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Union Station

The weather cooperated for the Illuminate Workshops monthly photo-walk. A welcome change of pace from the last couple of months. The spring day, prior to the photo-walk, started off with a long bike ride. A ride we described as a climb to the heavens. Everywhere we rode seemed to be uphill! After many long miles and several thousand feet of elevation gain, we earned our recovery drink (a malt from Sonic). The ground set capabilities of the Gitzo traveler were ideal for achieving the perspectives I wanted here. However, after a day of riding my legs weren’t nearly as cooperative. 3 hours of shooting in Denver didn’t take us far. The group probably covered a little under 5 blocks. But what we found was interesting, and worth our time and attention. I will be posting the images I found over the next couple of weeks.

I’m considering making a print of this image of Union Station. My grandfather was a conductor for the railroad, and operated out of here many times. Yep, the same grandfather that unknowingly got me into photography. It would be a nice iconic image to hang on the walls. If I do, I will be printing it here: Reed Photo-Imaging. Let me know if you think it is wall worthy, or if you would like a print of your own!

Capture Notes:

Nikon D300
Tokina 11-16 ATX Pro
Gitzo Traveler
Markins Q3T

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 16 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Processing Notes:

Capture (5 Images)
Photomatix (HDR/Tonemapping)
Noiseware (Noise reduction)
Photoshop (Curves – global adjustment contrast and color_
NIK Color EFX Pro (Tonal Contrast slight midtone/shadow contrast boost)
NIK Color EFX Pro (Brillance/Warmth cooled it down bumped up the brilliance)
Photoshop (Size for web)
NIK Sharpener (Display adaptive 38% selective to foreground and wall)

Tip: When shooting really wide lenses, I will try to get as close to the ground as possible. It is a great way to add an interesting perspective shift to you images.

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  1. Everything about this photo is appealing, but I especially like the composure and lighting.

  2. Thanks Fred!

    It was a great evening. The lighting did present itself well on this one. I have a couple other variations on the perspective, but I liked this one the best.

    Hopefully we can catch a shoot together before the next one.


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