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Sometimes, you have to MAKE it. Boredom. We have all been there in one facet or another in our lives. Like musicians courting the muse, photographers must follow this same archaic path as well. Being that I have been on both sides of this creative fence I can safely say there is no difference [...]
When approaching Bryce Canyon, Utah from the west you must travel through a patch of land called Dixie National Forest. And because the forest is neither a park or monument, hiking and entry are free. With its great beauty, well maintained trails, and bike paths, that’s pretty hard to believe. The canyon shares the same [...]
A while back I announced that I was a finalist in the Project Imaginat10n contest. Well it has been an excruciating 2 weeks of silence but today I am extremely proud and honored to announce that my photo “Spinning Fire” has won the Canon/Ron Howard Project Imaginat10on contest for the “Setting” category. My photo now [...]
This video demonstrates a new blending technique that I am developing. I am combining live HD video with still HDR photographs resulting in a “Living HDR” effect. A nod to Ken Burns for the inspiration. This particular video was shot in upstate New York and features waterfalls from the Finger Lakes region a music by one of my favorite artists Jace Everett (Of True Blood Theme fame). Any comments and/or questions are always welcomed.
List of “participants”
- Waterfalls courtesy of the finger lakes region of New York State.
- Lenses exclusively used on this shoot by Sigma Corporation. SigmaPhoto.com
- Camera used: Sony a77v
- “Slip Away” used with permission in this video. Please check out Jace Everett @ JaceEverett.com
- Software utilized for production: HDRSoft Photomatix, Sony Vegas, Adobe Lightroom, Premiere, and Photoshop, Nik Software Plugins.
The effect I use in the video I have dubbed “Living HDR/Faucet Effect” because I am using my HDR photos, overlaying and blending live HD video with them. The technique uses no special plug-ins or masks. As you will see in the video, it has the effect of a moving HDR and then freezes as if someone is turning off time with a faucet. Motion is achieved by painstakingly aligning and synchronized simultaneous panning of both the live footage and the HDR still.
If you are interested in using the “living HDR” or “Faucet Effect” technique, please contact me. I will have a short tutorial out soon as well on how you can achieve the effect.
Photos from this shoot can be purchased from the gallery link on the menu above.
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Well, it’s spring and an un-seasonable one here in New York. Today’s forecast was for a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and as of late, I have not let the weather forecast deter me from heading out to shoot. I have found that generally the most atmospheric landscape photo opportunities make themselves available when [...]
Processing Time to make this puppy sing. You first need to fire up your HDR software. In this example we will use Photomatix Pro 3.2. Open the program and you should see th following dialog: Once you have Photomatix Pro 3.2 open you will want to click on the Generate HDR Image button and then [...]