Sunday, June 21, 2009

At the South Coast Botanical Gardens


I'm taking a weekend workshop with the photographer George D. Lepp at the gardens. Today is the "shoot" day. Yesterday, Mr. Lepp shared his techniques on panoramas, composite panaramas (using GigaPan), HDR, and many other tips for getting an image that the eye sees. He makes amazing (in focus) composites of fields of flowers (sunflowers in Kansas, tulips in Amsterdam) by refocusing each image and overlapping 20 to 50%, or for close-ups, keeping the camera in the same place and changing the focus only for 6 to 10 images and making a composite with Helicon Focus Lite software.
I tied to do a HDR with the photo above (bracketed 1 stop each way) but it proved unnecessary (especially since I broke the 1st rule and did not use a tripod so the photos did not align just right). Mr. Lepp uses HDR for landscapes to obtain an image the eye sees with the correct exposure from the foreground to the sky. For panoramas and managing photos, he prefers Adobe Lightroom software (recommends getting it for a 30-day free download). He backs up his work on 2 external hard drives & he gets rid of the bad shots or those that he'll never use. (My husband would be very happy with that recommendation.)

To all the dads today, Happy Father's Day.

17 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

wow Your blog will be even more amazing if that is possible! You have a great talent and you know...I'm your fan!
Fabulous shot!
Have a great week dear Tash!
God bless you
Léia

Jacob said...

I think you did very well...true HDR takes a lot of work...sometimes you can get the same (or nearly the same) effect through various software...

slim said...

You have a great eye for light and color . . . that's half the fun. I just discovered your book blog and will be referring back to it for my summer listening and reading pleasure . . . thanks!

Vogon Poet said...

I agree with Jacob, who made his point very well. Your photo is stunning, really a great image.

m_m said...

Indeed, splendid photo. Good luck, we're waiting to see results!:)
Regards,
m_m

pasadenaadjacent said...

guess it wouldn't surprise you if I told you I have a small collection of panoramic photos. We call them banquet photos because thats often the subject matter. Good for you on taking a class.

RogerB said...

Lucky you - taking a photography class! It looks like it's already paying off.

J Bar said...

Interesting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Maya said...

Lovely shot! I just got Lightroom and am teaching myself. It is a great tool!

Antjas said...

I absolutely love acorns and oak leaves in artwork of any kind. They have such lovely curves and a gentle way about them. How lucky you are to have had this class! What a nice Father's Day Gift to your husband to let him spend the weekend with his son!!

Clueless in Boston said...

Very nice composition. I like the red pot in the right quadrant as it adds more visual interest to the shot.

I'm not really a fan of HDR. There is a right time and place for it, but I think many people over use it, and then over process their photos even when not doing HDR.

spacedlaw said...

Wonderful grate!

Dusty Lens said...

Love the detail in this bench, (I'm assuming it's a bench). I have been experimenting with HDR for the purposes George Lepp describes. I'm still not satisfied. thanks for the heads up on Helicon Focus Lite software.

JM said...

Love this composition!

glasgowdailyphoto said...

That's a fantastic photo, I love the soft focus of the background, and the ironwork is just wonderful.

Jackie

Keith said...

Panoramas, composites, HDR. Wow! That's a lot to cover in just a weekend. It's so fascinating what can be done with digital images. You did a great job!

Linda said...

Good for you - this looks like a great opportunity. To be able to reproduce what the eye sees must be the ultimate goal. It's so frustrating when it doesn't happen!

Comments about accumulation of photos are heard here too!