Hidden Valley

Oaks on a Hidden Valley Ranch

Oaks on a Hidden Valley Ranch

The back entrance into the Murdoch property
near Lake Sherwood, California


Another gray and foggy day (this is the closest thing to fog in southern California) afforded myself, Hutch, and Ron a chance to do some subdued landscapes.


The location is an old dairy farm in Ventura County which is now a graffiti magnet for local gangs. It had been rainy and the day was overcast. I went with two other photo buddies. Due to the odd lighting, unique location, and peer pressure, I took all photos on a tripod while bracketing exposures. I never anticipated that I would HDR them, just going for the best exposure that I could.

Right now, I would consider this one of my best photos ever. It is also my first HDR.

Dodgertown (Isn’t it Laker season?)

Dodgertown Bar

Another from Old Pasadena. Handheld on the XT with a featherlight 35mm lens.

Processed in DxO and Lightroom. Although I do really like DxO its noise reduction and lens correction, I will probably not buy DxO beyond the 14 day trial. 1) it is too expensive for pro-model cameras (my 5D mk II is in the mail) and 2) it renders things slightly red when re-imported back to LR. It is just too hard to deal with a program where the images look different in the program than when they get back to Lightroom. Someone needs to tell DxO that and 3) with the 5D mk II on the way – my noise reduction needs should go down.

Today I’m going to install the Mac version of PTLens for lens distortion. (Just upgraded the iMac to Leopard – a prerequisite). I loved PTLens on the PC, but only recently has it be available for the Mac.