Monday, August 31, 2009

HDR Tests

I've been playing with some HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques. Not really sure how I feel about the outcome, I think they look fake, but I think I'd rather look at them then the originals. There's a battle between "trying to represent reality accurately" and "making something that looks nice". Don't get me wrong, reality looks nice when I'm looking at it, but it's not the same through the camera (no matter how sophisticated/expensive).

My other HDR attempts
The link above will show other post with at least one HDR image, not every image is HDR.

Dynamic Range in photography refers to the ratio between the lightest and darkest amounts of light the camera can see at one time in a scene. It's nowhere close the dynamic range of the human eye. A camera has a hard time seeing details in clouds on a bright day and the shadows under a tree at the same time. One way to get around that problem is to take multiple photos at different exposures and then blend them together on a computer afterward. That's what I did here, using GIMP. But the problem with that is all it really does is darken the light areas and brighten the dark ones so the details can be seen. It looks un-natural because there could be areas in the sky that are darker then areas in shadow, that really shouldn't be.

I've also adjusted the colour saturation and contrast too.

Anyway, what do you think? Where do you lean, would you rather photograph/look at an accurate representation of reality or something that looks nice?

I thought a farmer's field was a strange place for this.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fundy (Part 3)

One more low and high tide shot.

There was a nice cool breeze most of the time.

Most of the coast line is pretty rough.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fundy (Part 2)

Here's some more photos of the tide. I didn't do a very good job of making sure I was standing the same place when taking the low and high photos.

The guy with the white boat below not only has to time his coming and going with the water below him, but also with the bridge (visible in the last two photos) above him.

Click the photos below for larger versions.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fundy (Part 1)

It's been pretty hot and humid here for a while, so for some relief we headed to the coast for some cool Atlantic Ocean breeze, specifically, Fundy National Park on the Bay of Fundy.

As you can see on the sign below, this area boasts the highest tides in the world. The official vertical measurement is 15 meters (50 feet).

Everyday 100 billion tonnes of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy... twice! That's more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers in the world. I took these pictures of this bridge at low and high tide and stuck them togeter. The hight of the tide varies throughout the bay, here it's only 10 meters (33 feet).

While the vertical hight is 15 meters (50 feet) the horizontal affect can expose kilometers (miles) of sea floor. In the photo below, everything gets covered in water, aside from the cliffs.

(Click for a larger view)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Reuben Mosaic

I've taken A LOT of photos of Reuben. Here's about 2,000 of them:

Click the picture for a larger view.

Well it's 2,000 tiles, there's really only about 500 unique photos.

Made with AndreaMosaic.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

At the Lake

Did some camping a week or two ago by a lake, here it is. First at late afternoon then again at about 10:30pm.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wow! 50 Followers!

When I started this blog back in October 2008 I wasn't really sure how it'd go. I didn't think that I'd keep it updated very often or for very long, but it's been 10 months and I'm still going! I thought that most of my followers would be people I know, but it turns out that I've only met six of you. Aside from followers, there's been over 750 unique people that have visited more then 3,100 times from more then 50 countries. Thanks to everyone for your encouragement, it's motivated me to continue with the blog and has pushed me to get out and shoot when I'm low on material.

I look to forward to the next 50!

Weeds, Dogs, Julie, and Lake

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Reuben's Two Months Old!

Reuben's getting pretty strong, he can hold up his head quite well now and is smiling a lot more. He's starting to take notice of people and his eyes will track you as you move back and forth . If you stick your tongue at him long enough, he'll stick his out too.