Echo Sculpture Part 2

posted on 2011.04.30, under HDR Photos

Here is another Echo photo from Madison Square Park in New York City. I went back for another visit and snapped a few shots with the Canon 70-200 (2.8) mm lens. These are the first HDR photos I have taken with this lens.



Photo Stats:

Canon 7D
75 mm lens
ISO: 100


Juame Plensa: Echo-Madison Sqaure Park

posted on 2011.04.27, under HDR Photos

I had a gig in NYC this week.  OH  I LOVE THIS PLACE!  I went on one of my usual 100+ block walks and passed through Madison Square Park.

I saw a sculpture that just stopped me in my tracks.  It was large and 3 dimensional, but when I stared at it for more than a few seconds it appeared to become flat, 2D, like a photo.

The interaction with the sculpture facilitated peace and comfort to my state of mind.  It was a great experience.  I saw the creator, Jaume Plensa from afar, but I got a chance to speak with Mary Bosakowski, a filmmaker who was documenting the installation process.   This work is called “ECHO”  and it is worth checking out!





















Photo Stats:

Canon 7D
ISO: 160




Alien HDR photo

posted on 2011.04.25, under HDR Photos

During a shoot in Miami I went for a walk and grabbed this photo.  The neighborhood was run down and bit scary.   It was the sort of neighborhood where people immediately think that either you are a cop or looking to buy cheap drugs.

The homes were barely standing and most structures had less than half their windows intact.  This area is just on the other side of the tracks, only about 5 miles from South Beach Miami and its gazillion dollar lifestyle.

I took three photos and used photomatix plugin on Aperture 3 to turn them into one photo.  This is called HDR photography.  You can see the three photos I used.
If you want to experience amazing glass quality and can only afford one lens, the Canon 24mm is THE lens.  This is an epic piece of glass.























Photo Stats :

Canon 7D
Lens: 24mm
ISO: 160
SS: 1/200, 1/50, 1/13

Using HDR with people

posted on 2011.04.22, under HDR Photos

Some say, “you can’t do HDR with people”.

I say, just make them stand still and take plenty of extra photos.  We stopped at a gas station in Sweden after a shoot and I grabbed this photo of CrossFit trainer extraordinaire Mads Jacobsen.  I used the photomatix plugin with Aperture 3.

Photomatix, takes all three photos and smashes them together.   Very cool!  


1) 2)
3) final

Interactive Whiteboards by PolyVision



Photo stats:
Canon 7D
Lens: 18-200 EFS
ISO: 160
SS: 1/60, 1/400,1/2500

It took me two, 10 minute sessions with Aperture 3 and photomatix to create this photo.


Which do I like better, Photomatix or NIK HDR PRO ? … to be continued


Full Moon in Prescott, AZ

posted on 2011.04.21, under Photos

I jumped out of the car and grabbed this photo.  I did not expect much and decided to use it as a test photo for my new NIK photo editing software.  It took me about 20 minutes to make the adjustments and get this enhanced photo.  I am very happy with the NIK Aperture 3 plugin.  I have the “complete” version.












Photo Sats:

Canon 7D
Lens: 100mm macro
ISO: 160
Shutter Speed: 1/200