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Entries in TX (20)

Saturday
Mar092013

Barr Mansion

At blue hour, I snuck away from shooting a wedding with a friend to get a shot of the Barr Mansion.  All the wedding guests were at the reception hall behind the mansion.  You can see the lights from it through the porch on the left.  I love wrap-around porches like these.  

I shot five exposures bracketed and masked parts of the images from various exposures to achieve this image.  For example, the windows are from the darkest exposure. The lawn and sky are from the brightest exposure since I shot this after sunset.  In escence, I manually pieced together a high dynamic range (HDR) exposure.  I had first tried using HDR software to create the image, but was not happy with the results, so I scapped it and began masking the image.  I'm glad I did.  

Photograph ©2013 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.



Monday
Nov262012

Painted Church - Serbin, Texas

About 50 miles East of Austin in Serbin, Texas is St. Paul Lutheran Church. Serbin was settled in 1854 by almost 600 Wendish immigrants persuing religious freedom led by Pastor Johann Kilian. Built in 1870, St. Paul Lutheran Church is an example of Wendish architecture and culture.  In October, I had the chance to visit Serbin.  Enjoy some of the images I captured during my visit.  Click on an image to see a larger version.

The church looks rather plain when you approach it.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.Here's a monument on the property.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.A side view of the church.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.This is the view from the back of the church when you step through the doors. Notice that the pulpit is upstairs.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.Here's a fisheye view of the entire ceiling.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.A fisheye view from the altar looking back to the entrance.  Notice the pipe organ upstairs in the back.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.The altar.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.

Pastor Johann Kilian's cabin.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.

 

 

Saturday
Nov172012

Town Hall in Lajitas, Texas

Got back a couple of days ago from a road trip out to West Texas.  We visited Uvalde, Marathon, Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, Alpine and Van Horn, to name a few stops.  I'll be posting some favorite images from the trip as I sort my way through the collection of photographs.  This first post is of the Town Hall in Lajitas, Texas.  The sky during the day had great clouds.  I used an 11mm lens aimed toward the sky to emphasize the impressive clouds in this shot of the Town Hall.  

For the Photo geeks out there:  This is a seven-frame HDR image processed in Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro.  I then corrected the keystoning (paralax distortion cause by angling the camera upward instead of keeping it parallel to the building) of the Town Hall and removed some distracting elements (sensor dust, a small sign in a window, a pickup truck and a golf cart) within Photoshop CS6.  The final step was a monochrome conversion using Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro 2.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.



Sunday
Nov272011

Big Bend Off Road

Here's a photo of Tom Haymes and me on Friday in Big Bend National Park. I'm the one sitting on the bumper. We took this Jeep for a very dusty 70 mile, off road photographic excursion. More images from the West Texas road trip to come.  Add my feed to your RSS reader so you don't miss out.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click on image to view a larger version.

 

Saturday
May282011

Twirl

I enjoy experimenting when shooting.  Often times, you get awful, unusable results, but it's very satisfying when your experiments yield something that makes the mind wonder and brings a smile to your face.  (Click the picture to view it larger.)

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

What you see here is an image of my daughter from our recent photo session.  You can see the first image here.  We took a different approach in shooting this one.  Instead of having her progress directly from right to left ending with a rear curtain sync flash pop, we had her twirl around and I manually popped the flash at a moment of my choosing.  I then let the exposure continue a bit to fill in the frame some more.  

What are your thoughts?  Is this kind of photography too "out there" for your tastes?  Which image do you prefer?  Why?