I was at the office supply store today. I was just looking around when I came across these very colorful crayons. I have been wanting to do another HDR image so I thought I might try it with this colorful crayons. I was not too happy with my last one. This one is alright, but I am beginning to believe that HDR works better for a landscape or a different type of image. I used a shallow depth of field (f4.5) and focused in the middle of the image to give it a different look.
Not that long ago we thought the orchid was dying. I asked Willie to cut it down because it was getting so tall. He put off doing it and then, surprise, surprise, a bud appeared on the top! I thought it might be fun to try another HDR image. I got the tripod out and put a white board behind it. Willie held a piece of cardboard to try to block the breeze. It worked at the top but there is some movement at the bottom. I used five images in this process. That gives me more info to work with than just using three images.
Do you notice how willing I am to share with you my firsts, such as shooting in Raw, my Lensbaby photos, my first portrait photographs and now my first HDR image? I am not afraid to put it out there for you to see. Hopefully, you will see the improvement over time. This is all part of my growth as a photographer I am willing to share. This image was done with five images in the Photomatix software. I did not go all the way to a “surreal” type image. I chose a subject that had a lot of sun, shade and limited highlights. It was fun bringing it all out in the final image.
My first HDR image…
I took this at Central Park and they are the same flowers Delaney was in front of in yesterday’s portrait. I did not use my tripod and it was a little breezy. The alignment is not perfect, but it is the best that the software could do considering what it had to work with. I think I will show you the five images I used to create this – at one stop each.
This should show you how you get the best from each image. I am glad I was able to finally get an image like this and I will continue to select more advanced subjects and play more with the software. I love learning new things! It was very warm here today but at least we have that nice ocean breeze! Willie had to go to Long Beach and the dogs and I stayed at home. Watched the Dodgers win today. We may go up to the mountains this week. I know the dogs would love it, but it will be hot up there!