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  1.  It's white outTuesday, 7 February 2017 ~ Books HDR,
Feb 7, 2017
  HDR, Books  
  2.  How to: photograph interiorsSunday, 22 April 2018 ~ HDR, Photo Checklist Photography Real estate 
Apr 22, 2018
  Photo Checklist, Photography, HDR, Real estate  
  3.  Residence for saleTuesday, 24 April 2018 ~ HDR, Real estate 
Apr 24, 2018
  HDR, Real estate  
 
 
 
1. It's white out
Tue, 7 Feb 2017 ~ Books, HDR 
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1. It's white out
, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 ~ Books, HDR
 
 
 
My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane. From a David Sipress cartoon

It's all snowy outside, an appropriate time to read a Russian novel, and I just finished one, the Brothers Karamazov. Even though it was first published in 1879 it's modern. It is also long and takes a little dedication at times. Several times I listened ahead then resumed reading where I'd left off. It's got richly-developed characters, a tale that could fill a Netflix series, and endless discussions centered on the existence of god (this is where the dedication comes in). The only other challenge is the myriad of confusingly-named characters.

Since Dostoyevsky wrote in Russian and I read only in English I had to select a translation. I selected the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation because I happened to have read their Tolstoys. But I supplemented it with Audible's Constance Garnet translation (spoken by Constantine Gregory) and while I picked out differences I can't say one is better. The audio book is especially useful for getting a head start into the slow-going parts.

 
 
 
James central in winter      
 
 
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Another view of the snow. It's a lot of snow for this part of Canada.
 
 
Looking towards Strait      
Another view of the snow. It's a lot of snow for this part of Canada.
 
 
Looking towards Strait      
Another view of the snow. It's a lot of snow for this part of Canada.
 
 
2. How to: photograph interiors
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 ~ HDR  Photo Checklist, Photography, Real estate
2. How to: photograph interiors
, Sunday, 22 April 2018 ~ HDR, Photo Checklist, Photography, Real estate
 
 
 
I returned to my office recently with a set of real-estate photos (a condo we were selling) and found I'd overlooked something, a camera setting. Damn. I had to go back and re-shoot. But before I did that I developed this checklist for photographing interiors.

The challenge with interiors is small spaces, uneven lighting, and windows. Since these scenes are static the answer, of course, is to use HDR. You can do hand held HDR but a tripod allows the slow shutter speeds necessary for poorly-illuminated spaces.

Take:

  • Dark clothing to minimize reflections
  • Wide-angle lens, the wider the better. Ex: D800e 20mm; Fuji 12mm (=18mm FF) or 16mm (=24mm FF)
  • Remote control, the camera's timer will work in a pinch
  • Tripod + L-bracket
  • Circular polarizers: 20mm Nikon is 62, 12mm and 16mm for Fuji are 67.
  • White balance card

Set up the camera:

  • Aperture priority
  • AE bracketing on, typically 5-shot brackets in intervals of 1
  • AF-S, focus priority.
  • Auto ISO off. A still subject plus tripod means you don't need auto iso. (In all other situations I depend on auto-iso.)
  • Set white balance.
    • Fuji press the WB button (front) choose Custom then take white reference shot.
    • Nikon set WB to PRE 1-4. Press WB, release WB, press WB again but hold. Now dial in the slot (1-4) and frame and shoot to take the white reference shot. The word Good should appear after a moment.
  • Attach polarizer
  • Aperture set for maximum depth of focus and sharpness, f/8 is good
  • File type depends on processor. Photomatix can process Nikon raw.

Check the rooms:

  • Turn on all the lights
  • Look for reflections in mirrors, windows, cabinets
  • Look for anything out of place such as:
    • Clothes
    • Towels
    • Papers
    • Pillows
    • Wires, dishes, etc.

Back at the computer:

  1. Copy images to file-type-specific folder.
  2. Batch process with Photomatix after setting bracket number and output folder
  3. Bring results into Lightroom then develop as follows:
    • Fix verticals and horizontals
    • Sharpen
    • Adjust contrast, clarity, shadows, etc.
    • Crop

Photomatix processing speed depends on the computer, the files, and output type chosen. I've tended to generate several outputs but time and space can be saved by fine-tuning this.

2018-04-10: shot 34 scenes, each with a 5-shot bracket, so 170 files. Photomatix took 3 1/2 hours to process the 34 sets.

2019-12-06: 48 scenes. Photomatix processed 240 Nikon nef's, saved 5-versions per, and did it in 95min.

The last step for each HDR photo is a trip through Lightroom for sharpening, color adjustment, and to fix the verticals and horizontals. While you don't always have horizontal lines to fix vertical lines are really common, fixing them makes a big visual impact, and ot's ridiculously easy with a tool such as Lightroom.

This is also when I process the exterior shots, like stitching together several shots to create a panorama. Lightroom does well with panoramas.

2020-06-05: LR's real estate photos are at: "I:\real estate photos" and the LR catalog (updated to the new LR) is at "I:\real estate photos\lightroom\harbourside\harbourside-2.lrcat".

 
 
 
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I'm only partially happy with this picture. Even with a polarizer it has reflections in the window and the glass shelves. But it's good enough for my needs which is to show the interior with a view out the window to the Sooke basin and the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the distance.

 
 
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I'm only partially happy with this picture. Even with a polarizer it has reflections in the window and the glass shelves. But it's good enough for my needs which is to show the interior with a view out the window to the Sooke basin and the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the distance.

 
 
Harbourside      

I'm only partially happy with this picture. Even with a polarizer it has reflections in the window and the glass shelves. But it's good enough for my needs which is to show the interior with a view out the window to the Sooke basin and the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the distance.

 
 
3. Residence for sale
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 ~ HDR  Real estate
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3. Residence for sale
, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 ~ HDR, Real estate
 
 
 

Here are the rest of the shots of the Harbourside residence for sale.

 
 
 
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