When I started this blog, I never expected to enjoy it as much as I do, and I seriously thought that it would lose its appeal after a few months. I also never officially joined a 365 day challenge, but it became a habit for me to post one or more photos every day with an accompanying write-up Weeks passed and I found myself making more and more friends who have become a very important part of my life – you make me laugh, you help me to learn, and most of all you give me the confidence to continue on with my journey to become a better photographer. I can’t imagine my life without all of you :).
Today is a very special day. It is my 365th consecutive post!! Somehow I managed to make it through an entire year without missing a day of blogging. Go figure LOL. I still don’t get as much time to devote to photography as I would like, but through the advice, praise, and encouragement that have flowed from your comments, I truly believe that my photos have improved over the last year. I still have a long way to go and a great deal to learn, but my blogging family started me on my way.
For my 365th post, I thought I would show you the latest technique I have been experimenting with – HDR. I finally figured out how to do bracketed exposures on my DSLR (which had been suggested to me by a few of my followers), and although I have only tried HDR processing a couple of times and don’t really know what I’m doing yet, I can definitely see the potential for some creative photography. When I originally took this photo, the trees were fairly well exposed but the sky was blown out. So, I went back the next day, took three different exposures, and then ran them through a trial version of Photomatix. This is the version I like the best. I know some may feel that it looks a little unrealistic or overly vivid, but to me it looks like a beautiful postcard. I am looking forward to experimenting more with HDR, but I’m still deciding between Photomatix and HDR Efex Pro 2.
On a final note, now that I have fulfilled my goal of blogging every day for a year, I have decided to scale back a little bit. Don’t worry, photosfromtheloonybin isn’t going anywhere, but I need to get back to my other hobbies as well. My family tree research has suffered greatly, and I am looking forward to breaking down some brick walls and finding more of my ancestors. So, I will now be posting two or three times a week instead of every day, and I hope you will all still continue to follow me on my journey :).