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"Evening Leaves in vilnius" © by Daumantas Kazdailis.

One of the photographic compositions featured on the web site of the Lithuanian company D&I Graphic Design and Photography.

If you delve into this site you will find some excellent photography (including annotated examples of HDR photography) in high resolution.



Watkins Glen State Park, New York by Schmidt Family
(HDR image from a single RAW file)

There are a very large number of photos of this scene to be found on the Internet - this is the best that I have found so far.

It took a while to track it down (using Google Image Search's brilliant "Similar" facility combined with its advanced search option for "tall" orientation and a sharp-eyed spouse), because as so often happens it has been posted previously without credit to the author.

Anyway, I am glad to have found the original - and the other work of the author(s) is well worth checking out.


If you like this...

[More examples of HDR photographs from a single RAW file]


Huge number of examples of HDR from a single RAW file.
Summer nights... June 26th 2010

The summer nights aren't as short here as they are in (say) Scotland or Scandinavia, but it's still very pleasant to walk around here at this time of year after 10 pm

(HDR photo from two images)


If you like this:

[Last winter in the snow...]


Early morning with frost - February 2010


Early morning with frost still on the trees - the view from our apartment window


(If you are interested, this is an HDR image from two photos, separated by a sky mask/selection, with saturation increased in some selected areas... I was quite proud of this one!)


[Snow in the same place, December 2009]



Snow in England, December 2009



Early morning, December 18th... We woke up to a winter wonderland!





The joy of being retired... I don't have to break into my car, just walk the dog!










Milo is definitely a snow dog




Trying to get on the OTHER side of Milo so he doesn't have his back to the sun...
the trouble is, he thinks it's a game and he's a lot faster than I am!








... did you spot the chilly wood pigeon in the previous photo?




A new walk-friend of Milo's, a cross between a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles - this one had a lovely temperament




There's a slightly Narnia feeling about this...




My second-ever HDR photo. The upper and lower parts come from two different images at different exposures, and a lot more work after that! My little Lumix camera will take three photos in rapid succession at different exposures, and even without a tripod it wasn't hard to align two of the images in different Photoshop layers. I temporarily used the "multiply" blend with one image inverted so that I could see both images at once, and used the Move tool and arrow keys to nudge one layer a pixel at a time. There are fancier ways of doing HDR but this worked fine for me with Photoshop 7.








23rd December... we nearly had a White Christmas, but this was the last properly snowy day.
For those who didn't have to travel, the last 6 days have been great!



[My Photoshop page]


(Original post: December 21st, 2009)

Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, is one of the most attractive National Trust properties in England. As it says here:

"Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, creator of Waddesdon, loved France and French art. With his French architect Destailleur and his landscape gardener Laine, he built this Renaissance-style chateau in a dramatic setting. Waddesdon has one of the best collections of French 18th century decorative arts in the world, paintings, furniture, carpets and curiosities, lovingly assembled over 35 years by Ferdinand to please his weekend guests. Outside, his creation includes an aviary, flamboyant bedding, winding walks, colorful trees and panoramic views."

We visited it recently for their Christmas event. When you arrive it's already very dark, and you feel like you are on the set of "Brideshead Revisited" as you make the long unlit drive up to the Rothschild manor, where on this occasion you can park right in front, in a long row of giant illuminated Christmas trees. You get to tour a wing of the house, beautifully decorated for Christmas (no words will do it justice), followed by a dinner in the excellent restaurant. For £55 this is perhaps the best-value Christmas event one can imagine!


We stayed overnight at the Five Arrows Hotel in Waddesdon village, planning to go for a walk in the Waddesdon estate the next morning. From our hotel window we had a view of wonderful tiled roofs like this one.



This is part of the long drive up to the Manor. It was a cold, beautiful day. The sun at this time of year is very low, making for interesting photography, and we had the place almost to ourselves (very unusual).






All the statues on the estate were shrouded against the weather...


Frost still on the grass


Some fun with Photoshop. This wasn't taken with a telephoto lens, it's the result of a blurred layer on top of a sharp layer, with the lower part of the blurred layer masked out.




My first-ever HDR photo. The upper and lower parts come from two different images at different exposures, with some blending in the middle. My little Lumix camera will take three photos in rapid succession at different exposures, and even without a tripod it wasn't hard to align two of the images in different Photoshop layers. I temporarily used the "multiply" blend so that I could see both images at once, and used the Move tool and arrow keys to nudge one layer a pixel at a time. There are fancier ways of doing HDR but this worked fine for me with Photoshop 7.



As with the previous picture and several others, I am experimenting here with a Photoshop curves adjustment layer. Dragging the cursor in a shadow area (say) shows on part of the graph as a moving pointer. Adjusting the slope of that part of the graph improves the tonal range and contrast in that part of the picture, while sometimes messing up other parts. Then you mask out the other parts, leaving only the improved bits overlaying the original image.






On the way out I saw these rather beautiful Christmas tree ornaments in the National Trust shop, which reminded me slightly of Faberge eggs (but a lot cheaper!). They are about 20 times too large for the tiny tree we have at home, but I asked my wife if she could arrange them in a kind of nest, which she kindly did! (There's a blur layer being used here in Photoshop, too.)



[My Photoshop page]



A fashion shop in a sleepy little German town
A very nice HDR photo by Rudi Wenzel

Thanks to my friend renaissance2007 (Julian) for leading me to this one.


BTW: HDR Creme is a great photo site specialising in HDR photography. Authors are identified and can be contacted, and original size photos are provided as well as web size photos.