Photo of the Day
Last Friday I posted a shot taken with my iPhone from my photo shoot of this barn (click here to see that one). I was really surprised with how many likes it received for an iPhone shot. I actually now think that I really have to do well with this one or the trip was lost. If the shot from the dSLR is not better than the shot with the iPhone what am I doing? This is a slightly different vantage point though so maybe the comparison is not valid. I followed a well travelled path to get the iPhone shot, but something was missing. That was when I decided to try and go uphill in waist deep snow to get this shot. Of course I was not dressed to do this, but I knew that I had to in order to get my shot. It was at this point that I could travel no further. I took a couple of shots before deciding to hold the camera over my head. That is how this shot was made. The good news is that I am getting good shooting blindly with my camera, and I took a straight shot. When you see any literature on Steamboat you usually see a shot like this. This is the shot that you need when you go to Steamboat. Once you take that then you can go on your own adventure choosing what you like to get pictures of.
This shot was one that I really wanted to get right. For most of my time around Steamboat you could not see the mountain. Just after lunch on Thursday though the sun came out a bit, and part of the mountain came into view. Luckily I was able to get over to the barn to get the shot that I wanted. I handheld this shooting three shots two stops apart in order to put it all together to make an HDR image. As I have said before your eye sees much more light than your camera does. That is where HDR comes into play. You have to use the tools at your disposal to bring in all of the detail. Instead of picking from the barn or the mountain to expose properly I can now pick both. I ran the photo through Photomatix Pro once I got to my computer in order to merge the three photos into one HDR image. From there I exported the 32 bit file back into Lightroom to use the sliders there to get it to where I wanted it. To get things started I used one of Trey Ratcliff’s Lightroom presets called “HDR in Lightroom: Daytime Fixy.” From there I was on the right track to making this an image that I was proud of. I wanted something a bit different from all of the posters that I saw in town, and I think that I achieved that.
As per usual if you click on the picture below it will take you to my SmugMug site where this image is available to purchase.