This was photographed on a Sunday and I was coming to the conclusion that I'd have to try to shoot something inside the house for day 23. On my way home, I stopped at the local gas station to get a snack and drink. I'm on the prowl 24/7 for my next photograph, everything I see, I view from the perspective "Can I make an interesting photograph out of what I'm seeing?" So when I saw the military vehicles, I immediately knew I had to try to shoot these for day 23's entry. I love HDR and I am always thinking about using the style of photography when I shoot inanimate objects. It was evening time and the sun was setting fast, and I don't have a tripod so I had to shoot quickly. So I set bracket mode to 5 with +1 exposure increments, found my base exposure, set the shoot mode to Ch (Continuous high speed) mode, calmed my breathing and held my breath as I held down the shutter-release button. I snapped a few more photos from other vantage points. While I was shooting, I could hear the two truck drivers talking, so I walked around to ask them if they mind if I took a few more shots of the vehicles close up. To my surprise, one of the truck drivers was D. Jones (the gentlemen on the right), my fellow soldier from C Company, 319th MI BN at Fort Bragg. I hadn't seen Jones since 1999. It is always good to run into a fellow soldier & veteran. We exchanged contact information, talked about how some of our fellow soldiers we knew from Bragg, and I asked if I could take their photograph. I can't count the times I've ran into someone I know in the oddest of places, stuff like this has happened to me in Germany, Belgium, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, and Pennsylvania just to name a few places.
The background HDR photograph was created by combining 5 bracketed shots using Photomatix 4. The foreground HDR photograph was created with a single image and converted to HDR using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro filter.
As for the composite of the final two photographs, I got the idea to try this from watching a tutorial by Joel Grimes. I've actually learned quite a lot of interesting techniques from the Joel Grimes HDR tutorial I watched. You can view and buy Joel Grimes' tutorials by clicking here. Another helpful tutorial which I used as a guide for creating this photograph is Blend Mode Compositing by GlynDewis from YouTube.
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