Posted on Nov.18, 2010, under Mechanical

(Nikon D700, 70-300 at 70mm, ISO 800, 8 exposure HDR @ f/4.5)

If you have been following my blog for any length of time you should know by now that I enjoy photographing mechanical things. There is something about old, analog technology which I find fascinating. Perhaps it’s the texture of old metal, perhaps it’s the color, and sometimes it’s just the shear size of the thing. This object in this image had all of those things. This picture was taken at theHenry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The museum has a great section of large generators and steam driven machines and every time I visit there I’m drawn to that area. I don’t recall exactly what this picture is showing, I just remember really liking the way the gears looked.

The image was created in Photomatix and Photoshop from 9 different exposures. I did initial processing in Photomatix and did the final work in Photoshop. The Photoshop work included added a bit more micro-contrast with Topaz Adjust, and changing the color just a bit by creating a black and white layer using Silver Efex Pro and backing off on the opacity. The shot below shows a middle exposure from my HDR sequence.


[Click the main image to view it in lightbox mode]

Copyright © 2010 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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