Sunday, February 21, 2010

Steamy Capitol

Like my previous post, this shot was taken from the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, TX. You can see a lot of Austin from the top level of that garage. However, be advised that if you try this little vantage point some time, you are supposed to let security there know you are going to take some pictures. I figure their jobs are quite boring and they need something to liven it up and we photographers are those who help make their job more interesting - even if the only threat we pose is the possibility of getting the city out of focus. Or, maybe because we like to setup tripods, they thing we're shooting something other than a camera. Sorry to disappoint those guys, but we photogs are pretty harmless even if we do look like Jason Bourne with all of our stuff... OK, maybe more like Maxwell Smart, but you get my meaning.

This shot was processed the same as my previous post as well. 5 bracketed jpgs ranging from +2 to -2 EVs at 1 stop intervals, ISO was 250, aperture f11 and I used my Nikon D90 with my kit 18-105 lens. I then merged it in Photoshop CS4, tonemapped it in Photomatix and post-processed in CS4 using the Nik Color Efex plugin's pro contrast, tonal contrast and bleach bypass filters at varying opacity levels.

Also, to setup for night time shots, I try to takes some test shots and play with the right ISOs until my longest exposure is just under 30 seconds.  I explain it all in my Night HDR post.


  1. I like the capitol photo very different and I like the industrial feel the steam gives the photo

  2. Thanks. It's nice to find a different angle that other haven't exploited too much already.


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