Congress Ave in Blue [Explored]

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My first Explore on Flickr!

This shot was taken on a photowalk in downtown Austin with some folks from the local SmugMug group. This is on the Congress St. bridge where we normally get to see a bunch of bats emerging from underneath the bridge at dusk. The bats have been a little bashful lately though! We we treated to a great sunset (more shots later) and a very nice blue hour.

Processing Info
Lightroom:
- White balance adjustment
- Lens distortion correction
- Initial raw noise reduction
- Final export to JPG
Photomatix:
- 3 raw exposures (-2,0,2) exported to Photomatix from Lightroom for tonemap.
Photoshop:
- Lots of masking with original exposures, especially sky and street. Topaz Remask was used to create layer masks.
- Content aware fill helped with cleanup in some places.
Filters:
- Noiseware (noise reduction)
- Nik Color Efex Tonal Contrast (adds depth and detail)
- Topaz Detail Feature Enhancement (the post processing equivalent to Emeril's "BAM!")

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  1. Michael Connell 56 months ago | reply

    Thanks, everyone! Wow, my first Explore! :)

  2. Amanda Runyon 56 months ago | reply

    Congrats on Explore! This is an awesome shot. Great job!

  3. Peter Talke Photography 56 months ago | reply

    Mike, great shot!!! Love the blues!!

  4. Duyanh Pham 56 months ago | reply

    great long shot!

  5. Kay Gaensler 56 months ago | reply

    Great shot Mike! I love the colors and mood in the shot!

  6. atmtx 56 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on Explore!

  7. Viviana ♥ [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

    Great capture and colors!

  8. Flyingwoolybugger~Dave 56 months ago | reply

    Great shot Mike, congrats on Explore.

  9. Brandon Godfrey 56 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Blue Hour HDR, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Wonderful shot! The light trails on the right are awesome!

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    Seen in the group"HDR" (?)

  10. Gerggl 56 months ago | reply

    very cool. great work!

  11. Kay Walker 55 months ago | reply

    The still of the water on the left contrasts beautifully with the flow of traffic on the right.
    congrats on explore! its a great one.

  12. J-Dave 55 months ago | reply

    Congrats on the Explore!!! There is so much going on in this image... and it's all good! Great work as usual bro!

  13. cjuel 51 months ago | reply

    Interesting idea and great image.

  14. mofeed65 (in Kuwait) 45 months ago | reply

    Soothing photo. Good luck.
    I love Austin. I once was there in 1985. There were not so many DSLRs back then. But I still have photos taken with a film camera in UT Austin campus. Very nice city and extensive Libraries they have in UT Austin.

  15. fly_s76 35 months ago | reply

    bright colors, sharp details and beautiful trails!

  16. stevenpng 32 months ago | reply

    Nice light trails a the blue hour!

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