Wednesday, January 12, 2011

S-ing to Downtown BW

David Nightingale Workshop

I'm pretty psyched today... I just finalized paying for an upcoming workshop put on by David Nightingale and organized by Dave Wilson. If you've read my review of David Nightingale's "Practical HDR" book, you'll see that I'm a big fan. His Chromasia website is awesome as well. Can't wait to find out how this guy thinks..  And, thanks Dave W. for putting this together!

S-ing to Downtown BW

Last Friday I was out trying to get some new content for the site here and I went to one of our train stations on the east side of Austin, Saltillo Plaza to be exact.  I shot a lot of stuff, but as usual, most of the stuff I captured was so-so.  But, there was something about this shot with the tracks forming an s-turn and heading into the heart of Austin that I kind of liked. The big building on the left is The Austonian, which is purportedly "the tallest residential building in Texas".

I decided to give it the old black and white treatment to give that more timeless look.  Does it work?  Times like this I like you to be the judge.  Let me know what you think.

5 comments:

  1. Having the tracks in the foreground (with the strong, dark shadow they cast) makes it work I think. It would be cool to increase the contrast in the sky as well -- dramatic. Of course, I say something like that but I really don't know if I'd like it unless I actually tried it myself.

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  2. Thanks! I wondered about that for the sky, but I wasn't sure if it would look too "overbaked" Plus, I took this in the middle of the day so the sky wasn't great to begin with. But, maybe some sort of color filter could to it and then I could've masked it in or something. Maybe I'll play with it more. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  3. Great composition. The tracks really lead the eye into the photo. Perhaps the sky could be a bit more dramatic, but mid-day is tough.

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  4. I like it, and funny thing, I took a similar shot a couple of months back but haven't gotten to it. Well done, great comp Evan! Jim

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  5. Thanks Jim. I'm sure yours will be quite a bit better. Looking forward to seeing it.

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