Tower Life Building

Shot this while I was out in San Antonio one night. Just had by Sony RX100III with me and handheld at that. Still turned out decent even at ISO 2000.

When I travel about I tend to carry some camera on me. While I will use my phone it’s not something I prefer. Phone photography is nice but when you want a better shot a bigger camera is going to do better. This is just a limitation of a cell phone’s sensor. While they have come a long way they still cannot complete with a larger sensor on a camera. A cell phone will be fine when there is lots of light. In low light the smaller sensor will struggle and show more noise just because there is less of a sensor to capture the available light.

With the noise on this image I could not push editing too much. Went ahead with my usual workflow then used Camera Raw in Photoshop to reduce the noise further. Some minor dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

San Antonio

Navarro St.

This was taken in San Antonio a few years ago. Me and a friend took the river boat tour. More like canal tour as the water isn’t deep at all. We mainly went for something to do and they let us drink on the boat.

Not the world’s biggest fan of San Antonio, Texas. Never really had a great time there. Unlike Ozzy Osbourne I was never arrested for indecent exposure in front of the Alamo. I don’t tend to get blind drunk in the morning then stagger around in a dress. Not saying it could not happen, just saying it’s unlikely.

That said I did have a pleasant time my last trip through. Mainly used my Sony RX100ii and when I didn’t use my Olympus EM1. It’s still my go to pocket camera. Just haven’t used it much but I tend to toss it and my Sony RX10 in my bag if I need to go light. Even a few years old its a great camera.

Editing was straight forward. I had to rebalance with gradients then into Photoshop. I did the overall exposure and contrast adjustment with a curves. Then I figured why not add a touch of something so took it into Aurora 2017. Boosted the HDR settings then brought it back into Photoshop then just masked in parts at 60%. Hit save and called it done.

Enjoy.

Navarro St

Four From The River

These are shots from the San Antonio River Walk. One of my favorite bands was playing there and they were posting images on Instagram so I figured why not see what I never published. Turns out it was a lot!

These images were shot on the river boat cruise I took with someone I work with. We may have been imbibing frosty cold adult beverages as we were on the cruise but the images turned fine for the most part. I blame any blur or shake on camera malfunction not on the frost cold adult beverages.

One of the reasons I have so many unpublished shots is I was hot and heavy into HDR and was learning how to do it at that moment. So shots that weren’t for HDR I just never really bothered with. Now I can switch between HDR and non-HDR images without much issue. I also have even within the span of a year really progressed with my Photoshop skills so I can go back and work on images I just didn’t know how to process before without looking like crap.

The newest thing I am learning now is using a Wacom Tablet. I have had it but I never really used it. I would use my mouse for the masking and dodge/burn work I did. I am finding I have far more control when I use the pen and tablet. This is allowing me to create stronger images but it slows me down as I learn to control the pen within Photoshop.

Enjoy!

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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

 

Night Over San Antonio

Now that my editing technique has changed there are images that I can edit now that I wasn’t able to do before without causing massive issues with the final file. So with the use of Photoshop and went back and looked at some images and figured why not give it a try and see what the result can be.

This was shot off my balcony in my hotel and I just like the sky contrasting with the buildings.

Enjoy.

Night Over San Antonio

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

 

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

Sun Set Over San Antonio

This is the same view as yesterday’s post just show with a wider lens. I also went with less orange and more blue. It is after all my world and I can make it look however. I don’t think I have the image exactly where I want it but its close enough and I’m tired so when you get that way its better to walk away instead of frustrating yourself repeatedly.

Enjoy.

Sun Set Over San Antonio

Buildings On The River

I could not come up with a spiffy title so bland and ordinary will have to do.

When I took this photo I was comfortably lost in San Antonio. I really had no idea where I was but wasn’t that worried because my hotel was right on the River Walk so provided I always had the River Walk I could get back to the hotel. So it wasn’t that big of a concern. I just knew that I had to take the picture when the opportunity presented itself. Pleased with the result overall and I’m finding myself getting faster at processing them.

Enjoy.

River Building

Bexar County Courthouse

As the title indicates this is the Bexar County Courthouse located in downtown San Antonio, Texas. According to the river boat cruise I took its one of America’s oldest active courthouses. Since I have done no historical research I’ll take it as fact.

Now, on to the photo. Yep, back to HDR world again. I know I could have corrected the image to make the building proportional but it made it boring. I liked how it curves up to meet the sky and its my world so why not leave it as is. There were lots of layers and cursing while I did this one because oh yeah, Photoshop will crash if you have a layer mask on while you open up a third party tool. So remember to merge down or enjoy losing all your work.

Enjoy.

Bexar County Courthouse