Loop 360 long exposure

Loop 360 long exposure

A long exposure from the Loop 360 Bridge in my hometown of Austin...

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Long exposures at the Loop 360 Bridge

Long exposures at the Loop 360 Bridge

A pair of long exposures from the Loop 360 Bridge in Austin

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Night in Amsterdam

Night in Amsterdam

A boat passed by me while I am photographing a canal in Amsterdam...

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The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs, an iconic sight in Venice, captured during a beautiful sunset.  Enjoy!

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Blue hour in Sydney

Blue hour in Sydney

I'm a fan of bridges, and when in Sydney - this is the one to shoot.  Ideally you get a stellar sunset or a gorgeous blue hour, but either way, get over here and fire away!  :-)

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A long look at the lights

A long look at the lights

Shooting a long exposure of the Loop 360 Bridge in Austin, with the passing cars blurring out and just leaving light trails.  That's a good way to spend an evening!

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A beautiful Sydney sunset

A beautiful Sydney sunset

I was lucky enough to witness a wonderful sunset on my recent trip over to Sydney, Australia - click on in and check out the pics!  Sometimes you just show up and it all works out!

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Golden hour at The Brooklyn Bridge

Golden hour at The Brooklyn Bridge

For my trip to NYC, I had a list a mile long of things I wanted to shoot, and the Brooklyn Bridge was very near the top of that list.  While I didn't make it to all of them, I made sure I got here, and it was worth it!

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Sunrise over Loop 360

Though I don't often get up and shoot sunrise, I sure do love it when I do.

Shooting first thing in the morning is just awesome.  In addition to getting great light a lot of times, I find that choosing to be creative early has a positive affect on me that carries through the whole day.  I am more awake and excited, even if I have sacrificed a little sleep.  Plus I get to look forward to downloading the photos later and seeing what I captured - that's always fun!

A few weeks back I got out early (but not too early) with the plan of grabbing some shots here at the Loop 360 Bridge at sunrise.  The previous day had some great clouds, and the weather forecast looked like more of the same for this day, so I was hopeful that I would get something of interest in the sky.  Clear blue skies are great for picnics, but terrible for photography (at least in my opinion).

Though I didn't make the actual sunrise here, when I showed up it was full-on awesome and I immediately set up and started firing away in every direction.  When the clouds are interesting and that rising sun is hitting them just right, you have to capitalize on it! 

And just for fun, here is a "behind the keyboard" view of the photo as I was processing it in Color Efex Pro.  This is a 7 frame HDR, merged in Photomatix, and as you can see from the below I then added a few filters in Color Efex Pro to finish it off.