This video demonstrates a new blending technique that I am developing. I am combining live HD video with still HDR photographs resulting in a "Living HDR" effect. This is NOT time-lapse. A nod to Ken Burns for the inspiration. This particular video was shot in upstate New York and features waterfalls from the Finger Lakes region a music by one of my favorite artists Jace Everett (Of True Blood Theme fame). Any comments and/or questions are always welcomed.
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Waterfalls courtesy of the finger lakes region of New York State.
Lenses exclusively used on this shoot by Sigma Corporation. http://www.SigmaPhoto.com
Camera used: Sony a77v
"Slip Away" used with permission in this video. Please check out Jace Everett @ http://www.JaceEverett.com
Software utilized for production: HDRSoft Photomatix, Sony Vegas, Adobe Lightroom, Premiere, and Photoshop, Nik Software Plugins.
The effect I use in the video I have dubbed "Living HDR/Faucet Effect" because I am using my HDR photos, overlaying and blending live HD video with them. The technique uses no special plug-ins or masks. As you will see in the video, it has the effect of a moving HDR and then freezes as if someone is turning off time with a faucet. Motion is achieved by painstakingly aligning and synchronized simultaneous panning of both the live footage and the HDR still.
If you are interested in using the "living HDR" or "Faucet Effect" technique, please contact me. I will have a short tutorial out soon as well on how you can achieve the effect.
Here's some photography taken over the weekend of May 21st from the Fair Haven area in New York State. On Sunday a thunderstorm skimmed past Blind Sodus Bay over Lake Ontario around midnight. The storm was far enough away to allow about an hour's worth of photos to be taken without wind or rain, and with calm bay waters. After reviewing about 300 photos of the storm, I realized that I actually took enough photos to create a few time-lapse sequences. I've never tried shooting lightning before, but I can imagine that these conditions won't be handed to me again any time soon. . . and I almost didn't get up out of bed!
This is about a 10 second test shot taken from the overlook just south of Ancram, NY on the Taconic State Parkway in NY. Living in New York light pollution is obviosuly a problem, but a little up north it starts to get relatively dark.
During the shot I realized I'd of been much better off not on the side of a road where every few minutes a car drives by.
Driving into the storm - This was the view on Friday as I drove west on I-90 in New York state. After several days of hot weather, a long storm front was slowly moving in from the northwest. At first the clouds were thin and wispy, with gorgeous sunbeams shining through them but they soon turned dark and ominous. The car was rocked by gusting winds. Fortunately I got to my destination before the full force of the storm hit.