Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
These are the last two photos of the Arc I processed.
Fun Fact #1: The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Fun Fact #2: The Arc de Triomphe is so colossal that three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919, (marking the end of hostilities in World War I), Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it, with the event captured on newsreel.
Fun Fact #3: Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Interred here on Armistice Day 1920, it has the first eternal flame lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the Vestal Virgins' fire was extinguished in the fourth century. It burns in memory of the dead who were never identified (now in both world wars). According to a 2008 television programme, presented by Griff Rhys Jones, “the flame has only been extinguished once, by a drunken Mexican football supporter on the night that France beat Brazil here in Paris,” most likely referring to the1998 FIFA World Cup Final.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
These are a couple more photos I took while my wife and I where on vacation in Europe. Specifically of the "Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile" (in English: Triumphal Arch of the Star). I really like the colors of the one to the right. Not exactly realistic I know, more surrealistic. but hey, to each his own.
I was surprised at the amount of detail I was able to bring out of these. These were created from three copies of a single jpeg at varying levels of darkness and light. This monument is in the north west of Paris, France.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Here's the other one I shot the other day at the construction site. Had to replace the sky on this one as well, wasn't as bad but I'm a perfectionist. I'm not a big fan of the color yellow in general but in HRD photos I think it looks real good when the yellow in a pic pops.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Caught a couple of construction implements unattended down the road from our apartment the other day and I just had to stop and snap a few. (I think that's a run on sentence but I was never good in English) This is one is one of my more recent photos, it was taken with two sets of bracketed shots at 1 EV spacing. I used 5 of the photos at -2, -1, 0, +1, and +2 to create the image you see before you. Had some major halo issues in the sky and the tree branches, solved 'em with the handy dandy selection tool in Photomatix Pro by replacing any sky with a photo of appropriate EV levels to match the surrounding scene. I was inspired by a pic I saw on Trey Ratliff's site (which also happened to be shot in Austin, Texas) of a large construction implement of some kind.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This will be the first of many photos I upload. I am going to attempt to upload one photo every day. This particular photo is of the top of San Marcos’ bell tower as seen from inside the court yard of the Doge’s palace. A favorite of my first attempt’s at HDR. HDR, for anyone not aware of the term refers to High Dynamic Range. It’s created using various software to combine two or more photos taken at differing exposure levels. The software takes the best pixels from each photo and creates one incredible photo. This one was actually made from a single jpeg. I created three copies of the original, one darkened and one lighten. The resulting photos don’t always turn out great when using only one source but most turn out amazing as you will see in future uploads. I have some recent photos created using at least five pics at -2, -1, 0, +1, and +2 EV settings that i will get to uploading sooner or later…