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The Big, Fat Free HDR Book Giveaway!

February 15, 2010

I spent part of my weekend cleaning out my closet.  Actually, it’s a 10′ x 10′ storage shed that was stuffed front to back and floor to ceiling.  After giving away a desk, a chair, a Windows PC (gasp!), some tools, a table, a set of weights I obviously no longer use and various other random things we’re now able to actually maneuver around the stupid storage shed.  It will be nice not having to crawl up, over and around things to get what I need.  However, I was dismayed to discover that several Arizona hiking guides vanished into thin air.  This week I will be re-buying them, which aggravates me to no end.  I have no doubt the old, well worn ones will turn up shortly after I spend a hundo buying new guide books.

While we’re on the topic of books, I came across two books I’ve already read and no longer need – “The HDRI Handbook”, by Christian Bloch and “Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography” by Ferrel McCollough.  Instead of leaving them in the shed to rot I thought we’d have a little fun giving them away.  Steve Cole, a talented nature photographer from Washington, came up with the idea for a contest that I think will be tons of fun.

This is how it works: email me a small, low resolution image that is the worst HDR you’ve ever created.  I’m talking bad.  Hyper saturated colors, unsightly haloes, ghosting all over the place and/or not a single shadow lurking anywhere in the photo.  Send ’em my way to bret (at) bretedge (dot) com.  I’ll collect them, put up a web gallery and ask folks on Facebook to vote for the worst one.  First prize gets the book of his or her choice, 2nd prize gets the other one.

Here are the rules: You’ve got until midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 to email your image to me.  I’ll put up a gallery on Facebook and will accept votes until Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at midnight.  The winners will be announced on Facebook some time next week.  I can’t tell you exactly when because I’ll be on the road in Arizona.  Please keep your images to no more than 700 pixels on the long side and save them as jpegs.  Only one image per person.  These are used books.  They have been read once and are in good condition, but don’t expect them to be brand spankin’ new.

If you aren’t a fan of Bret Edge Photography on Facebook, now is as good a time as any to become one.  It doesn’t cost anything and we don’t bite.

That’s all there is to it.  Start digging through your hard drives for those horrible HDR images to send my way!


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