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Archive 2013 · Austin Skyline
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Austin Skyline

Beginner here just trying to figure it all out. Thoughts.

Apr 15, 2013 at 02:41 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Austin Skyline

One of the best locations to take photos of the downtown Austin skyline that I know of. The other excellent spot is on top of the man made hill by the Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue a little further down the town lake trail - try it out sometime. Particularly great at night!

Take the following as suggestions and not as a contempt-filled assault:
As far as post processing, I would suggest increasing the contrast on the first photo and potentially moving towards a slightly warmer temperature but that is more a style choice. Next time you are over there, bring a tripod along and try some long exposures at a narrow aperture (high f-stop or f/#) - that should smooth out the lakes surface a good bit. Something also looks really off about the trees - did you brighten up the shadows or use HDR software to make both of these photos?

Apr 16, 2013 at 05:24 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Austin Skyline

No HDR, but I did lighten the shadows. I think I even decreased contrast.

Sorry, here's the EXIF data
18mm 1/200 f/16 ISO 400 handheld

I tried to focus and meter about 1/3 of the way into the foreground, which of course was on the surface of the water. I'm thinking now that I would have been better off set on a tripod, longer exposure and lower ISO.

Would it have been better to focus on the trees on the far bank?

Thanks a bunch for critique. It's only way to learn.

Apr 16, 2013 at 02:52 PM

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