This website uses cookies to access various functions, personalize its advertising, and analyze traffic. Use of this website implies agreement with our use of cookies. More information  OK

What's new?

Stephen Leary


Free Member, Leeds
[fc-user:826511]

About me

Hi. I have returned from a break from my photography. Inspiration comes and goes in waves.

I am experimenting more with HDRIs and tone mapping, as I think the potential for this relatively new technique is immense. The low dynamic range of our computer screens and prints often do not do the scene we have shot justice. Tone mapped HDRIs potentially increase perceived realism and can mimic closer what the eye (and your own buit-in image processing) sees.

Your eyes and brain heavily process the light that comes in. Local adaptive contrast is something your brain does, so why not use similar techniques in our images? Artists have been using similar techniques for centuries, and now HDRIs allow us to take local adaptive contrast in photography to new levels.

I am relatively new to HDR/tone mapping and any guidance is very welcome!

I'm currently using an Canon EOS 400D. My older photos are using the 18mm-55mm stock lens. For my later ones, a Canon 18-200mm ES-F Lens, which is working much better for me. Also have a Polarizing filter.

My much older photos were shot a long time ago with very poor none-SLR cameras. Only photos are from the last 2 years are with an SLR.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(Older profile info..)
I am interested in learning new techniques for photo editing after having been very impressed by the photos in the gallery and elsewhere on the site.
Some photos on this site are very impressive and I can see there is a lot of talent here.

I am selective about the photos I upload, as I get bored of looking at other people's average photos and don't want to subject others to the same. I am also not so impressed by photos with no originality ('has been done many times before' photos bore me) - I hate photos of flowers ;).
I would like to choose a style and stick to it, but just experimenting with a few different things at the moment, so my gallery may look a bit random. I like to express emotions and atmosphere in my photos and I hope that comes across in my work.

Feel free to offer advice/tips/criticisms/praise on my photos. All is welcome.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Still longing to get something in the gallery, if you like a photo, please submit for voting, thanks. ;)

Looking forward to hearing your comments.

Kind regards,
Stephen.

Comments 21

  • Ellen-OW 09/23/2011 7:40

    Vielen lieben Dank für diesen Stern!!!!
    Thank you very much for this star !!!!
    Pure Elegance
    Pure Elegance
    Ellen-OW
    Ellen
  • Vill 05/15/2011 9:17

    Hello Stephen,
    thanks for your comment.

    Best wishes,
    Vill
  • JOKIST 05/12/2011 18:28

    Vielen DANK !!!!!!!!
    JOY
    JOY
    JOKIST

    LG Ingrid und Hans
  • Sergio Pessolano 10/21/2010 23:06

    Hi Stephen,
    Thank you for visiting and commenting
    BF15-31tm
    BF15-31tm
    Sergio Pessolano

    Tone mapped

    NB01-29
    NB01-29
    Sergio Pessolano

    Shadow/Highlights tool in PS

    Kind Regards.
    Sergio
  • Vill 10/20/2010 20:29

    Hello Stephen,
    thanks for your comment!

    Greetings from North-Germany, Vill
  • Matthias Besant 06/05/2009 14:48

    Vielen Dank für Deine Abstimmung.
    Thank you very much for your vote.
    Matthias
    Was guckst Du? – What’s Up?
    Was guckst Du? – What’s Up?
    Matthias Besant
  • Black Pearl Design 05/25/2009 14:32

    Dankeschön....!!!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thanks ....
    ~~~~Merci ....
    ~~~~~~Gracias ....
    ~~~~~~~~~Grazie ....
    greetings Katharina
  • Jürgen Cron 01/14/2009 19:59

    Thanks a lot for your Vote :-)



    best wishes,

    Jürgen..
  • Thorsten. Nolting 01/14/2008 17:14

    Hi Stphen,
    thanks for your comment and good luck with your new camera. I really like your kind of view
    Greets
    Thorsten
  • Milan Bystron 12/24/2007 5:17

    Good light, much success and much beautiful photographs.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2008 the wishs Milan
  • islay mist 10/26/2007 20:20

    Hello, and thanks for your comment.

    Greetings from Bavaria to nice North-England
  • Jos Peeters 10/24/2007 16:59

    Thanks for your reaction …. and see ya !
    Jos
  • beauty 05/23/2007 8:16

    I LOVE your photos
  • Irina Pidova 01/25/2007 9:12

    Thanks, Stephen for commenting my photo!

    Cheers,
    Irina
  • Colin Krieg 11/06/2006 23:06

    Hi Stephan,

    Thanks for the comment! The smoke is the exhaust gases coming out of our local wood mill. There happended to be very little wind that night, so the smoke just sort or lingered around :)

My Statistics

  • 5 1
  • 178 184
Received / Given

Skills