georgetown windmill

Photo of the Day

Last spring I had the opportunity to drive through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains one morning. I stumbled across the small town of Georgetown. I really liked how the town looked. It had some nice older cars as well as farm implements. I always liked the idea of this picture, but never really liked the plain blue sky in the background. In the past I would have thought that this was a beautiful day. Now though I like a few clouds in the sky to give the sky some character. I think I found the answer for those  shots.

Technical Data

On the trip I took three images in order to make an HDR picture of this scene. When I got back I did run the photo through Photomatix Pro to make my HDR image. I liked the result, but I did have some halos around it. This shot was one that I had ran back through Photomatix. This is the 32 bit file saved just after the photo was fused. It was a bit flat for me. I was thinking of some ways to make this photo a little better when I worked on another photo. I used this infrared filter on the shot. I adjusted the exposure a bit, and I was very impressed. I love the way that this gives the look of a moonlit scene. That is all that was needed for this shot.

SmugMug Site

Here is a link to this picture on my SmugMug site. These trips do not pay for themselves. If you like this picture it is available to own!

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Photo of the Day

While in California this year I went for an early morning drive in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Nestled in the foothills was the small town of Georgetown. The town had a great look that I really liked, and I found a couple of really great older trucks sitting behind a building. My trip that morning was to see some things that I would not otherwise so I pulled over to make a picture of the trucks. What I did not know is what they were behind. At the time I just thought that it was a Jeep building, but as I researched a bit for this post I realized that it was the USA headquarters for Jeep Jamboree. I have a few more pictures from this town that I will share here, and hopefully next year I can get some more.

Technical Data

This was a three shot HDR processed in Photomatix Pro. At the time I was doing all of my processing just in Photomatix so I didn’t think that anything else should have been done to this photo. Before posting it thought I brought it into the develop module of Lightroom to see if I could improve it a bit. I did some things to make it look better, but I ended up using one of Matt Kloskowski’s Sports presets for Lightroom on it. I really liked the look it gave the truck so I was done editing it.