Out Of The Darkness

Title curtesy of Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell. Must give a RIP to Dimebag Darrell, the Pink Beard in the Sky. Start Googling now for your heavy metal history lesson.¬†The title also works for this post because it was shot in San Antonio, Texas and Pantera was from Dallas. Close enough.

I shot a lot in San Antonio but it was done for HDR and as I have ventured forth into HDR photography I noticed some issues that I am still working on. Still, some of the images were really good and I hated to waste them in an attempt to try and use them for HDR. Since the basis of HDR is bracketed images I just took one of the images and edited it normally. This image is the first of batch.

I really liked monochrome for this image because it gave the effect of darkness and then the light much more drama then the color version. Plus the tones in the light give you contrast with the rest of the image. I also liked how at the end of the tunnel there were silhouettes of people either heading into the darkness or out into the light.

Nothing fancy post processing wise. The conversion was done in Photoshop and then curves and dodging and burning to get the effect I was looking for.

Enjoy.

Out Of the Darkness

 

Rays Of Light

Another one for the backlog from San Antonio. This was taken while I was on the River Walk Cruise which is a 30 minute cruise in a flat bottomed boat that takes you through the more touristy areas. The highlight of the trip is you can have a beer while taking it all in. For those thinking boating and drinking don’t mix; little secret the water is 3 foot or 1 meter deep. Stand up and good to go.

I like how the diffused light came through the clouds and slightly diffracted to give it a semblance of a rainbow. Added a few layers so I could get the sky and the colors to balance right and was happy with the result.

Enjoy.

Rays of Light

 

Sunny Day On The River

This was from my adventure of getting lost in San Antonio. I was off the tourist path and just wandering along. Knowing that I could find my way back because of the river itself and it ran next to my hotel. I crossed this bridge and thought, why not take a picture while I am here.

Enjoy.

Sunny Day On The River

Stairway

I just liked the stairs for some reason. Not sure how I liked how the image turned out. Tomorrow I take a break from HDR and return to my roots.

Enjoy.

Stairway

River Walk Reflections

I snapped this before I was heading into my hotel from dinner. I want to thank image stabilization for being strong in the Sony RX100M3 because there is no way I could get this shot without it. The reflection is my hotel with the restaurant that is on the river walk. Just liked how the lights reflected off the water.

Enjoy.

river-walk-reflections

Bridge Over Calm Waters

Shot from my balcony looking down on a bridge over the River Walk here in San Antonio. Hard to edit on a monitor that is powered via USB but it looks good for a 50 second exposure. Was fun to shoot while coming back from an excellent dinner.

Enjoy.

Bridge Over Calm Waters