This HDR tutorial covers step-by-step how I edited this HDR panorama to it’s completed state from bracketed source DNGs to final Photoshop edit. This is certainly not the only way to accomplish similar results. HDR panoramas are fickle beasts, but my methods work for me.
Maine beaches, in Winter, are for the hardcore. Equipped with waxed boards, steely gazes, and dry suits winter surfers don’t mess around. Interestingly, I met someone I knew while shooting and was able to capture this stoic HDR photo of him.
Getting permission to photograph the Merrill Auditorium was less complicated than I originally thought. Recently, I’ve been getting into HDR photography. Like regular photographs, HDR photos need an excellent subject to look amazing. Unfortunately, unlike an abandoned building, you can’t just waltz into the Merrill Auditorium. However, I figured it couldn’t hurt to take the direct approach and it worked out perfectly.
There’s no doubt about it, living on the Maine coast as a photographer is really tough stuff. For example, after a pleasant trip to picturesque Wolfe’s Neck State Park, Lori and I drove over to LLBean’s flagship store for some shopping and also Christmas light viewing. See what I mean? Brutal. As you know, I’ve been dabbling in HDR (high dynamic range) photography and found the pretty lights to be well suited for HDR (not long ago I posted my first HDR image ever). I even went ahead and shot an HDR panorama… oblivious at the time to what a bear this would end up be in post production in Photoshop.
I hit a quarter century. To celebrate we went out to Freeport, Maine and I tried to take more HDR photos. Maine is so scenic.
Once our ride tickets had been exhausted, the next step for our day at the Windsor fair was taking a stroll through the food alley.
One of the first things Andrew and I did at the fair was buy enough tickets to get us onto three rides…
Portland is a small and friendly city on the northern shores of America’s East coast. I love seeing the skyline at sunset.
On this particular day the weather decided to show Lori exactly how beautiful a snowstorm can be. We walked from my house to a friends and then went sledding, Lori had never been sledding before…
Cold and inviting, the Maine Coast is well worth a photography trip if you have the inclination.