Daily Archives October 15, 2007

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We had a glorious dawn shoot this morning along the Cape’s blustery coast, and although I haven’t had a chance to process any images from this morning yet (we’re back in the classroom right now), Joe McNally’s assistant Brad Moore was kind enough to take this shot of “the DLWS gang” (pictured here, L to R, are: Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Laurie Excell, and myself). Click on the image for a larger view.

Also, make sure to scroll down to the next post to catch my just announced new “Win a free iPhone” giveaway.

iPhone Book Giveaway

Wanna shot at winning a free Apple iPhone? Then enter my “Not so Subtle Promotion for my iPhone Book” Giveaway. That’s right, my friends, simply fill out This Entry Form, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of 10 signed copies of the book (I’m drawing one winner per day for the next 10 days), and then on the 10th day (Oct. 26, 2007), I’ll draw one lucky winner to win both the book AND an Apple iPhone itself. There’s nothing to buy (unless of course, you’re one of those instantly gratification people [like me] ,and you want to buy your copy of the book right now, from Amazon.com, or Barnes and Noble.com, or wherever cool iPhone books are sold). You may only enter once, but seriously, isn’t that enough? Here’s the Link to enter, and best of luck to you (and me). ;-)

Hi everybody, and greetings from blustery Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We’re up here for the Digital Landscape Workshop Series (DLWS), with Moose Peterson, Joe McNally, and Laurie Excell, shooting some of the wonderful Cape scenery (This is posted a few hours before our dawn shoot, so if I get anything decent, I’ll post it here).

In the meantime; here’s some quick news:

  • I was really happy to see that the gang at PixelGenius has now added the Epson R2400 to their list of supported printers for their free downloadable color profiles for Epson’s new Exhibition Fiber Paper. Way to go, guys! :)
  • I might have mentioned this before, but if I didn’t—I sure should have: The new issue of “The Blind Monkey” (which is a wonderfully produced quarterly PDF newsletter from kick-butt photographer Andrew Kornylak) is now available. The PDF is free, and absolutely worth the download (download it right here).
  • Last week I mentioned that some of my fine art prints are being sold over at Digital Photo & Art, and the 100% of my proceeds from the sale are being donated to “Springs of Hope Kenya” which is in the process of building a clinic and orphanage for homeless and orphaned children in Kenya. Well, one of the individuals who bought one of my prints last week, so was moved by Springs of Hope is doing, that he donated $1,000 to the cause. I was just absolutely blown away. He asked that he remain anonymous, but to this very special person I just want to give you my personal thanks for doing something so wonderful, so caring, and so important. I am truly humbled by your generosity.

That’s it for now (except for the next post down, of course). Hope you all have a really wonderful Monday! :)

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Just a few weeks ago, when I was doing my GAPW photo workshop out in Montana, Barney Streit (one of my students in the workshop—-a really great guy and accomplished photographer, who I’d met at a previous workshop), turned me on to an HDR program he uses that just might make an HDR believer out of me after all. The program is called Photomatix Pro, (available for Mac and Windows) and it makes the process of combining multiple exposures into a single HDR image much more simple and straightforward.

In the example shown above (photos by Barney Streit); the top photo is the regular correct exposure for the building, which was shot in flat overcast mid-day light. The bottom photo is the HDR image which displays a much broader dynamic range. That image was processed in Photomatix Pro, from nine separate photos (all shot on a tripod), each with a different exposure (bracketed in the camera) to capture the full range from the darkest possible shadows to the brightest highlights.

You can download a trial version from the Photomatix Pro Web site (click here), and here’s a link to Barney’s NAPP online portfolio, where you can see more of his HDR work. My thanks for Barney for the use of his images, and for turning me on to this very cool program.

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