|Galveston Island State Park|
The above picture was taken at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, in the middle of the afternoon (I know very bad time for taking pictures), but I wanted a few very quick pics to play with. I needed to do some research to figure out how to set my camera for bracketing and also quickly found out I would have to shoot in a manual mode (aperature priority) - not my favorite thing to do - but this will force me to get better. I used 3 stops up/down and fused 3 pictures together using HDR software (Photomatix Essentials). I didn't crop this - this is how it came out of the camera. Once in the HDR software I applied the "painterly" tone mapping. There are other choices & you can preview before you save the fused file/picture.
Here are some details of what I did/used to get this picture. Keep in mind that I've reduced the file size of this picture for the web - way down.
Camera - Nikon D90
polarizer filter on (for color saturation & glare)
bracketing set for F3 (3 stops +/- around the balanced photo
aperature priority (F4.5)
Here's another photo of a gull that I applied the deep tone map affect - wish our water in this area was that nice blue (it is usually kind of muddy), but it makes for a nice picture. Same camera, aperature priority, auto focus, with polarizing filter (because yes I was taking pictures in the middle of the day). This picture has been cropped. I really like the sharp/bright colors of the granite/rock he is standing on as well.
|Gull at Texas City Dike, Texas|