With all the new software out there and tools, along with the latest camera sensors it has become much easier to extent the dynamic range of our photographs to what our eye actually sees. It seems some software can take it too far and if you are not carful can look unnatural and even a little flat. I wonder if we are just use to seeing photographs with less dynamic range and more contrast from back in the film days so these types of images just look unreal? Who knows for sure, but I do know that skies and parts of the landscape where the sun is hitting is supposed to be brighter than the items that are in the shade.
Here I have two examples: One using pro photomatix on the right and one using only Adobe Lightroom on the left. I used 3 different images and various exposures and combined them. I did adjust the photomatix one as best I could to give it a more natural look, but as you know if you have used photomatix, the choices are almost limitless! The one on the left was adjusted in lightroom. I used solely the graduated neutral density filter and messed around with the contrast and vibrancy a bit. I lightened the foreground and darkened the sky. I find my eye jumping around more on the one on the right because for me there is just to much light in the shadow areas which makes it a bit confusing to have a real focal point. The one on the left is simply a great sunset on the red cliffs. This is where your eye tends to go because it is easily the place of most light and color. I also enjoy the fact that you have to look a little harder into the foreground shadows to see what else is going on in the image. The detail in the shadows is still there, just not as obvious.
I will be displaying/selling my work at the Provo county building at at the corner of university and Main street, http://www.utahcounty.gov/CountyBldgMaps.asp On the 4th through the 5th of July from 10:00 to 6:00. Its part of the Freedom Festival that is held each year in Provo Utah. Great deals on some framed work will be available.
Its been 1 year since I opened up the Willie Holdman Photographs Gallery in Park City Utah. We have had great success! People are coming in from all over the world to view and collect a framed peice of art from mother nature and the Utah landscape. Thank you for being fans of my work. It’s very rewarding to see others appriciate the magic of nature as I do and I hope to continue on my journey of discovery with you all right there with me.
Spring is in the air! I can almost sense the change in seasons as the snow begins to melt into cascading waterfalls and meandering valley streams lined with mountain wildflowers. Soon we will be out there capturing its’ character and bueaty at our photography workshops. We have had lots of interest in our workshops this year from our gallery and they are starting to fill up. Read more about them.
Besides the above workshops I’m starting a new one next year. A 7 day river trip through the Grand Canyon! This will be a trip of a life time!
I thought it interesting that this was my most liked photograph on my fan page for last year. I hope to see some of you at the gallery, in a workshop, or just crossing paths in some remote wilderness area in the corners of Utah!
I had the chance to go to Oahu with the family. Of course I couldn’t pass up a Hawaii sunset! The atmospheric conditions were rather soft and lacked contrast so I selected the highlights in photoshop, did an inverse, then used the auto contrast function. It actually nailed it just right I though. It seems I am having a hard time keeping up with the facebook fan page and my blog. I seem to have more interest via facebook so that is where I usually post my new images before I get to putting them on my web site. Maybe I should spend more time on my blog?? But heck, I like to shoot to much!
I worked with Sharon Hamre on this calendar. It is 4″x14″ long vertical Pano format. This is the type of calendar that you can use forever. You can keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, special events each year, important dates, etc. It turned out Splendid! As of now they are offered in my gallery but I will soon have them on my web site for order. Sharon is also distributing them throughout the state and I will update on where you can pick one up.
Yes indeed! For one week only till the 15 of December I’m offering free shipping on my “Utah, Mountains to Deserts” book. That means I will Ship the book anywhere in the Continental US of A for no charge. When you check out just select the “No shipping/Local Pickup” under your shipping method and you will not be charged. The books will also be personally signed. Can you say Christmas Gift! I’ll do the same for my “Timpanogos” book.
I’m getting my “Utah, Mountains To Deserts” books in days. This means that you can now order online! Give the gift of beauty this year. The type of eye candy found in these pages will last a lifetime. Quite a bit longer than your other candy that makes you feel good for about 5 seconds then you regret it!
I just got 4 copies of my book, “Utah Mountains To Deserts” They look sweet! I’m letting companies personalize the first page with log/text, or whatever for a certain quantity ordered before I go to press the end of the month. They will make great corporate gifts for clients, workers, prospects, etc. Spread the word. I should have the real deal done end of august or so.