Here is a picture of the sun tonight as it began setting over the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta. This shot was taken from the East Palisades Trail of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area looking west to Cobb Parkway as it crossed the Hooch.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8
70mm f/8.0 5 frames processed in Photomatix and Lightroom
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:
Sunday night we went to the Lodge at Sea Island to listen to the bagpipe player, have dinner and roast smores. This amazing sunset over the St Simons Sound behind the Sidney Lanier Bridge was a bonus. This is a 5-image HDR photograph taken with a Nikon D800 and processed in Photomatix & Lightroom.
This week’s photo challenge subject “green” took a bit of thought. Over the years I have been pretty involved with the green scene here in Atlanta so my first thought was something environmental. Over the weekend we went to the ‘barn’ in Chastain Park and the boys picked a huge watermelon. We haven’t cracked it open yet so it was luring in my mind as an idea.
As a kid growing up in Macon, GA, each summer, maybe 4th of July or some holiday we would go to the swimming pool at Idle Hour Country Club. They would have all kinds of games throughout the day, but one of the fun ones was the greasy watermelon. They would grease them up, throw’em in the pool and the kids would wrestle over them and the first one to hoist it out of the pool won. When I told Martha I was going to grease up the watermelon, you can imagine the look on her face.
So here is how I did it:
I laid down some dark brown carpet pieces inside my light box to create a dark background and opened up the aperture to f4.5 which is as far as the Tamron 10-24mm will go. I did this to fade out the carpet as much as I could to blur the detail. Once I had my positioning right, I used mineral oil to bring out the rich green colors of the watermelon. For lighting I just had two lights shining in, one from the top left and one from the right about centered.
My camera was in aperture priority mode and I used the auto-bracketing feature to get three quick shots. I processed the photos using SNS-HDR Pro and after some tweaking, this is what came out the other side. I was pretty pleased with the outcome.