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November 13, 2009

Green River Covered Bridge, Vermont

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Green River Covered Bridge, Vermont

Green River Covered Bridge, Vermont

When Built: 1870

Builders: Marcus Worden

Description: A quiet picturesque spot, with a dam just upriver, the Green River Covered Bridge is still used for vehicular traffic.

GPS Position: N:42.77531 W:72.66755

Green River Covered Bridge, Vermont Green River Covered Bridge, Vermont
Green River Covered Bridge, Vermont

This is part of a series on Vermont’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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November 12, 2009

Scott Covered Bridge, Vermont

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Scott Covered Bridge, Vermont

Scott Covered Bridge, Vermont

When Built: 1870

Builders: Harrison Chamberlin

Description: A long bridge near the village of Townshend. The Town truss section of 166 feet is the longest single span of any covered bridge in Vermont

Scott Covered Bridge, Vermont Scott Covered Bridge, Vermont
Scott Covered Bridge, Vermont Scott Covered Bridge, Vermont

This is part of a series on Vermont’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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November 10, 2009

Creamery (Centerville) Covered Bridge, Vermont

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Creamery Covered Bridge, Vermont

Creamery Covered Bridge, Vermont

When Built: 1879

Builders: A crew of local workers

Description: Found in the City of Brattleboro, Vermont, it is currently only used for foot traffic. It has been kept in beautiful condition.

Creamery Covered Bridge, Vermont

Creamery Covered Bridge, Vermont

This is part of a series on Vermont’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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November 9, 2009

HDR Lite

Filed under: Photography Tips,Photoshop Tutorial,Processing Tips,Waterfalls — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:10 am
Borers Falls: Finished Image

HDR Lite

For my purposes, HDR processing is successful if the viewer is not sure if it was used. Lets call this HDR Lite.

I have been working on a project to photograph Ontario’s waterfalls, and often these images have a large dynamic range. Consider that these images my be required to record the near white of the water to the near black of rock crevices and it is easy to see that it could be a problem for any camera.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing is designed to tackle this type of problem, it is a process where a series is taken of the same scene with a range of exposures. An example may be three images taken at -1, regular, and +1 exposure. These are then combined in the computer for a composite image. I use Photomatix for this.

Minus 2 Exposure 0 Exposure Plus 2 Exposure

Above are the base exposures used at -2,0,+2 exposure (You can click on them for a large resolution). While I didn’t want an extreme example of HDR processing, I did want to bring out the natural fall colors as well as the complete dynamic range. Photomatix has different processing methods available but each on their own was not what I was looking for. Lets take a look.

Details Enhancer

The above image is the result of using Details Enhancer at the default settings. I like the foliage detail it has brought out but it lacks contrast and is too light.

Tone Compressor

This image above was processed using the Tone Compressor method. I like the contrast and color but it is too dark and lacks detail.

Lets see if we can get this porridge just right. I opened both images in Photoshop and copied one as a layer to the other. I then adjusted the Opacity of the second layer to incorporate the best features of each image. This can range from 30-70% but often I find I am happy with it at 50%.

For waterfalls, HDR processing has a bonus in that it gives the water a nice blur.

Thanks for reading this, I hope you find it useful.

Processing Tutorials Index

 


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November 5, 2009

A Span of Time- Video

Filed under: Covered Bridge,Vermont,Video — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 10:22 am

A short video of Windham County, Vermont Covered Bridges

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November 3, 2009

Ukrainian Church in HDR

Filed under: HDR — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Ukranian Church in HDR

Ukranian Church in HDR

This Ukrainian Catholic Church with its complex patterns seemed a good candidate for a HDR (High Dynamic Range) treatment. It also required a Fix in the Perspective.


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