Final HDR HARLEY COMPOSITION


Yesterday I posted a few preview shots of my Harley’s in HDR project. I was floored at how active the post was and how many people seemed to like it. I want to thank all of you who took the time to read my blurb. Yesterday was a day for record-breaking views on this word press site, and it is quite surreal to know that people are taking note of what I love to do. THANK YOU!!!

HDR is a discipline of photography that has to be considered on the artistic side of the craft. Having this opinion I figured that if I am going to do an artistic photograph, I want to photograph a piece of art, and what’s better than an American Classic. Over the years I have seen many Harley’s, and one constant with these motorcycles is the attention to detail that goes into the creation of these machines. They are as functional as they are artistic.

My Final Composition:

HDR Final Composition

Once again, I want to thank Brian and Charlene for allowing me to capture these images. You guys ROCK!!!!

Brian&Charlene

C Ya Soon

MIKE

 

 

Harley Davidson in High Dynamic Range


Two weeks ago, and after some conversation, am idea ran through my mind. How about we do some shots of Harley’s? Better yet why don’t we HDR this American Classic, and even better still, how about we contact our local Harley dealerships and lets present this idea to them. Well Bingo, after some social media magic, Jim and I  were contacted by old friends, and we brought this project to life.

My first shot. The American Classic in HDR black and white.

HDR B&W

I shot 9 photos to compose this image and you can see that on the light side of the stack we captured the highlights that were offered by the setting sun, as well as the soft reflections and contrasting points of focus offered by the angle of light reflection. On the darker side of exposure stacks, the deep rich shadows offer a contrast in black that made the bike pop out of the photo. Despite the apparent sky shadow that is include with many HDR shots, and after careful examination of the photo itself I choose to leave it as it was because I simply loved the classic feel of the overall composition. Shot with a 7d and the Tamron 10-22mm ultra wide-angle lens. F-8 at iso 400 and the shutter started at 1/500th of a second.

My next shot was done in color and having taken the majority of shots during the golden hour of light, I can only say one thing about this time of day. INCREDIBLE. Knowing that this is the best time for taking pictures, I took full advantage of every second and was able to create this HDR color photo.

Color HDR shot during the Golden Hour of Light

My only complaint with this shot is the highlight located on the fairing of the bike. Although it is interesting and a part of HDR shooting, many years of photography have taught me that once a spot is overexposed or washed out, you can’t simply use a slider in lightroom to reduce a highlight. It however adds something to the picture, but right now I cant figure out just what that is.

Anyway the great part of doing these pics, was the connection that was made by using that social media magic. In the future Jim and I will be doing some shots for one of our local Harley Dealerships that saw these and said WOW! Thus once again THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA!!!!!

With several shots still to be edited, I wanted to give a quick preview of our current project, and get your thoughts on these images. I also would like to thank my partner, Mr. Jim for meeting me on location and doing what he does best.  Jim has also captured some amazing images, and you can see those on the MSP Facebook page. I also want to give a huge shout out, and my thanks to a dear old friend, Charlene. Charlene thank you for making this happen. I enjoyed this shoot and I am excited to see how the other shots still to be edited turn out. One last thank you to Charlene’s fiance Brian. Brian, your bike is a piece of artwork. I am so appreciative that you allowed me to take this shots, and took some time to share with me your experiences as a Harley owner. My respect,admiration and appreciation are with you.

More soon,

Mike

www.mrsargent.com

I LOVE THE FALL / A FEW MINUTES OF MY TIME


Fall is by far my favorite time of year. Cooler temps, and vibrant colors are just a few reasons, why this time of year is special to me. What’s cool about all of this and a major reason why I take pictures, is to simply be able to share the world as I see it. Having a few short minutes and finding myself on a remote dirt road, I took the opportunity to snap these images. Sharing these shots, I was asked if they were created in Photoshop, because they just did not look real. My response to the person asking the question was direct, as I explained to him, that to date I do all my edits currently in Lightroom, and do not have any clue of how to do any thing in Photoshop. I just explained to him that knowing how to take a photo is the difference between having to use Photoshop vs. just getting it right by using your camera.

My images for the week

Fall Reflections

Spider Legs

Foot Bridge

Sunset

These images were taken with my 7d and the Tamron 18 to 270 mm zoom lens. Using an ISO of 400  and a wide range of apertures and shutter speeds,( depending on the lighting) I felt that these images represented the  fall colors well.

Thanks for checking out this post,and please, your feedback on these images is always appreciated.

Until the next post,

My Best.

Mike

One Step Closer, A Galactic Bridge


Everyone who has followed this blog knows that I have been on a quest. This past weekend put me one step closer to fulfilling my ultimate objective. Yes, we are talking about my Milky Way photography. Friday evening was almost perfect for night-time shooting, as the area I had traveled to does not suffer from light pollution. With that being the case, I am always impressed with the night skies in the Southern Tier region of New York State. The stars are so abundant one cant help but be memorised by the night skies.

My shots: First off, I used a 10 mm ultra wide-angle lens on this shoot. I also took into consideration that my canon 7d camera has an image sensor of 1.6 mm, and  by doing a little math, I knew that my effective focal length was 16 mm. Now employing the rule of 600, I knew that I would need to expose my image sensor for 40 seconds to capture the image without any star movement.

Galactic Bridge 30 second exposure

This shot employed an ISO of 3200 at 10 mm for 30 seconds.

My next shot saw the sensor exposed for an additional 10 seconds.

40 second exposure

Although these shots are better than my last, I still have a particular composition in mind. To date the milky way can be seen on any clear night directly overhead. I will need to wait until winter to achieve the angle I wish to shoot at. Also I am going to search out a location in which I will be at a higher elevation.

Until next post .

SHOOT 2 THRILL

Mike

 

 

LOW/ Lying Exposure Meters


Squirrely had those big buck teeth, the claws and the fur, the whole woods was looking at her , she hit the forest floor next thing you squirrely got low low low low low low low low. A parody of T-Pains LOW.

LOW

In reality I spent a couple of days in the woods, and although my focus was to capture some images of whitetail’s, it just was not meant to be. So when life hands you lemons,,, TAKE PICTURES! I could not help myself being entertained by the antics of the small woodland creatures that were in abundance on this day. The weather was rainy and lighting was terrible, but I managed to snap a few shots. Hope you enjoy them.

foraging

With all the time I spend in the woods this time of year, I have never seen a squirrel  get this low on a fallen tree. I did note however that a bark from a chipmunk prompted this behavior. I suspect that one of the woodland raptors present, was responsible for this behavior. In the past I have seen hawks dive on squirrels and chipmunks. They do so very silently and these woodland creatures are easy pickings. With any luck before my time in the woods is over this year, I will capture this action taking place.

CHIPMUNK

I shot these with my trusty 7d and used an  L series 100-400mm canon lens. With an aperture of 5.6 and a shutter speed of 125 of a second. To note, the cameras on board light meter indicated  that the image would have not been properly exposed . This has been a discussion as of late within the inner circle of MSP. I want to point out that these light meters on cameras are strictly a rough reference point. It is possible to catch a great image, although the light meter indicates your image will be underexposed. You just have to find the happy medium… Even though these images were supposed to be underexposed, they were captured with enough light to produce an image that works.

Using metering modes, and at times exposure compensation can produce images that are rich in color and detail. The drawback is at times the backgrounds may appear grainy. This can be ok in an image as long as the focal point or subject is sharp and in focus. We can put way to much emphasis on grain in photographs, as those of us who takes pictures are generally our own worse critics. I myself have taken pictures that I felt were not acceptable by my standards, but others find them to be stunning. I like to call this a personal strive for excellence and although some feel that an image is great, I have a composition in mind when I shoot and when that composition is not as I had envisioned it falls short of my personal expectations. It does not mean that the image is terrible. So share it and let others judge, but do not ever give up your strive for personal perfection. This is what an artist does, and by no means do I consider myself a great artist, I am a guy who is content to take pictures and hope that people enjoy them.

Thank you for reading and I hope that part of this post makes sense. Please let me know what you think, and expand on my thoughts regarding artistic views..

Until next post, My best!

Mike

www.mrsargent.com

Apple


Apple.

Not much I can say about this. What I can say is how Apple changed my life as a photographer. Several years ago, and after becoming frustrated with a windows based computer, I invested in a power pc mac computer. After a brief learning curve, things almost started to come natural. I had begun to “THINK DIFFERENT”. With the introduction of software specific to photography and editing digital captures, I quickly learned how valuable as asset this mac had become. Several years later I still own my original Apple and have made several purchases of newer macs. They are an investment and not for everyone, but I can say that after years of use, and several products made by apple in use by myself, I have no regrets. As I type this on my windows based laptop, I want to say thanks to Steve Jobs and Apple computer. You have played a huge part in my success. Steve your vision will be missed and my hopes is for your vision to live on within Apple computer.

Although I use both now to complete my work as a photographer, I know my bias will favor Apple.

Photos Soon.

Mike