I noticed as this balloon ascended, that it was rising against some clouds that perfectly matched the diagonal stripes on the balloon. I had already been watching the balloon slowly rise, and taking shots, so it was easy for me to catch this image against the amazing pre-snow clouds of Snowdown, 2011. This was a photo that I put through single image HDR processing in Photomatix, to get the most out of those clouds that I could. I double tone mapped it as well, which gave it even more of an otherworldly look. Then I backed off in photoshop, bringing back parts of the image, painting in the blue colors of the balloon to remove some of the noise that was added in the processing… warming the sky with a filter and a white balance shift in lightroom. Lots of subtle details, as well as the not so subtle texturing- 3 different overlaid textures to add to the ancient feeling of the shot.
I think I’ve been reading too much Steampunk literature… it definitely came through on this image.
Posted to http://www.kelleybard.com, and my facebook and flickr pages. I’ve been getting some good comments on my other balloon image… be interesting to see what people think of this one!
Probably will be posted to http://www.HDRspotting.com as well, as I really like this one.
I don’t usually do single image HDR photos, but I am starting to consider that an option more and more. I took several hundred photos on this day, mostly of the hot air balloon launch and the events leading up to it (a very COLD day to be out ballooning, but fun to be on the ground watching it all come together!). I realized quickly when I started to process it all, though, that hot air balloons MOVE and so all of the off the ground images couldn’t be done as normal HDR’s. There was just too much change for the computer program to handle it, so the lines and such got messed up. So, single image HDR’s. Especially for something like this… check out that sky! It’s begging to be an HDR! It was definitely a snow-forecast sky and had light, wispy, gorgeous clouds that I knew from experience would be great as HDR’s. So there you go.
My work will be up for the next few months in the new Red Tent Women’s Center in Durango, CO! I’m very excited, have been working with the owner for the last few weeks and am getting all my images and frames and such together to have them delivered this week. Opening is Valentines Day. Wanna come by and see my work?! All large formats, 16×20’s, even a 20×30 print and a smaller but still substantial canvas wrap- gonna be beautiful!
Enjoy my work at http://www.kelleybard.com, my flickr and facebook pages. I’ll be posting this to HDRspotting.com as well… we will see what happens there!