Long Day but Great Fun

Finishing up a long day here in Spokane. Started around 8 AM at the lecture venue. Fielded questions and configured cameras for HDR shooting until around 9. Finished up our HDR/Photomatix Pro discussion about noon and started Lightroom at 1. Four hours later and it was all over. At least the formal lecture, questions for another hour and then packed up the SX6 and HP.

Thanks to Otto and Barbara for a great venue and event. Thank you to the lecture attendees. Your enthusiasm and questions made teaching here an absolute pleasure.

Up early tomorrow to enjoy one of Otto's legendary Palouse photo tours. We have 203 miles to go and the trip should be around 13 hours. I will try and get some shots up tomorrow evening. No guarantees though as the day will be very long.

The attached shot is the Spokane Convention Center at sunset this evening. Three hand held shots with the Canon 5D Mk II. I converted the RAW files to TIFF (no develop adjustments in LR, tone curve set to linear, and no input sharpening,) merged to HDR with Photomatix Pro and then processed two separate times. I saved the individual processed files and then stacked them in Photoshop CS4. Played with blend modes a little and then added four Curves adjustment layers to modify the image a bit. I purposely kept the saturation high as I liked the effect with the cool blues and warm golds of sunset.

As always, I did the preliminary processing here on the laptop and as you know there is no way to do accurate color nor tone on the laptop screen. Hopefully, it is close when I return home next week. I am also not a fan of JPEG conversion for blog posting. There I said it.