Just shooting random pics while waiting for everyone to finish there shopping and misc. breaks. This is a single shot HDR’d in Lightroom. The exposure was .6 seconds at f8 ISO 200 hand held.
Last week I spent some time in a part of the country I’ve never been to. Little Rock Arkansas is an interesting little town. I was there for a class and the requirements were such that I didn’t get a lot of time for getting exploring or taking pictures. I did manage to get out for an hour or so a couple of evenings. I’ll share what I captured here over the next couple of days. I walked right past the Clinton Presidential Library and didn’t get one picture. I scouted pictures but never got back to take any. I did get pictures of and from the Presidential Bridge. The bridge is an old rail road bridge that crosses the Arkansas River and has been fixed up and made into a nice pedestrian bridge. I’ll share those first.
No I haven’t been to Colorado lately, but I was going through my photos and discovered some I’d never done anything with. This one for instant Taken in July of 2010. I was working on the Grand Junction VA and went up to the Colorado National Monument in the evening several times to take pictures. I know I’ve share others, but not this one. This is a panorama made up of 2-5 shot HDR photos.
This is an old LDS Church located I think in Layton just east of the Freeport Center. I’ve been aware of it for some time and for some reason always putting off taking any photos of it. Well at long last… The moon was up this morning, but by the time I got there it was gone, dang. The point of this little shoot is that the photos I take are a point in time and I believe in this case especially this building would have quite a story to tell. A collection of photo taken of this building over it’s history would be very interesting. By the way these are my first HDRs with my new set up. The HDR is processed in the camera. I’m not real sure if I like this because I like doing the process my self. There’s still a bit of post processing done to these photos.
I was watching a YouTube video about Photoshop and got inspired to try something a little different. Basically I duplicated my base layer and turned it into a line drawing then blended to the two layers. I use a Topaz plugin and here’s a link to the video that inspired me.
So…It occurred to me while I was taking time to process my photos that it would be fun to do the Fall Color Safari with a bunch of people. My wife and I have done it for three years and after tromping around the mountain we have a nice little dinner at some place in the area. It’s really been fun. If your interested in going with us next year post a reply here and let’s see what we can put together. Up until now we’ve done the safari on Columbus Day. This year that Columbus day seemed a little late, but it’s always been pretty close for good fall (especially aspen) color. The red from the oak brush is pretty much gone, but there still a little. We can play that by ear as next October rolls around.
So this years safari ended up with about 15 panoramas all HDR and all in the same area. I don’t know if I’ll post all of them, but here’s a sampling. This year instead of driving until I found something interesting I parked the car and hiked around the area. This was a new area to me. My son and I road our bike through here several times this summer and I decided it would be good for fall color. This is on old snow basin road at the trail head where the road is closed.
Here’s an HDR panorama of Red Rocks Lake in the Red Rocks Lake Refuge. All the years I’ve been going to Island Park I’ve never been to this area. It’s a fairly long drive on dirt roads and was worth the drive. We went out to the refuge late in the day so we really didn’t see much of it. It was pretty impressive to read the road sign that told us that it was rough roads and no gas for the next 65 miles. I tried to take a 180 degree pan of the lake, but only about 100 degrees of it turned out – so here it is. This is 25 exposures turned into 5 HDR photos that I then stitched together.