A few years ago when I started processing my first HDR’s…I had a feeling that this photography style would be big! These days, I must admit there are quite a few great HDR artists…and the list is growing! The community of great HDR artists somehow or someway know each other….which is very cool! But these days you can visit many HDR hotspots and see great work all over. I still love the pier shots, architecture shots, church shots….but every once in a while…take a chance and do something different.
Last year I did my first Motocross and Baseball shots in HDR. Very cool! Now its time for musical HDR’s. We took my daughter to Downtown Disney last summer and enjoyed walking around and seeing the sights and restaurants. Here they have live performers out to entertain you. I think my 70-200 was brand new and I walked around snapping hand held shots. Brother Yusef was playing here this evening and I grabbed a shot of him. Cool…but why not HDR him. It was a single shot HDR conversion. Not bad! So think outside the box and go out and HDR something new! Ya never know how it will turn out!
The past few days it has been 70+ degrees here in Austin. So nice to feel spring weather! Some of us are only a few weeks away! Green grass and flowers will pop up soon! I cannot wait. So I was thinking of a trip I had to Japan in April a while back. I had just missed the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, but luckily was traveling up north in Japan. The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom! We went out to lunch one afternoon the roads in town were so beautiful…trees everywhere!! For the shot above, I asked my co-worker to pull over so I can grab a photo. I looked up at the great tree and snapped away! If you are ever planning a visit to Japan…the first few weeks of April is Cherry Blossom time! A dream of mine would be to visit Kyoto with the Blossoms in full beauty! Sayonara!
I was looking through some old pics the other day and before my days of HDR’ing…I actually took normal shots! This one is the Chrysler Building seen from the top of the Empire State Building. What a view of a beautiful city up there! I miss NYC. I have not visited in a few years. Hope I can get back this summer. I gave the shot the vintage look along with a little selective focus…both thanks to onOne’s Photo Suite! I bet its cold in the city right now!! Spring will be here soon!
Through time our photo styles change. We like to try different methods and looks. I usually do not shoot the grungy urban style, but very much enjoy these shots. I was watching the Photovision DVD #184 and the portrait photographer Travis Gugelman had a family doing an urban session downtown at Buffalo Billiards in Austin. Not indoor or out front…in the back alley! I loved the shots! I had to take lunch yesterday to scope it out! Not only for a future portrait session of my own, but also it looked like a great spot for an HDR.
I shot the urban style and it was just about noon and the sun was bright. I took the HDR anyway just to see how the overall look would be and if I should take it again on a cloudy day or near dusk time. I processed it and enjoyed it! Some of the noon-ish shadows were cool. So an urban HDR during the day! I can bet a normal HDR with the right conditions will be great…so look for it soon! But in the meantime…something a little different. Enjoy! See my notes below…9 exposures on this HDR!
From the plains of Taos, New Mexico…here is an Infrared photo with the Pixel Bender effect put on it! Hope you can try this cool free plug-in from Adobe! CS5 is needed. Not sure if you can use CS4. You may have to be a techie to figure that one out. It creates this neat painterly look. Can’t beat a free plug in!!! Check it out here….Pixel Bender
Tokyo at night is one of the best cities in the world to photograph. The shot above is from my hotel room window last year. So I apologize for a bit of window dirt/noise. The new Tokyo Tower is due to open in May, so this old one will turn quiet…not sure what the future holds?
Some info from the web: In the postwar boom of the 1950s, Japan was looking for a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. Looking to the Occident for inspiration, the Tokyo Government decided to erect its own Eiffel Tower. It was completed by the Takenaka Corporation in 1958 at a total cost of ¥2.8 billion. At the time it was built it was the tallest structure in Tokyo, but it has since been superseded by several buildings in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts. Although it chiefly functions as a radio and television broadcasting antenna, the Tower is best known as a tourist destination, though it is decried by some as overpriced and inconveniently located, and as having poor amenities.