Further Thoughts on HDR

So I figured after posting about HDR and really not saying anything helpful, that I’d follow that up with some things that might be. At some point, I may actually post a walkthrough of how I work. If there was an interest in that. First of all, my tonemapping software of choice for the last year or so is Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro, up until then I was a Photomatix user. For a while I used Photomatix along side FDR Tools. I’d often work the same set of exposures in both, and I found that for some images, FDR was better, for others Photomatix was. I ended …

HDR Workflow? Ummm…

I’ve been asked a few times over the years about my HDR tonemapping workflow. A few years ago I met with a couple of fellow photographers who bought me dinner in exchange for showing them (at said dinner) how I would work a set of exposures with Photomatix. One of them brought a laptop and I processed a couple of his images at the table while he watched, and I tried to explain what I was doing. I’m not sure they got much useful, concrete procedure out of that meeting because I feel like there is only a skeleton of a process plus a …

Babcock Building – South Carolina State Hospital

A night-time view of the “center main” building at South Carolina State Hospital’s Babcock Building. The main building was designed by Samuel Sloan, the patient wings which flank the main building were designed by George E Walker. The building was constructed in phases, the male wing was built first and actually used for patients before any of the other sections were built. Sloan’s center main was completed last. During the planning of this building (which was conceived as a solution to overcrowding in the original asylum building designed by Robert Mills), there was much debate about whether the Kirkbride Plan was suitable. Although by far …