Doorway – Presbyterian Church – Westfield N.Y.

29 08 2011
First Presbyterian Church - Doorway - Westfield N.Y.

Doorway First Presbyterian Church - Westfield N.Y.

 

Straight out of camera, great looking doorway. Shot with a low angle camera position and a wide angle (17mm) lens causing some of the converging lines.

 

First Presbyterian Doorway - Westfield N.Y.

Doorway at the First Presbyterian Church - Westfield N.Y.

 

I leveled out some of the horizontal  lines to square up the image.  Process  the 3 images as a HDR, the scene really didn’t need a 3 frame HDR to get the detail in the shadow because the doorway was in shadow and an over cast day. I used the 3 images just to see what results I would get.





Patterson Library – Westfield N.Y. comparing results

28 08 2011
Patterson Library - Straight out of Camera

Patterson Library - Straight out of Camera

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A little under exposed perhaps but brightening it up would cause the sky to lose all detail.

 

Patterson Library - Processed in Lightroom 3

Patterson Library - Westfield N.Y. - Processed in Lightroom 3

 

This image was developed in Lightroom 3. We have a more interesting image, not as flat, more contrast, more pop in the colors, more detail in the sky, and just more interesting to look at.

 

Patterson Library - garden HDR

Patterson Library - garden view HDR

 

This image is a 3 frame HDR. Starting with a normal exposure, +1stop and a -2stop  to get more blue in the sky. The image also received some adjustment brush work in Lightroom 3 to light up the flowers, the building and the fence structure along with the bench.

 

Which one do you like better and why? Please leave comments.





Patterson Library – Westfield New York

27 08 2011
Front of Patterson Library - Westfield N.Y.

Front of Patterson Library - Westfield N.Y.

Patterson Library with Sculpture

Patterson Library with Sculpture - Westfield N.Y.

 

Patterson Library - Westfield N.Y. garden view

Patterson Library - Westfield N.Y. garden view

Patterson Library - Westfield N.Y. rear garden view

Patterson Library - Westfield N.Y. rear garden view

A small group of images taken at Patterson Library in Westfield N.Y. All of these images are taken as HDR using a 3 stop bracket to give me the files I needed to produce these results. The last image is actually made up of a normally exposed file, a +1 stop file and a -2 stop file to give me the blue in the sky. After processing in the HDR software I took them into PS5 to correct the converging lines that resulted from the low angles and the 18mm lens I was using to get the perspective I was looking for and the results you see here. The camera was tripod mounted with a cable release.





Noble Winery – Vista View over looking Noble Winery in Westfield New York

24 08 2011
Noble Winery - Vista View

Noble Winery - Vista View over looking Noble Winery and Lake Erie in Westfield NY

Noble Winery vista view - Westfield NY

Over looking Noble Winery and Lake Erie in Westfield N.Y.

Photography and post processing by: Kurt A. Moore – Moore Images Photographic Services

Westfield, New York

These two images were taken on Aug 23rd in Westfield New York. They are taken from Hardscrabble Rd over looking Noble Winery and Lake Erie. The smaller image is a 3 frame bracket and HDR conversion. The panorama is made up of a total of 24 images. 8 camera positions to make up the pano with 3 frame bracket at each camera position making a total of 24 frames. Each group of 3 frames were taken into HDR efex Pro and after I added the same settings to each group the 8 resulting images were taken into PS5 to do the pano stitching. The final pano once flattened was almost 500 megs in size.





Johnson Estate Winery – Westfield New York

23 08 2011
Johnson Estate Winery - Lightroom processint

Johnson Estate Winery - Westfield New York

Photography and post processing by: Kurt A. Moore – Moore Images Photographic Services

Westfield New York in Chautauqua County

Single image (actually the -1 stop) processed in Lightroom3. I tried to bring back the detail in the sky and didn’t have a lot of luck. The reason I used the -1stop was because it had the best overall exposure.

Johnson Estate Winery - Westfield New York

Johnson Estate Winery - HDR 1

 

3 image HDR that was toned down on the processing.

Johnson Estate Winery - Westfield New York

Johnson Estate Winery- Oldest Estate Winery in New York

 

This version is quite heavly processed but its the one I like the best I think.

Johnson Estate Winery is the oldest estate winery in New York state and it is located on Rt. 20 in Westfield New York.





Single HDR Images-Dunkirk New York Industrials

22 08 2011
Power Plant on Lake Erie in Dunkirk New York

Dunkirk, New York - Power Plant

Power Plant - Dunkirk New York on Lake Erie
Dunkirk, New York – Power Plant on Lake Erie

Photographer and post processing by: Kurt A. Moore – Moore Images Photographic Services

Westfield, New York

Both these sets of images are single frame “HDR” images. You really can’t have HDR images from a single file but you can use nik softwares HDR efex Pro to get the HDR look from a single file. Click on any of the images to see a larger version.

Warehouse - Dunkirk New York

HDR warehouse - Dunkirk New York

Dunkirk N.Y. - Warehouse

Warehouse - Dunkirk New York





Church Steeple Westfield N.Y.

18 08 2011
Church Tower Detail HDR-Westfield N.Y.

Westfield N.Y. Church tower detail in Westfield N.Y.

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

Westfield, Chautauqua County New York

This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image made up from 3 hand-held bracketed images of the Church steeple. The 3 files were taken into HDR efex by nik software. I started with the default that came up after the software did its thing. Then I adjusted the tone compression slider and the individual sliders contrast, warmth, structure etc. to come up with an image that showed detail in area like the sky that where over exposed in a single file. The goal was to produce an image that didn’t give you that HDR over processed look.





Barcelona Harbor Westfield, New York HDR Sunsets

11 08 2011

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

Westfield, Chautauqua County New York

This slideshow is highlighting some of the images taken last night of the sunset at the Barcelona harbor in Westfield, New York. The slideshow has both the straight out of the camera image and the processed image out of nik software’s HDR efex. Some I feel are over processed, but I’m starting to like the look a little more each time I do it. The straight out of the camera image looks flat and just doesn’t have the pop that the HDR’s have but maybe I’m over doing the processing and getting to much pop, texture, contrast. What do you think? The barn image was also taken yesterday when we had such great clouds so I just included it along with the sunsets.





Bemus Point Timber Frame time-laspe

4 08 2011

Photography by: Kurt A. Moore- Moore Images Photographic Services, Chautauqua County, Westfield New York

Timber Frame by: Frame of Mind Timber Werks – Stow New York

Crane Service: Taylor Tree Service – Ripley New York

This time- laspe photographic sequence cover about 8 hr of a timber frame assembly done by Frame of Mind Timber Werks from Stow New York. The install was in Bemus Point New York. There was about 2600 individual images taken over the 8 hr period and then taken into Quick Time Pro where the images where combined to form the almost 3 minutes of video.





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.

Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

 

 

 

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 http://www.flickr.com/groups/chautauqua-institute/





Chautauqua Institution a morning that started real early

20 07 2011

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Photography by: Kurt A. Moore- kamooreimages.com, 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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