The early morning weather was cool and the skies were clear. I met up in the parking lot a larger number of photographers from all over Somerset Country. A few people I already knew – like Terry Lyons – but the rest were complete strangers.
Duke Farms is the former estate of Doris Duke, an American heiress, horticulturalist, art collector, and philanthropist. The estate was opened to the public last year. It is an amazing place with ponds, barns, wildlife, wild flower fields and great scenery. There were plenty of photo opportunities.
We walked over instead of taking the tram. As it is with any large group of photographers each of us was interested in different things and each of us saw the park differently. We walked slowly stopping at park features we found interesting. For me that was mostly the landscape and the flora. I got into some interesting conversations with fellow photographers about camera equipment, photography tips and kids.
There is so much I didn’t get to see in the ...
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These HDR images were processed in Photomatix Pro or HDR Efex Pro with minor adjustments in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The sources images were captured at -2/+2,0,+4/-4 EV on a Nikon D40. The D40 does not have auto-bracket. Read about how I overcame that limitation using a Raspberry Pi and gPhoto 2 open source software: http://islandinthenet.com/2012/08/23/hdr-photography-with-raspberry-pi-and-gphoto2/
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Last January I kicked of my first 365 project. I decided that I could learn more about my camera and about photography by forcing myself to take a photo every day for the year. I succeeded — I’m choosing to focus on the positive — on taking about 277 photos during the year; just 88 photos short of 365. I’m not a fan of cold and wet so the Winter and early Spring months were my least productive months. I say the project was a success because I learn how to use my camera better and I did learn a bit about composition and lighting. But I don’t think I have the discipline or time to pick the camera up each and every day. So starting this week I’ll be kicking off my new project — Project 52. I’ll have a whole week to plan my shoot and I hopefully will have an interesting photograph to share each week.
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