HDR Photography and More by Dave DiCello

End of the day

So today’s the last day on the old blog.  You know, six months ago I probably would not even care.  But I’ve gotten used to how things work around here, got used to the format, how to post, add pictures.  I’m sorry, I didn’t want to get emotional *sniff *sniff*…

Ok, well now that THAT’S done with, I really am excited.  I’ve spent a ton of time this week getting everything ready, and while it may be a few weeks until I am at the level I’d like to be at, I have it in a pretty good place right now.  So tomorrow, when you all go to visit hdrexposed.wordpress.com, you will be taken to the new site.  I’m anxious to hear all of your opinions, so please let me know what you think.

Today’s shot was meant to be a bit symbolic of the setting sun, moving a new site, you get the idea.  I took this last week at a school near our house where my wife and I will go play basketball in the evening sometimes.  I was really impressed with the lack of noise in this shot, as I had forgotten to change my camera settings and was at ISO 1,000.  With my old D40X, if I used ISO 400 I got visible noise, but it seemed like the D700 handled it just fine.

The HDR is made up of 7 handheld brackets processed with Photomatix then edited in CS5.  I did some slight shadow and highlight adjustment to start off with, then added a blue curves adjustment layer for the sky.  Added a very slight Tonal Contrast filter from Color Efex as well as a Local Contrast boost and Turbo Boost in onOne PhotoTools.  Added a bit of Clarity as well and called it a day.

See you all on the new site tomorrow.  Take care.


9 responses

  1. Can’t wait to see the new site, and this is quite the fitting shot to say farewell to this site.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

  2. Wonderfully processed, Dave.
    That sun peeking under the tree and over the bench is perfect. Nice tones as well.

    Great job!

    June 2, 2011 at 6:44 am

  3. Look forward to seeing the new site Dave! Great image for the transition!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:21 am

  4. Farewell old site, and hello new site! great image Dave, see you tomorrow on the new site!

    June 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

  5. Great image Dave – love the starburst! Can’t wait to see the new site.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

  6. Awesome flare and detail in the bench and sidewalk.

    Can’t wait to see what you’re doing with your new site.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

  7. Good luck moving to the new blog! Looking forward to checking it out tomorrow. Do you know if the RSS feed will still work the same?

    June 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  8. Cannot wait to see the new site Dave, great image as well, I will be in touch about shooting, I am leaning towards the 18th

    June 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

  9. Great shot. Good luck with your new site. Ill be sure to check it out.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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