I didn’t really know what to blog today but i remembered this one image from a couple weeks back that i took that i hadn’t really played with yet. It is a 7 bracket image processed in Photomatrix Pro and finished in ACR. At the time I was just goofing around shooting at Pine City having fun. HDR’s are still a little new to me so it seemed to be a good time to try another. Turned out alright. It’s always fun just be out playing.
The title probably seems a little misleading doesn’t it. Well in the Winter time back when i was skiing Mammoth on a daily basis one of my favorite runs was at Pine City. Pine city is an old mining town in the Lakes Basin which is in easy walk to and kinda fun place to visit if you’re in the area. In the Winter time the main road that goes through the town groomed for a cross country ski run as are all the runs in the Lakes Basin. It’s the start of the down hill portion which goes into Mine Shaft and Lucky Strike. In order to get to the top of this hill you have to go through Cold Water Campground, as the name states it is the frozen version of the popular summer camping destination. Too put things into perspective the family home in Mammoth sits at 8200ft, the top of Cold Water sits over 10000ft. It’s a big hill.
I don’t know what it was about this particular visit but something just made me work these smaller buildings. I believe they are both outhouses but they had character to them. Little shanties in the middle of the woods, i don’t know something just caught my eye. Now I know some of you might be saying, “Oh those have to be HDR’s he was in a forest.” Nope they aren’t. I originally thought that too, that I would need to take a bracketed set and go through my HDR process. But the range of dark’s and lights wasn’t great enough that i losing information and with the great features in ACR nowadays, it really wasn’t needed. It might my life real easy which I like.
Yesterday was the first day of shooting for the Eastern Sierra Adventure, which is great cuz this is the first one i have been too. It is very interesting being here for this one than any other because it takes place in the backyard. All the locations are ones that i have seen for many years, some i have never photographed others i have. This one for instance is a place called Pine City, which i know very well from winter and skiing because there is a cross country course that goes along the old buildings. Of course the buildings are covered in snow at that point. I’m looking forward to the rest of this workshop to see what else will be uncovered.
Image captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film