Wednesday, April 27, 2011

HDR - Black and White - Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Cranberry Portrait Photography

I took this image at Fun 4 All in Cranberry Twp, PA.  It is one of the most interesting buildings I ever saw on a miniature golf course.  It is a composite of five images combined in Nik Software - HDR efex pro and Silver efex pro 2.

Immediately when I saw the building, many different variations of a final image came to mind.  The sky was cloudy and a storm was fast approaching.  The storm sky creating a tremendous backdrop.  In my opinion, much better than a beautiful sunny day.  The strong contrasts in the sky created the perfect mood for the image.

I could have spent hours with different angles and views.  However, there was not enough time and I was able to get a few fun shots of this building.  Many ideas came to mind for portraits and different backdrops.  A fun shot would be to position a bride on the steps and let the contrasting background build the image or a high school senior in formal wear and a guitar.  So many different ideas come to mind.  As a photographer with the right setting, we are only limited by our imagination and time.

Shot detail:
5 images combined
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
ISO 200
Lightroom and Nik Software
Manfrotto Tri pod
Nikon D300s

The second image is the same five images combined to create a different look.  This second look gives the appearance of an old photograph of a hillbilly home in the mountains.  I can imagine folks singing and dancing in the background.  A few different techniques were applied to create a completely different look.
HDR Photography by dr Frank

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High School Senior Portraits and Weddings by dr Frank

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Beaver County, Pittsburgh, and surrounding communities.

1 comment:

Samantha said...

I like to edit b/w photos with HDR. I usually use if I need to add some effects. But basically my camera do all work for me =)