Category Archives: HDR

Another Oldie But Goodie

This one was also taken the same day as the other Yellowstone waterfall, only this one was taken from the other side of the river. Note that this image is also a multi exposure HDR image. Note that the use of faster shutter speeds allowed for detail in the upper portion of the falls but there is softer blurred look towards the bottom of the falls due to the water traveling faster.


Oldie But a Goodie

I know that I have not posted any new images here for a while, I’ve been busy with a new job building elevators and it has taken up a large portion of my time recently. I will be taking a two week photo-spree vacation this spring so new images will certainly follow soon enough…

In the meantime I thought that I would periodically post some of my favorite past images, this one is from Yellowstone National Park and, you guessed it, It’s Yellowstone Falls taken from the end of Uncle Tom’s Trail:


This is one of my favorites because it is a fairly difficult set of rickety stairs, at least for an old fart like myself hauling a fifty pound pack of photo gear and using a tripod for a walking stick,  to get to this point. It was also a great velvety smooth time exposure that did not require any ND filters to capture due to this waterfall being in the shade. It is also a multi-exposure High Dynamic Range (HDR) processed image.

Destinations of a Lifetime

Update, The book has now been published and is selling at #1 in Amazon’s Travel/Pictorial seller’s list. Unfortunately the image, as is now published, turned out to have been oversaturated, especially the reds. I should have insisted on the conversion of my colorspace used in my printer/paper to National Geographic’s printers colorspace. Oh well, live and learn. And… holy crap! It is pretty damn cool to see one of my images in print in such a well respected National Geographic publication. I think my dad, who taught me basic photography and darkroom practices, would be proud since he was a huge fan of National Geographic.

By the way the entire book is pretty darn cool and very well done, I definitely recommend buying it.

Previously post:

I’ve been honored by National Geographic by selecting one of my images to be published as a two page spread in their upcoming book  Places of a Lifetime . It should be available in late October, but Amazon is now accepting preorders.


Another Moon Shot for the CGEM Fanboys

Since a CGEM fanboy did not like my moon image from last night here is another, this time using my D800 and seven exposure image set and High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing.

<sarc on> I hope this passes your highly refined expectations. <sarc off>


Now, I could obviously improve upon this with an equatorial mount, yes even the CGEM, but why bother for a web image? And yes, this one is also shrunk and compressed into a jpeg image. The D800 has a much higher quality sensor over the Nikon 1 J1 sensor and therefore has far less chromatic aberrations. But I did not need to attach sandbags when using the Nikon 1 J1.

And then again, I’m making a case to push Nikon into making a professional grade mirror-less camera, I’m definitely not trying to impress any amateur CGEM fanboys.

In addition the Nikon cameras and lenses are NOT optimized for astrophotography and yet they still kick ass over a 9.25 inch Celestron optical tube that was supposedly optimized for astrophotography, so bite on that one CGEM fanboys.