“There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more.” ~Lord Byron
I took a trip a couple of years ago, after getting a new camera. Over the four days of being in and around Fort Bragg, California, I was frustrated to say the least. I was not getting any good shots with either camera that I was lugging around. The photographs in this post are all from sunset on the night before coming home, and on the few stops that were made during the four and a half hour drive back home. After the long hours of filing, organizing, and editing close to two thousand images, these are the best! I was once told by a professional photographer that the hours spent shooting, and in post production are worth it when you can come out with just one amazing shot.
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” ~John Ruskin
This next photograph, is probably my favorite of what I will be showing you today! If you read the caption, you will notice that it is a HDR shot. At this point, you may be asking yourself what that is, well I am going to explain it. HDR photographs are created using a computer program, and at minimum 3 raw images from the camera. This one above was created with five raw images. These images must be shot with a tripod, so there will be no blur from the wiggle in your hands. These images are all shot with the same aperture setting, but different exposure setting. Almost all digital camera’s now a day can do this type of rapid shooting. When you get back to the computer, you will then open up the program that you have purchased and load all the images into it. Press the merge button, sit back and let the program work its magic. What it is doing is examining the individual images, and choosing the best parts of each, then merging them into one. There are actually quite a few parameters that you can set to create the image that you choose. This actually is more artistic interpretation, then photography. I always chose to keep the photo as realistic as possible. There are other artists, that will tweak the setting a bunch, and make the pictures almost cartoonish. You can see thousands of examples if you go to www.flickr.com
The remaining three photographs, are from the Sea Ranch area of California. This is about one hour south of Fort Bragg. They have an incredible looking building, which is actually the chapel for the small community. Inside of the chapel there was a whole bunch of beautiful stained glass. The final photo is another HDR of the lighthouse at Point Cabrillo. With this HDR, I tweaked it a bit more, so you will be able to see the overly vivid colors.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at my photographs, and reading about them!
Take Care, and I will see you soon!
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