Daily Archives: December 22, 2011

Reader HDR Image of the week – Duane K. Willis

Here are a couple of great HDRs from reader Duanne K Willis

The first one is an HDR Panoramic.

Layers of  a Sunset (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

THI: Where was this image shot?
DW: Table Rock Lake
THI: What Camera and Lens did you use?
DW:Nikon D7000    Nikon 18-105    shot at 50mm
THI: Exposures?
DW: 4 shots   -4, -2, 0, +2   ( 1/2500, 1/640, 1/160, 1/40)
THI: What Processing did you do?
DW: Photomatix; Lightroom and photoshop elements.Normal workflow for Levels adjustments and then Crop for Pano
THI: Thoughts behind this image?
DW: This was a image I had been thinking about for a while and had attempted it about 6 times over a 1 year time frame, but the conditions were just not right. Usually  I had boats in the water, clouds or a heavy haze.  Finally this summer we had a string of clear days and nights. This was taken about 15 minutes before the sun went down below the horizon.  It was a perfectly clear night.  I waited just until the sun did not have that bright white spot.  The conditions allowed me to capture the nice vertical layers of the Sunset along with the layers of the hills.

Also from Duane is this HDR Image

WaterPainting   (Click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THI: Where was this image shot?
DW: Alley Mill Springs
THI: What Camera and Lens did you use?
DW:Nikon D7000   Nikon 18-105    shot at 32mm
THI: Exposures?
DW: 3 images   -2, 0 , +2    (1/2 sec, 1/8 sec, 2 Sec)
THI: What Processing did you do?
DW: Photomatix; Lightroom and photoshop elements.I used my normal workflow for Levels adjustment.  I sometimes will get very saturated Greens and with this image I had just read the Post by Peter talking about using a Black and White layer to help tone down his colors in a night shot.  I have been doing this a lot with my images and it really helps
THI: Thoughts behind this image?
DW: This was taken at about 6:30 am.  I had really been wanting to add to my portfolio some water shots and was walking along the trail that goes behind the mill.  I saw this opening with these great Moss rocks and the light just starting to highlight them on the top. When I shoot water I really want it to look like a paint brush made the strokes. I think sometimes the really silky water, just takes away from the scene.  I knew I had no filter on my lens, but that morning there was a nice fog and the Sun had not poped up over the Cliff side, so I new I would get a nice shutter speed.   As soon as I looked at the image in my screen I could see the nice brush strokes of the water. That just made the 2 1/2 hour trip worth the drive.

 

I really like both of these images and what I like is, Duane had an idea in his head and then used his knowledge to achieve that and they both work exactly as he had planned. I like the processing he did, it is of course to my style of doing things. But don’t think I don’t like other styles,  Just do them well.

Thanks Dunne for sending in thses images.

 Remember I’ll be more than happy to post images or critique reader images.

Please send Duanne some love or suggestion  in comments. We all like to know what people think, good or bad because it helps us to get better.

Thannks!

 

PT