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Old 08-21-2007, 07:36 PM
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Rocky Mountain Sunset - Bend In The River

Here is an example of using new technology to handle lighting limitations in some scenes. Skies are much brighter than foregrounds. Usually, a picture of this scene would either burn out the color and detail in the sky...or you would lose the detail in a too-dark foreground. How many times have your own pictures looked like that?

This image is a blend, in the computer, of 5 differently exposed images of the same scene. I shot this picture last Friday in Colorado.

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Jeez, Len, couldja quit posting those kinds of pics? Its tearing my guts out with envy. For all of the expensive stuff I have I may as well be using a Brownie Hawkeye.

As usual a darn good photograph, worthy of being call a photograph.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:07 PM
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Well, no, Roy. I won't quit. I kind of enjoy tearing out your guts!
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Awesome Photo!!!
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wow, looks great! I would love to get some shots like that for my walls, but I think my wife would like it even more.
how difficult is it to blend pictures like that? does is take, say 1/2 hr, or 3 hrs? and are you using cs3?
thanks again for sharing!
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:34 PM
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Jon, thanks.

I use CS2 generally but not for this blending. For that I use Photomatix software.

It costs $99 and is worth every penny. Now, there is more to it than just knowing how to use Photomatix. I do some things in Photoshop CS2 also...levels, shadow/highlight, sharpen, etc.
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:38 PM
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Len,

Very impressive photo(s). Did you take a laptop with you on your trip or did you do this once you got home?

It looks like you not only have to have the eye to recognize the picture opportunity/moment but computer expertise as well. Have you considered writing some technique articles on-line and/or in print?

Thanks for sharing you work with us.

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