The evening darkens over, After a day so bright

Another from the same night as the last. On my way home the sunset proceeded to get better and better so I had to stop and take another photo or two. I new I wanted to incorporate some light trails from the occasional passing vehicle so I pulled over and set up my camera. For this kind of shot, hand held just wouldn't do, also it had gotten pretty dark by now as the end of twilight was fast approaching. Remember I had forgotten my tripod attachment so I placed my camera on my trunk and rummaged around for something to prop the lens up s bit, if I remember correctly, I used the wadded up strap of my camera bag. I took several of the usual 7 bracketed shots from +3 to -3 while there where no passing cars and then I focused on the light trails and shot some single long exposures as the they passed by. In the end, this shot was made up of an HDR from the 7 (in Photomatix) which I transferred over to Photoshop and layered(in "Lighten" mode to isolate the light) in just the light of two of the long exposures(one for the headlight and one for the tail light.) I took the HDR shot with no light trails because I hate how it looks in HDR. The added non-HDR light trails look nice and clean.

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An FM Sunset Panorama

I did decide to take this photo with its subject being the old shack but I think I have to give a good portion of the credit of this shot to the amazing sunset. I had gone out to Brazos Bend State Park with the intention of snapping some shot of the sunset out there but the gate attendants had left for the day and it was cash entry from there on. I never have cash on me so I headed back home disheartened. But I decided to stop at this shack on the side of the road that I had shot the last time I was here. I had brought my tripod as anyone would for low light conditions but I forgot that I had removed the camera attachment, so my tripod was useless. One thing after another that night. But I don't give up easily, I just cranked the ISO up to around 400 and shot these hand held. My 5DMIII does better than most at high ISO and 500 is no issue.

This pano took me roughly three hours of post processing before it was to my liking. This is roughly 7 portrait oriented shots that are only about half HDR. I initially processed them in Photomatix then stitched them in Photoshop but I was far from happy with the result. I loved the sky but I disliked the grass and foreground as just as much. So I took the individual HDR frames and layered(in Photoshop) in some SOOC frames that had only minor Lightroom edits to them. 

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Waiting on the window-pane

Another from an outing with the local photography group I participate in. This is a window in the upstairs office of the Cole theater, with fresh water streaks from the incredible downpour that came just before we entered. The Cole theater was named the Liberty when it was built, in Rosenberg, Texas. It is reportedly haunted according to the owner who is currently renovating it, and we were invited to come photograph it and maybe catch a glimpse of some haunting. I love a good ghost story as much as the next guy but I have very little faith in the possibility of ghosts. Regardless we had a good time in this old creepy theater. 

This is one of those where less is more. It's a single exposure, no HDR/bracketing here. I made only some minor edits in Lightroom on this one, played with the white balance, boosted the vibrancy, detail, contrast, and made some localized boosting of color saturation and more detail. Although come to think of it, I may have added some Nik Color Efex filters in Photoshop also, I do love that Color Efex plugin for PS. I tend to forget all the things I do to my photos, as I rarely have a editing plan to begin with. I often just start some where and go from there.

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