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
- White balance adjustment
- Lens distortion correction
- Initial raw noise reduction
- Final export to JPG
- 3 raw exposures (-2,0,2) exported to Photomatix from Lightroom for tonemap.
- 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.
- 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!

    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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