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.
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
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.
This one will be ones of my favorites
Thanks, again, Wilber.
One of my favorites too, Chip. I've gotta try whatever it is that you're doing, because it looks fantastic!
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.
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 :(
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.
What a wonderful collection of colours in your HDR picture Chip! :D
Thanks for your comments, Lilypon.
ChipStephan, thank you for the nomination of my picture for the Panoramio Elections.
Wonderful HDR Chip, one of the best I've seen. Ciao :)
Thanks, badge and Sovran.
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?
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.
Thanks, gna&thabeat, for your nomination.
Greetings Chip, Nice mapping. I like the ways the colors stand out against the new sky. Thanks for sharing.
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