HDR Backgrounds – Dan McClanahan’s Composite

Dan McClanahan
One amazing & super talented photographer is Dan McClanahan. Check out the McClanahan Studio web site…Dan and Alex are composite guru’s! Their photos are true art! The specialize in cutting-edge photography. Love their work! Jaw-dropping indeed!! Dan used my Storage Facility HDR background for this amazing photo. Thanks Dan for sharing your art!!!

Composites are one way to grow your business in a world of standard photography….an HDR Composite will evolve your imagery!! Stand out in a crowded field…offer art pieces your clients will cherish for a lifetime! Check out all my digital download HDR backgrounds today!

Santa Fe, NM – Infrared (High Key)

As a photographer…we take lots o pics! I enjoy creating art with my photos….I am sure most of you do as well. I had this shot which I processed before, but we all know that if you process a shot one day and do it the next…it can be completely different. That is the fun of post processing!

I always love high key fashion shots…to me they look cool. I have yet to pull one off…one day! So second best would be to try a high key landscape shot! Thought this one might work? Here is my first high key Infrared photo! Kinda cool? Added a frame to keep the different processing flow going!

Now I want to try something I have yet to do…I will take an HDR I processed years ago…2009-2010 range and re-process it now with all the new software/technology…then compare the 2!! I’m just thinking of this idea as I type! So lets call it HDR-U (High Dynamic Range – Update)?

Look for it later this week! Maybe we can get other photogs to try an HDR-U themselves? Go for it and let me know how it goes!!

Yosemite National Park

One of my favorite places in the US…Yosemite. I would enjoy taking a vacation there for a week in the future just to explore the whole park! The day before a 10 inch snowfall arrived at the park. There is a lodge in the middle of the park…expensive, but how awesome would that be to stay there and wake up everyday knowing that this amazing place is right at your footsteps! Anyone ever stayed in the park? I’d love to hear your stories!

All You Need Is Love!

I know..I am about 2 weeks late for Valentines Day…but Love happens everyday.  =) ….and I took this shot yesterday and wanted to share it!  As a photographer, one of the keys to success is to be inspired.  Magazines, books and web sites are great places!   I saw similar shots on Flickr a few weeks ago.  There are various forms of playing cards with the word “LOVE” spelled out.  I saw one that had pink playing cards…wonderful!  I wanted to have a shot like this in my portfolio and add my touch to it.

I searched the web for pink playing cards and could only find Bicycle “Its A Girl” Cards on Amazon.  $2.99 and a few days later I received them in the mail.   Perfect!  I just grabbed a sheet of white paper placed them on the paper near my kitchen window and it took about 30 shots to get the right angle I liked.

I brought it into Photoshop and used the “Clone Stamp”tool to make certain areas of the Ace and Queen magically disappear.  For the Queen I used the lasso to the one half nearest the right..copied it…flipped it…then moved it to make a nice O.   I played around with the colors.  I had one red version..it was cool.  But the pink looked better.  Maybe I will save the Red version for next Valentines Day!  =)   I then thought it needed something that would make it stand out from all the other Flickr pics.  Why not add a texture? I added a heart texture and thats is it!   So go out and get inspired…take some new shots or go make one you have seen your own!   Maybe this pic can be turned into a greeting card??  If you want an IPad Wallpaper…get it here..LOVE

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 105mm  f/2.8
  • Setting: Manual  Mode
  • Focal Length: 105.0 mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Exposure:  1/30 second
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Texture, Photo Tools 2.6

Denver, CO – Denver Zoo (HDR)

They say a picture is worth 1000 words…this one might be worth a few more?  A touching moment to capture in time.  I get a tear in my eye just looking at it.  This one is for Mom’s all around the globe!  Love is universal!!  As this happened everyone around was ooh-ing and ahh-ing!  Someone yelled out…hope someone took that photo!  Whew!   Luckily I got it!   The world seems alot better after seeing a moment like this!  =)))

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR F/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 105.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/1000 (Single RAW HDR)
  • Aperture:  f/3.2
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza