Does anyone else follow Stuck In Customs (Trey Ratcliff) with his amazing photography? He put out a series of suggestions for HDR images this last week, along with Rick Sammon (another amazing HDR artist). One of the tips was to explore using single shots for HDR through converting raw images into pseudo-HDR images. Photomatix does a good job at that and it really does bring out some incredible details and looks in a photo. So… for today, we have a single raw exposure converted into HDR in “Wet Bridge and Mans Best Friend”.
I think the best part of this is the reflection in the wetness on the bridge… and how the trees came out in the HDR process… and how the detail in the wood really comes out with HDR… ok, I like a lot about this.
I used Photomatix 4 for the HDR, Photoshop for the playing field, Topaz DeNoise to clean up the digital noise, and Topaz Adjust to get the “crisp” look. I also desaturated it a bit, in Photomatix and in Photoshop. But I like how the greens are still pretty strong.
Enjoy this along with other images at www.kelleybard.com, as well as my facebook and flickr pages (see the links to the right).
You know how many photographers have to decide on whether or not to create a croppable image or not, since most of the prints will come out cropped? I’m still not sure what my policy is on this, but mostly I create images while keeping it in mind that I should look for “good 8×10″ness in the photo. My images are made for the whole frame, though, and should be enjoyed that way (although 95% will crop well)… so this month, the deal is 25% off full frame prints (not counting 4×6’s, sorry). That is 8×12 or 16×24 prints of any kind- classic, canvas wraps, giclee prints.. all 25% off. The purchase must be done on my website http://www.kelleybard.com… and the best part is, as long as you have a full frame image in there, you get the discount on EVERYTHING you buy. Coupon code is mar2011. Good through the end of the month. Come by and enjoy the photos as they are meant to be enjoyed- full frame!