Archives for the month of: October, 2012

Just a thank you to those who attend my classes, those who read this blog and to those I follow. Your photos supply me with so much inspiration to want to teach other the beautiful form of expression know as photography. I will be starting a new series of classes on Tuesday evening at the local  community college and I plan to encourage each of my students to start a blog of his or her own to share with others.

Have fun and keep shooting those great shots 🙂

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Okay, I’ll admit I’m addicted to HDR. I took a trip to my favorite photographic destination this week with the intention of shooting nothing but bracketed shots for HDR. I love the way they look.

Some are processed more than others. Some look more like paintings, some just look like incredibly enhanced photos. I love the gothic look to them.

The last two are the same shot. One I processed in color HDR, the other in black and white. Let me know what you think.

Have fun 🙂

These photos were taken at the Kentucky Folk Art Center  on the campus of Morehead State University. They are from various folk artists.

Alex Finn

Kentucky has one of the richest traditions of folk art in the United States.

Tim Lewis

Most of these artist had no formal training. That’s the great thing about folk art.

Edgar Tolson

Robert Morgan

Let me know what you think 🙂

Kentucky is one of the few states that still boasts working covered bridges. There are several of these beautiful remnants from a slower time in Fleming County.

When photographing them I try to not only take pictures of the exterior, but the details of the interior as well. The craftsmanship is remarkable considering that it was all done by hand hundreds of years ago.

Hope you enjoy the weekend field trip 🙂

Sometimes you don’t have a choice but to shoot into the sun. Silhouettes are a good way to make the best of the lighting situation.

Keep shooting 🙂

As promised in an earlier post, here are some more agricultural pics. This time, I decided to photograph hayrolls, which are abundant in Kentucky this time of year.

I love the way these look. I grew up on a farm, but my family owned a square hay baler, which produces a rather plain-looking cube of hay. Now farmers prefer hay rollers. I’m not sure what the agricultural benefit is to the rolls, because they can’t be moved by hand like the ones I used to load.

A forklift attachment on a tractor is how these are moved. These aren’t stored in a barn like the bales either. They are stacked against a fence and left in the field, many times wrapped in white plastic. They resemble rows of huge marshmallows.

As a photographer, I’m glad to see the change in hay storage methods. These are so much better to look at. Let me know what you think.

Have fun with your camera 🙂

I have looked through photo magazines for years at the beautiful HDR (high dynamic range) photos that are produced with special software using three bracketed photos.

I finally gave in and purchased HDRsoft’s Photomatix software recently. I couldn’t wait to try it, so I went out on my lunch break and quickly shot a few bracketed images. After converting them to Jpeg from RAW format, I opened the three images in the Photomatix program. It is so easy to use and offers so many options for tonemapping the photo. I realized when processing them that if you are not using a tripod and remote, you will move slightly and cause the merged images to look blurry. A couple of my tonemapped products looked like a 3-D picture without the glasses.

The only problem I will have now is getting carried away and “overHDRing” my photos. I am an abstract artist at heart and the menu of options makes my mouth water. Hopefully, I can restrain myself when trying to keep the photo looking realistic. I realize these look a bit like old-fashioned postcards.

More HDR to come when I get a chance to get out and take some more photos. Let me know what you think.

Keep trying new things 🙂

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