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Sunil Sharma's "Distant Light": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Fine art photography, HDR Photography, Landscape photography, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Sabe Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, Lighthouse

Soaring up to 112 feet, Big Sable Point Lighthouse, offers a commanding view of the shores of Michigan's Ludington State Park. Built in 1867, the light is still an active guide to navigation. Like many of Michigan's more than 130 lighthouses, Big Sable had fallen into disrepair until it was given into the hands of Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association in 1987. Since then, SPLKA has restored much of the lighthouse and seawall protecting it. Visitors willing to walk along the 2 mile entrance trail can tour the grounds, visit the original Keepers Quarters or check out the view from the top of the tower from May - October. 

Sunil Sharma, SideKick360 winner for 8/1, shows off the beauty of the tower in the "off" season.

"I wanted to shoot an HDR image of this lighthouse for quite some time now. So i drove 7 hrs and hiked 2 miles in 15°F to get to this place and fired away a series of shots with my Nikon D4.

I was glad I had a MeFOTO Carbon Fiber Tripod with me which made the hike in that cold wind a little easier on my shoulders!" - Sunil

Candice Montgomery's "Metro": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, HDR Photography, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro stations

Opportunities for creating interesting images surround us. By changing our perspective, we can find interesting subjects even on our daily comunte. SideKick360 winner, Candice Montgomery, shows us the way:

"This was shot in the Hollywood/Highland Metro Red Line subway station, located in the heart of Hollywood, CA at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Avenue, on the level just above the train platform. Many of the Metro stations have very interesting and highly photogenic decor and are fun to shoot photos in, but the Hollywood/Highland station is my favorite. I will stop there almost every time I ride the subway to take photos because I love the symmetry, and being inside the station is like being in the belly of a great mechanical beast. This shot is a 5 exposure HDR taken a few minutes after the subway train had pulled out, so the normally busy platform was empty." - Candice

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Candice Montgomery's Panther Beach: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, HDR Photography, Travel Photography       Tags Santa Cruz Beaches, Panther Beach, MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, Arch

Santa Cruz, CA is a beach resort community approximately 70 miles south of San Francisco. Home to both the University of California at Santa Cruz and the popular Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the area attracts quite a lot of tourist traffic. For those seeking a more serene beach experience, 12/13/13's weekly BackPacker winner, Candice Montgomery, recommends Panther Beach where she captured her winning image.

"This is a 3 exposure HDR image of the arch that separates Panther Beach from Hole in the Wall Beach, a nice, somewhat secluded beach near Davenport, CA, not too far from Santa Cruz. This spot can be easy to miss if you're not sure where it is, but it's one of the most beautiful beaches near Davenport, and it's famous for this stunning sea arch. There's an interesting scramble to get down to the beach that can seem a bit daunting, especially when carrying your camera gear, but it's completely worth it." - Candice

Candice shot the arch with a Canon 40D and Canon EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS lens.

Matthew Cooper's Beasts of the Castle: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Night Photography, HDR Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, HDR, HDR photography, Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom

Last Friday's BackPacker winner, Matthew Cooper, specializes in HDR images of Walt Disney World.

For those new to the term, HDR or High Dynamic Range photography is a popular technique used to capture photos with a greater range between the lightest and darkest areas than a regular camera can usually capture. As you've probably experienced, cameras have a hard time with contrasty scenes, like big landscapes with bright skies or portraits in sunlight. HDR allows us to create images that look more like what our eyes actually see.

When shooting for HDR, multiple images are taken at different exposures and then combined in an image editing software. The final image highlights the best part of each photo.

"I took this photo at the entrance to the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. I framed the gargoyle to help create foreground interest and bring depth to the photo leading up to the castle in the back. It's a 5 exposure bracket blended in Photomatix and processed in Photoshop." - Matthew