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.