Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Capital Metro Bus and Train

This shot best shows two of the primary modes of transportation the agency I work for provides... Bus and rail. Like my other post, this was taken at Capital Metro's Downtown Station on 4th Street in Austin, Texas. This is the second week of CapMetro's commuter rail service and everything is going well. Last week they provided the service for free, but starting this week, riders will have to pay to ride. If you are ever in the area, try it out. However, it is mainly for commuters. It only runs during rush hours in the morning and the afternoon, no weekends. Maybe someday, depending on the number of riders, this will expand to more times of the day and weekends. You can get more info on the train here.

For this shot I used my Nikon D90 with the Sigma 10-20mm lens. I pretty much did my standard processing on this one. One thing I've noticed though, is that night time/early morning shots don't work well with the workflow of mine. They end up quite noisy. So, right after the tonemapping process in Photomatix, I open them up in Photoshop and mask in the sky from one of the bracketed raws. That really seems to help clean up the images.

2 comments:

  1. Another great shot, Evan! Hard to choose which of your two MetroRail photos I like best. The angle you have on your first one, with the Frost building in the background, is fantastic. But this one includes the bus, which really adds to the image. CapMetro needs to also buy this one from you.

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  2. Thanks Van. I think I like the other, but I do like how this one has the bus and the train in it together. Maybe capmetro can hire us as full-time photogs! OK, maybe not....

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