Posts Tagged ‘HDR’

As Young as Springtime

As Young as Springtime

There is a beautiful wooded area not far from where I live. For a few weeks in the spring the undergrowth is dominated by beautiful blue flowers. I try to go for a walk through this sea of azure when they are blooming every year.

This year I took the ‘ole camera with me. I find it challenging to photograph the woods, and this shot might not have enough of a focal point.

It leaves the door open for improvement!

I do like how the tree trunks to the left and right of the image frame the shot, and the sun.


Don’t forget, if you want to learn to take HDR photos like this, I have a free HDR tutorial.


Swirling Sky, Remastered

Former film-maker George Lucas used to be a sort of hero of mine.

Unfortunately, he ceased to be a real film-maker about half way through the filming of Return of the Jedi. (Why Ewoks? Why?)

He may have realized he was out of ideas, and for a time he did everyone a favor by not coming up with any new content, a rule he broke when he produced the train wreck colloquially known as the Star Wars Prequels.

Indeed, prior to the aforementioned prequels, rather than have original ideas or do anything creative, George made money by re-releasing his movies both in the theatre and for home viewing.

He sold the original Star Wars Trilogy on VHS, the THX Trilogy on VHS, the Special Edition on VHS, the DVDs, the Star Wars Trilogy Theatrical Edition, the Original Trilogy on bluray, the Prequel Trilogy on bluray, the complete saga on bluray, etc. He also released the movies in the theatre when they went to the special edition, and most recently, in 3D.

If I had to guess, I’d say he’ll be releasing a 3D bluray complete Star Wars trilogy for $100+ in the near future.

He is a master of getting people (like me, until the prequels) to buy the same thing over and over again, without adding any real value.

Now stay with me, this relates back to photography!

I remember before one of the Star Wars VHS releases, probably the Special Edition, there were some interviews in which George, in an attempt to justify going back and monkeying with the original trilogy, states, “A movie is never finished, only abandoned.”

When I was in Jr. High I thought, this is a pretty cool quote, George is so deep and awesome.

I recently learned that George actually stole this (without attribution) from someone who did have creativity and origional thoughts.

It was actually Leonardo da Vinci, who shared this wisdom some 500 years earlier: “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

And now we come full circle. I find myself going back to my earlier photos, and seeing how I could have processed them differently, or composed them differently. Now I can’t always go back and retake a photo, I can go back to the raw images and reprocess them.

Part of me rails against it, but part of my perfectionist side demands that I go back and “fix” them.

But don’t worry, I’m still taking new photos! In fact, I have a photo from Washington, DC that I’ll be sharing this Tuesday (email subscribers will hear about it first). But in the meantime, here is a photo that I recently “remastered.”

Swirling Sky

Swirling Sky

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The United States Capitol

Let me give you some back story for this image…

I was visiting my sister in DC, and we got to spend some time walking around the city.

The most prominent building is of course the Capitol Building. It’s one of the first things you focus on.

It is an imposing and intimidating structure. You almost feel it might envelop you as you approach.

At the same time, the DC area feels rather intimate, as no building can be taller than the Capitol Building.

As I walked around Washington, I felt as though I was stepping back through history, surrounded by the mystique and grandeur of the monuments honoring great heroes of the United States of America:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln

I also saw the White House, Supreme Court, the Pentagon…

I was truly awestruck; filled as it were with a patriotic reverence.

As my sister and I walked up the gentle rise approaching the Capitol Building, we stopped several times so I could take photos. Looking back over the National Mall, we commented on the power of the buildings and how we were proud to be American Citizens.

We reached the steps of the Capitol, taking in the stately seat of the United States Government.

Then I noticed that someone had left an empty juice bottle on the ground.

Thats when it hit the fan.

I was flabbergasted!

My sister was incredulous!

“NOBODY puts trash on MY Capitol!” she cried.

And she picked up the bottle and placed it in the appropriate receptacle.

Show some class people!