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HDR (a blog post by Robert Wyatt Dixon)

June 10, 2013  •  1 Comment

I am in no way an HDR (High Dynamic Range) expert!  As a matter-of-fact, I'm pretty much a novice.  Sure, I've "fiddled" with it before, mostly using the easy settings on my cameras to shoot the pics and then the free version of Photomatix (which unfortunately includes three watermarks in every picture created on there), but never before had I strategically planned my shooting of such a scene.

 

This new series I shot at Sweetwater Creek State Park is my first attempt at implementing what I learned at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography Photo Weekend in Wichita not long ago.  But first, what is HDR you ask?  (well, I asked for you) It is, simply put, a scene that has a wide range from the darkest areas to the lightest areas of the picture.  A photographer will take a series of pictures to make a range of perfectly exposed pictures and then blend them together so that the viewer sees every area exposed in one picture.

 

This first picture was shot of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company ( on Sweetwater Creek near Atlanta, Ga. In itself not a bad picture except that some of the best features in the picture can be found in the darkest and lightest areas of the scene.  The bricks and ivy are perfectly exposed but there is amazing detail in the sky and clouds that is lost.

 

                           Pic 1                                                  Pic 2

 

                            Pic 3                                                 Pic 4

 

 

So... what if we expose to account for the sky? Picture 2 demonstrates the great detail in the sky but the rest of the picture is way under exposed (to dark).  Or picture 4 washes out details in the rest of the picture to show the details in the shadows.


So... adding two more exposures and blending them produces the following result.

 

 

Every detail perfectly exposed and blended.

 

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BE STILL AND KNOW... (a blog post by Robert Wyatt Dixon)

June 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Be still and know that He is God

Be still and know that He is faithful

Consider all that He has done

Stand in awe and be amazed

And know that He will never change

Be still

(Steven Curtis Chapman)

 

Chrystal Creek Reservoir


DEER SIR... (a blog post by Robert Wyatt Dixon)

June 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Ansel Adams once said, "Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  I'm trying to learn more and more how to "plan" an outing or shoot but there are times you cannot plan for what God is going put in front of your eyes and camera.  This past winter in Wichita, KS was such a moment.  On one of Wichita's BIG snow days (Wichita received a total of around 24 inches of snow in 10 days via two winter storms).  I used my lunch hour to take my camera to Chisholm Creek Park (a local park/trail) that's not far from my "other" job.  At this point Wichita had already received several inches and the snow flakes were absolutely huge.  

As I slowly approached a clearing on one of the trails in the park I set up my camera to shoot down a path that was just at the edge of the treeline.

Chisholm Creek Park It was magnificent and I was very happy with the outcome!  But a bigger surprise awaited me in only a matter of minutes.  As I pulled my head away from my camera my eyes were pleasantly greeted by a gathering of 9 deer in the field to my left.  They were literally feet away.

Deer No quick movements, no noises (even though I was screaming at the top of my lungs - in my head).  Just a glimmer in my eyes, huge smile on my face and slow, steady movements to turn my camera to this magnificent sight!  I stood there for nearly 30 minutes just watching and clicking the shutter as the deer ate grass and, from time-to-time, lifted their eyes to see this strange creature with a Canon camera peering back at them.

They paid very little attention to me except to make eye contact or, on one occasion, to smell the air and the strange scent of this intruder.

Deer I am ever thankful to God for allowing me to be a part of scenes like this and hope for many, many more.

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FAR AND AWAY... (a blog post by Robert Wyatt Dixon)

May 31, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Across the long last great divide
The distant longing never dies
And all the pain of a dream that was never known
Never fades, no
That's alright, someday I'll find you
I tell myself most every night

You seem so far and away
Another life, another time and place
Oh, oh, if only I could find you
So far and away
There's something lost and never will replace
You seems so far away

(words by Slash/Miles Kennedy)

 

Ocean Isle Beach

Yep... that longing to dig my toes in the sand has come, yet again.  Ocean Isle Beach is calling and only a few more weeks until this happy beach bum (or maybe just a bum) will come a calling!  1,321 miles is not far enough to keep from seeing you!

 

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HEAVEN ON EARTH - Ocean Isle Beach, NC

May 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

What can you say about about a place where you step out of your car, kick off your shoes (in this case flip flops), dig your toes into the sand, close your eyes, tilt your head back and smell the salt air and listen to the sounds of waves crashing (this is my ritual every time I cross the causeway bridge for the first time and I highly recommend it)?  HEAVEN!  That's what Ocean Isle Beach, NC is to me.  It's not a "touristy" coastal town that is so crowded you can't find a place to park your beach chair or towel.  It's not a ghost town either.  Only minutes away from the BEST seafood restaurants in all the world (Calabash, NC) and not far from Wilmington and North Myrtle Beach. It has a very family-like atmosphere... a putt-putt course, several beach stores (included amongst those is the jewel of surf shopping... Salty's)... several good restaurants, a pier for fishing or sight-seeing and 7 miles of beautiful beaches.  My family and I will be there in a little over a month and WE CAN'T WAIT!Ocean Isle Beach

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