I have finally started to use a drone for photography. It’s a DJI Phantom 3 Pro quadcopter, especially designed for photography and cinematography. It takes 3992×2992 RAW photos and and 4K video. This photo was taken from North Post Road in Shelby facing East toward to rising sun.
I used Photomatix Pro to post process three exposures of the image – HDR. The effect is a bit exaggerated, but I like the color.
I woke up early that morning, for no particular reason that I could think of. So I drove over to the Dorothea Dix Campus, set my camera on a tripod and captured this photo. Once home, I performed a good deal of post processing to bring out the color and textures.
It’s a yellow Lily. I do not recall when or where I took this photo. It is geotagged for Smith Hines Road, possibly in Charleston, South Carolina. The photo was probably HDR post processed, using Photomatix Pro. I also ran it through CameraToon, an app on my iPad and iPhone. It accentuated the lines and smoothed down the textures. It was a wonderful trip, looking for an apartment for my daughter.
We spent part of the afternoon walking around Copperhead Island at Lake Wylie. The first cove we encountered held about a dozen resting cormorants and a whole hill of Coots (not shown here).
This photo was taken through the trees and there were a number of out-of-focus branches and twigs in the way. I used the gradient tool in Adobe Lightroom to brighten up the right side of the photo, which erased the twits and branches.
Unwitting Squirrel Entering the Tube
The baffle is the stopper. If the squirrel enters the baffle, looking for food, it gets lost and finally comes out the bottom. There is part of me that is eager for this pest to experience the terror of the dark. But they’re still a cute creature.
This photo is a result of some HDR post processing for better color and texture. It’s rare to find wildlife so willing to stand still for it.
These deer waited in some trees to the right until they apparent found the appropriate moment to dash across the street in front of us.
This photo took a great deal of post processing, including an initial HDR treatment with PhotoMatix Pro. Then I divided the photo into layers in Photoshop, masked out the animals, and then applied a motion blur on the background to convey more of a sense of motion and speed.
This is actually the Earl Scruggs Center now. I hadn’t photographed this building in a long time, but was so hyped by my Lilybean Coffee that I became inspired.
A scene, for which I turned my truck around and came back.
I spent an hour taking photos across a pasture near here as the sun was rising. On my way back to the house, I spotted this scene, turned my truck around, and grabbed three exposures of it. The photo is post processed with Photomatix Pro (HDR) and some touch ups with Adobe Lightroom. I am especially pleased with this photo.