Austin Skyline, Lady Bird Lake

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Under the First Street Bridge, Austin, TX 15mm, f/11, (7 exposures), ISO 100

Sunday night I enjoyed an evening photowalk with Todd Landry and several of the local “HDR Mafia” in Austin (Atmtx, Dave Wilson, Jim Nix, and Pete Talke) .  I played around with some framing under the First Street Bridge and liked the sideways ‘V’ formed by the shadows under the bridge and on the water. I shot lots of brackets for this but I only used enough to give a hint of light under the bridge.  I started down the path of masking in some of a lighter exposure but in the end preferred the deep shadow and how it draws more attention to the skyline and its reflection.

I tonemapped 7 exposures in Photomatix and blended pieces of the original exposures back in.  This was followed by a few curves adjustments masked in here and there, selective sharpening, and noise reduction in much of the image.  I had some chromatic aberration issues which I couldn’t get to go away via Lightroom adjustments so I used a trick I learned a while back: duplicate the final background layer, do a gaussian blur of 10-15 pixels, change the blend mode to ‘color’, and selectively mask into the problem areas.  Works great for the most part but can cause a little of that blur to show sometimes.

We walked over to the SRV statue on Auditorium Shores to take some panoramas of the Austin skyline just after sunset.  I got some cool shots but am frankly unable to get a stitch with a decent perspective (so far).  I’ll keep working on that.  Meanwhile, I decided to post a couple shots I took while the guys were shooting the skyline.  Both were taken with my 50mm f/1.4 lens but I experimented a bit. One image used f/1.4 in order to get extreme bokeh while the other used f/8 to tone the bokeh down and show the skyline better.

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Todd Landry Against Skyline Bokeh, Austin, TX 50mm, f/1.4, 1/45s, ISO 1600

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Skyline Silhouettes (Atmtx and Todd Landry), Austin, TX 50mm, f/8, 1/4s, ISO 400

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7 responses

  1. A J

    What a capture. I love austin. My blog is full of Austin pics!!

    August 10, 2011 at 12:20 am

  2. looks great Mike! well played my friend!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:53 am

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  4. Nice work Mike. I like the the darkness under the bridge.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

  5. Sweet. Thank you. Beautifully processed. The middle photo has a nice dreamy quality with the bokeh.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

  6. Wow, great reflections and a great POV. The silhouette shot is nicely captured too!

    August 17, 2011 at 6:50 am

    • Thanks, Marc! We had a lot of fun shooting together and it’s a bonus to get a few decent shots out of the deal.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

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