Friday, March 27, 2015

Yet Another Austin Skyline Shot

So, if you haven't seen enough shots of Austin's skyline, have I got something for you!  Here is yet another shot of Austin's skyline at dusk.  I took this shot with the newly totally retired Van Sutherland last August on the boardwalk that's on Lady Bird Lake.

Like my previous post, I exposure-bracketed this particular scene for a possible HDR image, but in the end I just used one exposure and tweaked it out in Photoshop.  You know, it seems the more photo processing software (Photoshop, Lightroom) evolves, the less one needs to do HDR as long as you are able to capture the shot you are looking for in the beginning, exposure-wise.  I find that I still bracket when I go on a shoot, but not too often anymore do I run the brackets through the HDR process.  I just now take one of the exposures and work on that and maybe blend in another darker or lighter exposure depending on the sky or a different part of the scene that I like.  I prefer the results a little better mostly.  That's not to say I won't do HDR at all anymore, but I just don't do it as often.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 55mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 1 Sec
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets -NA

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Moon Over Centennial Olympic Park

This is a shot I took over two years ago during a trip to Atlanta.  It's another angle of the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel as seen from Centennial Olympic Park.  You can see the moon in the upper right corner of the image.  I'm not sure if it is more of an annoyance or an enhancement to the shot, but since I know it's the moon, I thought I'd leave it in.

I originally bracketed this shot for HDR, but in the end I just tweaked out the 0 EV exposure for this final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Focal Length - 19mm
Aperture - f22
Exposure - 6 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

360 Rooftop Bar

Baseball season, Major League Baseball season, will soon be here.  I think opening night is April 5th and opening day is April 6th.  So as an early commemoration for those dates, I thought I'd post a somewhat sort of baseball picture.  Technically it has nothing to do with baseball as this shot is really a shot of a bar atop a Hilton hotel in St Louis.  It's location however, has lots to do with baseball.  You see this bar is called the "360" and it's atop the Hilton St Louis at the Ballpark, right next to Busch Stadium, home of the St Louis Cardinals.  And, when I took this shot, I think it was game two of the National League Championship Series and the Cards beat the Giants 5 - 4.  The light coming from below in the shot are the lights from Busch Stadium itself and one gets an awesome view inside the park from this bar.  Pretty cool stuff!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/4
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR -No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, March 20, 2015

South Bye Southwest

I didn't make it out to get any pictures during Austin's famous South By Southwest (SXSW) festival this year and as it winds down this weekend, I thought I should at least post something to commemorate it.

Every year SXSW seems to get bigger and bigger and when things like that get bigger and bigger they become more and more of a pain in the arse.  While the festival may be great for the local economy, it makes it especially difficult to get around town.  Most of the locals are just glad when it's over, I think.  That's the vibe I got from the sign at Doc's Bar and Grill on South Congress when I went shooting one morning back in 2013 just after SXSW ended.  I think they were glad to see it go.  It was the same in Park City, UT when we went there last month.  The locals were very happy to see the Sundance Film Festival end.  These things just get too big.

So this shot is not an HDR, but it is a blend of two brackets... One shot at -1 EV and another at -3 EV.  I then put them together using a gradient mask in Photoshop to darken the sky but keep the main building well lit.  I then did a little more masking on the sign to darken it a bit for detail and got rid of a few spots on the camera lens as it was a little misty during the shot.  Lastly, I made some vignette tweaks with Nik Color Efex 4 and here you see the final product.

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 10 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod -Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - 2

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