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Waxing Crescent Moon

Waxing Crescent Moon 7-3-2014 Austin, TX 1920x1280

Waxing Crescent Moon 7-3-2014 Austin, TX. Taken hand held on a Canon 6D with a 70-200 f/4 is at 200mm, 1/200 shutter, iso 320 and f/4 1920×1280

New Year’s

Sparklers taken with a long exposure. Canon 6D with 17-40 f/4 lens. Taken at 17mm,  ISO 100, f/8 for 15sec. RAW edited in LR.

Sparklers taken with a long exposure. Canon 6D with 17-40 f/4 lens. Taken at 17mm, ISO 100, f/8 for 15sec. RAW edited in LR.

Canon 6D with 17-40 f/4 lens. Taken at 31mm, f/4, ISO 6400 and shutter 1/80. RAW edited in LR

Canon 6D with 17-40 f/4 lens. Taken at 31mm, f/4, ISO 6400 and shutter 1/80. RAW edited in LR

Canon 6D with 17-40 f/4 lens. Taken at 31mm, f/4, ISO 6400 and shutter 1/80. RAW edited in LR

Canon 6D with 17-40 f/4 lens. Taken at 31mm, f/4, ISO 6400 and shutter 1/80. RAW edited in LR

Canon 6D with 17-40 f/4 lens. Taken at 31mm, f/4, ISO 6400 and shutter 1/80. RAW edited in LR

Canon 6D with 17-40 f/4 lens. Taken at 31mm, f/4, ISO 6400 and shutter 1/80. RAW edited in LR

Thirst Tree Austin

HDR of the Thirst Tree here in Austin, Texas. Taken using a Canon 6D with the 17-40mm f4 lens at 17mm. Camera was Tripod mounted, set to Aperture Priority using ISO 400 and f4.5. Why f4.5? I intended f4 but didn’t notice till I got home. I must have accidentally bumped it to f4.5. The HDR was built in Photomatix 4 and further edited with Photoshop.

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Long Exposure Photography

Here’s a new one from the median facing south on Hwy 360 at the Bridge. RAW, taken with a Canon 50D using the Canon 10-22 lens at 10mm. Time 10sec, ISO 200 aperture 3.5 and exposure +2 ev. post editing done with Aperture 3.

time exposure photography of austin 360 bridge

Time Exposure Photography of Austin 360 Bridge (1920x1080)

Black and White taken from the same spot but using 22mm of the same lens. ISO was still at 200 and time was also at 10sec but the aperture was at f/10. 0 ev
I’ve also included the 360 B&W.AdjustmentPresets for this one.

time lapse photography of austin 360 bridge B&W

Time Exposure Photography of Austin 360 Bridge B&W (1920x1080)

Favorite type of Photography

At this point I think it’s safe to say that my favorite type of Photography is taken at night and sunset. Colors and textures just seem to come alive at this time. The camera Im using is a Canon EOS 40d. The lenses include a Canon 28-135 UMS, 10-22 UMS and a 50mm f1/8 prime. Photoshop and iPhoto are what Im using to do my post work. iPhoto is more for the quick edits and casual .jpg shooting. If you have any questions please fill free to contact me.

Austin Texas Congress Ave Night.

Austin Texas Congress Ave Night. This is layered picture taken from first street bridge. The black and white part of the photo was a 20 sec exposure taken at night. The sunset part of the picture was actually taken facing the opposite direction from the Congress Ave bridge, the bridge you see in the background.

Austin Downtown clock

Austin Downtown clock. The Face of the Clock was layered in from an under exposed shot. I could have done an HDR image of this picture but only wanted Clock face exposed less changed.

Kemah boardwalk Carnival HDR

This is an HDR image of the Kemah Boardwalk just south of Houston Tx.

Kemah Boardwalk Police Car

Kemah Boardwalk Police Car

You can find a high resolution version of the Kemah Boardwalk picture on my Desktop Wallpaper post.

Night Photography

As you enter into the world of Photography, one of the first tricks you may want to learn is how to take long exposure night time photos. For great looking shots with little fuss or equipment, you’ll just need a tripod and a camera with shutter speed control. A basic tripod you can fetch for around $30 and a basic point and shoot the that gives you at least shutter speed control will be around $200. If it’s in your budget step up to a D-SLR. The concept behind great looking night shots is simple. Making sure your camera lets enough light in and keeping your camera as still as possible. Keeping your camera sill is easy, the tripod will take care of that. On your camera you will want set it to what’s called shutter priority mode or time value mode. This is usually marked on the top of the camera by an (S) or (Tv).

“Tv” is found on Canon camera and means the same thing. Canon just calls it “Time Value” . This may sound somewhat complicated if you’re new to this kind of stuff but don’t worry. (S) and (Tv) are much like the auto mode on your camera with one difference: you control the shutter and the camera does everything else. After you place your camera in shutter priority mode you may have something like a number fraction 1/60 or just the number 60. Both are indicating the same thing. In this case the shutter will be open only one-sixtieth of a second. That’s too quick for most night time shots, so adjust the setting to something like 1/4 , 2 seconds or even 10 seconds.

One more thing, if your camera/lens has image stabilization (IS) make sure it’s turned off. Believe it or not, if the camera’s IS is on and perfectly still sitting on its tripod, the stabilizers may actually introduce blur by correcting for movement not there. In order to keep this simple, I don’t recommend using Manual mode just yet for this type of photography. As you get the hang of it, you will want to venture into manual shooting, mainly for controlling aperture in tandem with shutter speed control as well as other adjustments like ISO. I can’t encourage you enough to do this with a D-SLR camera. Yes, there are point and shoot cameras on the market that can do this to some degree. However, you will get much better results and lot more control with a D-SLR. With that said, go out and give it a try. Experiment with different shutter speeds and have fun.

Night Shot of UT Tower Austin Texas

Night Shot of UT Tower Austin Texas