Before the Coffee

July 27, 2010

South Carolina Coast

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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.


September 9, 2009

Moonrise over the Bay

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A light breeze over the Bay
Thin clouds embrace the moon
Water settles in for the night
Another summer comes to a close


August 4, 2009

It was so nice to relax and spend time with you

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June 24, 2008

Many Thanks

Filed under: HDR — Tags: , , , , , , — beforethecoffee @ 10:34 am

A special thanks to all the readers of my book, you made me number 1. May you capture the full range life has to offer!

I knew that photographers would begin to see HDR as a tool that offers a wide range of looks. Many of us, including me, labeled HDR as too surreal and felt it would be a fad. Well now, photographers are learning that HDR can offer a more conventional look; HDR images can look like a single shot AND offer lower noise in the shadows with captured highlights.

Here is an email I received last week from the publisher of my book:

Just thought you might like to know that your book is #1 on BookScan, which is the data base that keeps track of all books sold in the US. Your book is outselling every other photography book in the country right now!!!


Haley Pritchard
Photography Books, Editor
Lark Books 


If you are interested in a personalized autographed copy of my book drop us a note or call:


April 25, 2008

Book in Barnes and Noble

Filed under: HDR — Tags: , , , , , , — beforethecoffee @ 2:42 pm

Yea! it’s very exciting to see it has finally arrived. I visited a Barnes and Noble book store and my book was on the shelf. I whipped out my camera phone and took a shot:

In my book “Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography” there are 5 contributing artists. Have a look at their amazing images on flickr and you will realize why they are internationally recognized in HDR photography. Not only is their work phenomenal but they are all wonderful people. A big THANK YOU to the contributing HDR artists, Trey Ratcliff (Texas), Asmundur Thorkelsson (Iceland), Valerio Pandolfi (Italy), John Adams (Florida) and Domingo Leiva (Spain).

The book not only displays their work but it also includes a statement from them about HDR, what it means to them and how it inspires them. This is a “How to” book with coffee table qualities.

If you already have the book it would be great to get some feedback. Please feel free to write a review at any one of the bookstores: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders

For any questions feel free to drop me a note: ferrellmc at comcast net

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