HDR Fun Adds to Bird Photos in Bosque del Apache

I'm reposting this post from a few weeks ago because some folks asked me about other photo ops in Bosque.

Yes! Bosque del Apache is a mecca for bird photographers. The snow geese and sandhill cranes are a sight to behold.

But there are other great photo ops in Bosque.... especially if you are into HDR photography.

Today Juan Pons, Chris Klapheke and I took our workshop students on a cool HDR shoot in a junkyard.

When it comes to HDR photography, you'll get the coolest images when shooting in a high contrast situation - such as shooting from indoors to outdoors, which includes shooting from inside a car.

Above is one of my favorite images from our HDR shoot. I used the Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens on my Canon 5D Mark II. I created the image in Photomatix with a touch of Topaz Adjust (to bring out the grain in the leather seats). Below is another Topaz Adjust image.

To learn about HDR, see my post: HDR Must Know Info.

To $ave on Photomatix and the other plug-ins I use, click here.

Above is another HDR image I shot today. I could have brought out more of the details in the shadows, but.... shadows are the soul of the photographs, shadows are your friend... and light illuminates, shadows define.

If you like HDR, check out my iHDR apps.. for the iPad and a Mac!

So what about the birds today?

We saw tons of birds. Above: I used my Canon 400mm DO lens on my Canon 7D.

Tips: Crop creatively; crop out the dead space. Use focus tracking (AI Servo) when photographing moving subjects.

Shoot silhouettes. Use Nik Color Efex Pro's Gradual Filter to change the color of the sky. Again, see my plug-ins page to get a discount on the plug-ins I use, including Nik.

Leave some room in the frame into which the subject can fly.

Shoot with both eyes open so you can see other subjects that can enhance (or ruin) an image. Watch the background, too.

Explore the light,

P.S. Before I go, here is an image I created using the Midnight filter in Nik Color Efex Pro.

Got a Mac? Get Ready for My iHDR App Mac Attack

What? Run an iPad App on Your Macintosh? Yes!

Well, sort of. You can't actually run an iPad app, like my iHDR iPad app, on a Mac, so Dr. Dave Wilson, the app developer, converted my iHDR iPad app - which is a how-to app and does not create HDR images -  into a true Macintosh application.

How cool is that!

It took many weeks of detailed, gut-wrenching, exhaustive work, sometimes without food or water (locked in a hatch*), but the results are awesome.

With this technology, you can download iHDR from the Mac App Store and run it on any Mac computer from MacBook Air to a giant Mac Pro.  Cost is $9.99.

You can only get the OSX app in the Mac App Store on your Mac. So be sure to open this App Store icon on your Mac.

You buy the iPad version of iHDR  in the iPhone/iPad App Store, or in iTunes. See link below.

Get the iPad edition, $4.99, from iTunes or your iPad App Store. Click here for more info and to order.

To see all my apps, click here.

If you like HDR photography, I join one of my workshops. We shoot and process HDR - even if you have a PC :-)

Explore the light,

* If you saw the TV series Lost, you got the "hatch" joke.

Friday's iHDR Flicker Group Favorite: John Trautschold

Starting today, Friday, I will pick a favorite HDR image from my iHDR flickr group, which I started as a showcase for your HDR images. Hey! Join the group and post an HDR image. You might see it here on my blog, too. I am always looking for talented HDR shooters and cool HDR images.

Today's Friday Favorite is: John Trautschold. 

To see more of John's work, click here.

Above on the left is another one of John's HDR images. On the right is one of mine. The images have good depth-of-field in common. For max depth-of-field, use a wide-angle lens, shoot at a small aperture (f/16 or so) and focus 1/3 into the scene.

If you want to learn more about HDR photography and have an iPad, check out my latest app: Rick Sammon's iHDR.

Explore the light,

P.S. Here's another tip: Shoot through an arch or arches to create a sense of depth in a photograph.