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Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
Location: Downtown Austin TX
Date: Feb 3, 2008
Aperture: F11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500 s
Galleries: Architecture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2008

Viewed: 338
Comments: 17
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This was taken on the same day as the Previous B&W but it took me a week to figure out how I wanted to process it. The original photo had the sky blown out and some harsh bright areas in the lake. Fortunately I had taken a picture of just the sky that day and I used a section of that to fill in the blown out area and then mirrored that lightly in the water.

Convert from RAW
CS2
Neat Image
Levels
Hue/Sat do Desat photo
Back to levels to adjust color levels
Create mask for upper right corner
Paste in Coluds
Same thing for water area
Crop most of that out.
Dodge and burn and area levels adjustments

I know it sounds like a lot but many of these steps were a first for me, so it could probably be done more efficiently. Next time I am going to take several exposure bracketed shots and try HDR merge.

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03/14/2008 01:37:39 AM
You really did do a good job converting this to B&W. I agree with Melethia, it does seem like it may not be straight. I like the angle of this shot.
03/02/2008 10:36:20 AM
Am thinking the original might be quite bland? your post processing however have made this a really strong image - excellent work Ron :)
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03/02/2008 12:02:50 AM
You've really turned this old besmirched support structure into a work of art. Sweet detail of the little Xmas(?) lights and the little tree.
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02/28/2008 11:00:38 AM
Fabulous - strong composition. Very dynamic lines. Love it.
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02/24/2008 10:51:50 PM
super. strong image.
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02/24/2008 10:44:12 PM
I like the angle you shot at. really neat perspective.
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02/24/2008 04:35:05 PM
First the sky looks prety natural here so you've done good work and there's some nice tones in the bridge. Also,you can always use hdr from one raw, just export it in 7 steps with exposure from -3 to 3 and load it in photomatix. That's what I've done with almost every hdr I've made. You will almost always find some extra detail in that.

Message edited by author 2008-02-24 16:35:22.
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02/24/2008 10:36:48 AM
Very nice, great angle. The repeating lines are awesome for this.
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02/24/2008 12:36:23 AM
Great grungy texture on the old bridge and a nice repeating pattern leading the eye through the frame. Nice job!
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02/23/2008 01:03:04 AM
What a stunning bridge! We really need to have another Austing GTG. Jutilda and I have been trying to find a good weekend to get together again. I love coming to Austin to take pictures. There's so many good subjects. I've never seen the bats, but I for SURE will make that a must when its summer. About when would be the best time to go? Are there tons of people always there taking pictures or watching?

Great photo here!

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02/21/2008 06:22:22 PM
I like the processing on this one. You have really brought out the details of the aging of the bridge.
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02/21/2008 08:58:47 AM
Ron this is gorgeous! It has such beautiful drama to it. I have to see if I can figure out your editing steps!
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02/21/2008 06:12:37 AM
Cement/steel contrast is subtle in b&w & from the viewing distance - but each show their own distinct, beautifully lighted texture. Repeating, arched, cantilevers on the supports, receding to vanish point, modestly compressed by your 105 are made to interesting shapes. Deep dof has all the details. A noticeable tilt as mentioned. HDR, I doubt would improve this edit of tonal range. Edgy, crispy, sharpen, maybe too sharp. Good workmanship and interesting subject.
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02/21/2008 04:34:04 AM
excellent detail - the light and shadows make it easy fro my eye to wander back and forth across the bridge.
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02/21/2008 03:56:38 AM
Wonderful detail and tones in the bridge! Nice use of the "added sky", too - you did a good job with the masking and pasting and stuff (which I have yet to learn). It does seem a bit tilted. In CS3 (and I suspect CS2 if I remember correctly) go to the eyedropper tool, right click, and choose the little ruler. Use the horizontal lines on the pillars as a point to "measure" with your ruler - one side of the line to the other. Go to "Rotate" and choose "Arbitrary" and it'll tell you what angle and direction it will rotate to make your line horizontal. Say OK. Then see if you like it or not, and rotate back or more as needed.
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02/21/2008 12:41:51 AM
I like everything you've done with this photo. The added sky works well, and the tonal range throughout is excellent. If I were to add any criticism, it would be that it looks slightly tilted (CCW).
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02/20/2008 08:56:14 PM
Amazing contrast and dynamic range, almost looks tonemapped. Very good work.

Message edited by author 2008-02-20 20:56:23.
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