Slide Rock

Slide Rock

The stream running through the woods at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ...

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A quiet stream

This stream ran across the road that I was driving on, while I was rambling through the Texas hill country searching for wildflowers.  This was early on that day, and I had not seen many flowers yet, and was beginning to get a little worried.  But, fortune did shine on me a little and I was able to grab some nice wildflower shots a little later that morning.  But at this early point that day, I was content to listen to the burble of a small stream and capture a little hill country beauty in all its HDR glory.

6 exp HDR taken at f/22, merged in Photomatix and tweaked in PSE and Aperture.

Wildflowers and water

While on my recent ramble through the Texas Hill Country in search of wildflowers, I passed over this little stream and just had to stop.  I am always up for photographs that include water, simply because I find them enjoyable.  In this case, I thought the scene had a lot of elements of beauty and interest: water flowing by, a little dirt road, the tip of a hill in the distance, and of course a splash of color from the wildflowers.  In this case, there weren't many bluebonnets here but instead these vibrant pink flowers were plentiful - fine by me!

This is a 6 exposure HDR taken at f/22, with exposures ranging from +2 to -3.  I used Photomatix to merge them into an HDR and then made my typical adjustments in PSE and some slight one in Aperture.

Echoes of running water

I just love the sound of running water, don't you?  I assume everyone does.  It has a calming effect I guess, and in this hectic world everyone needs that.  In this case, I heard that peaceful sound as well as a slight echo as the sound waves bounced around the underside of this stone bridge.  It's pretty cool.  I came across this bridge while on a photowalk around the University of Texas campus, and being a bridge guy I immediately climbed down to the side of the stream and started finding my way across rocks that happened to be in all the right places.  They were a little slippery but at least this time I had on the right kind of shoes.  I took a bunch of shots here, from all sorts of angles, and was happy to spend quite a while there.  

This is a 6 exposure HDR, taken at f/22, with exposures from +2 to -3.  They were blended into an HDR in Photomatix, then adjusted in PSE (Curves, Contrast, Unsharp Mask) and a final touch in Topaz Adjust.  I am starting to use Topaz Adjust quite a bit, and really like the product.  It has all kinds of interesting settings that you can use to adjust your photos, though some are a bit over the top for me.  If you want to read more about it, you can see my review of it here.