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Deserted World.

Deserted World.

“Not all who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien


Week 4: Colorful

The image that I submitted for this week’s theme of “colorful” is an HDR image. This was very experimental for me because I have never really attempted HDR before, I had tried a few times in the past but it always turned out looking really bad. After some more reading and experimenting, I was able to figure it out and ended up with an interesting result!

HDR stands for High-Dynamic Range. With HDR shots you basically take three different exposure readings of the same shot (super bright, medium, and super dark) and then merge the three together in some post-processing software. I use Photoshop CS5 or Photomatix Pro. Photomatix is specifically for generating HDR images.

Anyways, here are what the three exposures look like:

Super Bright (Overexposed)

Medium (somewhat of a normal exposure)

Super Dark (Underexposed)

By combining these three exposures you get a super detailed image with somewhat of a surreal look to it:

Final HDR Image

Pretty sweet effect. I especially love how the clouds turned out. But like I said, this is my first time messing around with HDR. It is definitely a lot of fun and I will probably be learning a little more about the technique and making some more HDR images later on.

If you’d like to learn more about HDR check out some of these excellent articles:

Examples:

HDR Photography

Tutorials:

Part 1: Setting Up Your Camera

Part 2: From the Field to Your Computer

Part 3: Post-Processing Work

 

 


New Year Resolutions

Since it’s a brand new year, I guess it’s time to set some goals!

To bring in the New year, my family decided to head up North to “play in the snow”. There ended up being a huge snow storm that caused road closures, almost zero visibility, and a slew of other headaches for where we were staying. Sadly, there was no chance of getting in the car and driving up to the mountain to go snowboarding or even build a snowman as we had planned.

However, being snowed in has an upside to it, especially before the New Year. As I was stuck in the cabin doing jumping-jacks for warmth (our heater was either broken, or could not handle the sub-zero conditions), there was not much else to do but think about life. So I began thinking of how I could change for the better in 2011…while sitting in my comfy meditation chair.

Just kidding. But here is what I have set my mind to achieve for this new year:

1. I have become a sleep addict, sadly. Therefore, I have set a goal to wake up around 9:00am everyday and kick my day off right with a good breakfast and a quick workout.

2. I am also suffering from a severe case of procrastination. Therefore, I will be trying very hard to start papers, projects, work related things, etc. earlier and not wait until the last minute! (This one will be tough)

3. I have had the Rosetta Stone Italian series for the longest time, but because of Number 2…I have not really gotten in to it. So this third goal is to have completed the entire Rosetta Stone Italian series before 2012 and hopefully become comfortable with the language.

4. And lastly (for now), I will focus on becoming a better friend, a more patient son, and of course, a more annoying brother 🙂

I leave you with a quote that I am choosing to live by throughout this new year,

“Today is the first day, of the rest of your life.” -Charles Dederich

I tend to forget that with each new breath that I take, I am given an opportunity to change for the better.

Happy New Year! And good luck with any resolutions of your own  for 2011!


Frozen in Time

I would have completely missed this shot if a friend had not pointed it to me just before we left the spot where this was taken. The flower was part of a small bush that rested underneath a drainage drip, the drip of the water would fall on the bush below, creating this frozen over effect.

This is one of my favorite photos I have taken this year because it really captures the essence of photography, that aspect of being “Frozen in Time”, quite literally in this instance.

Please feel free to let me know what you think, thanks!