Welcome to LoweMo.photo, featuring stock photos, art photography, plugins, and articles by Lowell Montgomery

This site features photography, photographic art, and stock photos by Lowell Montgomery (that’s me, and I’ll switch to first-person now). I love photography. When I’m not post-processing images in Lightroom, writing Lightroom plugins, or working on Web development/design projects, you’ll usually find me with a camera.

I shoot a range of content types and genres, but especially the subject matter that I care most about: nature and the environment, scenic landscapes, architecture (especially “green buildings”), renewable energy production, macro work (often indoor/studio), and other close-ups in the field. I also frequently shoot portraits and people, natural health and medicine, pregnancy, couples and children, flowers and plants, vegetables and plant cultivation, farms and farming, animals, husbandry, livestock, gardens and gardening, cooking and food preparation, food, herbs, spices, street photography and abstract photographic art.

High Dynamic Resolution (HDR) for Stunning Stock Photos

I’m a big fan of judiciously-done HDR — while I sometimes like the typical “HDR look” with surreal “grunge” effects, it’s rarely what I aim to produce, myself. I use HDR to “see more” in the shadows and highlights, i.e. simply to extend the camera’s native dynamic range. I also love the extra detail that I can achieve using HDR techniques.

My first use of HDR actually dates back to my use of film, when I bought Silverfast HDR. This special software allowed me to obtain greater dynamic range from my film scanner. It was especially useful for getting more detail in “dark” areas of the 35mm transparencies I was scanning. The Nikon Coolscan 2000 was a new desktop film scanner and the best I could afford at the time. A high-end drum scanner cost as much as a nice car. But the Silverfast HDR software helped me improve dynamic range with the equipment I had. It’s the same reason I use HDR post-processing of multiple RAW files today.

Use of my photos or work for hire

If you’d like, most of my work can be licensed for use or printed to order. If you contact me, I may also be available for some kinds of assignments. I can do a good job on small product photography. I’ve got the lighting, space, and experience for this kind of work and can use focus stacking to improve depth-of-field in close-ups. Sometimes I’ve shot events, portraiture, album art, and other genres. But I’m not currently equipped to handle weddings or other critical event photography.

Image of loupe on light table, reviewing stock photos of the Sächsische Schweiz in Germany.
Reviewing slides of the Sächsische Schweiz (a 12-shot focus stack). Created with a legacy 35mm Zeiss macro lens mounted on a modern Sony A7R mirrorless body. I combined the component images using Helicon Focus.

Shooting with Modern Sony Cameras with Legacy Contax/Zeiss Glass

I have images I originally shot on film, and some may be shown here. But this site is primarily for presenting my recent work and blogging about tools and techniques. I currently shoot with modern Sony mirrorless cameras. That said, my work still has a “legacy look” since I mostly shoot using the same Contax/Zeiss lenses I used for film. Shooting with these old manual-focus lenses slows things down a bit; but the results, I hope you’ll agree, are still as excellent as ever.