HDR

Heavy Metal in Hot'Lanta Workshop


All photographs © Glenn Taylor

My friend Glenn Taylor and I are running an HDR/Model photography workshop in and around Atlanta, GA March 1st to 3rd, 2013. Here's the basic info on the workshop. We are only taking a small group, so space is limited.

For now, Glenn, who as been to all the sites on the workshop, is today's guest blogger. Take it away Glenn.

In my work as a Creative Director for a business-to-business ad agency, I’m often contracted to shoot industrial-style photography of our client’s equipment, employees and locations all over the country. It’s not for everyone, but I love bringing these working environments to life.
In my off-time I shoot with several groups and friends in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Two of my favorite locations to shoot HDR and detail images are The Southeast Railway Museum in Duluth, GA and Old Car City in White, GA. Both locations are a treasure trove of heavy metal grunge images. The colors, textures and little details are just amazing!

Opening image: Sightseeing/cocktail car at the SE Railway Museum. I can always picture a scene from Mad Men taking place right in this car. This is a 5 exposure HDR, merged in Photamatix Pro and finished in Lightroom - taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 24-70mm L series lens. This is shot wide (around 34mm) while mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS bullhead.


Rusted boxcar detail at the SE Railway Museum. I am drawn to detail and old paint textures. Here the multiple sixes and the row of rusty rivets built an interesting composition. This is a single exposure processed in Lightroom, taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 24-70mm L series lens. This was shot medium length (70mm) handheld in the outside yard area with natural light.

Kitchen car at the SE Railway Museum. The patina of the metal surfaces adds interest to all the geometric shapes in the composition. This is a 5 exposure HDR, merged in Photamatix Pro and finished in Lightroom - taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 24-70mm L series lens. This is shot wide (24mm) while mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS ballhead.

Old Car City is a similar location with a completely different set of subjects: classic cars that are weathered, rusty and full of character. Just like the trains at SE Railway, HDR and details are everywhere you look.

The “office” at Old Car City. The texture around this part of the facility just jumps out at you. This is a 3 exposure HDR, merged in NIK HDR Efex Pro and finished in Lightroom - taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 24-70mm L series lens. This is shot wide (34mm) while mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS bullhead.





Hood ornament detail at Old Car City. I shot this with backlighting from the morning sun that would emphasize the selective focus feature of the lens. This is a single exposure, processed in Lightroom, taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 90mm Tilt/Shift lens on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS bullhead.

Ladies in waiting at Old Car City. I liked the way this group looked like a beaten down car lot. This is a 3 exposure HDR, merged in Photomatix Pro and finished in Lightroom - taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 35mm lens. This is shot wide while mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a RRS bullhead.




Ford emblem fender detail at Old Car City. I captured this handheld at f2.8 to bring focus on just the emblem detail and let the rest of the fender fade into the background.

This is a single exposure, processed in Lightroom, taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 35mm lens.



Thanks Glenn for a great post.



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Glenn and I hope to see you on our workshop! Shoot me an email for info.

Check out my iHDR app to learn more about HDR.

Explore the light,
Rick


Conwy Valley, North Wales, UK Photo Walk: Day I


Great photo ops – and great fun – on day one of my photo walk here in Conwy Valley, North Wales, UK.

We had a talented group of photographers, all of whom were interested in making good pictures, including HDR pictures. We'll have a different group tomorrow, and we're going to new locations. Stay tuned for more photographs.

Here are a few of my favorite photographs from the walk, and some quick tips.


Serious about waterfall photography? A variable ND filter is a must. It lets you shoot at slow shutter speeds in bright light. Of course, a tripod is needed when shooting at slow shutter speeds, too. All my gear is listed on my gear page.


Framing a subject with a foreground object adds sense of "being there" to a photograph. It also adds a sense of depth to a scene.

I took the photographs directly above and below with my Canon 14mm lens. I never leave home without it.


In high-contrast scenes, HDR is a must. I used the Canon's 5D Mark III built-in HDR feature to create this image.


Talk about a picture-postcard scene. This is another Canon 5D Mark III in-camera HDR image.


Dolwyddelan Castle, where I took the castle pictures in this post, is situated on a hilltop in the Conway Valley. Well worth the walk in the light rain . . . even with a bit of jet lag. We only arrived yesterday.


A fun group deserved a fun photograph. Great fun here in Conwy Valley, North Wales, UK.

A special "thank you" to Anthony Woodhouse, Conway Rural Tourism Project Officer. Another "thank you" goes to local pro photographer Pierino Algieri for all his photography and logistics recommendations.

Here's the flickr page or this fun group.

Check out these videos from this photogenic area.

I am planning a fall 2013 workshop to Rural Conwy, North Wales. Shoot me an email to get on the info list.

For more intensive photo training, check out my workshops.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. We are staying at the Meadowsweet Hotel. Room, service, staff and food: A+.



Atlanta HDR/Model Photography Workshop


All photographs in the post © Glenn Taylor.

My friend Glenn Taylor and I are doing an HDR/Model Photography workshop in and around Atlanta: March 1st to 3rd, 2013. Cost is $500.00 per person for the workshop.


When Glenn showed me the pictures you see here, I said, "We gotta do a workshop."


Here's the info:
• Friday Night: Glenn and I will give short presentations after a group dinner.

• Saturday:
AM: HDR and Model Shoot at the South East Railway Museum.
PM: Glenn and I will help you with image processing.

• Sunday:
AM: HDR and Model shoot at Old Car City
PM: Glenn and I will help you with image processing.

• Shoot me an email to get on the list!


Suggested hotels:

Hilton Atlanta Northeast

Wingate by Wyndham
Rick

8 Days of HDR: Day 8 - The Music Room

Final HDR image.
This is the last day of my HDR series. I hope you have enjoyed the photographs and the tips. Thank you for following along.

Title: Music Room

Location: Croton-on-Hudson, New York

Exposures: 0, +2. +3, -2, -3, -4 EV

HDR sequence.
Tip: See the light. Look for the brightest and darkest part of the scene, and be sure you capture all those light values. Keep underexposing your images until no areas of the frame are overexposed, indicated by your camera’s overexposure warning.

Also, to create a great sense of depth in an image, place objects at different distances from the camera and shoot at an angle.

You'll find more HDR info in my iHDR iPad app and iHDR for your Mac.

Click here to see the plug-ins I use for HDR.

Explore the light,
Rick




8 Days of HDR: Day 7 - Croton Dam in the Mist

Final HDR image.
In this series I'll shaw some of my favorite HDR images. Enjoy.

Title: Croton Dam in the Mist

Location: Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 Exposures:  0, +2, -2 EV

Tip: Use low ISO settings and a neutral density filter outdoors when photographing moving water. That combo will let you shoot at slow shutter speeds to blur the water, creating a soft and silky effect.

HDR sequence.
You'll find more HDR info in my iHDR iPad app and iHDR for your Mac.

Click here to see the plug-ins I use for HDR.

Explore the light,
Rick