Fonthill Castle & Unified HDR Express

Fonthill Castle HDR Photography Workshop

Fonthill Castle, tone mapped using HDR Express and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

This past Sunday we concluded another successful “HDR From Output to Capture” Romin with Roman Photo Tour HDR workshop at the eclectic & magnificent Fonthill Castle, in Doysletown, Pennsylvania. The entire group was phenomenal. The excitement and enthusiasm was contagious and needless to say it was tons of fun and good photo making. As usual the staff at Fonthill could not be more accommodating and helpful.During the post processing part of the HDR workshop, it was awesome to see the images that had been captured by the participants.  We covered the popular HDR softwares including Photomatix and NIK HDR Efex Pro, which most of the participants where either familiar or somewhat familiar with. But… I was eager to show the group what I have been using and now one of my  favorite HDR tonemapping software from Unified Color,  HDR Express.

I knew that like the song goes, all it would take was just one look,  I have been using Photomatix for years and when the NIK released HDR Efex pro I was really excited at the concept. For a while I had been bouncing between the two of them for my tone mapping, refusing to admit I would yet need another HDR software. I had tested HDR express and loved it, but again I kept thinking to myself that… if I did get it, that would make  me some sort of a software junkie. Which truth be told I have been for years but thought I was on my way to recovery.

At any rate I had the pleasure of speaking with the CEO of Unified Color and during our conversation I express my content with their software (sure he has heard that before) and that the algorithm was superb in tone mapping images especially ones with very high dynamic range, great speed etc. and that I wanted to share this with, friends, colleagues and with everyone I could as a Non Profit deal and he gracefully agreed to allow me to offer a discount to the software using the code SDCPHOTGRAPHY. I love sharing and endorsing products that I have purshased and believe in, not because I can make a profit from them.

I will give a more in depth review in a following post as soon as time allows (We are extremely busy, thank God… considering the alternative). But in the meantime, you can download a free fully functional trial for 30 days by visiting their website at Unified Color.  I am sure you will agree that is hands down the quickest best HDR software out in the market. If you decide to purchase the software (which I am sure you will, after trying it… use the code SDCPHOTOGRAPHY at check out for your discount and savings.

I had told Roman about it and though like myself he was somewhat reluctant to give it  a swirl, after he saw it in action he was sold, so I rest my case. If I can convince him I am sure you will love it as well. We had very talented participants in the workshop and just by their final comments and the smiles in their faces, emails we have received, Roman and I are sure you will agree.

Fonthill Castle, tone mapped using HDR Express and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

“Fonthill Castle” I used my Fish Eye Lens and tone mapped using HDR Express and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

Fonthill Castle, tone mapped using HDR Express, Converted to Black and White using Nik Siver Efex Pro 2,and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

Fonthill Castle, tone mapped using HDR Express, Converted to Black and White using Nik Siver Efex Pro 2 and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

"Fonthill Castle" I used my Fish Eye Lens and tone mapped using HDR Express and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

“Fonthill Castle” tone mapped using HDR Express and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

Unified Color has some very informative tutorials and FAQ that you can see by visiting their website here.

 

"Fonthill Castle" tone mapped using HDR Express and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

“Fonthill Castle” tone mapped using HDR Express and further minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

 

 

 

 

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  • JB - Tremendous imagery, Susan!!!

  • Ramon - Fab place and work, Susan!

  • Linda - Bravo!!!

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks again for taking the time to leave me your comments. I very much appreciate it.

  • Roman Kurywczak - Thanks Dave too!

  • Roman Kurywczak - I love the fisheye too!!! You need to post the map room fisheye!
    I’m sold on HDR express and should try it out when I am in Arches….or Zion……or when I get back 🙂 ! Thanks Betty and Jimi and it was awesome to see everyone above had a great time and it was also nice to see Jimi’s expression when he got it right away using HDR express!!!…….I think we may have created an HDR monster!!!
    Great work as usual and a really fun day !

  • John Storjohann - Hi Susan! Some wonderful images…and while I am rarely a fan of fish-eye images, your fish-eye shot above is stunning; I love the play of light and shadow on the floors…great shadow detail…rich, warm colors…and including the sink in the composition nails it for me. Wonderful shot! My second favorite is the middle image; love the fact that you even captured the glow of the bulb in the ULC…again, the shadow and color playing across the wood floors is incredible…might have to check out HDR Express!

  • Jimi - Susan:
    I can not thank you enough for an amazing day. I had a blast and still can not believe the images I got. I’m still talking about it to anyone who will listen! 🙂 Your images are awesome. Hope to do it again soon!
    Jimi

  • Dave Mills - Being on the Fonthill workshop last sunday was indeed a great experience. The eclectic mansion was a joy to shoot with unlimited compositions along with an excellent HDR lecture that encompassed the various software and techniques.
    The images above are well composed and processed beautifully. Nice use of the fisheye encompassing the entire room with all it’s interesting features. Good one!!

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks you all very much for your comments and feedback.

  • JB - A fascinating place and set of images. Love your compositions and your HDR processing is top notch! Looking forward to seeing more. Also thanks for sharing your experience with HDR Express and the discount code.

  • Anthony - All I can say is put another notch in your belt. This was again a great workshop, they get better all the time.

  • cathy miller - THE BLENDING OF COLORS IS BREATHTAKING

  • John - This is truly a candy store for HDR and as usual you have captured it with all the essence. Great job!!! Also TFS your insight on HDR express. On my way to download it now.

  • Susan Candelario - Hi Nick,
    Thanks for dropping by and for your comments. We missed you on Sunday. The lighting was exquisite. Hopefully you can join us for the Spring, April 22, 2012 workshop at Fonthill.

  • Nick Palmieri - WHOA! Absolutely gorgeous.

  • Susan Candelario - OMG, Betty I am still LOL about you called what we are regarding software. I so much agree. You are awesome and so Is your talent and work. I am so inspired by you! Thanks so much for your very kind comments.
    talk soon & see ya in the City That Never Sleeps (kind of roamin with Roman)
    Sue

  • betty wiley - what a fabulous workshop! Thanks to Roman and Susan for such a great day and I must say that I loved trying out the new HDR software, HDR express! I agree with Susan…it quickly has become a favorite of mine as well. The algorithm, in my opinion, does such a fabulous job of tone-mapping. I’m definitely going to purchase this one and yes, I’m a bit of a soft-ware junkie, but this is a must-have!

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