Vintage Venice

Vintage Venice

A beautiful sunset in Venice, turned vintage…(I think it works).

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Going vintage in Marylebone

Going vintage in Marylebone

A street scene from my recent trip to London, done up with a texture and some color adjustments.

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La Pointe Saint Eustache

La Pointe Saint Eustache

Another textured shot from Paris, a city that is full of incredible sights.

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Eiffel Tower textured

Eiffel Tower textured

Here's the Eiffel Tower all textured up and looking cool!

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How Aurora HDR Pro got me interested in textures

How Aurora HDR Pro got me interested in textures

Today I share a quick how-to on applying a texture to a photo in Aurora HDR Pro.  It's super easy and quick and a great way to take an other discarded shot and turn it into a work of art.  I show you several examples and there's a YouTube video, too!

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City Garage

Here’s a fun little shot for a Friday!  This place sits right next to the Interstate, in a little town called Salado, TX - about 1 hour north of Austin.  I have driven past it a million times (ok, maybe not a million) and always wanted to take some shots there.  Who wouldn’t right?  It’s cool looking for sure, with all the vintage signs and rust.  Ah, rust...how I love thee.  Anyways, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had to go to Dallas earlier this week (about a 3.5 hour drive) and when I saw this I figured there is no time like the present, so I stopped for about 15 minutes and fired off a bunch of shots.  I had dreams of getting inside and finding even more vintage car stuff, but unfortunately it was closed.  However, the exterior is pretty rocking as you can plainly see, so I was happy to break up my drive a little and fill my soul with some sweet photo time.

Nature's texture

Not an original title, but what else could I call it?  I caught this one while hiking in the Barton Creek Greenbelt here in Austin, one of my favorite places in town.  I used to spend countless hours out here when I was younger and am glad to be getting back there on a semi-regular basis these days.  This shot is more experimental in nature - just trying a narrow focus with some depth of field and an attempt to accentuate the texture.  It's sort of a variation of macro, I guess.  Anyways, it's fun to experiment and change things up a bit.

Antique horse head pole

So this shot is nearly a polar opposite from my last post.  Whereas the last shot was soft and subtle, this is more of a loud statement around texture and detail.  I found this horse head pole in the rear courtyard of a restaurant down in New Braunfels, TX and just loved all the texture and detail it possessed.  I have started looking more for "the little things", that is to say that I am no longer just trying to find beautiful landscapes to photograph (though they remain my fave).  I am enjoying shooting what I like to define as "common objects", or just "stuff" instead of "places".  I think you know what I am trying to say, though I don't think I am saying it too well!  The thing I find interesting about this style of photography is that it forces me to really pay attention to where I am, looking at objects and angles - and I think that makes me more aware of what I am doing with the camera on all my shots.

Single exposure at f/5.6 to get some intentional background bokeh, then ran it through PSE and Topaz Adjust to accentuate the detail and texture.