HDR Experiments

In the past I was never a fan of the use of HDR or High Dynamic Range processing,being an “old school” photographer,I just really struggled adjusting myself to what it was all about.I’ve been shooting digital now around 15 years and people tell me to try to move with the times,so I tried this effect,somewhat unsuccessfully using photoshop and yet again didn’t like the effect.However an inexpensive bit of software from Photomattix just may have changed my mind.Dedicated to pure HDR processing,I’m finding the results pleasing,and also a bit of fun in the process.Here’s 3 of our 7.5 ton delivery trucks on the fleet of TNT Express in the UK given the treatment.I feel it works well with bold colours.The original RAW was shot at 1/60 f11 iso200,then 4 further exposures both +/- 2 exposure stops to produce this.HDR1

North Bailey

More wanderings around the streets of Durham,if you take the street walk around the rear of the Cathedral you follow this street to cross the river wear over Prebends Bridge,this lovely cobbled street,hasn’t changed in years,although the buildings are now used by Durham University. 1/30th F11 @iso200.North Bailey

Winter sunshine in Durham

A nice Sunday afternoon around the streets of my local County capital of Durham in the northeast of England yesterday with my lovely wife and oldest grandson Joe now six who wanted to visit the beautiful Cathedral.This 900 year old Norman structure perched high above the river wear,is declared a World heritage site.Having my grandson with me evoked many memories of my own childhood,where at his age I spent many a day with my father around the same streets learning photography.Having parked my car on a hillside this time opposite the cathedral,we were greeted to this fabulous view of the cathedral just as the last rays of a winter sunshine cascaded upon its facade.Quite a lot of maintenance work is being done on the building and as such it has had scaffolding on various parts of its structure now for quite some time,but its appeal to me me is like iron filings to a magnet! I just never tire of its magnificence.Again,the little D70s at 1/30th f11 iso200DSC_0018a