A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity through the Trust for Public Land to go and photograph the Bellwood Quarry on the west side of Atlanta. The Bellwood Quarry is part of Westside Park, a new City of Atlanta park that will be 351 acres along with a 45 acre lake once the Quarry is filled up. This will be the biggest park in the city of Atlanta. The Quarry will also serve a drinking water reservoir for the city of Atlanta. Westside Park is part of the Atlanta Beltline Project.
The image below is available for purchase at www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com. 50% of the profits from sales of this photograph will be donated to the Trust for Public Land.
We were leaving Phipps Plaza on Friday night after stocking up on winter clothes at Belk and I got a couple of pictures of the skyline looking west over Lenox Road. There are a lot of great perspectives from Phipps Plaza of nearby Buckhead high rise buildings. Here is how they were shot:
Last night I headed over to the North Fulton Golf Course in Chastain Park to capture some pictures of the supermoon. This vantage point gave me a great look at the moon along with a view of the Buckhead skyline.
Over the past 6 weeks I have been taking a photography class at the Showcase School here in Atlanta. We had to choose a project for the class and I decided to document some of the bodies of water in and around Atlanta. A few examples that I photographed are the Chattahoochee River, Nancy Creek, Lake Clara Meer, the Pond in Atlantic Station, and the Chastain Park Pond. Here are some of the photographs from my project:
I have been taking the 103 class at Showcase here in Atlanta and as part of the class we had an ongoing project that was due at the end. My project was on the bodies of water in Atlanta. This was the final picture I took, and it is in Piedmont Park overlooking Lake Clara Meer with the Midtown Atlanta skyline in the background. This is 9 images combined using SNS-HDR. I think it turned out pretty well. My teachers critique was that my black point was too high and by reducing it I may be able to bring out more details near the base of the trees in the distance. Having said that I’m not sure I would change it. I like the richness of the image and can live with the darks. Your thoughts are always welcome.
This morning the fog was thick in Atlanta, and even at 9:30 am it was still hanging low. I was on my way to Decatur on Freedom Parkway and saw the City was still engulfed so I jumped over to the Jackson Street Bridge and caught this shot. You can view what it typically looks like here http://picturesofatlanta.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/hdr-atlanta-skyline/
The picture above was processed using SNS-HDR. I also use Photomatix a lot to process HDR shots, and here is what it came out looking like. I’d be interested to hear which one you prefer. I like the one out of SNS better, it just feels cleaner to me. Let me know what you think.
Looking Northeast from the St Regis Atlanta generates a fabulous perspective of Buckhead, starting out at the street level of the Buckhead Village and growing into the tall buildings that make up the Buckhead Skyline.
This year I am doing a new 52 week photo challenge on Flickr. The first week’s challenge was to take a photo showing off your town. I really enjoyed getting night shots from the Jackson Street Bridge overlooking Freedom Parkway so I headed back over there during the day and got this shot. It’s an HDR image of 3 shots.
I took this shot from the Jackson Street Bridge overlooking Freedom Parkway, looking west towards the City of Atlanta night skyline. It was a cold and windy night which made me nervous of camera shake despite my tripod, but on top of that the continuous traffic over the bridge would surely turn out a shaky picture…but I think it turned out pretty well. This is an HDR shot using three exposures totaling close to a minute. Let me know what you think in the comments.