Category Archives: HDR


Is your tree up yet?

Christmas tree ornaments can make for fantastic photographs.  They don’t move…they smile you want them to.  The only downside is that sometimes the dog knocks a few down and they break. Take out your tripod and play around with your settings; get to know your camera.  The f-stops and the exposure levels can make for some interesting photos…and if that doesn’t do it for you, use your Raw settings and create a wonderful HDR to ensure that those Christmas lights don’t overpower your ornaments.

Happy holidays.  Click on the image for a larger photo:

Happy Holidays from 1985…


Winter Park at Sunset

This past weekend, we took a snowboarding trip with some friends in Winter Park, Colorado.  We were lucky enough to get some excellent snow and some great sunshine.

Let me know what you think.

Stayed at an amazing place in Winter Park, Colorado. This was taken off the back deck at Sunset after a long day of Snowboarding.


Warmer days in New York

We were out on a visit to Governors Island in New York in July and everyone was kind enough to sit still long enough for this shot.  There was an art display built up along the lawn that made this photo fun to play with.

It’s cold and rainy here this week so I needed something to make me think of warmer temperatures…

Governor's Island, New York City

Governors Island, New York City in July.


Fallen Redwood

We were in Big Trees National Park in Northern California a few years ago and we found this monstrous Redwood tree hollowed out.  We barely came up to the midpoint of the tree in another photo.  I really wanted to bring out the highlights of this so I used HDR to bring them into the light.

If you are curious about HDR, I recommend checking out Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Customs blog; there are fantastic tutorials there.

Fallen Redwood


Celebration toss

Took this at our friend’s wedding reception…the light level was outrageously low.  The ceilings were high so not much to bounce the flash off of.  The only thing left to do was adjust the ISO and pray.  Luckily, I caught this photo mid throw.  This is one of my favorite photos and I was able to salvage some of the grain in the photo by enhancing the grain and just enjoying the different look and feel.

Sophie enjoying her day


Dreaming of Palm Trees

Longing for summer….took this in Playa del Carmen on a vacation a few years back.  I had to use HDR to get the palm tree to show up as it was mostly in its own shadow.

Just trying to think warmer.

Palm Tree for summer inspiration


Old Wooden Dock

On our honeymoon, we spent some time in Playa del Carmen and found this dock as we walked along the beach one evening.  By making this an HDR image, the wood grain just looked so much more dramatic.  If only there wasn’t the yellow tape.  I know…I just edit it in Photoshop, but that just feels like cheating.  Maybe one day.

Do I leave the tape or edit it out?

Old Wooden Dock in HDR


Music Venue across the lake

On a nice walk in North Carolina (near Cary) around this pond.  Across the pond is a nice outdoor music venue.  The reflections looked wonderful in the water.

Hope you enjoy it…

Music Venue in Cary, NC