by Gregg Lowrimore ~ October 21st, 2013
When it snowed last week, I decided to make it a leisurely drive in to the office and took along my camera. There have been several barns I’ve wanted to capture and with a dusting of snow, what better time to see what I could do.
Perhaps you remember this first barn just about a mile north of my house. I’ve posted images of it in the past, but those were when the barn was barely visible through the fog that results from the nearby Boulder Creek stream-bed:
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The next stop was about a mile north and west where there is these other two barns.
The first one is someone’s backyard “shed”. I have envisioned something like this image every time I pass by it:
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The second one is about 200 yards further west and north across the street. I have to admit, I got a good laugh at myself (as several passers-by did too) as in my eagerness to get this shot, I stepped around and quickly found myself flat on my bum in the drainage ditch! Camera and ego are fine, but it was a quick reminder on how slippery snow-covered grassy areas are!
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The finally, the Bus Stop and the Flag Barn in Niwot were a must this snowy morning, given the conditions, lighting and rising steam/fog flowing over the landscape:
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Then later on my drive home, I remembered it was going to be a full moon, so I stopped at one of my favorite little nearby farms and captured this image:
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All on a snowy day’s drive in to the office last week. Not a bad haul for a brief period of shooting to and from work.
Tell me what you think…
by Gregg Lowrimore ~ August 31st, 2013
Two Fridays ago, it was DigitalGlobe night at Coors Field where the Rockies took on the SF Giants. Though our free seats were in the Center Field stands (aka, the Rock Pile) the views were spectacular.
Coors Field from the Rockpile
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by Gregg Lowrimore ~ July 7th, 2013
We organized a 50th birthday party bash up in South Lake Tahoe this summer for long, long time friends (40+ people in all) that turned out to be a blast. Great catching up with old friends and great having all the kids around, laughing and playing in the pool or at the beach as we used to do 30-40 years ago.
But I knew I had to get over to Eagle Falls during this trip to make this famous composition. And after several days of hot weather, too many tourists, and tons of birthday activities going on, I was looking forward to slipping away in the coolness of the pre-dawn hours to see what I could photograph.
What do you think?
Eagle Falls – Click to enlarge
This image is a 3-shot HDR tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro and refined in Lightroom. I also have a Black and White version of this very image that I cannot decide if I like better than the color-version here. I’ll post it tomorrow for comparison.
by Gregg Lowrimore ~ March 28th, 2013
I ventured over to Coronado Island the other night while here in San Diego for my family’s Spring Break. I didn’t know where to shoot from, but in my scouting I came across this neat little park that seemed to be in line with the path of the moon’s rise and the skyline.
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USS Midway Aircraft Carrier
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by Gregg Lowrimore ~ February 9th, 2013
I stumbled across a new technique recently for processing my high dynamic range (HDR) photographs. This new technique is very well detailed in Kah Wai Lin, in a tutorial he wrote for HDROne (site/magazine). And even though it’s more of a processing over processing of HDR images and the RAW HDR file itself, it’s leading me to better, more realistic-looking photographs.
Check this out. This first image I processed the easy way, 3 images (-2EV, 0EV, +2EV) imported into Lightroom, slightly adjusted in Lightroom, then externally tone-mapped in HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software.
And then the image below is the result from following Lin’s process almost exactly. The other difference is that this image was first RAW-processed through Photomatix Pro (instead of HDR Efex Pro, like above). And instead of using Topaz Adjust like Lin’s process entails, I used Color Efex Pro and DFine 2.0 both from Nik Software. Take a look at the result.
Grand Lake 528 HDR (Lin)
What do you think, between these two images, which looks better to you? And why? I’ve already stated my thoughts, above. One last note here too, I’ve got to watch out for color noise artifacts more. This set of images were taken at ISO 800, and while my Nikon D90 performs quite well at high ISO, when processing HDR with any technique, the noise seems to get more pronounced in the end product. Overall, there are more details in the sky, better looking wood grain and colors, and it just looks more like what I saw shooting that night in downtown Grand Lake. Yes, it is a more tedious process to follow along, but I think in the end, Lin’s technique is well worth the extra effort (I just need to get a faster Mac with more RAM to speed up the processing/loading times in this method! Ha! Honey?)
by Gregg Lowrimore ~ January 31st, 2013
I was looking back over my photo library tonight and came across some unfinished imagery from a trip to Arizona’s Monument Valley last February with Steve Parker. All three images are 3-shot HDR images processed through either Photomatix Pro or HDR Efex Pro and/or Silver Efex Pro 2. And all three are from a guided tour into the Totem Pole site within Monument Valley.
(The image above exported from Lightroom into a Photoshop Droplet that calls a custom web poster action I drew up after following Moose Peterson’s excellent little tutorial here