Photo of the Day
Tonight I was really looking for anything to photograph. It was a dreary day, and after working late I did not know what to photograph. I kept thinking that maybe the sun would break through, but I did not see that happen at all. I decided to use up one of my final emergency locations tonight knowing that this project is almost done. I have been eyeing up the view from this bridge over highway 52 for a while now. I just never have parked to get the shot. Tonight I thought would be the night to do it.
This had a bit done to it. I shot with a three shot HDR in mind, but that really seemed too blown out. I then played around in Lightroom to get the shot the way that I wanted it. Usually when I play around as long as I did I am trying to cover up for a bad photo. When I have to make everything look perfect then I have not done my job taking the shot. I played around for a while, and saved my result. I then started hitting the presets to see if they could do a better job than I did. This shot was processed using the Trey Ratcliff preset ‘Aurora.’ I like the way it made the shot look overall, and in the end I was done processing for the night. I had a couple of others that looked good, but I liked this one the best.
The biggest technical portion of this shot is the fact that it was shot without the aid of a tripod. I went out with shooting off the tripod in mind, but my head was not on the tripod like I had thought it would be. I walked to the bridge anyway hoping that the railing was flat enough to stabilize my camera. It was, and I was able to get the shot that I wanted. The only problem with shooting off of a bridge is the fact that every car that goes over it makes the bridge shake. I had to walk a fine line between leaving the shutter open long enough to get the light trails, and having it open too long so that the busy road behind me would fill up. In the end I got the shot though, and I can cross it off of the list. The scenery looked a lot better driving by quickly.
Kelby Worldwide Photowalk
Here is that part of the post where I talk about the photowalk that I am leading on campus after the Wisconsin game in October. The date is October 13th to be exact, and the walk will start at 4 o’clock est at the Neil Armstrong Statue in front of the Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Over 1,100 photowalks are planned around the world. If you are not near West Lafayette then you kind find a walk near you on the Kelby site. Sign up now to be part of this event. Over 22,000 walkers have already signed up so far. You don’t have to be a pro (I am far from it) to attend. Any kind of camera is welcome as well. Here are a few links to the various sites which promote the event. If you want to sign up you should do so on the Kelby site in order to be eligible for the prizes though.