Winners of December HDR ScanCafe Photo Contest

Choosing the winners of my December ScanCafe HDR photo contest was a difficult task – because we had so many wonderful HDR images.

The winners are (pictured here from top to bottom):

1st place ($100 gift certificate from ScanCafe) - Mike Smith

Runner-up #1 ($50 gift certificate from ScanCafe): Joe Ercoli

Runner-up #2 ($50 gift certificate from ScanCafe): Rory Mole

Congrats to the winners!

This brings to a close my monthly ScanCafe photo contests. Thanks to all for playing along.

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P.S. I hope to see you on one of my HDR workshops.

ScanCafe Takes a Dive!

Hey Gang,

UPS just dropped off my recent 35mm scans from ScanCafe. The scans were made from my most valuable underwater slides. (For 20 years, I photographed in most of the world's oceans; I even dived in Lake Baikal, Siberia.)

I popped the CD into my computer and true to form, the scans looked exactly like my slides – the good ones and even the ones that were poorly exposed. I'll blame those photo faux pas images on the nitrogen build-up in my brain :-)

Anyway, the image on the left brings back a great memory from Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman. But as you can see, the original slide is more than a stop underexposed. HDR to rescue.

"What?" you ask. "How did you created an HDR image from a 20-year-old slide?" Easy, in Photoshop, I went to Mode and changed the 8 bit image to a 16 bit image, and then used Photomatix to create a pseudo HDR image . . . in less time than it takes to make a safety stop before surfacing.

If you have some photographs that you or your parents took during the days of "Sea Hunt," don't lock them away in Davy Jones' locker. Send them to ScanCafe and set your sails for the creative horizons that await you in the digital darkroom.

Hey, if anyone out there would like to see more posts about underwater photography, give me the OK sign.

And speaking of HDR and ScanCafe, click here to win some free scans.

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P.S. You can get a discount on Photomatix and other plug-ins on the Plug-in Experience.

Enter My ScanCafe Photo Contest

The theme of my first ScanCafe Photo Contest is Creating Interesting Shadows on a Subject's Face. Here's an example, which I took in Morocco.

Here is another example and info on how you can enter and win!

Join the fun. Be creative. And have those old slides and negs scanned by the best in the business. You can have great fun with them in the digital darkroom.

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