Since I try to do a little HDR imaging wherever I go, this opportunity was perfect. While visiting the Atlantic coast in North Carolina, I found this beautiful state park and discovered that there is lots of beauty without the beach. Kind of like a warm friendly forest. And so much detail.
A photo from a while back that I took in New Bern, North Carolina. This arcade is full of color, lines and form but I wanted to concentrate on the bold lines with this version. I sometimes like to emphasize the stark contrasts along with extreme geometric design. At least that’s what I’ve tried to do with this High Dynamic Range image.
You can check this 500px link to see my full color version of this shot and my other recently published images.
Some flowers are beautiful without color. This very small Chrysanthemum was part of a post that I did on variations in HDR imaging. This time, I wanted to concentrate on the incredible tonality of the plant by stripping the color and working in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
After getting the structure, contrast and lighting just right, I added a very small amount of dark vignetting to emphasize the center of the image.
Just for a comparison, I’ve included the original image that was very lightly post-processed. It’s very close to what came out of the camera. And I forgot to mention that I used my Micro (macro for non Nikon users) lens for this one. Even without sharpening, images are pretty crisp. Love that lens!!!
Artistic photography is one area that I really like to play with. Being a musician, I occasionally revert back to my more musical roots. So, these images are a part of those roots. My wife and I have a few stringed specimens lying around so I always have opportunities to have a little musical fun. And these two are particularly beautiful for artistic photography.
This is my wife’s violin and it’s a real pleaser . . . one of those German beauties. I inherited her first instrument. It went through a fire and was literally soaked. But she kept it and I was able to rejuvenate the poor thing. It looks pretty rough but actually plays and sounds very nice.
This classical guitar is mine and I try to play it occasionally. Not as much as I would like though. I’ve posted this image before but not as a purely artistic, monochrome expression.
I really enjoy doing HDR imaging with these beautiful orchids as my subject. This particular plant shows only one bloom of many more to come. I posted another approach to this orchid earlier showing how going to extremes can produce some nice results.
This time, I chose to start with the black and white version to show the elegant lines and texture. The monochrome conversion was done with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 where I added a little more of a high key presentation with very slight, dark vignetting to emphasize the actual bloom. The image below is the original that I processed from 5 images using Nik HDR Efex Pro and Adobe Photoshop CS6. My final step was to add sharpening and use luminance for noise reduction with Adobe Camera Raw.
Just spending some quality time at the computer today and thought I’d dig into my HDR image archives. This photo is from a color version that I posted a little over a year ago in an article about “The Art of Technique” that details a few methods that I use for more artistic, photographic results.
For today, I created this monochrome version which kinda goes along with the day here in Eastern North Carolina . . . cool, cloudy with lots of rain. Oh well!