Tag Archives: photomatix

Becoming… 101/365

Becoming... 101-365

A hole opened up in the overcast off to the west revealing the building clouds as a storm built itself to the west…

This is a little different of an HDR than I usually do in that I have pulled the color from it rather than saturate it…the image was almost black and white anyway so it was easy to push it a little farther and…

Becoming... 101.5-365

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sil·hou·ette… 94/365

sil·hou·ette... 94/365

This one almost looks like an HDR image after all was said and done, but in fact it was just a single image initially processed in Lightroom to get the temperature, tint, tone, clarity, vibrance and sharpness set, then moved over to Photoshop and put it through my usual paces: Curves for more contrast, Lab color technique and the Orton type effect, then back to Lightroom to finish off and export to JPEG…a peek into my process a bit…more on that to come…

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This one was processed similarly, but is an HDR image that was generated in Photoshop CS3 then tone-mapped in Photomatix then brought back into Lightroom to begin the above mentioned processing until…here it is! I have found that I prefer generating HDR images through Lightroom/Photoshop CS3 then tone-mapping them in Photomatix rather than generating them in Photomatix. The images are much sharper and cleaner done this way, and since the tone-mapping feature of Photomatix is all I use the program for at this point, the Photoshop plug in version of it would have done me just fine at a lower price tag.  I am sure the other features like the batch processing and such are useful, I just have not had the time to invest in learning it right now.  Maybe someday…until then… 

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Lone Red Cloud… 87/365

Lone Red Cloud... 87/365

This is a three image HDR of the sunrise this morning. I wanted to try a little comparison to see if I could recreate some of the aspects of the HDR technique using a single image and processing techniques. What I came up with after an hour of messing around with various procedures I either read about or made up on the spot was this:

Lone Red Cloud... 87.5/365

Not too bad, but a lot of the depth created by the contrast in the HDR is missing and to blast the contrast to that level in a singe image processing was making it look like crap to me.  I am sure I could spend another hour on it and get closer, burning here and dodging there, but then, there would be no real point to all that work excepting maybe a little reduction in the noise that is evident in the HDR images.  In any sense, it was a fun experiment…

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While on my walk… 80/365

While on my Walk... 71/365

As a rule, I try to walk around the block a couple of times a night.  as I was walking this sunset continued to get more and more brilliant, so at the end of the first lap, I shot this HDR of it.  I created this in the usual fashion

I am still working on the NY images, you can see my progress with some of them to this point on the Flickr account and by this weekend, I should have a post on the trip, putting the images with words and in some kind of logical order.  We have people coming back from and going out on vacation this week at work, so my schedule is a bit harried, but I will work diligently to have something up for you all, hopefully by Saturday night.  In the mean time, I will still be putting up my daily dose so until next time…

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Winding Down… 72/365

Winding Down... 72/365

The name change has happened…we are no longer C&M Auto Service of Vernon Hills, Inc. but are now Star Auto Authority.  I have linked the new website there because even though it has not been finished yet, it will be soon and in the mean time, you can still go to the old site and at least get a sense for where I live…I mean work.  We held a party for our clients and employees and unveiled the new name and logo over some of the best Hors D’oeuvres (from The Picknic Basket, I highly recommend them), Stella beer and an assortment of fine wines, waters and sodas (myself prefering the water which I paid for with a hurried trip to the bathroom at 2am). 

Now all I need to do is figure out how to stop saying C&M when I make calls…

Consuming… 73/365

Consuming... 73/365

While I was closing the shop tonight, I saw what looked and acted like a “pneumonia” front come through and in its approaching, it appeared to consume the sun, just minding it’s own business, trying to set.  This is an HDR in my normal fashion…3 exposures generated in Photoshop, tone-mapped in Photomatix and then finished off in Photoshop and Lightroom before uploading.

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Catch Up Time…

At the rate I was going, I figured it would be best to just make one large post, otherwise, I would never get caught up, so here we go…

NY Sunset… 63/365

NY Sunset... 63/365

This is a three exposure HDR of the sunset as seen through the row of trees in the backyard of our friends house in New York.   It was yet another hazy, grey day, but the HDR brought out a sort of spectrum in the scene, and the processing using lab color in Photoshop further refined that.

In Search of… 63.5/365

In Search Of... 63.5/365

I mean no disrespect to anyone who feels otherwise, but these things were all around the yard, living under the shed, coming out to feed on the grass and run away when you so much as thought about them.  I am sure if I was as hunted by so many creatures as they are, I would be a little skittish too, but I now see why they are afraid of their own shadow,  They are Nature’s wuss.

Heart of the Black Dirt Region… 64/365

Heart of the Black Dirt Region... 64/365

Pine Island, New York.  Home to what has got to be the blackest dirt I have ever seen, and apparently the best soil to grow onions in as their field numbers rival that of corn fields in my neighborhood (Norther Illinois, Southern Wisconsin).  The soil is so coveted by many and so important to the local economy, there is a public official in charge of making sure none of it “walks” away during construction projects.

Into the Night We Drove… 65/365

Into the Night We Drove... 65/365

On our way home…

Annabelle… 66/365

Annabelle...66/365

Upon our arrival, the garden had a lot to show us, not the least of which were the huge poms of the Annabelle flowers in the front gardens.  This is merely a portion of one particularly large flower.  Beautiful they are, and without the strong perfume one would expect them to have…

Approaching… 67/365

Approaching... 67/365

The drive home from work and into the clouds I drive…

Poised… 68/365

Poised... 68/365

I started working on a contest shot for the Redbubble “Macro Untouched” group.  The theme this time around is “patterns” and I was trying to get a vanishing point macro of the chessboard fading into the horizon, but nothing seemed to be working very well for me, so I just shot how I felt instead and here it is…

Outreach… 69/365

Outreach... 69/365

Like those worms that live at the bottom of the ocean near the hot springs…that’s what this reminded me of, but I don’t think “Worms” would have made a good title to it…

That ought to do it…all up to date…

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