Bar in HDR

The bowling alley in town moved into a new building about a year ago or so now.  During winters, some friends and I will use the golf simulator that is located in their bar area.  The last few times, the liquor bottles have caught my attention.  They all sit on a shelf which is lit from the bottom, allowing the light to shine through the bottles.  Yesterday, while using the simulator, I asked the bartender if I could photograph the bar.  She got the owner’s approval, so this morning I ran over right at opening.

Due to the lighting on the bottles, the only way I knew I could get the results I was looking for was to do an HDR.  I ended up with 11 shots in one stop increments to make this HDR image.  I used Nik HDR Efex Pro to merge the images and process it, then used Photoshop for some minor cleanup, sharpening and adding a vignette to darken the edges.  The final touch was to use Nik Color Efex Pro’s Glamor Glow to add a slight amount of glow to the bottles.

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Kodak Junior Six-16

My wife has started a small collection of old camera’s for me.  I have wanted to photograph them for a while now, but never really tried.  A few weeks ago we found an old Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II w/original case at a local antique store.  The front of this camera really caught my attention, so this evening I decided to set a small table and take a few shots.  It took me more time than I thought it would to find a composition I liked, but finally was able to lock in on it.  Once I had the composition I was looking for, I locked the camera down on the tripod and shot away.

I knew when I was shooting, that I wanted to process the image to give it an old look.  After some basic processing in Lightroom, I pulled the image Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro to finish it up.   I added some grain, the border and a tad bit of over sharpening in Photoshop, and then use Nik for the B&W conversion.  The results are below:

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Another Lake from Fall Workshop

I have worked through almost all of  my images from the workshop, and this is one of my favorites from the whole trip.  It was a calm morning with a comfortable temperature.  I waited a while for the fog to burn completely off of the lake, but it didn’t, well, not as along I was sitting there.

Nonetheless, I found the composition I liked, and used a Graduated Neutral Density filter to get more pop out of the colorful trees.  The sky was perfectly clear, and really looked boring, so I eliminated as much of it out of the image as I could, using the rocks in the foreground more than the sky.

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