Week 43 … #37 HDR …Photographers at Work

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Photographers at Work, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine

The 3-day photography workshop that I participated in with Downeast Maine Magazine illustrated to me how I could better capture sunrises and sunsets by using a method called HDR, high dynamic range.  It is taking a series of images at different exposure levels (bracketing and best with a tripod) combining them to create a single image comprised of the most focused, well-lit, and colorful parts of the scene.  In the past, I would have had to do a lot of post-processing work to bring out the shadows when shooting into a sunrise or sunset.  So I was excited to learn how to better capture those scenes.  In the above image, two of my fellow classmates where capturing the same sunrise.  One with a tripod in the lower right corner and the other hand-held in the upper left corner.  I shot 3 images bracketed at +2 stops but in post processing I realized that I should have captured at least 5+ images since I had to do a bit of processing to bring up the shadows in the rocks.  That probably would not have been necessary had I given myself more images to work with.

Nikon d810, Tamron 24-70 lens, 26mm, ISO 200, f/11,

 

Week 41 … #50 Starts with “Q” … Quest for a Sunrise

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Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Pemaquid, Maine.

This past week, I participated in a 3-day Downeast Maine Magazine photography workshop led by Benjamin Williamson and Kurt Budliger.  We had amazing weather and beautiful skies in our ‘quest’ for sunrises and sunsets.  The days were long, beginning at 4:30am and ending well past 10pm with afternoon classroom time to preview photos and lightroom editing techniques.  Ben and Kurt are awesome photographers and their insights and instructions on landscape photography was superb.  I chose the above image for this week’s theme of ‘Quest’ as a representative of the quest for amazing sunrises and sunsets.  It was the blue hour of the morning around 5am and I had just arrived at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and began shooting before losing the skies to the morning sunrise.  

Nikon d810, 24-70mm, f/10, 24mm, 1/4 second