I needed a dose of nature, and a plan to go to the zoo was formed. I’ve never been to Cincinnati Zoo before, but I figured with it’s recent “Africa Safari” exhibit constantly being advertised, I thought it would be … Continue reading
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is to show one shot, in two ways. With this information on hand, I got in a few shots when I went to the Cincinnati Zoo specifically for this challenge 🙂 I will absolutely do a full zoo post tomorrow or so with more photos!!
The weather outside may look peachy keen,
but inside my soul has been set aflame
by the lightning of the storm that deals out rain
in waterfalls that flow into the river of my veins.
My weak heart.
Oh my weak heart that’s worn out from constant pain.
I suppose I do get weary.
I get weary of the advice from others thinking they can save me from the ache,
thinking that lectures they read somewhere will guide me in the right direction.
They don’t know.
They don’t know that this is familiar territory and I’ve walked this neighborhood time and time again.
They think they know from text, but I already know from experience,
and man do I get weary.
But I’ll smile that smile, nod that nod and laugh that laugh to keep it all down.
I’ll keep it down until it drowns in that river
Or until it burns out into ashes of black and silver.
The first way would bring out the clearest photograph and that is by using your camera’s Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) mode. On your camera go to the menu and set the AEB mode to -2/ +2 stops. While you are photographing the subject of your HDR photo (make sure to use a tripod) you take three photos of it; one at normal exposure (0), one with less exposure (-2) and another that is more exposed (+2). Be sure that these files are being saved in RAW format for best results. After you’ve photographed your subject, turning it into a HDR image using photoshop is pretty easy. In photoshop, go to File –> Automate –> Merge to HDR, pick the three photos you took and click ok. When the window finally comes up you may edit it to your pleasing, save and you’re done!
The other way of doing HDR is on a single image, that maybe you already shot. Under a photo editing program, such as photoshop, open the file you wish to change. Save that image as a RAW or TIFF file. Then change the exposure settings (Image —> Adjust –> exposure on photoshop) to -2, save that file under a different name, and then with the original folder (or do STEP BACKWARD) adjust the photo to +2, and save that with a different name. Using the aforementioned editing method, in Adobe Photoshop, go to File –> Automate –> Merge to HDR, pick the three photos you just saved, click OK and edit further to your pleasing.
Personally, I have yet to take my three photos on the field and try the first method, but I have tried the second method, and below are a few that came out sort of Okay. Practice makes perfect!
If you need any other help or further instructions you can go to VanillaDays tutorial for help. There are also a lot of books on HDR on amazon.com or your local bookstore.
all throughout the hours
Life erupts as the animals all flirt
and the snakes turn men into cowards.
The sweat, the rain, it has all fallen
and, well, there is that nice breeze
But that irritating, pesky pollen
brings a constant sneeze.
The flies and hornets have come to play
Those gnats that go straight for the eyes
I hate that I wished Winter away
and for that, I apologize.
(photo is my property)
Click photos to enlarge This weekend I had a wonderful time at one of Ohio’s many great lakes and metroparks. This particular area has a lake, swamp, creek and a farm, so there’s much to see and do. After a … Continue reading
Rain pulls me into reverie
to bring me away from my harsh reality
Thunder shakes beneath my feet
Shaking the core
Jostling my soul
Clashing intervals most complete
Tink, Tap, Tlonk
Sweet small clatter of rain
Drops of random
The subdued pain
Light creates cracks
Bright flashes whitewash the sky
don’t let it die.
Let go. Drifting, swaying, gliding… wait, no they Fall, sublime. A spectrum of warmth. reflecting the sunshine watch them glow or a spicy blush igniting the throws and how about a paper bag to round off the show. Porcelain leaves … Continue reading