HDR Photography and More by Dave DiCello


Device confusion

Some weeks seem to take longer to get to Friday, but once it’s here, everything is all right.  Happy Friday everyone.


How about something completely different for today?  I’ve been wanting to create this shot for a while now, and even though I took it a few weeks ago, I didn’t get around to processing it until yesterday.  Back in mid March I finally got my iPad 2 (didn’t have the first one) and I wanted to take advantage of the camera that it is equipped with.  Now, just because I have an iPhone, iPod, iPad 2 and an iMac does not make me one of those people who denounce all that technology that is not Apple.  I thoroughly enjoy all my Apple products, but can still see the benefit and advantages of those non Apple devices and have no problem with anyone who uses them.  Not trying to turn this into a Mac vs. PC debate, just wanted to throw my stance out there.

For this scene, I first took a shot of myself holding both my iPhone and iPod.  Easy enough, took me one try.  Now for the tricky part.  I had to take a picture of the iPad in front of me, showing my face on the screen, looking towards one of my other Apple devices.  This took me about half an hour to get right.  I was having problems getting the iPad lined up right where my head didn’t look freakishly small.  I still actually had to do some work in post to enlarge the picture of me holding the iPad, which made the iPad look just a liiiiittle bit bigger than it really is.  Regardless of that, I like how it turned out.

Other than that, just had some fun with filters in Color Efex and onOne PhotoTools.  In CE, I added the vignette and a Tonal Contrast filter, as well as a Pro Contrast one.  In onOne, I applied the Blue Dawn Leonidas, Turbo Boost and a Noir one (can’t remember the exact name).

That’s it for me this week.  See you guys and gals on Monday.


Meet and greet

So yesterday I had the chance to meet some of the Pittsburgh Penguins at an autograph session at one of our local malls.  You donate to charity and then get to stand in line for a few hours to get some autographs.  It’s the third year that I’ve done it, but it is still pretty cool!  I know I’m not a little kid, but it’s hard still not to be a little star struck around these guys.  I mean here there are, world class, Stanley Cup champion athletes, sitting right in front of you!  You see people getting jerseys, pennants, flags, shirts, hats, pucks signed, which is all well and good, but for me, one of the most exciting parts is having them sign a picture that I took.  Then I know that no one else has an autograph like mine!  Just wanted to say thanks to the Pittsburgh Penguins for putting the event on and of course Pascal Dupuis, Eric Godard and Tyler Kennedy for taking the time out of their day to sit down and sign autographs for their fans!

Today’s shot is a bit different than my last couple weeks worth of posts, because it is not an HDR and it is not a busy New York scene (though it kinda still is); it’s me!  This is a shot that my wife too on our last day in the city when we were on the Brooklyn Bridge.  She has a nice eye for taking pictures and I keep trying to get her to come out shooting with me, but she won’t!  One of these days I’ll get her out!  Anyways, every once and a while she will ask for my S95 and say “Let me get a picture of you.”  On this occasion I thought sure, why not, struck my best action pose, and this is what she got!

Now, just because she takes good pictures doesn’t mean she edits them.  I wanted to do something a bit different with this one and not just a tonemapped single exposure HDR.  So, I plopped it in Photoshop and the first thing I did was recover some of the blown out sky.  And this point in the day it was a bit overcast, so the sky was a little “Eh”.  Then I thought, “Why don’t I just do the whole thing in B&W?”  So I did!  Ran it through Nik’s Silver Efex, used a veryyyyyyyyyyyyy slight sepia color filter, a bit more structure and the vignette and was feeling pretty good about it!  Back to CS5, blurred the background a bit as I was taking a movie before this shot and forgot to switch back to Aperture Priority and f2 (I think she just used Auto) to give a nice depth of field.  Added a bit of grain for a film effect too.  So there ya go!  That’s me!

Look at that, you got to meet three professional hockey players and a very amateur photographer today…we’ll work on the greet another time!

Back with more ink!

Wow it’s been a long time!  Three months?  I may be the worst blogger ever.  I know I say this every time (but I mean it this time!)  I am going to start writing on this more.  It’s not that I don’t like to, I always kinda start on something then just get sidetracked.  Anyways, my plan is to at LEAST write one a week.  At least post SOMETHING interested.  That way people will look at more than just the tutorials, haha

So here goes.

Got another tattoo last week.  That’s number three for me, and most likely more on the way.  Anyone who has any amount of tattoos knows how addicting they are, and I wanted to schedule my third right after I got my second one!  I’m not one for just getting one for the sake of having one.  Let’s face it: these things are permanent.  I didn’t want to get something that will have little to no meaning even a year from now!  I wanted something that I am passionate about, something that I will care about forever.

My first tattoo is that of an Italian flag waving on my right arm, with the phrase “non ti dimentichero mai”, which means “I will never forget you” in Italian, along with the date 9-8-03, which is when my grandmother passed away.  When I was very young, both my parents still worked, so I spent a lot of time at her house.  Being the first grandson, I had a special place in her heart, and she had one in mine as well.  (I had to flip the picture so you could read the writing, as this was taken in a mirror!)

The next one that I wanted to get was a depiction of our family crest that hung in my grandparents’ house.  About six months later I returned to the tattoo parlor to have it drawn on the upper middle of my back.

Then, in August of this year, after over a two year hiatus from the needle, I finally saw what I wanted my next one to be.  Like I’ve said before, I like to get tattoos that have personal meaning.  We were on our honeymoon at Couples Sans Souci in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, floating on rafts in the Gulf of Mexico when it just hit me.  The logo our resort was two intertwined palm trees, and I knew that was what I wanted.  I also got our wedding date (8-7-10) inscribed in one of the trunks of the trees.  Took the two of the new tattoo with my new Canon S95!

So those are my tattoos!  I will more than likely get more in the future, just have to have that “Ah-HA!” moment again!

Thanks for the visits, and stop back soon!  I will post more frequently, I promise!!!


So I thought that I should post a picture of me, since  I usually like to know about the person whose blog I am reading!  You can read more about me in the “About me” section, but just wanted to say hi to all of you who have visited!!