More Fall Colors

Photographs by Robert Lachman ? 2011

Washington Island, Wisconsin – Canon S95 Camera
(Top photo) HDR three images with Photomatix and (bottom photo) Single image with Photoshop, Topaz Adjust and OnOne Focal Point software.

Fall Colors

TwoRedBarn“Fall Colors” – Washington Island, WI and Huntington Beach, CA

parkwalkHDRHDR Photographs by Robert Lachman ? 2011

“Two Red Barns” and “Huntington Central Park Lake”

HDR meets Washington Island, Wisconsin last week and my walk this morning. Both were photographed with my Canon S95, three exposures, and processed with Photomatix and Photoshop CS4. One day I might even start carrying around a small tripod.

HDR From Calico

More HDR on my latest post on LA Times Framework


Photographs by Robert Lachman ? 2011

CalicoCandleCoHDRHDR (high dynamic range) photos of the?Calico Ghost Town on a recent return trip from Las Vegas. It?s just a couple miles off the 15 freeway between Baker and Barstow. The photographs were taken with a Canon 2ti camera. I used Photomatix to combine the three differently exposed images before processing in Photoshop CS4.

Newport Pier: Two Views & Cameras


Photograph with Canon G10 by Robert Lachman ? 2010 – Newport Beach, California


iPhone Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2010 – Newport Beach, California

It was a quick trip by the Newport Beach Pier on our way to the Crab Cooker Restaurant last night. For the top photograph, I used my Canon G10 with a tripod from the south side of the pier recording three exposures (+2, 0, -2) of the scene.

Next, it was post processing with Photomatix to combine the photos for the (HDR) High Dynamic effect. This bring the best of each exposure to the final image. The final touch was the artistic edgy touch added with the Adjust 4 plug-in for Photoshop from Topaz Labs.

The bottom photograph was taken with my iPhone 3GS with the Hipstamatic app. I’m sure you already figured that out already.

The best part of the evening was dinner out with my wife Lorelei. Have a great day! Is it time for coffee? 😉 -RL


A Little Extreme HDR


Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2010 – Huntington Beach, CA

It was full-tilt HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography during my walk this morning which included combining three image exposures taken with my Canon G10 camera without a tripod and processed with Photomatix software. Next, I imported the photo to Photoshop and pushed the envelope with a hit of Topaz Labs Adjust 4. Below is a photograph from a single correct exposure of the scene without any adjustments. Let me know what you think. -RL

hdrbeachbefore(BEFORE) A single correct exposure of the scene without any adjustments.

My First Attempt at HDR

Photograph by Robert Lachman ? 2010 - Huntington Beach, CA

By Robert Lachman

This is my first attempt at HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. The result was pretty good considering I have no idea what I was doing. I shot three images on a tripod with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i with the exposure on auto bracketing set at at: +2, 0, and -2. That’s 2-stops over-exposed, one right on and the other 2-stops under-exposed.

I used Photomatix, the HDR software from HDRsoft for the the first time to combine the 3 images into one. I saved the image as a .JPEG file, opened it in Photoshop CS4 and made a few final adjustments with the levels adjustment.

I was a little confused trying out the HDR settings. Ok, I was very confused, so many setting and not enough documentation or instruction for me. I need a simple tutorial video to spell it out for me. There were setting for “Generate HDR image and Fuse exposures” for example, and I know there’s a difference, but I’m not sure what. I like the result so I am going to dig in and give it a few more tries.

My three exposures which combined to make the image above.