Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Texas Tower 100

Texas Tower 100

The University of Texas recently celebrated it School of Architecture's 100th anniversary and to mark the occasion, they lit the tower orange and the windows with "100". It was a pretty cool sight to see on my way to work. I just wish that when I had gotten there, it would've been a little darker out to emphasize the lights on the tower a little more. I didn't know about this celebration until I drove by and by then it started getting light out.  Plus, I didn't have the time to find a great composition, but I wanted to get a shot of the tower lit this way since it doesn't happen too often.

This shot was processed as usual.  However, this time I downloaded Photomatix 4 and merged the brackets there instead of using Photoshop CS4's merge to HDR engine.  I think I might start using this more because it has more built-in presets for tonemapping and fusion, and it's de-ghosting capabilities are pretty cool.

Other settings include:

Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
ISO: 640
Aperture: f8
Exposure Bias: 0.00
Shutter: 1/5
Focal Length: 50mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Bracketing: 7 exposures with EVs ranging from -3 to +3 at 1 stop intervals
White Balance: Auto
Tripod: Induro AB0
Nikon MC-30 Remote Release Cord

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