Generator Room, Holly Street Power Plant

 

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Generator Room, Holly Street Power Plant

 

 

Thought I’d post another image from the photog excursion to the Holly Street Power Plant.  We had a great time and processing the images helps to re-live the experience somewhat.  I also want to get through some of these images and pass them on to the folks at Austin Energy in a timely manner.  Today we — a group of Austin photogs who somehow ended up being called the HDR Mafia — had a group lunch at Chuy’s.  Every month or two we get together and talk photo stuff.  It’s great to hear about what others are experimenting with, what they’re doing business-wise, etc.  Not everyone uses HDR extensively but we all dabble in it at least.

The image at the top is a 6-exposure HDR which was taken in the generator room.  Processing consisted of tonemapping in Photomatix, masking in pieces of various original exposures, masking parts of two layers processed with different settings in Topaz Adjust, then playing with a couple of curves layers and masking them in appropriately.  I didn’t notice the blue glow until I got the exposures home…not sure where that came from.  It adds a bit of mystery.

The image below is a 4-exposure HDR of a random beam with huge cables attached.  This was also in the generator room.  Countless items like this were available to shoot.  I processed this image in a more straightforward-ish manner.  I tonemapped in Photomatix, added curves adjustment layers to portions of the frame, and blended in a layer processed in Topaz Adjust (but I used a much more subtle preset than I did with the top image).  I’m really not stuck on one way to process or one final outcome with these HDR images.  It’s not like a wedding shoot where one needs to pay great attention to color matching sets of images and such.  I consider each of these HDRs to be its own thing and play each by ear as I process.  The outcome is greatly influenced by what I’m in the mood for at the moment.

 

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Beam and Cable, Holly Street Power Plant

 

 

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4 responses

  1. You got some excellent detail. The colors and textures look wonderful. Emphasized but not overdone.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

  2. The blue glow is from the radioactive material they misplaced and hoped you would find using HDR. Thanks for helping out. 😉

    Great images by the way. The details in the top image are amazing. The machines–with all of their pipes, springs, bolts, and rust–look very strange in the age of iPhones. Definitely not something you see everyday.

    Steve

    March 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    • I laughed out loud when I read that…

      I was looking at your pics last night and was impressed. You’ve done a ton of stuff and have done it well.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  3. Thanks Michael. You’re work is impressive as well!

    March 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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