Becoming a serious photographer
So you think you are going to get serious about photography. You bought the latest camera and invested in some serious glass. You read all of the books and tutorials by the professionals. You bought that state of the art travel bag to protect your gear. You even bought a new pair of hiking shoes to get you off the beaten path. The one thing you thought you could do without is a tripod. Right? Wrong.
Shooting without a tripod
I don’t recommend it. It’s that simple. A tripod is an essential tool for HDR photography if you’re going to get the most crisp image. I do have to admit that lot of my images are shot without a tripod and just handheld.
For conditions that generally produce the best HDR images, however, we usually have lower light and longer shutter speeds. In these situations, it is ESSENTIAL to use the tripod. In fact, if the shutter speeds are that slow (more than a second and even up to 30 seconds or more) simply pushing the shutter release can cause enough shake to ruin an image. This is one of the reasons that I love shooting Nikon. Most of the advanced Nikons have built-in intervalometers which allows you to setup a bracketed image to shoot automatically without even touching the camera.
In shots like ‘Bright Sun Through Trees” where we are shooting the bright sun through trees you end up with a relatively fast shutter speed. This allowed me to rapid fire 5 shots off in succession. Photomatix PRO then aligns the images.
I have to admit, one of my favorite parts of this image are all the sun spots and glare created by pointed the lens almost directly into the sun. Most people will not like this aspect, but who gives a shit. It’s my photography!
Bright Sun Through Trees
Time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Jackson, Wyoming for a great meeting. While we were inside most of the day, we did have the opportunity to drive around the area for some sunrise and sunset images and to see a few animals in the area. After all of the images that I was able to make, this one was my favorite.
This show was made from 5 bracketed RAW images handheld by me (I made the mistake of not bringing my tripod to Wyoming). We drove to Oxbow Bend which is a hotspot for photographers to photograph both sunrises and sunsets. We showed up just before sunrise and there were already about 10 photographers setup with their tripods waiting for the right moment.
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