Fredonia State HDR

30 07 2011

I received some new software in the mail yesterday. Nik Software’s HDR Efex, it’s a HDR processing program that has been getting some pretty good revues in all the photography sources. I went to Fredonia State to look for High contrast images. I needed to put HDR Efex through its paces. With this series of  images you will see one that is the best exposure straight out of the camera, one that is an artistic interpretation  of the processed exposures and one that is the most realistic of the presets that come packaged with the software program.

The HDR’s are made up of 5 frames- 1 at the normal camera meter settings, then +1,+2 Stops and -1, -2 stops.

Look at the shadow and highlight details that show up better in the HDR.

Interesting program with a lot of potential, I’m going to have to play a hole lot more.

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Chautauqua Institution Lake Front Image Deconstructed

29 07 2011

I’m hoping to start a series of how I came up with the final images that you see on this blog. I would like you to believe that every image that you view here is straight out of the camera but most have at least a little bit of post processing done to them. I am under the belief that you should use all the resources you have available to use. In the old days of photography before digital, we used different film to get different looks, we dodge and burned the image while printing, we composited and retouch or paid someone else to do it.  Today when I go out the door to shoot I am thinking about how I can get the best image in the camera, but I’m also thinking what new resources I have at my disposal. Resources like dedicated Flashes, Photoshop, Lightroom, and all the plug-ins that are available. I don’t think “PHOTOSHOPING” an image is a bad thing. I think it’s just a tool to help you produce the artistic vision you have as a photographer.

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Image No#1 -Canon 7D at 24mm @F22 and 1/200 of sec

This is the first shot I took. The Exposure Comp was still set from previous shot.





Image No#2-Canon 7D at 18mm@F22 and 1/50th of a sec

This is the next image taken as you can see I dropped the shutter speed to 1/50th of a sec. That’s +2 stops from the previous frame and I zoomed the lens out to its widest setting.





Image No#3-Canon 7D at 18mm@F22 and 1/25th of a sec

I opened up another stop to end up at my final exposure 1/25th of a sec




Image No#4- Same camera and camera settings

With the same camera settings I added a flash to bring some detail into the flowers and building. The flash was on manual and full power.




Image No#5-Same camera and camera settings

The only difference is that I turned down the flash by 1stop to 1/2 power




Image No#6-Same camera and camera settings

Once again I turned down the flash power by 1stop to 1/4 power which ended up being the right combination of camera setting and flash power setting.

The final image that appears above is the result of the trial and error from above and some post processing in Lightroom 3 and a Lightroom plug-in from Nik software called Viveza 2. In Lightroom 3 I used the adjustment brush to darken the lower edge of the image, removed some bird from the sky with the spot removal tool and put a slight vignette around the entire image. In Viveza 2 I added the warm tones you see in the sky and front of the building. I also used Viveza 2 to open up the shadows in the flowers.

I hope you like this new series of how I come up with the final images that I post and print.

Barcelona Harbor Time-Laspe V.02

29 07 2011

This time-laspe has been improved by adding an exposure gradient filter to the lower half of all the 600+ images. This was done in Lightroom 3 which makes it very easy to do this correction with their synch function, all 600+ images corrected in minutes. I think this version is a lot better by brightening the foreground so that the activity can be seen in the harbor and along the shoreline.

More from Chautauqua Institution

24 07 2011

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These images were taken on July 21, 2011. It’s about some of the details you can find around the grounds at Chautauqua. I also tried to use my 10mm-20mm zoom lens on a couple of them, this lens doesn’t get a lot of use so it was an opportunity to force me to use it.

Also check out the images on the Chautauqua Institution flickr group at

Chautauqua Institution a morning that started real early

20 07 2011

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Photography by: Kurt A. Moore-, Moore Images Photographic Services

Westfield, Chautauqua County New York

Up at 4am to be on the lake front by the Miller Bell Tower before sunrise. The before sunrise color was better than the color after the sun cleared the mountain. I worked the area from about 5:20 am -8:00 and then shot a couple more images from 9:45-10:30 am.

One Hot Morning at Chautauqua Institution Photographing

19 07 2011

Photography by:Moore Images Photographic Services, Kurt A. Moore
Westfield, Chautauqua County New York
Images take at the World Famous Chautauqua Institution on Chautauqua Lake New York

These images where taken July 19th from 7:30am-10am in the heat wave we are having here in Chautauqua County.

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BMX races in Ellery Center

17 07 2011

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Photography by: Moore Images-Kurt A.

Westfield, Chautauqua County, N.Y.

BMX races held in Ellery Center, N.Y. on Dutch Hallow Rd. up on the hill behind Bemus Point N.Y.

The track was very photographer friendly.

Equipment-Canon 7D and Sigma 70-200mm 2.8

Timber Frame Installation Westfield N.Y. Stills

15 07 2011











Photography by: Moore Images-Kurt A. Moore

Westfield, Chautauqua County, N.Y.

A few still images of the crew from Frame of Mind Timberwerks during the pavilion installation in Westfield N.Y.

Timberframe: Frame of Mind Timberwerks-Stow N.Y.

Crane Service: Taylor Tree Service-Ripley N.Y.

Barcelona Harbor Sunset Timelaspe

14 07 2011

Photography by:Moore Images Photographic Services-Kurt A. Moore

Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York

Go to the list on the right and click on Barcelona lighthouse New York to see more images of the lighthouse.

This is may second attempt at a timelaspe sequence. This sunset at Barcelona Harbor and Lighthouse was shot July 13, 2011 over about 1.5 hours and over 650 individual images combined at 15 frames a second to give you a 34 second finished video. Look for the ducks swimming and the two boats docking after a day out fishing.

Critique : There’s a couple of glitches in the video cause by me playing with the timer controller. Still learning the controller, I think I have it figured out now and the next timelaspe should be better.

Timber Frame Time-Laspe Photography

9 07 2011

Photography by: Moore Images-Kurt A. Moore

Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York

This is my first attempt at time-lapse photography. This was shot at over a 2.5 hour period on July 8th, 20011. Shot with a Canon 7D, Canon 18-135mm lens and a Canon Timer Remote Controller. I programmed the timer to take an image every 30sec to a minute over the 2.5 hour. I then took the images into Quick time pro to put the video together at 23 images per second, a total of 227 images for 9 seconds of finished video.

Critique – I think I need to take a whole lot more images about 1 every 10 seconds to get a smoother transition between each image.

Timber Frame Structure by: Frame of Mind Timber Werks, Stow New York

Crane Service by: Taylor Tree Service, Ripley New York

Foggy morning and macro nature images

9 07 2011

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Photography by: Moore Images-Kurt A. Moore
Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York.

A little slide show featuring a few of the nature/macro images I shot on Saturday July 9th 2011 at the Jamestown New York Audubon Nature Sanctuary.
Equipment used was a Canon 7d with a Sigma 100mm 2.8 1:1 macro lens on a 20yr old stroboframe macro Flash bracket with a single Canon 580 exll attached.
Mostly hand held but a few from a tripod.

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