Posts tagged “farm

Hanalei Valley Lookout

Hanalei Valley Panorama, Kauai, Hawaii 35mm frames, f/16, ISO 200

Today I’m posting an HDR panorama of the Hanalei Valley in Kauai, Hawaii.  The main crop in the valley is taro. I mentioned in another post that I rarely lugged the tripod around while out with the family but I did usually have it in the car.  When we stopped at this lookout I went ahead and used to capture images for a pano of this valley.  As you can clearly see the dynamic range was quite large, especially with the bright clouds. I quickly picked an exposure (using manual mode) and fired off 3 exposures per position.  I didn’t want to hold the family up so I didn’t take the time to capture the whole dynamic range.  As such, the clouds still are blown out in spots but it’s still a picture worth having from the trip.

I tonemapped each set of brackets using the same settings then used Photoshop to stitch them together.  After that I simply tweaked the contrast.  One obvious improvement would be to clone or crop out the branch sticking into the top left part of the frame but I haven’t yet taken the time…

“I Will Live In Montana…” (Capt. Borodin)

“I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck… maybe even a “recreational vehicle.” And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?”, Captain Borodin, Hunt For Red October.

I always think of that quote when I think of Montana.  It cracks me up.  I thought I’d post a few more of my favorite pictures from our summer Montana trip.  A very friendly horse and some very green fields with a background of snow-capped mountains at sunrise.

Both images were processed with a series of curves adjustment layers to balance out various areas of the image. Nothing fancy…

Green Fields At Sunrise In Montana 60mm, f/13, 1/20s, ISO 100

It’s Time for Pumpkins

Pumpkins 70mm, f22, 1/90s


I have still have no free time for photography.  However, I happen to be sitting in a waiting room most of the day without a connection to work and this affords an excuse to do spend the time writing a post.

It’s the time of year for pumpkins and in preparation for my mom’s annual pumpkin carving and painting bash we took the kids out to the farm to get the goods.  It turned out that this farm was closed for business on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but they had a scale and an honor box to leave you payment.  I like that…

Carts and wagons were available also and the younger kids thoroughly enjoyed pulling them around and filling them with the pumpkins they picked out.  Good times for all!

The pumpkin picture at the top of the post was straight out of the camera with the exception of adding ‘clarity’ in Lightroom and then adding some selective sharpening to the stalks on the pumpkins in Photoshop.  I started down the path of using curves to add contrast but decided it was good as-is.  While messing with curves I was amazed by how much a very slight tweak drastically altered the color in the photo (bright, orange pumpkins being a perfect subject to experiment with).  I’ve known that curves could effect color but hadn’t ever observed it in a very noticeable fashion.  I experimented with changing the blend mode of the curves adjustment layer and that yielded interesting results too.  Fun stuff.