Monday, December 19, 2011


We went to Cairnwood with Denise Ippolito. If you ever have a chance to see her present a program or go on one of her photo workshops or photo tours I definitely recommend her! She has a lot of energy, creativity, insight, talent and knowledge and is willing to share it with you!

Immediately upon entering the estate I was entranced by the stairs, others rushed off to photograph the rooms upstairs, but I stayed with the stairs for a long while.

This photograph was taken during the holidays with five exposures, perhaps I could have taken seven to get more detail in the highlights, but I do not mind my HDRs with some shadows blocked or some highlights blown out. I just love the way the light reflects off the ceilings and walls. Imagine living here!

Do you like the B&W or color version better? 
Such a different mood between the two...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Old Bus

Another HDR photograph using Photomatix for processing three exposures. I also applied the vignette using a Lightroom preset.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Linley HDR at the Graffiti bus

This was an awesome shoot with some fantastic models! Roman set up a HDR photo session at the CT trolley museum and I asked if we could bring along some models (love the juxtaposition of the beauty of the models against the gritty HDR trains and such!). HDR with people can be difficult, sometimes you have to adjust the color of the face to avoid that "oopma loompa" look and sometimes the person moves slightly (I was on a tripod, but she moved slightly) so I masked her face back in and viola! Her outfit was perfect, almost like she bought it special for this shoot! Linley was one awesome to work with too!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Old Truck

Photographing old subjects makes for interesting detail. With the recent popularity  of HDR (high dynamic range) photography has made subjects like this even more appealing. Three images taken in camera, +2, 0, -2 and then merged and tone mapped with Photomatix and finished with Topaz.

I tried two versions of this truck, one color and one black and white...