I'm a young aspiring photographer that has a sweet tooth for HDR photography.

Posts tagged “downtown

Down the Alley

So this is my first image to use textures with.  I’m not a huge fan of textures but people such as Heath O’Fee and Chris Kenison are starting to convince me otherwise.  They have done some pretty nice stuff with texture, so go check them out!  When textures are done right (this image is a bad example) they can be pretty cool I must say.  This being my first, I was pretty timid with the textures.  I really just wanted to add a little more to the concrete and even less to the brick walls.  I don’t think it turned out too bad, but I’m not sure.  Give me your thoughts.  What do you use for textures?



Steel City


It’s time to go back to Chicago!  I caught this point of view as we walked by the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.  I had fun wandering around this highly photographed piece of architecture along with the bean to try to find interesting angles to shoot them from.  A lot didn’t turn out that well, but hey, that’s the fun and of photography.  With more practice I will be able to see these angles better.  Luckily for me I’m only a few hours from Chi-town.  I’ll give it another shot next time, hopefully with better light!


King of the Bean



A few weekends ago I visited downtown Chicago with the family.  Of course we had to do the touristy thing and visit “The Bean”.  I know there are thousands of awesome photos of the landmark but I had to capture my very own shots.  The last time I visited this space, I had no idea what HDR was.  I believe that trip was one of my first with a Digital SLR.  Back then I wasn’t happy with my photography because the photos weren’t turning out the way I was seeing the environment.  It was later, just before I left for Germany this past summer that I ran across Trey Ratcliff’s photo blog.  This changed the way I view the world of photography forever.



Preparing for Departure


Here is another image from my unexpected Kansas City trip.   I spent a lot of time yesterday learning how to use onOne Software’s Mask Pro to get this image just right.  It was a lot of fun.  By the time I was done with this image I kinda had that “runner’s high”.  I wanted to just keep editing photos.  What an awesome feeling it was!

This photo was taken downtown Kansas City behind the Jack Stack restaurant I mentioned earlier.  This train was preparing to leave to its unknown destination.  Hopefully that guy in the front of the train didn’t fall asleep!