Monday, January 15, 2018

Reprocessing the Granger Lumber Co

When I first started this little hobby, I was almost exclusively into High Dynamic Range (HDR) as that was all the rage back in 2009-10.  Things have come a long way since then.  Camera sensors have gotten better as has the software we use to process images.  I hardly ever do HDR anymore.  And when I first did HDR, I thought the stuff I did was AWESOME!  Some of it was and most of it, looking back on it now, was crap.  As time went by, I've picked up new skills and learned more about  the things photo processing software - like Adobe Lightroom - can do.  Case in point...

The two shots below of a lumber company in Granger, Texas that I took in 2009 are processed very differently.  The one on top was processed today almost exclusively in Lightroom and I used just one exposure.  The one on the bottom was a 3 exposure HDR and it's horrible! The great David Nightingale would say it looks like, "clown vomit". 

Nowadays, HDR can look a lot more natural and could still be used in this situation with the proper software.  But, software is just the half of it.  Skills are a big part of processing, too and I was sorely lacking them in those days.  However, now processing software is much better as is my knowledge if it.  One exposure worked out well enough for me for the top photo.

The image itself isn't the best one in the world, but I wanted to use it today just to show the differences between what I thought was awesome a long time ago and what is my idea of an improvement.  Of course all of this is in the eye of the beholder and you may think neither one of them are any good.  That's OK, too! 

Moral of the story; keep working on your skills and persevere.  I need to try to be better at doing that myself.  And who knows, maybe what I have at the top here will be crap when I look back on it in another 8 or 9 years, if I'm still doing this that long from now. :-)

I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for dropping by. 

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Awesome in 2009, but Awful today, with a capital 'A'!


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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Backyard Fall Foliage

We have this great maple tree in the backyard and every year around this time I think, "I'm gonna go get some pictures of the leaves", but I never do...  Until this year.  Finally!  Not the best in the world and need to shoot some more, but this is better than none...  :-)

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mary Colter's Desert View Watchtower

This tower is one of the places we stopped during our Grand Canyon tour in Arizona last month.

The following is from the National Park Service's website:

From Desert View, aptly named because of the views to the east of the Painted Desert, you can see the Colorado River make a big bend and continue to the west, the North Rim more than 10 miles away, and a panoramic view for well over 100 miles on a clear day.
The Watchtower dominates the near view. This structure was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter who is often referred to as the architect of the southwest. She traveled throughout the southwest to find inspiration and authenticity for her buildings. The architecture of the ancestral Puebloan people of the Colorado Plateau served as her model. This particular tower was patterned after those found at Hovenweep and the Round Tower of Mesa Verde. Ms. Colter indicated that it was not a copy of any that she had seen, but rather modeled from several. 

The tower was completed in 1932.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Light Rays in Upper Antelope Canyon

Here is another shot I took during the photo tour of Upper Antelope Canyon.

One thing our tour guide of the Grand Canyon told us is that the difference between a canyon and a gorge is that a canyon is wider than it is deep and a gorge is deeper than it is wide.  If that were the case, wouldn't Upper Antelope Canyon really be Upper Antelope Gorge?  It is definitely deeper than it is wide as it gets pretty narrow in there.  Maybe the difference was defined after it was named. :-)  I think the case is that the area I took these shots is just part of the overall Canyon, although it is also referred to as a "slot canyon" which to me is a definition of a gorge.  Oh well, whatever.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by. 

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