I always get some great suggestions from everyone on some great photographers out there to highlight for our Photographers Spotlight. I am always looking for people that are out there creating amazing art that most of you might not have heard about before. Awhile back someone referred me to Bob Lussier and I was mesmerized by his HDR work, the texture and depth in the work really draw you in and make you want to spend hours investigating the scene and exploring it with your mind. Some really great work I think you will all enjoy. You can also check our more of his HDR work online at: www.lussierphoto.com
What attracts you to HDR?
Two things: texture and control. When I am standing in an old mill building I can reach out and feel the texture of the century old brick
and wood, or the cold metal of a piece the machinery. I want to convey that feeling in my images. HDR allows me to.
How you got started with HDR?
Like many HDR shooters, I started dabbling in HDR after finding the work of Trey Ratcliff online. I was impressed with the range of light
Trey captured in his images and decided to try it. After a few feeble attempts and horrible results, I gave up.
A year or so later I found myself trying to photograph a series of images in an abandoned mill building in extremely low light. It seemed
like the right time to revisit HDR. I shot a few series of brackets and really focussed on getting the processing right. In hindsight, I
probably didn’t get either the brackets or the processing right, but it put me on the path to learning the technique and finding my own
What do you use to process the HDR images?
My Tonemapping is done using Photomatix Pro. Additional processing is done using one or a combination of tools including Photoshop,
Lightroom, Topaz Detail and On-One Software’s PhotoTools.
A little bit more about Bob:
Who are you …
I’m a graphic designer, photographer and marathon runner.
the reason you love what you do ….
I love what I do for a wide variety of reasons. Photographing the mills and industrial sites in my corner of the world has, in a way
allowed me to connect with the history of this region.
who do you get your inspiration from …
Thanks to the wonders of Twitter, I get a daily does of inspiration from a number of contemporary photographers from around the world. Too
many to name them all, but lately I have been captivated by the work of David Nightingale. I’m also a big fan of some of the Masters of
Photography, particularly the work of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand and, (of course) Ansel Adams.
How did you get started in photography …
I picked up photography about 30 years ago, in college.
What does photography mean to you …
It means a lot. Since my first SLR, a Canon AE1, photography has been my primary creative outlet. My passion for it has intensified over the
your photography specialty …
I love Urban Exploration (Urbex) Photography. If its old and abandoned, I’ll shoot it. For me, that usually means shooting in the
many 19th century mill buildings in my area.
who is your photo idol …
Tough to define an idol. If you insist, I would have to say Ansel Adams. Nothing moves me more than an Ansel Adams image.
favorite photography product …
Just one? OK. My Promote Control from Promote Systems. Its a must tool for shooting HDR in dark buildings.
lens of choice …
Lately, Nikon’s 24mm PC-E (Tilt/Shift) lens. I love the versatility of the lens. Ask me again in a week and I might pick my 50mm f1.4
favorite movie …
Again … just one? How about Shawshank Redemption. No … Goodfellas. No wait … The In-Laws (the original, not the lame remake).
last rental you watched …
Robin Hood (the latest version, with Russell Crowe – Gladiator, in the woods).
where can you be found on days off …
Running the roads and trails in my area or exploring new old buildings with my Nikon gear.
what superhero would you be …
Spider Man. Photographer by day, super hero by night. Plus, with that sticky spider web weaving power, I think I could weave the ultimate
camera strap. No dropped camera!
if I am typically craving something it is ….
Pizza. And a fine craft brewed IPA to wash it down.
what is your most fav photo you have recently taken …
My most favorite recent shot is, by far, a shot from Arlington National Cemetery of a tombstone of an unknown Civil War Soldier. That
one shot, to me, defines Arlington.
Thanks Bob for sharing your passion with us and the incredible images you create!
Also if you want to learn a little more about HDR photography check out this article we posted, Learn the Basics of HDR photography or view our list of HDR photos to inspire.