Sunset over the Historic Driskill Hotel
Image by Visualist Images
In the heart of the Austin Texas 6th Street music scene stands one of my favorite hotels in the world. In some ways it’s sort of a shame it’s in my home town because I have to come up with a pretty good excuse to spend the night there when I could just as easily be spending the night in my own bed. (Fortunately my wedding anniversary provides a great justification.) In any case they have a wonderful quiet bar that exudes all the class you would expect from an elegant old hotel. It provides a great reprise from the din of 6th street after a downtown photo session. (You can also see some interior photos from a previous post here.)
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The Skies over the Alamo
Image by Stuck in Customs
It’s hard to believe that the Alamo is just a bit over an hour from Austin. I think I’ve only driven down there three times since I have lived here, but it’s always a good time. On this particular day, the sun was setting and some rather moody Alamo-esque clouds were rolling in… just in time for the tripod!
from the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com
Heart of Satan – What it looks like when fireworks explode inside of a storm cloud over a river
Image by Stuck in Customs
If you want to see how I made this (and how you can too!), visit my HDR Tutorial. I hope it gives you some new tricks!
This is not like me! I normally never publish a second photo from a very similar location that is also close in subject matter to the first. This one is taken from the same vantage point as the other fireworks shot here in Austin. Ever since I took that first shot, I’ve returned to this location to see if something else amazing will happen.
On this particular night, there was one of those looming thunderstorms, when the clouds are alarmingly low to the ground and black/green in color. They launched the fireworks from the same spot as usual, but they would actually explode inside the cloud. The lower half would burst downward, carrying a trail of fire behind it. The scene reminded me of a giant electric jellyfish of sorts.
The main shot from which this was taken was shot at 17mm (although later cropped), f/5.3, ISO 100, and -1 EV. The exposure was 2 seconds.
This is from www.stuckincustoms.com – I have a tutorial people keep asking me about at stuckincustoms.com/?p=548
from my daily photo blog at www.stuckincustoms.com