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P52 / Sweet Shot Tuesday

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 in BIB Blog, Project 52 | 7 comments

Well here “it” is again  and this year I’m already doing 100% better than I did last year.  The “it” I speak of are photo challenges!  You see, last year I had the idea that I could do a weekly challenge and be successful in it.  Yea right!  I actually made it the first week and never looked at it again!  So, this means that I have doubled my entries this year.  Hopefully I can keep it up!

A couple of years ago I was gifted with a seat in Kent Weakley’s “Nightime Photography E-course” and it changed the way I look at photography with the absence of light.  Taking the knowledge I learned in that e-course I started shooting sunrises and sunsets, and that has become a passion of mine.  I am one of the admins for a Facebook group in Nashville called Middle Tennessee Shutterbugs and one of our yearly outings is shooting sunrise on News Years Day.  This year we had close to 20 people signed up for our outing, but the weather made it darn near impossible to shoot that morning.  I decided to go ahead and try again on this past Saturday, and we were successful.  Needless to say it was a little cold on that bridge at 4:30 a.m., but we survived.

Here are a few of my captures from that outing:

The shot above is a a set of 4 shots HDR ran through Photomatix and Nik color Efex Pro.

The color cast on the one on the left comes from the fact that I had a set of graduated filters stacked on my lens.  As much as I like these shots, this is not the one I’m setting up as my entry into P52 / Sweet Shot Tuesday.  It comes from my trip back home.

 As cold as it was I just knew the day was gonna be my chance to catch a shot I’ve always wanted.  You see, we have this old train trestle in a park near my house.  In fact, the shot I entered that won me a seat in Kent’s e-course came from this train trestle (click here).  So on  my way home, I made an effort to secure my favorite shot of the morning!  So, here ya go, this is my entry into this weeks P52 / Sweet Shot Tuesday!

That’s all I got, until next week!

Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley
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P-52 – Sweet Shot Tuesday

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 in BIB Blog, Project 52 | 1 comment

It’s been a while since I did this and just thought the time was right.  So here’s my P52/Sweet Shot Tuesday entry for this week!

Now, how did I do this?  Why my normal processing technique!  Not really, this is an HDR made from one single image.  I found a plug-in for LR that allows you to create virtual copies of a photo, based on your presets.  So for example say I wanted to see what a photo would look like using one of the B&W preset folder in X-equals.  I would run this plug-in and it would create 3 virtual copies of the pic, while not taking up any room on my hard drive, and I could see what all 3 would look like.  So I took that thought one step further and created 3 folders of presets.  Folder #1 has the following exposure fixes in in (-1, 0, +1), I did the same for a 5 shot bracket and a 7 shot bracket.  That turned around and gave me virtual copies of the single image with different exposure settings, thus allowing me to take a single shot , turn it into a 5 shot bracket and then run it through Photomatix Pro, Photoshop, and OnOne!  Viola!


The plug-in is called Excessor and is shareware.  I am definitely gonna contribute to this guy, cause it is the bomb!  Think about it, new life from old single shot exposures!


The upside is, you can run this plug-in, then merge to 32 bit HDR and then bring it back into LR and have doubled your slider info!  Here are a couple more I did the same way!  do we need another private class?  No more ghosting because of camera shake!  Can you tell I’m excited over this?



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