Before you pack your tripod for a vacation or business trip, make damn sure you remember your you put your ball head!  I had to hand shoot these images braced on a freezing cold metal hand rail in 13 degree weather with dinky fleece gloves on.  I reiterate, make damn sure you remember where you put your ball head!  My tripod wouldn’t fit in my bag with the ball head on, so I put it in a separate compartment and forgot where I put it come photo time.

HDR processing does not like a series of long exposures.  There is a lot of artifacting that happens in what should be the blueish black night sky.  While it took me several failed processes and several minutes racking my brain, I figured out a nice setting and the reason why that artifacting happens.  But as usual, I will show that tutorial on Friday.  For the time being linger on my images and a simple piece of advice:  The answer is in the gamma!

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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