Before the Coffee

July 27, 2010

South Carolina Coast

Filed under: HDR, South Carolina — Tags: , , , , , , , — beforethecoffee @ 12:35 pm

A simple composition along the Atlantic coast on a windy stormy day. The sand was blowing so heavily it created the appearance of fog as it whisked along the beach. I wanted to capture the look but wasn’t able, it was too subtle. This is an HDR image with some added post processing. I softened the clouds with a motion blur and converted the image to Black and White.


July 22, 2010

Photomatix Tutorial updated

Filed under: Chesapeake Bay, HDR — beforethecoffee @ 12:19 pm

I just updated my Photomatix Tutorial with screen shots of the yet to be released Ver4.0. Lots of new features and a new interface look.

That’s Venus under the Moon.

May 17, 2010

Bridge in the Quiet of the Evening

Filed under: HDR — beforethecoffee @ 1:41 pm

This is an HDR image tone mapped in Photomatix and converted to B&W in Photoshop. If you don’t have Photomatix don’t forget to use a coupon code for the 15% discount, just type in “beforethecoffee” in the coupon box at Happy Shooting and May You Capture the Full Range of Life!

Image taken in South Carolina.

March 31, 2010

The Quiet Canals

Filed under: HDR — beforethecoffee @ 8:39 am

February 13, 2010

Let it snow….. I think

Filed under: Black and White, HDR — beforethecoffee @ 10:20 am

Wow, snow is beautiful, to a point. I like 5 inches, I like 10 inches, I even like 15 inches but when the ruler sank into the snow to 28 inches I knew there would be a lot of clean-up hours. It’s interesting how neighbors began talking again, one’s I haven’t seen in years came over to chat and catch up. I think the hustle-bustle and pressure to make a living is temporarily put aside and it’s OK to pause and say HELLO.

Photos: Both of these pics are HDR images tonemapped in Photomatix at the default setting. I followed with a BW conversion in PS using Image>Adjustments>Black&White. After some dodging and burning I went to my folder of textures and found some pics of a boat hull taken at the marina. I laid a pic of the boat hull over the image below and the image with the fence, I laid a pic of a painted piece of paper over the image. Splashing ink on paper and staining it with some coffee is a fun way to make textures.

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