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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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Austin night at 6th

Canon 50D with 10-22mm lens at f9. ISO 400 and a 2.5 sec shutter. Single RAW edited in Lightroom. 1920x1080

Canon 50D with 10-22mm lens at f9. ISO 400 and a 2.5 sec shutter. Single RAW edited in Lightroom.
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Ilford 3200 ASA Film Samples

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin

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3200 ASA Ilford Film

SOCO Stars 1920×1080

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin skeleton

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin

1920×1080 Smile! even if you don’t want to

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin

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Anthony Marino Pentax Ilford 3200 asa 50mm

Disney World

teppan edo

Magic Kingdom Fireworks castle

dumbo ride

Epcot night

Gift shop reflection

pirates of the caribbean

Disney monorail

Epcot Fireworks show

Epcot Fireworks

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

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