HDR Playtime Feb26

HDR Playtime

Over the past 2-3 years I’ve started to invest a little more time in the art of photography; trying to capture that perfect shot that epitomises the feeling and scenery that I see infront of me, get the awe and wonder of nature into a little rectangular world for others to see, and to try and convey the natural beauty of some of the places that I’ve frequented on my travels. More often than not I fail quite miserably, but this hasn’t stopped me progressing and looking at new techniques to try and advance the craft. Which is why about a year ago a photo and corresponding article on HDR photography caught my attention. HDR (high dynamic range) photography is basically the art of taking 3 photos of the same scene, at different exposure levels, to capture the full dynamic range of colours. Or as wikipedia likes to say: “High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of methods used in imaging and photography to allow a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter” In its basic functionality / my basic process flow it’s taking a photo 3 times, at different exposure levels, overlaying them in a nifty little program and playing with some levels to get your desired result. Around 90% of the time I find that I’m not sure if I like the HDR version more than the original, but now and again the new full dynamic ranging photo seems to work out beautifully and I’m...

Valentines Card Fun Feb22

Valentines Card Fun

Han has always had a light-hearted gripe at me about how I don’t buy cards for people to celebrate or commiserate birthdays, anniversary’s, christmas and the like, and how this also includes her loving sweet self. So this year for Valentines I thought I would surprise her and make her a big amazing card to wow her and make her realise I put in a lot of thought, time and effort into these things. Ok, ok …… I need to stop, I’ve already lied ….. 6 times, no wait, 7 times, in that last paragraph. “Tell the truth Nick” says the little white angel on my right shoulder. Fine. So, I was wondering around Dollarama on the 13th February wondering what I could get Han to supplement her cool teapot that I had bought her for Valentines – she likes Tea, and this one comes with a cup that fits over the lid. Yes you read that right – a cup that fits over the lid. I know – amazing right! Anyway, turns out that after picking up the ‘grow your own tomato plant’ seed packet, and the ‘decorative baking tins’ I looked down at what I was carrying and saw, well, a ‘grow your own tomato plant’ seed packet and some decorative baking tins, and I figured that I needed something with a little more substance. And then I wandered into the baby section and saw some stickers of giraffes. “Han likes Giraffes …. ” I thought with a smile on my face. I’m going to get her some stickers of giraffes. Back go the tomato plant and decorative baking tins (they were at least $8), and I carry on wandering with a great big smug ‘I’m the best boyfriend ever’ grin on...