Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pre-Dawn Shuttle Landing

On Jan. 18, 1986 LA Times photographer George Fry captured the landing of space shuttle Columbia at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert after a Florida touchdown was cancelled due to rain. Fry used Tri-X film and his plan was to push process the film to 1600 or even 3200 ASA. He shot one roll as a test of a NASA jet simulating the shuttle approach. After shooting the Columbia approach and landing he processed the test roll first to determine the proper exposure before processing the real deal. The Columbia disintegrated over Texas during reentry killing seven crew members on Feb. 1, 2003. Check it out HERE.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Shoot It Now...Light it Later

Actually you still need a well lit photograph, you can always make it better but you want to start with the best you can, with that said this program from Oloneo "HDR ReLight" is really cool. The program uses merged images to control settings of individual light sources within your image. The program automatically detects each individual light source within your photograph and allows you to change intensity, color, tint and temperature for each light source in your image. Great for indoor shooting and architecture where you run into multiple light sources producing different color temperatures. The program is in beta form and is still being developed but it is free for downloading now! Check it out HERE.