Another view of the Third Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis. After snow, ice and now subzero temperatures I’m not sure I’ll be back to this spot for awhile. Getting down the river bank isn’t too difficult but with loose gravel, snow and ice it might get tricky trying to get back up.
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Next up will likely be the new Hastings bridge on highway 61.
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A view of the Lowry Avenue Bridge with the Mississippi River frozen. There still a lot of open water along the river but that will change quickly this week as we’ll sustained temps at or below zero. Glad I got these when it was much more mild and before the snow covered up all that reflective ice.
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Another view of the Third Avenue Bridge. Really love this vantage point with the wide angle lens.
This is two HDR images merged together. One was processed for the sky and the other for the bridge and ice in the foreground.
See more of the Third Avenue Bridge in the gallery.
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I’ve been working on my panoramas lately. I had a request from a company for a panorama or a hi res photo for a project. Hopefully things workout for the project. I hadn’t had much success in the past for whatever reason but I like what I was able to achieve.
Check the gallery for more panos and I will add more in the future.
I’m using a basic Manfrotto tripod head for these shots. Nothing fancy at all and Photoshop does a great job of lining up everything in most situations. I was also happy with how it handled moving objects in some of them. I don’t know if that was good fortune or PS just does a good job of it.
I made an overnight visit to Winona along the river bluffs in southeastern Minnesota. Winona is known for their stained glass studios and have some wonderful churches. This is the Basilica of St. Stanilaus Kostka which is the 2nd basilica in Minnesota and the 43rd in the United States.
It also has a great ceiling which is one of my favorite aspects to photograph in a church. This one had it all; great ceiling, great altar and beautiful stained glass.
See the gallery here.
Here’s another infrared shot from the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. This was taken in late summer but it looks like autumn. The infrared filter allows a little bit of light which allows for the leaves to be yellow or orange. I’m still just learning how to use infrared but it’s fun with such an open slate.
See my infrared gallery that I hope to continue expanding.
Had a chance to get back to Canal Park in Duluth, MN. This was my favorite place to go when I was growing up. Watching the big ships go under the lift bridge was always mesmerizing and pretty much still is.
In this second one I used some Glamour Glow in Nik Color Efex Pro to give a bit more warmth to the sunrise and obviously make it glow a bit more. If you have any noise in the sky this also blends it out which can be helpful for those noisy HDR skys.
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You know a hill is steep after walking down to the bottom your legs hurt from bracing against gravity! Yes it’s a steep walk down the hill to this beautiful waterfall in Hudson, WI. Even better was it being almost pitch black as only a sliver of light was on the horizon. All part of the adventure though and well worth it. The fog finally rolled in and then I made the equally steep trek up the hill
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Well it’s been awhile since I posted. I’m going to get back to posting more frequently. Also instead of just focusing on HDR imagery I’m going to open it up to most of my photography. The reality is HDR techniques and tools are blending into other areas of photography. I have very few images that don’t have some local contrast enhancement which is a hallmark of HDR processing. I also have images that many wouldn’t consider to be HDR because they are processed with minimal tone mapping.
With that said let’s take a look at some infrared images. The first one is a shot of Lakewood Memorial Chapel in Lakewood Cemetery. A very prestigious cemetery if there is such a thing.
I’m using a converted NEX-5 with a 590nm “goldie” filter. In this one I desaturated the trees to give it that frost look. The goldie filter also produces brilliant yellow/gold leaves. Along with the IR processing I also ran it through Topaz Clarity to give the clouds some pop.
This last one is from Hot Sam’s antiques. A very fun and popular location for photographers. They have all sorts of scenes, antiques and fun stuff to photograph.
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This is two HDR images combined in Photoshop. One image was for the sun and sky and the other was for the foreground. For the foreground I put my fingers in front of the sun to reduce lens flare and increase contrast. Then blend them with layer masks in Photoshop. I finished with some glamour glow in Nik Color Efex Pro 4.