David Halgrimson  

Cloud streaks by David Halgrimson

September 2021 - Cloud streaks

September 2021 - David Halgrimson


September 2021 - David Halgrimson

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About the Image(s)

I tried Live Comp during the day yesterday. Had some great clouds so just set up the camera on a tripod outside my house. I used a 10 stop ND filter, ISO 400, 2 sec exposures at f/8, a 12-40mm f/2.8 lens at 12mm. Not sure how many exposures I ended up with. I just watched it build the image in live view until I liked it. I had to play a little to get the correct base exposure, but pretty easy and fun.

I can use the Live Comp at night to get star trails and because it takes one base image for the ambient light then only adds new light I can use it where there would normally be too much ambient light to get any stars. I added one of the test shots here for you to see.

In LR I brought down the highlights and shadows, raised the whites and lowered the blacks. Added a little texture and clarity. Then used Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert to B&W, selected preset 15 Full Dynamic (Harsh).

5 comments posted

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Dave, do you like your image? Just asking?

First, I would suggest fixing the beautiful house that is going up hill.

Second, You had a nice experiment with a lot of time on task editing. If you like the result, great. To me it looked like you used a brush tool and scribbled in some fake clouds. I commend you for testing and playing. This is so important in photography. Do not stop playing. And thanks again for sharing your result. Jerry   Posted: 09/13/2021 11:07:48
David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Jerry, I think you are missing one thing. This was only a test of using Live Comp during the day for the clouds. The house was not meant to be the main subject, only to show the exposure did not change even though many images were taken. I think it worked well and could be used as an artistic or creative effect, not realistic. The effect of the clouds was the whole purpose of the test. Although Live Comp is mostly used for star trails, fireworks, moving lights in the dark, I am starting to see many images taken in full light. Check these out. https://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/Olympus%20live%20composite/page12/
  Posted: 09/14/2021 10:00:54

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
This seems more like a draft of what is possible than a finished image. I'm not familiar with Live Comp but now I will look into it. The images on the flicker link above are wonderful.   Posted: 09/14/2021 16:10:44
David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Draft might be a description to use, even though I consider it complete for what I wanted, remember, the study group is not meant for your best images, it is meant for images you want to discuss with the group. In this case Jerry expressed what he saw and suggested adjustments to the house and what the clouds looked like to him. I am open to all comments, kind ones.
  Posted: 09/14/2021 17:34:28

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Dave! Dave! your house is sinking and aliens are attacking your house, RUN!.
Looks like you have had fun trying it out, needs some practice to master it. The night shot looks a good idea, could you use it in conjunction with paining with light. Di you notice in the night shot you even caught the alien's leaving.
I must say though what is different from putting a ten stop filter on the front of my camera, taking six picture from the same spot say with five min gap and pasting them together in PS?   Posted: 09/15/2021 05:44:31


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