Warmth of a Friend’s House in HDR
I really like watching football (and many other sports). However, I find myself watching less and less and I’ve decided this is a good thing as it gives me much more time to do “stuff”. It gives me more time to interact with friends and family.
New Year’s Day has historically been a football and food feast for me but this year we just hung out with friends in Fredericksburg. We ice skated, ate a lot of food, and jawed. Enjoyed it immensely. Talked about subjects ranging from family to faith to photography. Just enjoyed the fellowship and I didn’t miss the football at all.
The image above was made from three exposures tonemapped in Photomatix, blended with the ’0′ exposure somewhat (and a teeny, tiny bit of the -2 exposure to squelch a few blown-out highlights). Played with contrast and some sharpening in Lightroom. I could have easily brought out much detail from the shadows but the real scene was full of dark shadows. The warmth of this room is intense — lots of warm lighting on all the reds and yellows in the room, with a warm fire adding to the light.