I pass this bridge on my way to and from work. I’ve been wanting to shoot it for a looooong time now. I was out that way on May 3, and knew from the time I left the house that I was stopping by. This bridge has been screaming “HDR Me!!!” and I got my chance. I tried a couple different settings on Photoshop. Other photogs like really “overprocessing” the shot, bringing out a ton of color and making it look not-so realistic. I’m kinda weird in that I like going for the most realistic shot I can get. The last one was a “preset” favored by one of the designers of the program. So, I tried that one .
I stopped by one of the many little beaches along Rt 6 between Lorain and Avon Lake. I’d seen a lot of pics of the water with long exposures, some HDR special effects, and other photoshopped touches. I wanted to see what I could get, and what I could do with it. The date was May 23 and Lake Erie, west of where I was, was looking pretty nasty.
I shot all of these within the space of 10 minutes. The wind was starting to pick up, and the waves were getting bigger. (If you open the above photos to a larger size by clicking on them, you’ll see a lot of the detail that results from blending 7 photos of varying brightness.)
With these two photos of the stones, as I played with the slider bars, I realized I wasn’t going to get what I was looking for. Instead, I thought I could tweak these so that they looked almost as if you could reach out and touch them.
The storm hit shortly after I got home, and the skies opened up. As the front moved on, we moved to the east side of the house to look for a rainbow. We were not disappointed.
As Buster’s Momma commented yesterday, she didn’t realize that there was that much ice on the Lake. I was quite surprised myself Tuesday night. You might think I’m crazy, but driving around with my camera wherever I go, sometimes I feel drawn to an area. Such was the case Wednesday night on my way home from work. I’ve driven by Lakeview Beach Park in Sheffield Lake countless times without stopping. Last night, I passed it again, only this time, I turned around on the next street west, and went back to the park. The shots below explain why.