Working on My Panorama Techniques

Posted on January 21, 2015

I’ve been putting in some time on shooting HDR panoramas which many consider to be one of the hardest photographic techniques to master. The main goal of this process for me is to use the HDR images to light 3D scenes. This is called Image Based Lighting but the panoramas look cool on their own.

These were originally shot with an HDR technique to create a 32 bit floating point image that can be used as virtual light source for rendering. But HDR images don’t look good on a normal monitor so they need to be “tonemapped” – the process of converting to an 8 bit image to look presentable on a normal monitor.

There is a huge misunderstanding in the photography world as to what an HDR image actually is. Theses tonemapped images are what most people think of when they think of HDR.  But they are really just the result of the tonemap conversion to an 8 bit image. So when people say they hate HDR, they are really saying they hate Tonemapping. Some people don’t even know what the are hating!

 

Yosemite HDR 360 Pano

Posted on December 8, 2014

My last visit to Yosemite was a quick one. I just went over for the day with a friend who was visiting from Croatia. Every inch of Yosemite has been photographed but it’s so beautiful, I still wanted to shoot but I wanted to try something different. It’s was an overcast day which is perfect to shoot an HDR. I’ve been working on HDR 360 Panorama for Image Base Lighting so I thought it would be cool to create a Panorama of Yosemite Valley in the style of Ansel Adams. I always like the idea of combining technology and art just like the great master so this was a great exercise. Feel free to interact with the Panorama by panning and zooming. On an iPad the pano can be controlled by moving the tablet!

 

Abondoned Wreck

Posted on November 19, 2014

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I started shooting abondoned wrecks along the highway during my traveling last Summer. This one was near Pagosa Springs, Colorado where I spent two weeks camping and photographing an Elk Hunt. This was processed in Lightroom in a HDR style and I pushed it father than I normally would but I kept the effect believable? But the clouds are what make this image work.

I really feel this would be great to print. If anyone would like a print, please contact me.

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