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HDR Photography

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Recently I’ve started shooting photos in order to try out a new post processing method known as HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography.  It’s not that new, it’s just new to me.  It’s been used by many photographers such as Dave Hill and Trey Ratcliff.

HDR Photo of New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

HDR Photo of New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

High Dynamic Range allows you to to show a very wide range of exposure or intensity levels in a photograph.  You need to use software such as Photomatix or Photoshop to process your files but the result can be amazing. It allows you see more details in shadowy areas of an image as well as bringing back detail into over exposed areas of an image by combining 3 or more different exposures of the same photo.  This is usually done by bracketing the exposure of your photos when shooting and then combing and adjusting the separate exposures in post production.

The photos on in this post were taken in and around Kirkland and Seattle, WA as well as Las Vegas, NV.

HDR photo of Seattle, WA taken from Beacon Hill

HDR photo of Seattle, WA taken from Beacon Hill

HDR Photo of the former entrance to Junior High School in Kirkland, WA

HDR Photo of the former entrance to Junior High School in Kirkland, WA

HDR photo of staircase taken at the former Kirkland Junior High School

HDR photo of staircase taken at the former Kirkland Junior High School

HDR photo of Juanita High School football field, Kirkland, WA

HDR photo of Juanita High School football field, Kirkland, WA

Hello World!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

This is the beginning of my blog. I’m going to start off by saying that I’m definitely not a writer. So as this is a photo blog there will be very little writing and hopefully many more photos. This may change in the future as I get more comfortable with blogging. Sometimes translating my thoughts into words gets confusing even though it makes PERFECT sense to me. Hey there will be more photos that way!

I guess I’ll introduce myself. My name is Henry I’m a professional graphic designer by day/professional photographer in my spare time. I’m based out of Kirkland, WA where I live with my best friend and wife Kathryn and our little black pug Oswald. You’ll get to know more about them as this blog grows. I love photography, all kinds. I can’t go anywhere without stopping and taking pictures, staring at photos, posters, magazine spreads, or even cell phone pictures. Speaking of cell phones, I can’t live without my iPhone. I still have the 1st generation model too. I want a new one but this one does just about everything I need. Most important, it has a camera. So even if I leave my trusty Canon point-and-shoot at home, I’ve got a decent one on my phone. Okay enough about my iPhone, but in the words of one of my favorite photographers “The best camera is the one that’s with you.™” - Chase Jarvis

The main reason for starting this blog was to easily post more photos and share projects that I’m working on as well as a behind the scenes look at photo shoots, photography tips, and hopefully get some feedback on how I can improve my work. For now I’ll leave you with this photo and I look forward to posting many more.

Kathryn & Henry

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