This sunset scene was found in one of the gardens in Waterford Village. The sun was dropping into a thin layer of clouds along the horizon, adding warmth to the sky and creating a quiet mood. Even with the scene under soft light, the sky was significantly brighter than the shaded scene in the foreground. To avoid a blown out sky, or blocked up shadows, I shot eight exposures and combined them using the Nik Collection's HDR Efex Pro. One of the challenging aspects of HDR photography is creating a natural looking image...if that's what you desire. When processing my HDR images I focus a lot of attention on the shadow areas because if the "shadows" end up closer to midtones then the tonal range does not look realistic. Just because HDR processing can let you see into every nook and cranny of your image doesn't mean you need to.
On May 11, I have an afternoon workshop in the historic village of Waterford, Virginia which is a National Historic Landmark. This quaint town in Loudoun County is located along Catoctin Creek. We'll be photographing in a number of private gardens where you'll have the opportunity to capture intimate garden scenes, unique designs and decorative features, and of course plenty of close-ups of flowers and plant life. We'll visit some gardens that were featured in the Garden Club of Virginia's Historic Garden Week Tour. In addition, we'll have special access to the Second Street School which is a one-room school house complete with late 1800's period specific props. It's like taking a step back in time. As we explore Waterford there are many opportunities to photograph historic homes, along with a church, a mill and a cemetery. Waterford Workshop Details
Lightroom Software Training: May 4
External Flash Photo Class: May 11
Maryland’s Eastern Shore Workshop: May 17-19
Spring in West Virginia Workshop: May 31 – June 2
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Workshop: June 29
Lonaconing Silk Mill Workshop: July 27-28