Scenic Views Candidate #4—Summer Moon

I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. Right now I am reviewing images that are scenicor from nature. This is a blend of two images taken in the pocono mountains and merged in Photoshop.

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Candidate #4...Summer Moon

Candidate #4…Summer Moon

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New Lightroom HDR Merge

I don’t normally write reviews on equipment or techniques. There are many people who do it much better than I do. I did write a series of technical How To articles for eHow a few years back but when they stopped paying me, I stopped writing them. Since then I have been more concerned with creativity than technology.

I have been disappointed on how difficult it has been to create HDR images. I don’t travel that much with a tripod which has been a prerequisite to do these sorts of images. I have tried HDR plug ins but have been disappointed with the results. GIMP made a pretty good plug in but the images were usually noisy or ghosted beyond repair. However, today I tried the new Merge Photo tool on the new Lightroom.

I took this picture, edited and posted it in less that 30 minutes without a tripod! I used auto bracketing on the Nikon 5200 with three images one f-stop apart. Easy to use with a great how to video on YouTube that takes four minutes to watch. Once again Adobe products continue to amaze. Wait why do I need Photoshop again? Oh yah its bundled with Lightroom.

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Lightroom HDR

Lightroom HDR

Flight

Most people think that blending multiple images into one image began with the invention of Photoshop which is of course not true. I blended this image and many others in the darkroom in 1977 inspired by Master Photographer.Jerry Uelsmann.

Photoshop does make it easier though. To make Row for Your Life, I had to create a mask, make multiple exposures on photographic paper, process and dry. Of course it would have taken hours to get the two negatives. Shooting the images, processing the negative film, making contact prints before you could even evaluate which images you wanted to blend.

This is an image of a fall sky in Pittsburgh blended with a Pelican from Merritt Island Florida. Took an hour or so after I had the concept,

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Flight

Flight

Flight Over Peggy’s Cove

This photograph is a combination of darkroom magic, coupled with digital magic. The original was created in the darkroom blending two monochrome images. One, a shot of Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia, the other of gulls in flight over Lake Worth Florida. Th original image image was scanned at 600 DPI and colorized with two masks in GIMP. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Flight at Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia