Man Made

Broken Down

Broken Down

This was taken a few weeks back. I would have loved to get closer and take this photo from an angle. I also would have loved to spend some time in this junk yard exploring all the gems that were present. I didn’t even try. The yard was guarded by a noisy and mean sounding dog. The owner was yelling at the dog as well. Also just about every house in this area had a sign up that said no trespassing. The entire area had an unfriendly feel to it. Needless to say I shot this HDR hand held with my 70-200mm lens. To get the shot at the distance I was I had to shoot it with my teleconverter making the lens a 250mm lens. The f/stop was 4.8.

I like how old the vehicle looks.
The vehicle is just how the neighborhood was. Broken down.
I would like more depth of field.
I am not sure I like the orange with the rest of the colors.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Tanner

Tanner -1

This is another view of the Tanner building on BYU campus. This time I am facing East and I am not in the main center court. Instead I am in the connection piece that connects the large portion of this building with the new add on. If you look close you will notice that there is a slight reflection from the glass. To get this photo I used five exposures for each of two frames and then stitched them together. Some of the color comes from the low angle of light from the sun as it enters through the roof.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Tanner

Tanner

I went back to the Tanner Building on BYU campus today. Since it was a Sunday it was very quiet. There were people in one of the main rooms singing as part of their church service. In the open main part of the building there was no one there. This photo was fun to shoot. I decided to get low to the ground to allow for the pool structure to be a focal point. This photo is a five shot HDR with a slight enhancement in Topaz Adjust. I could write pages and pages about what I see in this photo (literally, in college I was assigned a 15 page architectural art paper. I had to describe everything the building showed and how it made you feel).

I like the lines in the building.
I like the colors. This came from the interplay of the sunlight bending through the skylight and from some supplementary indoor lights.
I like the reflection of the sky light roof on the far windows.

The specs:
Iso 200
24 mm
f/16
tripod
5 exposure HDR

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Procrastination

Procrastination
Today started out with a trip to the dentist for a root canal. If time allowed he was also going to work on my wisdom tooth. As my luck would have it the canal was calcified thus making it even harder to successfully complete the root canal. Lucky for me the dentist I now have is very skilled at both the dental work and in reading the patients needs. He was able to successfully complete the procedure and due to a pre conference he anticipated complications I may have and headed them off before they became an issue.

Now onto today’s blog. While I was still numb from the root canal procedure my boy called and asked if I would help him with his photography homework. Like any parent I answered yes. Little did I know that this would mean he had to take about a dozen outdoor photos with only about five minutes of daylight left. This would also mean he didn’t want to put much time into the composition of the said photos. He was doing only the minimum. Which also meant no tripod or setting the camera up properly. The photo above was one of his finds. This was handheld in dim light with a battery grip, teleconverter and a 70-200 lens. That is why it is slightly out of focus.

The specs:
iso 400
120mm
1/8
1/20sec

Even though he didn’t set up the camera to give himself the best chance at success I like the photo he took.

I like the setting of the wood buckets.
I like the motion of the small windmill.
I like the seed pods on the trees behind the white fence.
I like the colors of the photo as they are enhanced by the setting sun.

Procrastination on Oil

To process these photos I started out in NX2 and made three different exposures each at 2 stop differences. I converted them to Jpeg format and imported them to Photomatix Pro. After making a few adjustments in Photomatix I saved and exported to Lightroom 3 beta. I made a few more adjustments and exported to CS4. From here I used Topaz Denoise for both and then for the bottom photo I converted it into an oil painting using Snap Art 2.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

St George Temple

St George Temple

On our first night in St George we decided to go down to the St George Temple. This building was built by hand by the early Pioneers. It’s white exterior is a beautiful contrast to the red rock sandstone cliffs that surround the valley.
This photo was taken with a tripod and a 20 second exposure at is 200 and f/22. I have this in the HDR Man made section of this web site, but this photo is a single exposure.

I like the detail the pioneers were able to build in the exterior of the building.
I like the white surrounded by the black sky.
I like the palm trees. It reminds me of warmer times.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Train Bridge

Train Bridge

This old bridge is part of an abandoned rail line near Eureka, Utah. I found this location last week as we were out and about on a family drive.

I like how the tracks cut across the photo.
I like the rich colors of the tracks.
I like the blue of the sky and the clouds.

Let me know what you think.

I will be posting my blog on my flickr page for the next couple of days. I will start tomorrow. You can link to the site here. The blog will be exactly the same as it appears on this site. The only difference is that you can comment on each of the photos. I will return to the regular blog site on Friday.

~wr~

Pushing Snow

Pushing Snow

Here is another photo in my recent series from Saturday. This is again a three exposure HDR that was hand held. Part of the reason I took these photos hand held was because I was feeling lousy. I wanted to get out of the house, but I just didn’t have the energy to haul the tripod with me. I know this was a terrible excuse, but in the end I had a good time on the day. I like this photo because it has color during the winter.

I like the orange and yellows against the white snow.
I like the play of the blue sky it goes well with the snow and the rusty machine.
I like how the machine seams to be overpowered by the snow.

Let me know what you think, and thank you for visiting the site today.

~wr~

Sinclair

Sinclair
Here is another photo from the western part of Utah County. This was again caught with a three exposure HDR hand held. I shot this one from a good distance from the small Sinclair building. I did this so that Nebo Mountain in the background would appear taller then the building.
Sinclair

This is the same building processed using Snap Art 2. I like how the painting sofware gives the photograph a completely different look.

I like the play between the building, the tree, and the mountain. They all give depth to this photo.
I like the tree it looks like it is protecting the building and adds texture.
I like the color of the field and tree. This color offsets the blue tint of winter.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Rexburg Temple

Rexburg Temple

We were in Idaho looking at BYU Idaho as a possible choice for our daughter. The sun was starting to set, so I grabbed the camera and decided to try my hand a HDR photography. This was the result.

I like the dark storm clouds.
I like the bright color of the temple.
I like how the colors of the temple and the clouds interact.
I would like to take this photo again with the help of a tripod.

f/2.8
iso 400
standard exposure 1/10s
Hand held
Five exposures to get this look.

I had to shoot this at f7.1 because the light was low and I didn't have my tripod with me. I would like to do this one over at a lower iso, higher aperture and with a tripod and cable release.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~