Archive for 'Landscape'

"For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one."

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by .


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“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

Khalil Gibran

Dreamland, Bali

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Shiny happy sunset

Posted on 22. Oct, 2008 by .


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Since Novita said my last few photos ‘aren’t as good’. I thought I’d throw up a shiny happy sunset just for her.

Very little adjustment (other than basic RAW to jpg stuff).

Lembang, Java

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Kawah Putih

Posted on 11. Mar, 2008 by .


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The direction we're headed

Posted on 06. Mar, 2008 by .


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Kawah Putih

Posted on 27. Nov, 2007 by .


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"White Crater": a Javanese volcano brimming with sulfur. The entire crater appears to be boiling with steam dancing around the surface.

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Beside you in time

Posted on 19. Nov, 2007 by .


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Standing in a volcanic crater in the middle of Java.

Kawah Putih ("white crater"), a highly sulfuric volcano south of Bandung, Indonesia.

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Uluwatu at sunset

Posted on 29. Oct, 2007 by .


1796424502 755d07a244 Uluwatu at sunset

Uluwatu, an ancient Hindu temple built high on a cliff above the the pounding waves below. Dramatic doesn’t begin to describe it.

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Multiple exposures – the best of both worlds

Posted on 26. Oct, 2007 by .


After the previous photo was posted, questions were raised including, “How did you get so much color from this shot (and I hope your response is not “I took it in BALI”), and how did you stop the sun from wrecking the foreground. Amazing.”

Generally I don’t allow a peek behind the curtain, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Most you know that I don’t use too much manipulation with my photos. I generally try to remain consistent with the way my eyes took in a scene. However, at times it’s more fun to experiment, and to bring an image to the level you experienced it.

This scene at Tanah Lot (Hindu temple) is in a beautiful location. However, any place on the equator experiences very rapid sunrises and sunsets, so you must be ready for the light to change very quickly. In most cases, a camera cannot properly deal with a scene like this – one where the sun is included in the background. You must choose, to have the foreground properly exposed, or the background.

To do this accurately, you MUST use a tripod or some other way of stabilizing the camera. Any slight movement amongst multiple exposures will be very evident in the final image. I would also highly recommend using a cable release or wireless transmitter to activate the shutter. You then would set your camera to take three consecutive photos – perhaps one stop overexposed, one stop underexposed, and one at the optimum exposure. Play around with these settings to find the right one, and if in doubt, take a ridiculous amount of photos, you can throw away the duds later.

The photo below demonstrates this, I exposed for the foreground:

tanah light Multiple exposures   the best of both worlds

The next shot was exposing for the sky:

tanah dark Multiple exposures   the best of both worlds

I didn’t bother using the middle exposure in this case. Only the over/under versions. Now I used Lightroom for the initial adjustments and then brought it into Photoshop CS3. However, you could easily do this with older versions of PS (without the need for Lightroom).

Open both photos.

Drag one image on top of the other (lined up perfectly of course)

And use a “mask” to paint away the areas from the top layer where you’d like the background to come through. I would work very carefully, zoomed into at least 100% for this part. Take into consideration things like the movement of clouds, water, people, or other objects which may have shifted with time.

Here is what it’ll look like as you work:

tanah mix Multiple exposures   the best of both worlds

The final photograph can take the best of both worlds – the beautiful foreground, and a properly exposed sky. The result may be stunning without being overly exaggerated.

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