Under the Boardwalk... by billyboy

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NOTE: Original pre-HDR takes included further down in comments section…

Daughter Mel and hubby Art.
On Flagler Beach
Under the pier
In love

What could be more inspiring to try my frist attempt at HDR?
As the pier created severe shadows, there’s no way I could have kept the blue sky with a single exposure. So I took three, with auto bracketing (+2, even, -2). You need something to keep the camera still as the 3 shots are ultimately processed together with a program called Photmatix (there are others, but this is the one I used), so I just jammed the camera against a nearby pile and held my breath. Told the two lovebirds to hold theirs too!

The software lets you choose lots of processing options once the three pictures are loaded. It even helps align the shots if there was slight movement. The process by which the tonal values are selected from the 3 (or more) shots is called tone mapping, and the results can be really unusual. In this case, without going for extreme effect, I like the way parts of the image seem to stand out from the rest, and I also like what it does to the tones and topography of the skin… not to mention retention of highlight and shadow detail which would have been lost in a single exposure undern these conditions.

OK, so it’s all been done before. But not by ME, so I’m excited, yeah? Got a couple more I’ll share later… like inside the biggest Harley dealership in the world… HD in HDR…?

Thanks for lookin’… and feelin’ the love!!


  • Martin McKiernan
    Martin McKiernanover 5 years ago

    Hey billyboy! The technical stuff lost me completly but the image is cool. And that is your daughter! Only seen your avatar but the likeness is striking. Nice shot!

  • Cheers Martin!
    And yup, the likeness is haunting…
    Has ahunted her every day of her life!!

    – billyboy

  • Charlie
    Charlieover 5 years ago

    Mate….you’re in Florida!??? Stop by Savannah Georgia and give me a hollar!!! Use my e-mail I listed on RB! Cheers!

  • Charlie
    Charlieover 5 years ago

    Naw, Martin….she’s alot prettier than Billyboy!! LOL

  • Too late dude, I’ve been back for a couple of weeks… but I’ll keep Savanna in mind for next time!

    … and you sure about that Charlie? You obviously ain’t seen me in a bikini…

    – billyboy

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 5 years ago

    Couldn’t resist a shot of the pier… less the lovers… done in the same way.
    I know you’ve seen 5000 pier shots. So here’s another!!

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 5 years ago

    Holly Macarronies Billy!! just a beautiful shot and what a fantastic young couple!

  • Wow, that’s the first Holly Macarronies I EVA got!!!
    Thanks for that Lorena, and for the fav!!!

    – billyboy

  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughover 5 years ago

    Good work!! Nice couple and I like the pier shot, too.

  • Thanks Tama. The pier shot’s def more dramatic.
    Unless you’re mel & Art on the beach!

    – billyboy

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 5 years ago

    Ooops… here’s a BW conversion.
    HDR works in BW too!!

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 5 years ago

    You’re a WIZARD!!!!!!
    And I love that second one sooooooooooooooo much!!

  • funkyfacestudio
    funkyfacestudioover 5 years ago

    I don’t know any of that technical stuff but I take your word for it because these shots are awesome ! The piers are massively beautiful but your daughter is stunning ! They look like a happy loving couple wow those shadows and the light are really eye catching, I love the little sun kiss on her head too :)

  • Lisa, you got such a sweet way of telling me what you like.
    And yeah, that patch on her head was the one place Art missed!♥

    – billyboy

  • Wow you faved it!
    You are SUCH a crystal!!!

    – billyboy

  • jujubean
    jujubeanover 5 years ago

    Awesome work!!!!

  • Cheers Juju!

    – billyboy

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