Moments after learning about this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I was in my car heading to a meeting in downtown Salt Lake City. As usual, I had my camera bag in the back seat, so once my meeting concluded, I took a short walk around Temple Square, shooting things that were green.
My initial idea was to get a great shot of a traffic light sporting some green, but I saw so many other cool shots of green, that I ended up with more than just traffic lights.
During my quick excursion, I had my 55-200mm lens hooked up so I could get close enough to objects without standing in the middle of the road. I put my camera on AV (aperture priority) so I could have better say in the depth of field.
For a couple of the shots, I tried bracketing a series of three photos so I could merge them together using Photomatix and capture a better dynamic range. Of the four photos above, can you guess which two are HDR? The traffic light, along with the white snow melting in patches to reveal the green grass below.
For the traffic light photo, I converted the three bracketed photos to a single HDR photo, converted it to Black and White using photo shop, then imported the photo in color and used that to make the green light green. I felt that offered more contrast to help the green light pop out a little better.
Green lent itself to so many options, and I still have another idea up my sleeve, which I will probably photograph later today and share tomorrow. Stay tuned for that one.
I usually don’t capture the photo challenge so quickly once it’s announced, but yesterday was a beautiful sunny day at work. When I got back to Intermountain Medical Center from a lunch meeting, I figured the sun and building would make a great composition, so I set up the shot.
However, I know that photographing the sun can cause havoc on proper lighting in a photo, so I figured I would go for the HDR setup again. I leaned up against my car so the camera would be still enough to grab three identical images, then processed it using Photomatix Essentials. I was really pleased with the outcome.
Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | 1/640 | f/14 | ISO 100 | HDR
Exposure Compensation -2 | 1/1250 | f/20
Exposure Compensation +2 | 1/320 | f/10
Is it bad for a camera sensor to be exposed to directly to the sun? I’ve seen many photos of the sun, but if it can ruin a camera sensor by doing it, I think I’ll avoid it in the future. I know that astronauts on the moon had to be careful, because pointing their camera at the sun from the moon, or even space, could fry a sensor. But, I guess there is no atmosphere on the moon, so…
During our weekend trip to St. George, we spent Saturday indoors because it was cold and rainy; even terrential at times. But on Sunday before heading back home, the rain stopped and the temperature was just right for a hike in Snow Canyon State Park. It was a beautiful day, and I thought I would try taking some HDR photos.
So at various points along the trail, I would stop, adjust the exposure stops to -2 and +2, hold the camera really steady, and snap the three pictures needed to later compile an HDR photo. While not all of them came out good, here are the two that I thought came out best.
Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | Bracketed Exposure -2, 0, +2 | Photomatix Essentials
If you’ve ever been to Snow Canyon State Park in St. George, which trail is your favorite? We despise the Three Ponds trail. Hiking through sand to see what ended up being Three mud puddles was not worth the effort. But the scenery along the trail was nice.