Fun out on the Ranch

One of the best things about living in Montana is that there is so much open land. A lot of that openness is just from the amount of ranches and farms that have bought those large chunks of land. The amount of houses and buildings in that proximity are very minimal throughout the valley. Well on the 4th I went out to my buddies ranch where his family usually does something fun for the holiday. After a beautiful morning with puffy clouds, we were all a little surprised when an afternoon thunderstorm rolled through. After fifteen minutes, the storm pushed through and we were left with a gorgeous afternoon. Since I already had my camera for fireworks, I went out cruising in the fields. I learned a valuable lesson that day, thistles and sandals don’t mix.


In order to capture the range of light between the foreground and the sun, I had to use HDR. The beams of light over the green fields were a key aspect and losing that would create a loss in the images. The final touches were then brought out through ACR.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D4, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Working on a new Technique

As the tittle says these images were taken with new a technique, at least for me it is new. I have never done an HDR image before, these are the first two that i tried. For a while i was under the impression that it was just for making cartoons and had little applicable use. Well this past week in Yosemite i listened a lot to RC who went into a bit more detail about HDR’s. It seemed like a good time to play with a couple so that’s what i did. These two spots i thought were intriguing, and i knew by looking at them that the range of light exceeded what could be captured in one shot. The top was at Yosemite Falls and the bottom was at El Capitan Meadow beneath El Cap.

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The top is a 5 frame exposure and the bottom is a 7 frame. Neither turned out quite like how i had it in my mind but it was a good start and I’m excited to keep playing with the matter. One thing i did pick up really quickly was it’s faster and takes up a whole lot less hard drive space doing single clicks.

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Images captured with Nikon D3, Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f2.8, Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f2.8 VrII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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