Possible Cover Images For My HDR Book. Help Me Decide?

Hi All

Here are two images that are under consideration for the cover of my HDR book - due out early next year.

Which one do you like best - the obvious HDR shot (left) or the more natural-looking HDR shot? Could you do me a favor and let me know here?

You gotta try to imagine type placed over the images.

Here is an article I wrote on HDR for PCPhoto magazine. Enjoy.

I'll also be teaching HDR at Photoshop World in Orlando in March!n

Next week, I will have an HDR gallery on the Digital Photo Experience.

Explore the Light,
Rick

What's Old is New Again

Glub, Glub!

I just approved my recent ScanCafe order - my favorite underwater slides. Glub, Glub! I can't wait to use Photoshop and Lightroom to enhance my images.

Will be fun. Look ma, no more backscatter.

Hey! Here is an old article on underwater photography that you may enjoy. Good info on saving the reef, too. (Before writing about all this digital stuff, I wrote 7 underwater books! Dived in Lake Baikal, too!)

Check out ScanCafe, and check out my current ScanCafe Photo Contest.

Explore the Light,
Rick
P.S. Staying in the Underwater Hotel was cool!

Use Your Camera Like a Spaceship

Here's an idea: Use your camera like a spaceship. Rather than taking all your pictures at eye level, move your camera up and down and shoot from different heights. Tilt it down to the left or right - or up or down. Rotate your camera during a long exposure.

Break all the rules. Have fun.

I took this shot in Cuba while kneeling on the ground. I enhanced the already great color with Topaz Adjust. More info on Topaz and ordering info on the Plug-in Experience.

Explore the Light,
Rick

This blog post sponsored by ExpoImaging.

Embrace the Situation

Hey Gang

Here's a thought: When you are not 100 percent happy with a photo situation, embrace the situation! That's what I did today when I was shooting in a cool junkyard in Utah. At first, I did not want my shadow in the scene. For the angle I wanted, however, I could not avoid it. (Sure, I could have cloned it out.)

So, I embraced the situation and included my shadow. It's one of my favorite HDR images from the shoot. The others? They, and others from this trip, will be in my HDR book - coming early next year.

Explore the Light,
Rick
P.S. Speaking of shadows, time is almost up for my ScanCafe shadow photo contest. Click here for info.

Canon 5D Mark II Digital Diaries: Final Post From Out West - Feel the Photograph

Hey Gang

Thank you all for following along this week on my blog. Great photographic opportunities out here. Made this image with my 5D Mark II and 17-40mm lens.

When photographing, it's sometimes a good idea to think about what other photographers and artists would do in the same situation. Before I came out here, I was reading about Georgia O'Keeffe.

From Wikipedia:
She [Gerogia O'Keeffe] received widespread recognition for her technical contributions, as well as for challenging the boundaries of modern American artistic style. She is chiefly known for paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones, and landscapes in which she synthesized abstraction and representation.

So I was thinking about Georgia O'Keeffe while I was in the Slot Canyons.

This week I talked about the technical side of photography on the blog. I'd like to finish up with this thought: feel the photograph.

For more on feeling the photograph, see my article on that topic.

Explore the Light,
Rick
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