I have upgraded to a Canon EOS 70D DSLR and I am also recovering from surgery. I really wanted to get out and take some photos and the only time I could get a ride was on a dreary rainy day.
The first picture pretty much sums up the look of the day.
I had read about shooting RAW images and started doing so with this camera. I have also been reading up on HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. In HDR photography you generally take 3 photos, one properly exposed and then one under exposed and one over exposed. Using PaintShop or Photshop, the images are combined into one, bringing out many details that are lost in a single picture. Playing in PaintShop, I discovered it can take a RAW file and process the 3 different images needed to create a HDR photo.
The bottom photo was created using that process. I also increased the vibrancy and added some local tone mapping. I was impressed with the result.
Sope or Soap Creek was an industrious little area in the middle 1800’s. Near intersection of Paper Mill Road and Sope Creek are several old industrial ruins. These ruins used to be the center of an industrial center based on the waterpower that the creek produced. During the period from 1850 to 1940, a paper mill, twine plant, flour mill and hydroelectric power plant occupied an area about one mile long. At one time a wooden covered bridge spanned the creek here, but was lost on March 29, 1964 when it burned to the ground leaving behind only the steel shanks and masonry.