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My First Digital Photograph

 

Door, <a href=This was the first “Art” photograph that I made with a digital camera.  Myself and two friends were taking a road trip or “cruising for pics” north of Grand Island.  One of these friends lent me a Nikon D2X.  I really did not know how to approach photography with a digital camera.  I was using my favorite film camera lens, a Nikon 35-135.  The camera, I am sure, picked the exposure for me and I did not bracket my exposure.  We found an abandoned house near Scotia and saw a man in a field near there and asked permission to go inside and make photographs.  Being a large format photographer, I had my tripod with me.  Of the dozen or so OK images I made that day, this was the most successful.  I still use my large format film camera occasionally  but most of my images today are made with a digital camera.  My approach to exposure has changed a great deal since this first exposure but I still like looking at this image.

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Happy Halloween

Stuhr Museum Scarecrow

This is one of my favorite images of the fall season. It was made with one of my “large format” cameras. That is one of those cameras that looks like an accordion and you put a hood over your head to see the image upside-down on a 4″x 5″ screen,  it uses one sheet of film at a time and makes a 4″x 5″ negative. I made this image at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska at one of their many living history displays.

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My First HDR Photograph

Platte River from South LocustThis was my first attempt at an HDR photograph.  HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range”,  meaning an image that has more dynamic range or detail than an normal photograph.  I had been reading about this technique and my opportunity to give it a try came one day on a trip home from Lincoln.  All of the way home the sky was just amazing but traveling down the Interstate does not offer many chances at making a photo.  I pulled off near the Grand Island exit and stopped at the first Platte River bridge.  HDR photos take several different exposures and blend them together to show more detail.  Some people use this technique and make images that look more like a drawing or painting.  My goal was to make an image that looks like a detailed photograph.  I made several images with sun at my back,  facing the east, thinking that would make the best image.  Then I turned around and made one set of exposures facing into the sun.  This is the image that resulted.  I use this technique often in my photography today.

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