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

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

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

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

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

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

Gone Fishing

This is a shot from underneath the causeway that connects Sanibel Island to the mainland. It was a hot fishing location as it turned out. I was there to get some shots but saw this guy who apparently didn’t mind some stranger coming up and setting up a tripod and firing off a bunch of shots. While we had no verbal communications I’m pretty sure he posed as he kept changing his stance as I was line up shots. I was fine with it as he added to the shot instead of taking away from

Enjoy.

Gone Fishing

Down The Fishing Pier

The image I attempted for Friday finally got down after a few hours of editing and more layer masks then I ever thought was possible. A plethora of third party tools were also used to get this image to where it is. Not 100% happy but never am. There are some issues with it but I’ll leave it up to others to find them.

The sun was setting to my left and I really wanted that reflected in the water and keeping the darker, blue sky to my right but still bringing in the sky colors to get it something interesting tones. The people you see in the far left are not fishing, they were an engagement shoot for a couple and a photographer and his assistant. The lady in the green dress was in my frame for some shots but I didn’t like her walking down the pier as it drew the attention away from the entire package so I used the images where she was with the group.

Hope you enjoy.

Down The Fishing Pier