Florida

HDR and Motocross Fun in Florida


Here's a post from awhile ago. I'm reposting because I am doing an Action Photography Workshop (motocross, horses and dancers) in the Tampa area Feb 15 -17 next year. Shoot me an email to get on the info list.

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I had a ton of fun yesterday here in Florida - the day after recording my new class for Kelby Training - Light, the main element in every photograph

The class is a follow up to my class, Composition, the strongest way of seeing.

In the AM, my friend Randy Van Duinen took me to the nearby Air Stream Ranch for some HDR photography. The shot above is an untouched HDR image produced by the in-camera HDR system in the Canon 5D Mark III. Kinda amazing when you think about it.


Above: Randy's HDR pano. Quite cool!

Read about the HDR plug-ins that I use on my Creative Plug-ins page.

Here's a movie with some quick HDR tips.


In the PM, my friend Kathy Porupski set up a motocross shoot for me at Dade City Motocross. Kathy, a few of her Strobist pals and I had a blast shooting for about two hours.

Kathy and I are doing an Action photography workshop in February. Shoot me an email if you are interested. 

I took all the shots with my Canon 5D Mark III. The new AF system is amazing. I used my Canon 24-105mm, Canon 17-40mm lens and Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens. All my gear is listed on my Gear Page.


The shot above is actually a pano, stitched together with Photomerge in Photoshop CS6. I was not sure if the technique would work, but I gave it a try. Try it, you'll like it. I got the idea from my friend Ted Maddux, who successfully used this technique when photographing bald eagles in Alaska.


And here's what the pano looks like with a bit of Photoshop work. I cut and pasted sections of other files into the pano.


Above: a screen grab of my original files for the pano.


Here's a tip: Get up close and personal with your subject . . . but not too close.


Above: My friend Jim Sykes took this shot of me getting down and dirty (very) to get the shot above this one.


Another tip: crop creatively.


Another tip: Subject, background, lighting and position are the keys to a good photograph.


Another tip (for riders): Be careful. PLease!


Above:  Another behind-the-scenes shot by my friend Jim Sykes. Thanks Jim for the fun shots.

As alway, you'll find photo how-to info in my apps.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. We ended the day with chocolate martinis at City Fish, my favorite restaurant in Oldsmar, FL.

Florida Photo Caravan 4th and 5th Shoots: Merritt Island

© Rick Sammon
It's day two of my Florida Photo Caravan and all the workshop participants continue to explore the light.

This afternoon we shot at Merritt Island. Talk about great sunsets. I used my Canon 7D and my Canon 100-400mm IS lens for both of these sunset shots.

© Rick Sammon
Sunset Tips:
– Place the  sun off center.
– Pray for clouds.
– Underexpose a bit to prevent the sun from being overexposed.
– Pray for clouds. :-)
– If possible, place the sun behind an object: tree, clouds, fence, person, and so on.
– Use a low ISO to get the cleanest possible picture.
– Remove all filters when shooting into the sun to avoid ghost images.

© Rick Sammon
I also used my 100-400mm IS lens for all my birds shots, too. More to come. Gotta finishing downloading and getting ready for tomorrow.

Click here to read about all my gear.

© Rick Sammon. Talk about the "S" curve in nature.
Scroll down to see previous posts from my Florida Photo Caravan. I hope you can join me on a workshop in 2012. Shoot me an email for info.

© Rick Sammon. A min-blast off at Merritt Island. How cool.
Explore the light,
Rick


We're just back from our 5th shoot: Merritt Island in the AM. This morning we focused on BIF shots - Birds in Flight. For shot like this, use a shutter speed of 1/1000th second or higher.