Week 37 – #40 – Shot in HDR

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For my entry under the theme – Shot in HDR, I am posting this photograph of one of the Hobbiton Hobbit Holes, with the addition of Dusty Wilson, who wanted a photograph with him by one of them.  No, Dusty did not go on the trip, so this was a bit of post processing to add him into the photo.  First the Hobbiton movie set, was photographed using three exposures – 2, -1, 0.  It was too bright and I needed to be sure I was not going to blow out the sky by trying to get the detail in each of the yards outside a hobbit hole.  The chair was there in front of the hobbit hole, with the shirt on it.  I processed the hdr for the background first.  Then with an 8×10 to try to get the angle correct, I photographed Dusty outside the office, in the driveway by work using a blue wall behind him. I was trying to get the right amount of sun on his leg, but not his face, as that portion of the photograph had the back of the chair in the shade, but the front of the chair in the sun.  Dusty posed for a few photos with us turning the chair ever so slightly and using the same lens as the original photos, I tried to capture him exactly so I could just drop him in.

I hope he doesn’t mind my using his photograph for my blog.  I think it came out well. He will get to see the final result on Monday at work.   He looks right at home in Hobbiton, though his front door could use some paint.


Week 36 – #12 – Hair It Is

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 In Myakka City, FL there are some of the most beautiful horses.  The Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions have their home here.  During the off season, they rest and train here in the warmth of Florida.   Starting in May they will begin their touring of the United States and Canada doing shows. I joined with the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club on their excursion to visit.

Founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzans are the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. The pride of the Hapsburg Empire, the Lipizzan breed was first established by Archduke Charles at Lipizza (now part of Yugoslavia).  The bred was rescued by Colonel Herrmann and his father, Colonel Ottomar Herrmann, Sr., smuggled the horses out from far behind enemy lines with the help of George Patton in World War II saving the breed.

I remember hearing about these horses when I grew up, though I do not remember seeing them except on TV.

Check them out – http://www.hlipizzans.com/index.htm

Now looking at the beautiful horse above you see the mane  which I am using for the Hair theme – and here is why……

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I rest my case – for Hair it is!   Schönsten!