Branching Out

Just couldn’t resist working on one more shot from Lake Mohawk.  While I was out walking one morning, I came across this tree, and I loved the way its branches stretched so far, but in only one direction.  It’s almost as if the tree were reaching for something–maybe the sunlight? I’m just thinking that it could cast some really scary shadows around Halloween time!

This shot was a composite of three bracketed exposures (-2.0/0.0/+2.0), processed as HDR through Photomatix using Tone Compression, and then a little bit of post-processing in PaintShop Pro X3.

As the desert temperatures reach the 110’s and everything in my world turns brown and dusty, I love looking back at the photos that I took at Lake Mohawk, just to remember what a truly green landscape looks like.



Slight Change In Perspective

Still working on the photos that I took last weekend in North Mississippi.  Late in the afternoon on the last day I was there, I took my camera to a spot on the east end of Lake Mohawk, where there was a pier that was partially submerged.  From one basic position, I just pointed the camera in several different directions left and right, taking series of bracketed shots for HDR processing.  It’s amazing how just a slight turn to the right or left produced such a difference in lighting and color temperature.

I have six different shots that I’m working on from this one spot by the lake.  Each shot is an HDR composite of three bracketed exposures (-2.0/0.0/+2.0), combined in Photomatix and then processed further in Paintshop Pro X3.  The first three are shown below, but they look much better in the large version which you can see on my Flickr page here.

I have three more that I’ve already run through Photomatix, but I haven’t finished with the tweaking yet.  I should have those posted by the weekend.

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Concord Baptist Church

I got to spend a little time this evening going through some more of the pictures that I took last weekend.  Many of the outdoors shots that I took, intending to process as HDR’s, aren’t working out so well since there was a good breeze while I was shooting and the bright green foilage produces lots of ghosting on the HDR image.  I’ll probably get some good single-image prints out of them, though.

Last Sunday morning, my brother Mark and I hung around after church services were over so I could get some shots of the church where I grew up and where my Dad still pastors.  I got just a few shots of the exterior before it started to pour down rain, and then I got some shots of the interior.  So far, this one is my favorite of the ones I’ve processed:

This is an HDR from three bracketed shots (-2.0/0.0/+2.0), tripod-mounted, processed through Photomatix and the post-processed in PaintShop Pro X3.  In Photomatix, I used the Detail Enhancement option, and also used the Medium light smoothing preset.  The image shown above is a reduced size…it looks much better in full size.  You can view the larger version on my Flicker site here.

I still have a lot more to go through, but I’m taking my time with them.  Want to make the memories last, you know.