A new version of Aurora HDR is coming out on October 4, 2018 and it contains some big improvements to the software. But is it all worth it? Well … that depends. In the video demonstration below I compare the 2018 and 2019 versions of Aurora to show you what’s new and help you decide if it is a good time for you to upgrade. Of course, if you haven’t tried Aurora yet, … [Read more...] about What’s New in Aurora HDR 2019? Is it Worth It?
I’m having so much fun playing with HDR again! I feel like a whole world has re-opened. I used to enjoy HDR many years ago, but I have always wanted my final images to have a natural look. Achieving that look was challenging with the software that was available to combine exposures and time consuming to do it by hand in Photoshop. So when camera sensors started getting … [Read more...] about How To Use Layer Masks To Make Realistic HDR Images With Aurora
I thought I was over HDR. I used to use it quite a bit around 5 years ago when it was all the fad. Like many photographers, I went through the overblown HDR look and slowly made my way to more realistic HDR photos. But then camera sensors improved to the point where they could handle most of the high dynamic range situations I encountered. Even if I took bracketed shots, I … [Read more...] about Aurora HDR 2018 Review and Video Demo
I come from British Columbia, Canada, so that means it's pretty hard to impress me with big trees. People come from all over the world to be awestruck by the magnificent old growth forest I grew up with. But one tree I was impressed by is the incredible Baobab Tree in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. It's not necessarily the size of the tree. There are taller trees, … [Read more...] about This Baobab Tree is One Thousand Years Old (give or take)
The desert has amazing powers of preservation! Joshua Tree National Park wasn't always a park, there used to be a few ore processing mills here in the 30's. One of those is the Wall Street Mill which is protected as a historic site because of it's mechanical uniqueness. The machinery is still intact. Near the mill you can also find a few abandoned cars - antiques left … [Read more...] about Abandoned Car in the Desert (and some fun processing techniques)
One of my favourite discoveries from last year's snowbird trip is Anza Borrego State Park in California. It's only about half an hour from Palm Springs and there are tons of excellent boondocking locations in the park. "Boondocking," in case you don't know, is where you camp off the grid for free. You wanna know the best part about boondocking in Anza Borrego State Park? … [Read more...] about Sunrise at Clark Dry Lake, Anza Borrego