While I have been exploring high dynamic range (HDR) image editing for a few years I have only recently posted several images on-line. This image set was captured around dawn in May of 2012. After ‘normal’ image review/editing HDR editing was applied to each HDR-work-photo-set. When I was satisfied with the HDR edit then I created virtual copies (using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) and applied some artistic edits.
The Basics of HDR Photography
- capture an image set – create multiple images of the same ‘scene’ [tripod use is probably best] while varying the exposure (some cameras provide a ‘bracketing feature’ which simplifies this – you can press the shutter button once and auto-magically capture 1-9+ images [check your camera options] with auto-magically varied exposures [probably best to use Manual Mode or Aperture Priority Mode] ; you can also manually capture your ‘work-set’) OR
- capture a single, high quality (RAW) image and create your own HDR work-set by saving several versions of the same image (could be done via Lightroom by creating ‘virtual copies’; this approach will most likely not provide the same range of data to work with, but it certainly is something worth exploring when you have a single capture that you believe might ‘work’ as an HDR image…)
- process the image set using HDR software (i.e. Adobe Photoshop or Open Source tools like: Luminance HDR)
- add any final adjustments to the HDR image.
Tybee Island HDR+ Gallery
This Tybee Island art print set includes A/B variations as well as a few A/B variations with my ‘shadow’ removed. The ‘A’ image is HDR and the ‘B’ image is HDR+ (I applied additional processing/edit to create a watercolor-like image.) The images were captured on the north end of the island (near the jetties and at the Tybee Island Lighthouse.) While traditional prints are certainly wonderful this particular set of images should be jaw-drop stunning as metallic or acrylic prints (provided that you really like the image.)
Note – move your mouse over the image below to see the options – including full screen slideshow…
Time travel is almost possible… – during the 2012 Tall Ships Challenge (May/2012) 13 vintage design sailing ships were docked along the Savannah River providing visitors with an opportunity to board and experience (during sailing excursions) water transportation from a previous era. After several days full of activities the vessels made a Parade of Sail from downtown Savannah into the Atlantic Ocean (destined for the next leg of their ‘race’.)
The weather was not great for this parade (raining downtown, cloudy, windy, with somewhat rough surf at the river entrance) but I did capture images as the vessels left the Savannah River and entered the ocean. The distance from my viewing location to the ships was close to 1 mile so I knew that I would not be getting exceptionally sharp captures. I opted to create a set of images that, perhaps, also step back in time a bit – the images have a watercolor ‘look’ due to the editing that I applied. I created two sets of images:
- B&W conversions and
- All images were cropped to a 4×5 ratio so prints matching this ratio would be best (i.e. 4×5, 8×10, 16×20.)
Prints can be ordered by selecting the ‘Visit Gallery link’ within the slide shows below. The ships listed as participating in this event include:
- Alliance – 105-foot, three-masted gaff-rigged schooner, 20′ beam, built in 1990.
- Lynx – Square topsail schooner, 23′ beam.
- Appledore V – steel hulled Gaff rigged schooner, 14′ beam.
- Peacemaker – full rigged ship, 30′ beam, 1st launched in 1989.
- Bounty – full rigged ship, 30′ beam, built in 1960 for the movie: “Mutiny on the Bounty”.
- Picton Castle – 3 masted barque, steel, 24′ beam.
- Dewaruci – steel barquentine, 31′ beam, launched in 1952, largest ship in the Indonesian Navy.
- Pride of Baltimore II – wooden hulled topsail schooner, ~23′ beam
- Etoile – wooden hulled full rigged ship, 30′ beam, participating in Tall Ships Race since 1958.
- Roseway – wooden hulled schooner, 25′ beam, built in 1925.
- Eagle (WIX 27) – steel hulled, three masted Barque, 40′ beam, built in the 1930′s, USCG training vessel.
- Theodore Too – wooden hulled imitation tugboat, 22′ beam.
- La Belle Poule – wooden hulled topsail schooner, 24′ beam, launched in 1932.
- Sir Martin II – steel hulled, two masted, custom rigged, luxury sailing vessel, 18′ beam.
The Parade of Sail
The Eagle lead this procession with the tugboat Theodore Too being the last vessel. The sequence of images in the slide shows are ordered as captured. In some cases, multiple images of the same ship are presented. The images show the vessels leaving the Savannah River via the shipping channel.
Coming soon – images of several of these vessels docked on the Savannah River as well as a short video from this Parade of Sail.