Night Watch in the Village

Late night when I was shooting these images I saw only one moving target (a police vehicle) hence the title of this gallery. All pictures processed in DxO Optics Pro 9

 

An HDR-experiment

This morning I read an interesting discussion about HDR-processing on the blog of Leanne Cole. You might read it as well first (link opens in new window). In the past I experimented with HDR and as many I overdid it every now and than. Nowadays I try to avoid HDR as much as possible but there occasions I choose for it.

Anyway, if you’ve read my comment (nr. 67 I believe) you know that I make use (and experiment) with a wide range of software and Photoshop plug-ins (see also the page My Gear) and thus avoid the application of specific HDR-software like NIK Efex, Oloneo, etc.

My experiment this morning: two quick pictures (snapshots); one from behind my computer with the focus on the door (13 bracketed shots) and one from the verandah (8 bracketed shots). Both shot with with my Sony A77 with 16mm Zeiss lens.

I merged them in respectively Photoshop and Photomatix Pro. Next I processed one picture of each series in DxO Optics Pro 9 (with wide-angle correction). The advantage of DxO is that it callibrates the camera/lens combination and automatically makes adjustments resulting in colours that match the reality.

See and judge for yourself. First of each series is Photomatix followed by Photoshop and as last the non HDR DxO version. The ones in Photomatix are ‘mapped’ as ‘natural’ and no use of adjustment sliders in the Photoshop HDR window.

 

Another Sundowner

Maybe our village should be the Sundowner Capital of the Western Cape. Virtually every night a feast for the eye. First image facing South-West (20-30 degrees angle with sun and camera in 45 degrees angle with clouds for catching optimal details) and the second picture facing North.

 

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The Prince Alfred’s Pass ….

… between the towns of Avontuur in the Eastern Cape and Knysna in the Western Cape is not for the faint hearted and for small cars.

It’s 84 kilometers of poorly maintained gravel road with numerous (deep) potholes, ravines, desolation and halfway the possibility for a refreshment. It took us almost 5 hours but this offbeat track was truly worthwhile the challenge. Some stunning views; just at those locations where we could not get out of the car (on one side a ravine and the other side a rock wall). So most of the pictures are taken in and around the ‘refreshment center ( 😀 )