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I took these pictures of agate slices several years ago and decided I wanted to make them into wall art. I thought they needed to be punched up a bit, though, so I applied a little HDR effect to each one. In my last post, I compared the difference between a regularly processed shot and the same individual shot processed in HDR. I have done the same thing here with the agate pictures, processing only one shot.







All of these were shot using natural window light from behind. I propped them in a window, placed my camera on a tripod and pulled in close for a lot of detail.

Experiment, always 🙂


I am currently in the midst of teaching a class of new photographers and have, of course, been touting the wonderfulness of high dynamic range photography. I explained to my students that the best way to accomplish HDR is to take three bracketed shots and combine them. You can however, apply HDR to only one shot and get some pretty stunning results.












As you can see the results are smashing. I love the way HDR brings out the texture of the barn siding and the colors in the sky and on the foliage.

Keep shooting 😉

IMG_8444A must-stop attraction along the horse country tour would have to be Old Friends Farm, near Georgetown, KY. A farm for retired race horses, tours are conducted several times a day. You can get up close and personal (we’re talkin’ horse drool all over the hands, if you want) with some beautiful former racing thorobreds. If you follow thorobred racing at all, you will recognize the names of some of these horses.

IMG_8455There are a lot of great photo ops here. I lagged many times taking pictures, while my husband and son listened to the tour guide tell about each race horse, but no one minded.







For more information on the farm, directions, etc., visit



Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/794 sec.

We took a trip to the Kentucky Speedway this year for the running of the Quaker State 400. This was my second trip to the race.



Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/513 sec.

I decided to shoot some HDR of crowd gathered outside the speedway. The three shots were so fast that there was hardly any movement of the people.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/800 sec.

This sand sculpture was a tribute to Jeff Gordon, who is racing his last year.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/640 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/500 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/320 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/160 sec.

Of course, there are always retired cars on display.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/400 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/800 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/6.3, 1/1600 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/1600 sec.

There was a great fly-over.


Canon Rebel, ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/50 sec.

Being a night race made it difficult to take pictures of the cars when they were in front of me with the equipment I had with me. The ISO on my Rebel only goes to 1600 and the zoom lens I was using only opens to F/5.6 when zoomed. Therefore 1/50 sec. shutter speed was the fastest I could achieve. These cars were traveling at 200 m.p.h. A 1/50 sec. shutter speed would not capture them. I kinda like the way this shot turned out, despite my limitations.


Canon Rebel, ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/50 sec.

The race concluded with fireworks. In case you are interested – Kyle Busch won. My son was happy. He’s a Busch fan.


Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/405 sec.

The other day, my son found this guy behind the garage door. Always welcome. . .except in the tomato patch.


Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/1010 sec.

This HDR expresses how I feel about those who take time to read my blog 🙂


Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/202 sec.


Canon Powershot, F/4, ISO 400, 1/50 sec.

Lastly, a couple of HDR shots of nature’s gifts.

Hope everyone is having a great summer.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/400 sec.

I have been taking some more pictures with my new 50 mm F 1.8 lens.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/125 sec.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/500 sec.

I am very pleased with how the lens blurs the background and highlights the subjects. However, I started wondering as a was editing how some of these images would look run through my HDR processor.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/100 sec.

So… below is the same photo modified in Photomatix. Normally, you would take three images for HDR, but you can use only one and still get some pretty cool effects.



Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F 1.8, 1/250 sec.

Here is another. . .


IMG_8198_tonemappedHmmm. Next I will try the new lens with three bracketed shots for some true HDR images. I will report back on that later.

Keep shooting 🙂




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