Father’s Day 2010

Had a great Father’s Day this year!  We spent Saturday night at our friend’s house in Fredericksburg and I woke up to a fresh cup of coffee and the sunrise in the image below (9-exposure HDR).  It was such a cool morning (by Texas summer standards) so I just wandered around a bit and watched the cows graze.

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Father's Day Sunrise in Fredericksburg, TX

We have so much fun with our friends and Sunday morning was no different as we enjoyed breakfast together and got ready for church.  After church we headed home to meet our oldest (married) daughter and have a meal — of my choosing of course — together.  The family got me something around 700 shirts which my son said was their way of telling me that they didn’t like my current wardrobe.

Speaking of being a father, we celebrated the birthday of one of our younger sons this past week.  Whenever we celebrate our children’s birthdays I’m reminded of how old *I’m* getting.

Our son has become fascinated with cowboys of late (he wanted to invite Roy Rogers to his birthday) so we got him a cowboy hat and used matches for candles on the cake (seemed more like what cowboys would do).  He loved it — “Mom, this is the BEST cowboy cake EVER!”.  Here’s a shot of him getting ready to blow out his “candles”.

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Cowboy Birthday (HDR from a single exposure)

I don’t normally process single exposures (especially of people) as HDRs but I was inspired by Jayme Rutherford’s single-exposure turtle shot which you can view here.  I decided that the cowboy theme lent itself well to the gritty texture that tonemapping an image brings about.

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2 responses

  1. Great sunrise shot and great one of your son too! Well done.
    p.s. The cake looks good.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:34 am

  2. Michael, the sunrise shot is incredible. Composition and processing are spot on. The color and overall feel of the photo is very peaceful. The shot of your son is even better! You really captured something here. I have a feeling this photo will be something cherished for years to come.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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