greenhouse at Longwood Gardens
The main greenhouse at Longwood Gardens

This is another image that I ran through Photoshop HDR Pro, and Lightroom.   This was also taken at Longwood Gardens which is located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It’s a great place to just walk around even if you don’t shoot any photographs.    I took this in winter so I only chose to walk around the greenhouses that particular day.  If memory serves it was about 20 degrees out which is far to cold to be shooting for my tastes.  For a related post – see this!

Different Directions – Refining HDR With Lightroom

Winter Afternoon At Longwood Gardens

I wrote in a previous post about using Lightroom to process HDR images.  Until recently I had been using plug-ins within Lightroom to do the tone mapping, and then would apply global adjustments back in Lightroom.. The tone mapping process would generally entail sliding numerous controls around until I got something I  liked.  This kind of process could sometimes lead to heavy handed HDR. You may get the trees to look the way you would like, but the edge of the sky may show hideous halos, or some other unintended artifact.   In many cases I have gone rogue, and shot hand held which is not the ideal way to shoot HDR. As a result I could only shoot 3 brackets instead of the 5 shots when using my tripod.  Depending on the lighting sometimes the exposures would not lend themselves to HDR. In those cases trying to get a decently tone mapped image would be like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. Continue reading Different Directions – Refining HDR With Lightroom

Lightroom 4.1 – Reducing Fringing During Processing.

Original HDR merge from HDR Pro in Photoshop CS6
Original HDR merge from HDR Pro in Photoshop CS6

In my prior post I mentioned how well I thought Lightroom 4.1 reduced chromatic aberrations from my images during my HDR workflow.   I had taken some bracketed images using a Canon 10-22 mm lens.  I have used this lens frequently when shooting for HDR.    Most of the places I had been shooting were often crowded, and the wide angle lens allowed me to get in close to avoid from getting those pesky people in the frame.  In this case I was also shooting hand held, and had to go with what I could get.   Under better circumstances, and optimal settings I would have been able to possibly get an image with less artifact.

The above image is the result of merging 3 exposures 2 stops apart in Photoshop HDR Pro.  I only applied de-ghosting, and then saved back into Lightroom to do the remainder of the processing with the 32 bit TIFF file.  I only used 3 exposures because I was shooting handheld.  The facility required a special permit from them for tripods.  I posted about my experience using Lightroom for HDR processing in my last post. Continue reading Lightroom 4.1 – Reducing Fringing During Processing.

Using Lightroom 4.1 for HDR processing – My First Hack

I always noticed often when performing HDR processing it was difficult to always come up with a realistic image.  I am a fan of the surreal, and hyperrealistic look, but there will be situations where you just want something that looks real.  I have finally stumbled onto a process that works for me…so far.  Adobe has added the ability to edit 32 bit HDR images in Lightroom.  This is huge for me as my workflow is largely Lightroom oriented.  I have Photoshop, but found Lightroom so much easier to use for general photographic tasks.  I know Photoshop is so much more powerful, and I have been taking advantage of the blending of layers, and fine detail/selection tools more of late.  Lightroom is familiar though so it is where I am most comfortable. Continue reading Using Lightroom 4.1 for HDR processing – My First Hack

I’m Excited About Trying HDR Editing in Lightroom 4.1 via Photoshop CS6

Lightroom 4.1 now has the ability to process 32 bit TIFF files from HDR apps.  This is great because now I can take advantage of all the non-destructive abilities of Lightroom processing.  Previously I’d start in Lightroom, and then export my images to Photomatix, or HDR Efex, and then re-import back into Lightroom.  So in this respect the process is very much the same, except now I am exporting to Photoshop, and merging in HDR Pro in Photoshop CS6.  Once I am in HDR Pro I can de-ghost, and save the file back as a 32 bit TIFF to Lightroom. Continue reading I’m Excited About Trying HDR Editing in Lightroom 4.1 via Photoshop CS6

Winter in Philly – The Philly Auto Show – Part 1

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See also Part 2 in the series.

We’ve made it through the holidays, and Superbowl time. It’s too cold outside to really walk around shooting for an extended period of time so what to do? Last week I decided to go to the Philadelphia Auto Show, and see what I could find cool to photograph. I had been there in the past, and had captured using my Canon 10-22mm wide angle. The great thing about that lens it that it allows me to get in really close, and also get the whole vehicle in the frame. This is especially important as the show was fairly crowded for a weekday late afternoon. The show was held in the newly remodeled section of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It had been enlarged, and allowed the show to have about 50-60k more square footage to work with. As a result the show felt much more open than in years past.

Initially I was going to bring my new 24-105 to the show to be able to get a little bit more of a normal lens look. The 10-22 can really give you that wide angle distortion unless you shoot the subject at the right angle, unless of course I am going for the distorted composition. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the 24-105 as I hadn’t shot in close quarters yet. I knew what to expect with the 10-22, but I wasn’t used to the 24-105 coverage yet.

Before leaving I ran out to the driveway, and took a few close quarters shots of my car realizing immediately that I’d need the wide angle. I was a little disappointed, but figured better to go with what works. I swapped out lenses, and was on my way sans camera bag to allow for a bit more mobility. This was a first for me as I usually have my bag with me, and it was really nice not to have to worry about constantly keeping tabs on whether it was on my shoulder or not; something I may consider for my Phillies games in the summer.

I am really looking forward to getting some major use of the 24-105 which I think I will use when I hit the flower show in about a month. I don’t expect to be able to get smooth bokeh so I may look into some extension tubes for my rig. I have a 55-250 I could bring, but I want to try something new, and my 24-105 represents that. It’s my first constant aperture lens so I am looking forward to getting a bit more creative in terms of depth of field, and expanding my technique.

I did manage to get some images that pleased me from this year’s visit to the auto show. As I finish a few more images I will post then so that you can see them in Part 2.

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Good Night.

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This is a batch of images that I processed last year.   I have another series of posts on images that I processed this year after a revisit of the source images.  These were all hand held shots – not all technically perfect images but I thought they had a festive quality none-the-less.  I am hoping to have some new stuff for next year.

I hope you enjoy them – Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve Is Here! Revisiting Christmas Town – Part 4/4

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If you missed the other parts in this series see them here:

Part 1Part 2Part3

I missed posting these last night due to some last minute Christmas activities.  I hope everyone has enjoyed the photos.  I have another batch I will be posting later, and tomorrow that were from my original batch of images last year.  Here’s hoping everyone has a great holiday and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Town – 2 Days Left! What Did You Get Me?

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I posted part 2 of this series yesterday.  See also Part 4.

Once again I am looking back at photos from last year’s visit to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  It was a fun visit, although the day I took all of these shots it was about 40 degrees and drizzling.  You can see in the image of the tree that is all lit up in white lights that there is a little bit of moisture on the lens.

Luckily I had my Gore Tex parka with me that day.   I was there with a long time friend and his family, and luckily my buddy was good enough to hold an umbrella over my head to keep the camera dry when I needed it.  Someday I’ll get the camera body with those pro grade seals!