Lately I’m working not only on my actual camera ability, but also on better understanding the technology of processing images. Friday I spent a couple of hours in the DaVinci Machines Exhibit in Denver working on both composition and technical skills (shooting in lower light, for instance) and doing so with an eye toward how I’d be outputting the images later. Interesting results.
I bracketed everything I shot (three exposures: -3, 0 and +3) to enable composite High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing. For those who don’t know these terms (an audience that included me three months ago), bracketing is a process where the camera takes three (usually) exposures – with one slightly overexposed and one underexposed – so that the images can then be composited using image processing software (in this case, Photomatix). The result: “a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods.”
The sequence below comprises five different takes on the same raw image of DaVinci’s inclinometer. First, the basic shot, fine tuned a bit in Photoshop.
Dedicated to Jim Booth in honor of the publication of his novel, Completeness of the Soul: The Life and Opinions of Jay Breeze, Rock Star.
Many thanks to the folks at Javier & C, our awesome neighborhood diner, for letting me take some pics.
I know, NO ONE can title a photo like me….
Welcome to Northwest Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood.
Richard Reinholz takes a break from his shift at Burrito Giant.
2012 Labor Day Milonga, Cheesman Park (Denver, Colorado)
While I wish the tent was not in the background (behind the dancers) I still like this shot – the space around them, the texture of her dress and the texture of the marble floor. Just kind of like it.
1909-1915 the fire screen from the Nippon Kan theatre, Seattle, WA
After decades of being lost this 15 by 30 foot screen is one of the treasures displayed at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. The scrim was an extra large yellow pages for local Japanese-American companies. If you failed to pay your bill they painted over your spot. The restoration was guided by the asbestos content of the material – a clear resin-based product holds the pigments in place. The screen now graces the 59 seat Tateuchi Story Theatre at the Wing museum.
I have no real ambition to be a photographer of flowers, but several people had nice things to say about this one from my visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens back in June. So here you go.
Even the mundane can be interesting… for your consideration.. a big pile of sewer pipes…