Sunday, February 28, 2010

Texas State Cemetery Visitors Center

This was yet another lunchtime personal photowalk for me. I've never been to the Texas State Cemetery before and I drive by it everyday on my way to work. So, I thought I might as well check it out. It's a very interesting place. The Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin is buried there as well as the most famous coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Tom Landry. He was coaching them back when I was a fan. Now, with Jerry in charge and what he did to Mr. Landry, not so much. Of course I can't talk too much, I'm a despicable Detroit Lions fan. But, I digress. Anyway, this is from the visitors area at the entrance. Unfortunately I didn't have time to read all of the signs there, but it is definitely worth going back there. It would be much better when the sun is either coming up or going down as it is with most picture taking so I'll try again another day. I do have a shot of the aforementioned people's graves that I'll see if I can do anything with. Again, very fascinating place. Oh, and not to mention all of the confederate soldiers and other Texas dignitaries buried there.

I took this with my Nikon D90 and Sigma 10-20mm lens. The settings were ISO 200, aperture f11, 5 jpg brackets ranging from -2 to +2 at 1 stop intervals. I merged it in Photoshop CS4, tonemapped it in Photomatix ,and post-processed it in CS4 using the Nik Color Efex plugin, specifically the pro and tonal contrast filters and the bleach bypass filter.

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