Articles - May, 2011

HDR Generation: Raw or JPG?

I mentioned in my previous article that I produce my HDR images in Photomatix Pro by merging and tone mapping high-quality JPGs which I have produced by first converting my raw images in Adobe Camera Raw.  In a discussion I had elsewhere, someone told me he only produces his HDR images from raw files, and [ continue reading ]

Some Thoughts on HDR Imaging

The concept of HDR (high dynamic range) imaging is something that either elicits glee or horror.  Over the last few years, thanks to software such as Photomatix Pro, it has been possible to automatically produce composite images using bracketed exposures in order to bring out rich detail which is impossible for a camera to capture [ continue reading ]

A Busy Weekend of Shooting: Circular Quay and White Bay Power Station

I have had quite a busy, productive and pleasing weekend of photography.  Saturday evening consisted of a single composition of Circular Quay at twilight.  Positioned on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, I shot this image of the Quay during blue hour: I was quite pleased with how this image turned out, in terms [ continue reading ]

New Tripod Rig

This afternoon I bought a new tripod rig to replace my aging, mildly limiting and severely weathered tripod rig.  I purchased a: Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod; Manfrotto 322RC2; grip ball head and Manfrotto MBAG80PN 80cm padded tripod bag.  It all came bundled as a kit.  Manfrotto 055XPRO Tripod I recently researched tripods and decided I wanted [ continue reading ]

Sydney Harbour from Above

This morning Xenedette and I took a very enjoyable seaplane flight over Sydney's northern beaches (as well as Sydney Harbour) with Sydney Seaplanes, departing in a De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk 1 (VH-AQU) from Rose Bay in Sydney's eastern suburbs.  Our flight path took us in a northerly direction along the northern beaches.  We [ continue reading ]

Mount Mee Re-Visited

In January of this year I started experimenting with HDR (high dynamic range) imaging, and had very pleasing results, to the point where I have since been shooting most of my images with a specific view to producing HDR composites.  Post-processing is a constantly evolving process, whereby one learns new and in some cases better [ continue reading ]