February 2010 Archives

Wonderland Beach




Wonderland-Beach.jpgLook one direction and the scene  "Wonderland Beach" presents itself and in the other "Ominous"  The drama at Wonderland was what nature provided, and the drama of photographer working franticly. Often the opportunity nature provides is fleeting and working the scene quickly while the best conditions exist is intense. Opportunities like this challenge your skill as a photographer to make the most of it.

I've chosen to leave "Wonderland Beach" a color image. The pink granite and yellow-green seaweed are a rich component of the image and of the nature of Wonderland and Acadia itself.

Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures




"Ominous"  was taken in Wonderland, part of Acadia National Park, fall 2009. You may not be able to tell from this photo but I was there in search of fall colors. I was happy to have a bit of "bad" weather while there. Bad weather provides opportunities to make great pictures. As a photographer being prepared and willing to be out in all conditions allows you to be in that special place as the drama unfolds.

Like all my images in the last 3 years "Ominous" was taken as a color digital image. To be more specific it was a series of three bracketed exposures merged to create and HDR image. The color HDR image was converted to black and white  and "developed" in Photoshop. To "develop" the image Levels and Curves Adjustment Layers are used in Photoshop to locally adjust the brightness and contrast on areas of the image. The result is my artistic interpretation of the ominous and beautiful scene at Wonderland.  You may also be interested to see the color version of this image.

Adjustment Layers in Photoshop are "non-destructive" and essential to photographers who use this application. The Adobe website and many other web resources are available to teach the use of all the types of Adjustment Layers that are available. FYI, my goal is not to sell Photoshop, only to share with you a little bit of how I work.  


I Love Detail



Breaker-Boxes.jpgIf you've taken a look through my galleries you'll see that  I like to make images of a broad range of subjects. One of the most common themes used in them is the use of detail.   Detail by itself doesn't make an image, other compositional tools need to be used as well. In "Breaker Boxes"  I have  attempted  to use light. color, leading lines, and location to make the image interesting.

One of the tools I constantly use to emphasize texture, detail  and color is HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.   The "Breaker Boxes" image is an example. Currently Photomatix is the tool I use to create HDR images.

Here I Go!




Here I go! The blog is live. You can access my photo galleries with the link at the top or the page or in the sidebar. The blog will make it easier to share new work, technical info and "what's going on". The photo "Twisting Ferns" was taken in Acadia National Park outside the Jordan Pond House July 22nd 2006. The ferns weren't deep in the woods, but next to a sidewalk with the hustle and bustle of people going by. It's been the home page image to www.dvetter.com for several years. Hope you like the new look and find it easy to get around. Let me know, sign up, sign in and make some comments.


Recent Work

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Southwest-Harbor-Sky.jpgRecent Work category has been added to my web albums. This should make it easier for regular viewers to see the latest work added. As of today it contains work form Acadia National Park, Susquehanna St. Park, Great Falls, Henryton Center and the National Aquarium. Please take a look.


The blog image is a multi-shot panorama taken in Acadia and merged in Autopano Pro

Silt Covered



Several weeks ago I went to Susquehanna St. Park in search of ice with Annette and Steve from the Baltimore Camera Club. As is often the case I didn't find quite what I hoping to when we got there. The large patch of ice that was there before had melted and left leaves with dried silt from the water. I really liked the monochrome look and took some shots. This photo is one result. Not sure if  I should crop off the top and focus only on the large leaf.