Sunday, February 7, 2010

Public Of Tex

Public Of Tex, originally uploaded by Evan Gearing (Evan's Expo).
Another shot in my capitol series. As you can see, this was taken from the third floor of the capitol looking down over the seal on the floor. There are certainly all kinds of photographic opportunities in the capitol and security there is very good at letting us photogs trudge through there with our tripods and stuff to practice our trade. It's always a good fall-back place to take some shots if you just can't think of anywhere else to go. I hope it stays that way at the capitol for a long time. However, with the recent pistol shooting there, it makes me wonder.

This is a 5-shot hdr with the original jpgs bracketed from -2 to +2 EVs at 1-stop intervals, merged in Photoshop CS4 and tonemapped in Photomatix. I then post-processed in CS4 using the Nik Color Efex 3.0 plugin and specifically used the pro contrast, tonal contrast and bleach bypass presets at varying levels of opacity for the layers the presets created.  I probably should have masked some of the people, but I kind of like the look this achieved, plus I'm a little lazy.  Besides, the guy sitting down in the middle at the bottom took a flash picture while I was taking my brackets and his flash gave a cool little look after the hdr process.

Also, my camera is a Nikon D90 and I used a Sigma 10-20 lens.


  1. thats a great shot! Incredible! I really hope nothing changes at the capitol, we were actually there taking night shots and light painting shots and the Troopers were very nice. But we did see the guy that did the shooting the night before sitting on the steps it was crazy to see he went back and did that. Still hopefully nothing changes so we can go back again. Jake/Digicord

  2. Thanks Jake. That's freaky that you actually saw that guy. Lucky you weren't there when he went off.

    Yes, hopefully things will still be friendly to photographers if things change. I heard they may put mags in there at the entrances, but afaik, they haven't done it yet. Fingers crossed.


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