>Day 047 – 02162011

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I have just finished reading an article in Outdoor Photographer magazine about Montana, known as the Big Sky State, and it inspired me to process one of my photos in HDR and then convert it to black & white. The photo above showing the coastal hills and storm clouds is what I came up with.

I created the HDR file using a single color raw file. Using Adobe Camera Raw, I created seven separate images, each of which had an exposure change of 1/2-stop and subsequently each saved as a TIFF.

All seven TIFF copies were combined in Photomatix Pro to create the HDR color file, which I saved as a 16-bit TIFF.

Finally, I opened this file in NIK Silver Efex Pro to convert it to a black & white image using the High Structure preset and adding a yellow filter to darken the blue sky (the red filter proved to be too dark).

Technical data: f/6.3 at 1/500th sec, ISO 100.

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Day 023 – 01232011

A succulent plant (Agave obscura) showing the impressions the branches and spines leave on their counterpart in front as they mature. I found this pattern to be quite interesting.

The original color raw file was converted to black and white using Silver Effex Pro from Nik Software. Further cropping and retouching took place in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: aperture f/7.1, exposure 1/500th sec, ISO 100.

Day 009 – 01092011

Another cold and foggy morning in Northern California, and another beautiful day to visit the local county park.

I wanted to capture the pale sun with the young oak tree and the creek in the foreground when I saw the jogger approaching the spot. I waited until the jogger was just in the right spot to take this shot.

I gave this image a slight cyanotype treatment using Silver Efex Pro from the folks at Nik Software.

The manual settings in my camera were: aperture f/11.0, exposure 1/250th sec, ISO 100.