I’m in the progress of changing around my website. Please excuse the virtual mess.
On Saturday, Mary asked me to take her to an old church she’d spotted a couple of weeks back when she went to Annapolis with Lisa and Katy. It seemed interesting so we planned to get there just before sunset. Unfortunately, since I was still recovering from a cold, I can’t really say my creative mojo was in full swing. Still, I grabbed a few shots of the brick work to add to my texture library and then decided to shoot a couple of HDR panoramas. Below is the what I think is the better of the two vantage points I shot from.
I’m still really hit and miss with HDR. I had to do a lot of touch ups and when I look at the full size image at 100% there are still a few details here and there that bug me, but overall I think this shot is….okay.
Here’s a couple more shots from our overnight stay in Ocean City. We stayed on the 12th floor of The Grand hotel. This first shot is looking directly down from our balcony at a seagull on the roof of the retail shops below. I liked how the sun, still very low on the horizon, was casting really long shadows from the railing at the edge of the roof all the way through the frame as well as how big the bird’s shadow is.
This next image is a panorama of our view of Ocean City from the 12th floor. Now, the appeal of The Grand is the ocean view rooms but since the building is curved I actually had view of the southern portion of the city as well. I would have loved to have had a more interesting sky, but that’s how it goes. Anyway, here’s a link to a large version of the photo below so you can zoom in and see some of the detail. If you do look at the large version, towards the back of the scene, just below the horizon line, you can make out the northern end of Assateague Island across the inlet from Ocean City. I hope Hurricane Sandy doesn’t tear up too much on Assateague because I want to try to get down there again before it gets too cold and shoot the ponies.
Lisa and I spent last night at a hotel on the boardwalk in Ocean City. She had today off and we felt like getting away and taking advantage of the off-season rates. I had hoped to get some sunrise shots, but there were no clouds (that situation won’t last much longer) so the sky wasn’t really interesting. Instead, I decided to take some pictures of the seagulls.
When I first started shooting, there were just a few birds hanging out on the roof of the retail shops directly below my balcony. I’ll post a shot or two from that set tomorrow (weather, power, and internet connectivity permitting). Someone a couple of floors directly below me started throwing out bread crumbs and the birds went WILD! Then more of them came. There was a frenzy of bird activity. I exercised my shutter in high speed mode for quite some time alternating between wider angle group shots (none of which I liked) and zooming in on individual birds. Most of those were misses for various reasons as well, but I do like the shot below and there are one or two others I might work up as well. Granted, it’s not the ideal background, but that’s where the bird was.
Nothing too dramatic with the post processing, but I have absolutely had it with my monitors. I just calibrated them TODAY and they don’t match. On one monitor, this image looks great (to me, of course), but on the other monitor it’s slightly washed out and dull. I have no idea which one is right. Once this storm passes and assuming I don’t have bigger problems to deal with, I’m getting new monitors.
EDIT: I just checked this out on my work laptop and it appears the washed out version was closer to correct. I may re-release this photo after some more processing.