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The Lone Star State

I’m not sure, but is this the reason they call Texas the ‘Lone Star State’? I shot this image on a photo-walk that was organized by some buddies (Dave Wilson & Jimmy Nix and Alex Suarez) when I visited Austin last fall. I spent a long time getting rid of my own shadow from the image. Can you tell?

Photographer’s Note: I was using a fisheye lens which allowed me to get close to the star and still fill the frame with it. In terms for processing it, it’s an HDR image created from 7 frames using Auto Exposure Fusion. After that, I applied some new filters from onOneSoftware’s Perfect Effects 7…which I must say is a very nice upgrade!

24 Hours Of Photoshp Contest

Register For The Event…It’s Free!

24 Hours of Photoshop starts tonight at 5pm CST. I’m going to be presenting something I like to call the ‘Snapseed Enabled Workflow’. The live event is totally free! However, if you would like all 24 Hours Of presentations, you can pick it up for $199.

Contest Details – The Quest For 10,000 Fans!

I’m on a quest for 10,000 Facebook fans. I figure if those crazy eCard Facebook pages have hundreds of thousands of fan, my page which is dedicated to sharing beauty and encouraging others to be creative should at least have 10,000 fans. Are you with me?

$199 Prize – To celebrate my quest and this event, I will be giving away a free ‘All Access Pass’ to one lucky winner. Yep, I’m giving away $199 worth of Photoshop/Lightroom training.

How To Win – All you need to do to enter is recommend my Facebook page ( to your friends. Tonight, when the event kicks off, I will randomly ask one of my new FB fans who recommended them. If you were the person that recommended them, I will give you the ‘All Access Pass’ and your friend will get a free print of their choice. Everybody wins! Heck, if you want to make it easy, just cut n’ paste this swipe copy right into your FB time line…

I know the guy that runs this Facebook page and it is awesome!
‘Like’ the page and be entered to win a 11×14 signed print
of your choice!

The more people you recommend the page to, the more chances you have at winning. If you are one of those highly networked folks, and all 10,000 friends of yours like the page….you are pretty much guaranteed to win.

It’s that easy!

Even if you don’t want to win, I’d really appreciate the page recommendations. It would mean a lot to reach my goal.



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  1. Awesome image! I must pick up a fisheye soon!

  2. that star really is a great subject for a fisheye – I remember almost walking into the shot – hope you didn’t have to remove me too :-) – well done Justin!

  3. Texas is nicknamed the Lone Star State to signify Texas as a former independent republic and as a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” can be found on the Texas state flag and on the Texas state seal today.

  4. This is absolutely one of my favorites of yours Justin. Killer.

  5. Fantastic image Justin.

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