I taught an HDR class yesterday and took my students to the trolley museum in Colorado Springs. We had a great time, and this is my favorite shot from the day. This is the side of an old Denver Transit Company bus, and it’s a hand-held, 3-exposure image. I had to lend my tripod to one of my students, which gave me the opportunity to check out Photomatix’s feature for blending images not taken on a tripod. It looks like someone dancing in tall grass.
This is a shot of Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point after a snowstorm. It’s a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-1 EV) blended and tone mapped in Photomatix.
After blending I made basic adjustments and applied a gradient to the sky with the Camera Raw filter. In Photoshop I added black & white and curves adjustment layers. I selected the mountains and added an exposure adjustment layer to them. I then cropped.
This is a head frame at Poverty Gulch in Cripple Creek, CO. It’s the location where gold was discovered in the area. The photo is a 3-exposure (+/-2EV) HDR image processed in Photomatix.
After blending and tone mapping in Photomatix, I used the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop to make basic adjustments and remove chromatic aberrations. I used the burn tool to reduce the highlights in some areas. I added black and white, curves and hue/saturation adjustment layers. I used the hue/saturation layer to create the sepia tone after experimenting with black and white. The B&W layer is not necessary to create this effect, but it added a little more contrast, so I kept it.
This photo was taken at Garden of the Gods after the big rains we had in September of 2013. What used to be a small reservoir filled with water and stayed a couple of weeks. By this time the water was very brown and didn’t smell very good.
This is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2EV) processed in Photomatix.
After blending and tone mapping in Photomatix I made basic adjustments and removed chromatic aberrations with the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop. I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some artifacts. I then selected the lower half of the frame with the Quick Selection Brush and used a channel mixer adjustment layer to remove the brown tint created by the mud in the water. I also added a curves adjustment layer.
This looks like the scene from some apocalyptic movie. These are things left behind in one of the buildings at the Mary Nevine Mine in Victor, CO.
This is a 3-expsosure HDR image (+/-2EV) blended and tone mapped in Photomatix.
After blending I used the Camera Raw to make basic adjustments. I added two vignettes with the radial tool to darken the background and lighten the foreground. I used the adjustment brush to darken a drawer in the background. In Photoshop added a curves adjustment layer and cropped.
This photo was taken in the Collegiate Peaks Wildnerness area near Huron Peak. It’s a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2 EV) of the sunset.
I blended and tone mapped the 3 files in Photomatix and made basic adjustments, removed chromatic aberrations, applied lens corrections and reduced noise in Adobe Camera Raw. I then added a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop.