Fathers Day at the Old Homestead
We spent Father’s Day at the family farm. It was good to have the whole family there so all the kids could play, and everyone could spend a little time together. I was able to spend a little time wandering around and taking pictures. This is a new perspective on the barn. I spent lots of time in this barn when I was growing up, a lot of it helping my grandfather stack firewood to dry.
I have been playing with HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography lately, specifically black and white HDR. If you click on the HDR above it will take you to “Stuck In Customs” the travel photography site and blog of Trey Ratcliff one of the pioneers of this style of photography. I have linked to his introduction to HDR photography which also comes with examples of his work. I tend to like the more realistic photos as opposed to the ones that border on the surreal, but I can appreciate the beauty of an artists rendering as well.
I have been playing with trial versions of several different software programs that do the processing of the photos to create the final image. The image above was processed with Nik Software‘s HDR Effex Pro. I was very impressed with the amount of control provided by the software. It offers endless options to make incredibly delicate and subtle changes to your photos that helps make the most of all the detail and contrast. I think I will purchase this software before we leave on vacation next week. I am hoping to take a lot of photos on our trip to the northwest.
Tomorrow I will post the second installment of The Old Homestead….
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