Cartoons

I was reading a post on Linkedin about HDR.  Someone posted, “I don’t like HDR because it looks like a cartoon.”  I almost replied, “I like HDR because it looks like a cartoon.” First of all, the person who posted that has no clue how many HDR images he has seen.  In most applications it looks quite natural and is used in difficult lighting situations.  Secondly I like the images he refers to that look like cartoons.  Why does everything have to be realistic?

I went to Orenco Station recently. Orenco is actually Oregon Nursery Company.  It is a company town that was eventually absorbed by Hillboro, OR.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orenco_Station

This image of the old church is actually not HDR.  I composited several images to get the entire tower, and I used warp and perspective transformation to straighten it.  Then I just went crazy with the color.  I like the effect my tweaking had on the clouds.

Church in Orenco Station

 

Autumn is Here

I used to dread autumn when I lived in Buffalo.  When the leaves changed color it meant that winter was coming soon, along with the snow.  Winter in western NY was bleak and it lasted even longer with the ice boom.  For those of you who do not know, in the spring the ice breaks up and starts flowing down the Niagara River.  To prevent the ice from blocking up the intakes for the  Niagara power station, a boom was placed across the mouth of the river. Because the ice remains on Lake Erie, it extends winter in Buffalo.  Oh, how I hated the winter in Buffalo.

Now I’m in Oregon.  I like the fall with all its wonderful colors.  This image was taken in Orenco Station and it is a composite of many images. I couldn’t get the tree in one photograph.  Click on the image to get the full view.

tree in orenco station