Baseball HDR Composite


This is my recent HDR Composite. Trenton from the Lake Travis baseball team did a great job! His catcher gear for a shot like this rocks! I truly love these HDR Composites….it is becoming a favorite of mine. I thought of mass producing them, but it does take time in processing. As I type this post up…I’ll breakdown the composite and give you the equipment I have…it will be interesting to see how much it costs. This will be the first time I calculated it! Now I do not have the big time equipment as a studio or Joel Grimes. I am shooting this in a spare bedroom in my house. OK…here goes (for those that are curious)

Session time – 25 minutes (10 different poses)
Processing time – 90 minutes
Tips: The light rays are tough to handle with a mouse. I use the Wacom Intuos 5. The pen tool rocks! Cost: $349.00

Gear:
Nikon SB-700: $329.00
Lastolite Ezybox 24″: $194.00
EzyBbox Grids: $95.00
Monfrotto Stand: $70.00
Total: $688.00
(There are two of all the items above…i have grids on both sides of the subject)
Total: 2 x $688.00 = $1376.00

Beauty Dish: Lumodi 14″ – $65.00
Manfrotto Boom Stand: $150.00
Nikon SB-910: $546.00
Total: $761.00

Background: 8×10 white Freedom Cloth from Dennys Mfg. $110.00
Backdrop Stand: From Denny’s Mfg $225.00
Total: $335.00

Not including the camera. Totals are: $349.00 + $1376.00 + $761.00 + $335.00 = Grand Total $2821.00

Hope you enjoyed the rundown. I’d call this the advanced low budget set up. It works great! Now with this set up…it is more for upper body composites. For full body shots I would need bigger (longer) soft boxes. That will come in time as well. Enjoy your weekend!

Austin, TX – Lake Travis Balloon Launch






I was home for the weekend and had a chance to head up to see the yearly sunrise Balloon Launch in Lake Travis. I hooked up with my buds…Jim Nix and Michael Tuuk…and we grabbed lots of shots! They started up around 6:45 AM they were all gone by 7:30 AM! An easy photographic start to a day! Here a few shots. After I processed it…I like the solo balloon shot up in the air…the inside of the balloon design looks like the people inside are trying to hold up the gondola!