San Francisco, CA – City Hall (HDR)

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While in SF I wanted to grab a photo exterior photos of the City Hall. While waiting for the sun to set I took a stroll inside to check out its interior. Wow! Very nice for HDR’ing! They were prepping for a big party and had it all lit up and set for a wonderful evening for a lucky group of people!

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Yorba Linda, CA – High School Football

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I am photographing the Yorba Linda High School Football team this season when I can and the first game was last nite vs. El Modena. Yorba Linda won 21-7! Nice way to start the season. Congrats Mustangs!! Before the game I took this shot as the sun was lighting up the field. College Football started last nite and the NFL this next week…great for us football fans!! Are you ready for some football?

HDR-U (HDR- Update) – Prague, Czech Republic

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I searched through some old processed HDR’s and found this one of the Prague Castle Church (St. Vitus). I took this photo back in 2009 and posted it shortly after my visit. I took the same 5 brackets and re-processed them this past evening using current technology and software…and went through my standard methods for current HDR’s. A very different photo!!!

Some major differences:
1) 2009 HDR – processed with Photomatix
2) 2013 HDR – processed with HDR Efex Pro
3) Distortion from wide angle lens fixed for 2013 HDR
4) different std processing methods…sharpening, levels, contrast, etc..

Amazing to see! To me the biggest change is using HDR Efex Pro. I prefer it over Photomatix. Both software has a particular look. I have made comments in the past…HDR Efex is in my opinion a sharper cleaner HDR processing program. But as always, whatever you prefer is ok!

If you are a photographer…many times we look back at our older work and chuckle about it. Since that time we have gained experience and use new software. What we thought was a great picture now in our own eyes is just acceptable. If you have been producing HDR’s for years….give HDR-U a try!!! You may be amazed!

Austin, Texas – MetroRail (HDR)

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While back in Austin for a few days recently…we were staying at the Hilton downtown. I could look out my room window and see the station right next to the hotel. I was up early this day taking shots all around and on my walk back the Metro was just pulling up. I waited for the passengers to board and took this shot with the Frost Bank Tower in the background. I have never taken the Metro. It was on my things to do list during the trip, but just didn’t have time. I will take a ride…one day! Enjoy!

Austin, Texas – Skyline (Infrared-HDR)

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We just took a quick vacation back to Austin to see some friends. I had a little time to photograph around town and attempted to get some shots I had always wanted and also tried to find some new ones as well! I am not sure I have seen this skyline shot of Austin before? I was cruising around one early AM and saw it…had to pull over, park and this what I planned to do with this photo in IR add in a border. Cool and different! Hope you enjoy!

Salisbury, England – Stonehenge (HDR)

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I will admit to being a big fan of the show Ancient Aliens. How these ancient cultures built these amazing structures years ago…make me wonder. Stonehenge was on my bucket list and I had to visit it. After seeing it…nothing special. I imagine years ago it was cool to visit when you could walk amongst the rocks. Now they have it roped off and you walk around in a circle to view the structure. Not much excitement. Maybe the Flintstones built it?

This B&W is thanks to my new fav B&W conversion tool…Perfect B&W by onOne Software. NIK has faded away! Download a trail if you want to try it…it is awesome!!!