Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park is in Southern Nevada, about 55 miles from Las Vegas.  Its an easy drive off I-15.  While in the area, you might want to visit Lake Meade National Recreation Area.

Canon EOS Digital T1i  f/8.0 ar 1/320 sec  Aperture Priority.  55.0 mm  ISO 100  Three bracketed exposures (+2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV) processed from RAW by HDR Photo Pro and Photoshop Elements 9.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef is the least well known of Utah's national parks.  The park recently its 75th anniversary.  Nearby towns are Torrey and Hanksville.  As you can see, Capitol Reef is at "Red Rock" park.  This photo was taken along the park's Scenic Drive.  10/17/12

Canon EOS Digital T1i   f/9 at 1/320 sec  Aperture Priority  49.0 mm  ISO 100  Three bracketed exposures (+2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV0 processed from RAW by HDR Photo Pro

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Intrepid Trail

Intrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah  10/15/12

Canon PowerShot S95   f/5.6 at 1/500 sec  6.0 mm  ISO 100  Three bracketed exposures (+2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV) Processed from RAW with HDR Photo Pro

Canyonlands - Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park - Island in the Sky.  10/15/12

Canon EOS Rebel T1i   f/9 at 1/250 sec  Aperture Priority   50.0 mm IOS 100  Three bracketed exposures (+2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV) processed from RAW with HDR Photo Pro.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument is located just outside of Grand Junction/Fruita, Colorado.  Rim Rock Drive takes you up to the top of the monument.  Vistas are looking back down into the canyons.  In this photo you can see the Rim Rock Drive winding up the Monument.  10/13/12

Canon EOS Digital T1i   Tamron 10-24mm wide angle lens  f/6.3 at 1/800 sec  Aperture priority  14.0 mm  ISO 200   Three bracketed exposures (+2.0,  0.0, -2.0 EV) processed by HDR Photo Pro.  Further processing by Photoshop Elements 9.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cades Cove Mill

Mill in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Was on my way home from Army Reunion.  If you visit the "Smokies" take time to do Cades Cove. - 7/2/2010

Canon EOS Rebel T1i   f/13 at 1/16 sec  Aperture Priority  18.0 mm  ISO 800 Three bracketed exposures (+2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV) processed from RAW by and converted to grayscale Photomatix Essentials 3. Further processing by Photoshop Elements 9 and Topaz Labs Lens Effects.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

HDR Expose 2

My search continues to find a suitable replacement for HDR Photo Pro.  I have likes the results of the software, (see http://tomwinfieldphoto.blogspot.com/2012/09/rio-grande-road-to-taos.html) but there have been crashing problems and lack of updates.  Recently I updated a trial copy I have of HDR Expose 2 by Unified Color

First, must comment about the update.  Just a month or two ago since I downloaded and installed the software.  There was an update which I installed, and it gave me an additional 7 days of trial time.  Since I process much of my photos from camera RAW, updates can be important (new cameras need new RAW processing).

The big problem I had with HDR Expose 2 was getting a good image alignment.  Most of my HDR photos are created from 3 exposures (+2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV) and HAND HELD.  I do not take a tripod on my bicycle to shoot trail photos.  Many of my shots are also taken while stopping along the road.

HDR Expose has 3 different alignment schemes.  I tried all three with varying results.  All were unacceptable.  At this time, I stopped the test as the software does not fit my needs. Did not try to enhance the color.  Here's the best alignment I was able to get with the hand held photo.

HDR Expose 2 sells for $149.00.