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Black and White Photography HDR Photography Landscape Photography

Washed Ashore

Taken on the same beach as yesterday’s picture. I just liked how the tree has been washed ashore (I assume) with the mangrove above it and the gulf just blowing in. The bridge in the back in the Sanibel Causeway.

The image felt monochrome to me and I wanted it all about the tree which really pops when converted and you can see the textures in it. Plus its the most contrasty thing in the image so your eye is drawn to it.

Enjoy.

Washed Ashore

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HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Washed Out On The Gulf

This (I believe) was shot in the Gulf of Mexico while I was in Florida. The distant shoreline is Fort Myers Beach and I was on Sanibel Island. The surf was pretty rough that day as I had set my tripod up in it to get several shots. I just liked how the mangrove (I think) is creeping into the water.

I didn’t put a lot of contrast into this image. I liked the washed out feeling. The most color is the mangrove. The grey sky with the clouds rolling in just seemed to say less color is better. Then you got the seagull diving into the frame and it makes it seem like a dreary scene. Reality was behind the tree was a family and there were people all around me. Sure the sky was slightly grey at the moment it was sky blue in about 5 minutes and I got burnt in the sun.

For inquiring minds, yes its HDR.

Enjoy.

Washed Out On The Gulf

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HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

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

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HDR Photography Landscape Photography Landscapes Travel Photography

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

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Architectural Photography HDR Photography Landscape Photography

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

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Architectural Photography Night Photography Travel Photography

Shining Over The Lone Star State

Shot this off my balcony in San Antonio when I set up the tripod to do some long exposure shots. Just really like how the building is lit but the rest is black. I didn’t do that on purpose, it was the way the camera metered but I really liked the effect.

Enjoy.

Shining Over The Lone Star State
Shining Over The Lone Star State
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Black and White Photography Landscape Photography

Pushing Back

Just a quickie post from Costa Rica. I am here remembering a friend who has gone before us. So editing images isn’t a priority. Still, I like images like this as it as it┬áreminds me why I travel as much as I do to meet people that enrich your life.

Enjoy.

Pushing Back

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Night Photography Travel Photography

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

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HDR Photography Landscape Photography Landscapes Travel Photography

Purple Haze

Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky

I like the thank Jimi Hendrix for the title and lyrics. Seemed appropriate considering how purple the image is. The rest speaks for itself.

Purple Haze

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HDR Photography Landscape Photography Landscapes Travel Photography

Ball Of Fire In The Sky

When I used to play video games we used to joke about the ball of fire in the sky. Something most video gamers fear as we would never see it. This image just reminded me of it hence the name.

It’s funny that while I was watching the HDR videos one of the things that kept cropping up was being able to get multiple images out of similar shots. It just comes down to light and angle. It turned out to be true because I have already showed similar images to this but because of camera placement and the light changing they are all unique.

One of the things that bothered me about this image was the lens flare and I debated on fixing it. Then I went screw it. It’s going to take me hours to get it right versus something that doesn’t detract from it and gives the image some realism because if you were looking at it with sunglasses on you would get flare (true because I had mine on).

The other issue with the image was I wanted the texture of the path to be more prominent then it was. So I just did two versions of the image, one with a sky I liked and one with the sidewalk I liked and with the magic of Photoshop I got what I wanted.

So give a little on one thing and take a little on another thing and you get an image that you can live with.

Enjoy.

Ball Of Fire In The Sky