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Old Santa Fe Caboose

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Chip Stephan on September 3, 2007

Thanks, gna&thabeat and virus 90. During the summer where I live (California's Central Valley), we don't get many days like that one. The clouds in this picture are emphasized by my use of HDR and tone mapping. While they wouldn't show up this way in a single photo, using HDR and tone mapping helps me recreate the "atmosphere" of the picture as it was when I took it. Our eyes can see much more than the camera, and techniques like HDR and tone mapping can bring photographs closer to what we actually saw. Of course, those techniques can also distort reality beyond all reason. I think this one is a happy compromise.

Flavio Adami de Avil… on September 3, 2007

Chip: Nice clouds and also a coincidence for me. The name Santa Fe is very attractive for me because I own a farm - eucalyptus tree forest - in Southern Brazil, close to Uruguay, named by Santa Fé. Thanks, Flavio

Chip Stephan on September 3, 2007

Thanks, Flavio. The railroad was originally named the Acheson, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF), after important stops along the line. It was acquired a few years ago by another railroad, the Burlington Northern. Now it's the BNSF, but we still call it Santa Fe.

Wilber Calderón - El… on September 3, 2007
Esta será una de mis favoritas.

This one will be ones of my favorites

Chip Stephan on September 3, 2007

Thanks, again, Wilber.

walkaboutwest on September 4, 2007

One of my favorites too, Chip. I've gotta try whatever it is that you're doing, because it looks fantastic!

Chip Stephan on September 4, 2007

Thanks, Eve. If you do, I used Dynamic-Photo HDR for this one. You can download the trial version here. I also use Photomatix; their trial version is here. And there's a tutorial for Photomatix here.

Vasco Pires on September 4, 2007

And I think you really got the HDR touch Chip. You're producing better and better HDR's each day. I would adore to enter in a friendly competition but unfortunately my camera got wrecked and for the time beeing I am not able to shoot anything with other my cell-phone :(

Chip Stephan on September 4, 2007

Thanks, Vasco. I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune, Vasco. On the other hand, this may be the opportunity for a new camera you've been waiting for. HDR with a cell phone is not something I would want to try either. Good luck. I hope you're able to replace your camera soon.

Lilypon on September 5, 2007

What a wonderful collection of colours in your HDR picture Chip! :D

Chip Stephan on September 6, 2007

Thanks for your comments, Lilypon.

Michael Braxenthaler on September 6, 2007

ChipStephan, thank you for the nomination of my picture for the Panoramio Elections.

© Franco Truscello on September 7, 2007

Wonderful HDR Chip, one of the best I've seen. Ciao :)

Niksa Sovran on September 7, 2007


Chip Stephan on September 7, 2007

Thanks, badge and Sovran.

JumpinJack on September 9, 2007

Indeed very cool clouds (and the shot overall too, of course :) ).

BTW: I play with HDR every now and then but the clouds never look very good. I must be doing something wrong...

Do you make HDRs from single RAW or multiple exposures?

Chip Stephan on September 9, 2007

Hi, JumpinJack. I've tried using single RAW shots, but haven't had much luck. This, and the others in the gallery, were all made from 3 bracketed (-2, 0 and +2 ev) shots. This one was made with the trial version of Dynamic-Photo HDRi. I tone-mapped the HDR using the "Ultra Contrast" method, but backed the contrast off a little.

Chip Stephan on September 9, 2007

Thanks, gna&thabeat, for your nomination.

Richard Ryer on September 9, 2007

Greetings Chip, Nice mapping. I like the ways the colors stand out against the new sky. Thanks for sharing.



Chip Stephan on September 9, 2007

Thanks, Rich.

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