Photography is amazing. So many styles, so many options, so many other photographers. I enjoy reading, looking for inspiration and checking out my friends great work! One friend is Jimmy McIntyre. He has published the recent HDR One Magazine. I had added an article into the great magazine a few months back on HDR Composites.
He runs a great blog also called…Through Strange Lenses. Check out his work…its fantastic! On his blog last week I saw his post on a Cityscape Photoshop Tutorial. I have HDR’d a few skylines in the past and had those boring water reflections. I decided to follow his instructions to spice up one HDR from San Diego.
Magically it made the image so much better!!! I added a border to give it a poster feel. Thanks Jimmy for the inspiration!!! I will add this to my image options in the future!!
You can see what one of my old versions without the reflections looked like here….San Diego HDR.
An amazing sky for this Real Estate session last nite! HDR + Real Estate = beautiful photos!! If you are an agent in the Yorba Linda area and would like to have me photograph your properties…contact me today. peter at talkephotography.com
I have been to Vegas tons of times. But only a few to try and capture HDR’s. Vegas can be tricky…it all depends if you want tourists in your shots. You can go the long exposure route at sunset or wake up at dawn and then you only have to deal with a few drunk people stumbling around to get back to their hotel. I like dawn..its quieter and a bit safer! This morning I targeted my shots and was walking back to my hotel and stopped in at Caesar’s Palace. Only a few people to dodge for this lobby shot. Vegas is great for HDR’ing…great shots outside, lobbies, hallways…I have even seen cool elevator areas I’d like to capture!
One of the coolest places to HDR in the US…Eastern State Penitentiary. An added bonus when you visit…they allow Tripods! You have to pay ten dollars extra..but all worth it! The prison was open from 1829 to 1971. It housed Al Capone and many other scary people. I have only visitd once, but would enjoy heading back to take the “Ghost” tour. They call it “Terror Behind the Walls“. I unfortunately do not believe in ghosts…but this could be one spooky place at nite! If you are ever in the Philly area…stop by and visit ESP! Def cool!
Check these awesome HDR Composites from Firefly Nights Photography! Megan is one incredible photographer! Click her link and check out her amazing work! She told me that adding in HDR Composites into her products has created a buzz and has grown business!! What Senior or Athlete would not want one of these to hang on the wall! A memory that will last a lifetime!!
I am working on some new HDR backgrounds! They should be ready in a few weeks! I will keep you posted!!! Here is the link to my current available HDR backgrounds…
One morning while HDR’ing here in SoCal…I was driving back home and decided to stop by Old Town Irvine. Here you can find a couple of cool older buildings that have been updated. Here is some info from the web:
Old Town Irvine stands today as a testament to the rich agricultural past of what has become one of California’s most heavily urban counties. Founded in 1887 as the distribution and storage center of the 125,000-acre Irvine ranch, Old Town Irvine was to develop over the years a bean and grain storage warehouse (1895) and granary (1947) known as the Irvine Bean and Grain Grower’s Building, a blacksmith’s shop (1916), a hotel (1913), a general store (1911), and an employees’ bungalow (1915). All of these structures have been rehabilitated for commercial uses and their exteriors have been painstakingly maintained.
From my recent trip to Austin…this HDR is a view from the Long Center overlooking the city skyline. During my trip…this was the one shot I was aiming for. I am saving the full shot for my next “HDR Background” release (Coming soon!). It is super cool. This FB Timeline is the condensed version. For the free version of this photo for your Facebook Timeline Cover, please visit this link….
While back in Austin for a few days recently…we were staying at the Hilton downtown. I could look out my room window and see the station right next to the hotel. I was up early this day taking shots all around and on my walk back the Metro was just pulling up. I waited for the passengers to board and took this shot with the Frost Bank Tower in the background. I have never taken the Metro. It was on my things to do list during the trip, but just didn’t have time. I will take a ride…one day! Enjoy!