Autumn Walkway ( just driving up & down Princeton using my computer until I found it.)

Hand held HDR of a walkway in Princeton New Jersey in the autumn.

Hand held HDR of a walkway in Princeton New Jersey in the autumn.

I really like this image I captured this morning while traveling through Princeton New Jersey with my wife. I like the image, but it could be better. Truth be told I did tweak the yellow just a little in Photoshop and the photo is a “hand held” HDR. For those who are not photography geeks should know an HDR image is most times captured using a tripod and it is a combination of under exposure, normal exposure and over exposure images all merged in Photoshop.

So why not use a tripod? And why do I not love the image? Like most landscape images you never really capture the “wow” factor the first time out to the location and this time was no different. I want to capture the day when there is a carpet of yellow leave blanketing the ground. So because it was not at its peak moment I decided to take a quick photo by hand holding the camera.

I first saw this location posted on a photo site three years ago and the caption read “Princeton Sidewalk.” I am familiar with Princeton because I live not far from there and I knew at some point I had walked past this place, but I could never really remember where it was. I used Google Earth Street View to actually locate it. And believe me that was not easy. I spent three different sessions on Google street view just driving up & down Princeton using my computer until I found it. And of course when I did find it, it was a big DUH!

So I will head back to the location in a few days for a second chance.

 

Photo of The Day (Autumn Sun)

1/200 sec at f/6.3 ISO 100 168mm Model Kendall Strampel

1/200 sec at f/6.3 ISO 100 168mm Model Kendall Strampel

Last Sunday we took the recently acquired posing chair to a wonderful location high atop a mountain and placed it in a field of wild grasses in the midday autumn sun. As for the technical difficulty in capturing an image like this… It really is not all that hard. As you can see the model’s back is to the bright sunlight. I am using a 22 inch white beauty dish for flash to light the model’s face. The camera is in “Manual” mode. The settings are 1/200 sec at f/6.3 ISO 100 168mm. 1/200 is the limit for my sync speed with the flash, I wanted to go as fast as possible with shutter speed to slow down the hair blowing in the wind. The lens was the ever so awesome EF70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM and the flash was a Paul C Buff (rest his soul) Einstein 640 powered by the PCB Vagabond Lithium Extreme.

So in the end it was… get to the location, set the chair in the field, set the model in the chair, take a few test shots and then fire away.

Editing started with  Lightroom CC and moved to Photoshop CC using my own methods with some Emily Soto magic added at the end, then back to Lightroom CC for cropping and watermarking.