Thursday, February 05, 2009

HDR Experiments


HDR Experiments
Originally uploaded by Jepster
I have been experimenting with HDR (High Dynamic Resolution) images lately and I would just like to share my first attempts.

This is a photo of the place where I stay near work. It's the end of November and some of the haloween decors still hang from the front.

This was taken by my Pentax *ist DS2 ("Stew") DSLR which in my humble opinion is better suited for taking HDR sets than my Canon EOS 350D ("Yosi") DSLR. I'm not basing this on any benchmark I have done to substantiate this claim. I just find Stew's more color saturated pictures results in HDR images that are pleasing for me.

The HDR set is a set of 3 exposures taken in succession (with the use of a tripod) with different exposure settings. This is done via the autobracketting feature found in most DSLRs. The images are post processed using photoshop or other dedicated HDR software such as Photomatix to "balance out" the exposure of the image (so the bright parts are not too washed out and the dark parts are not too dark). I personally find Photomatix very convenient to use and I have used it for the images shown here. Stay tuned for more of my experiments on HDR photography. :D

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Help me I'm stuck!


Help me I'm stuck!
Originally uploaded by Jepster
Yes. I'm stuck. I'm stuck here in the area where I work for the rest of the month. I won't be coming home until sometime early March. I brought enough clothes to last me several weeks at least. I'm still adjusting to my new night duty schedule. I still have about 3 hours left and I already feel light headed and sleepy. Sleeping during the daytime just isn't the same. Earlier today, I wasn't able to sleep continuously. I woke up at around 1pm because my body was complaining that I should eat lunch. I guess it will take to reprogram my body clock that lunch is actually at midnight and I should be sleeping throughout most of the daytime.

I still haven't posted the majority of the pictures I took during the holidays. I also have beach photos that I want to post in Flickr from our company outing just last Month. I will try to post them soon. The problem with this new schedule is sometimes I feel that I'd rather sleep than do anything else after work hours. :D