HDR, High Dynamic Range
Here is an HDR image of a bridge over the Tay near Coupar Angus
Here are the three images that were used to make it. One correctly exposed, one under exposed and the third over exposed. (I cloned out the barbed wire). Merging these three in HDR software produces an image that takes the correctly exposed parts of each to make the final HDR image. The HDR software also allows you to tweak the image an a variety of ways and each HDR programme will differ. I am using the software that comes with Canon cameras. Photoshop provide a Photomerge Exposure process but without the ability to tweak.
Here are a couple of extreme tweaks ( I have left the wire in for quickness).
There is no right or wrong to what you do. If you like what you have created using the HDR programme of your choice then that's OK.
You can also use the HDR programme for a single exposure just so you can use the tweaky bits. Here is another HDR image that came from a single exposure which is alongside it. There may be a way of producing this effect directly in Photoshop but I have not found it.
I went to Troup Head in the week. This is an RSPB reserve and is the only place in Scotland where gannets breed on the mainland.
The flight shots were taken with with a 70 - 300 mm lens the camera set on 'Sports Mode'. This has the advantage over a manual setting of being able to maintain focus while panning and making adjustments when the background changes. The land based ones were taken with a 70 - 300 mm lens and 2x teleconverter having to use manual focus. Even with a tripod it was difficult to keep things steady.
On the way home I took these images just for fun
To Edinburgh- the long way, and back.
My other great adventure since the last entry was a trip to the capital to help my daughter move flats. I set off early and took the long route taking wildlife images on the way.
Having move the daughter I went to the Scottish Bird Fair at Hopetoun House. I attended various talks and visited few stands and went on a wildllife photography 'walk' with Laurie Campbell. (Click here to find out who he is if you don't know).
Before coming home I went round the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens
And I will end the blog with a few of the other images I have taken recently, can you see which have been HDRed. Some are easy to spot others no so easy.
It was the Societies annual dinner and presentation night yesterday. Alister Henderson got the 'Photographer of the Year' award. It was well deserved if only for the advice he has given me about slow shutter speed photography
I was the winner of the new trophy for the most points in the print and themed competitions. The report is here
There was a bird ringing demonstration at the Loch of Strathbeg at the weekend. It was fascinating to see how it was done and to find out why it is done. We were told that on harm is caused to the birds in the ringing process nor does it affect their life after ringing. It was a great opportunity to get to see the birds close up.
One strange thing was that the ringers were used to people wanting to take photographs at demonstrations. They even had a way of holding the birds in what they called the photographic pose. This was so that you could see the plumage detail.
But as a photographer I want to see the face and try to get a catch light in the eye. I know that for competitions birds in the hand would not go down very well anyway but seeing the face does make for a better picture
Here are some more images of the process. Catching the birds in a net, taking them to the ringing station in a bag, being weighed, and getting the ring.
Jill is an artist and like doing her take on wild often taking inspiration from photographs.
Anyway we were watching a programme on telly the other night about wildlife in the Hebrides and she said there good pictures can you take a photograph, so I did.
OK I was just getting something for Jill to use down in her studio/drinking parlour but with a bit more thought and so on you could probably get a half decent image of something that you normally would have a hope of seeing let alone capturing. What I want to know is 'would it be cheating?'
Here are a few of my recent images
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society