Archive | September 2010

Autumn Gate – BME Blog – Behind My Eyes

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi, EF 50mm f1.8 II, f5.7, ISO100, 50mm, HDR, 5 Exposures

Getting to take and share the urbex images over the last few days has been extremely exciting for me. This type of photography has interested me since the first urbex image rolled in front of my eyes. 5 short years ago, the chances of me shooting these types of images in rural TN were pretty dog gone slim! It has been very cool! With that said, it’s always good to make a trip back home to keep grounded! Today’s image serves that purpose for me!

Went on another scenic trip to work this morning and along the way, this metal gate jumped out at me. It was the way it was slumped over, dented, and held together by barbed wire that turned my head. The amazing Fall colors surrounding it helped make it stand out, especially with the warm, rising sun lighting it up.

These types of scenes really bring me home, even though this scene is located in a suburb of St. Paul. It’s the whole “make-due” mentality screaming out. There wasn’t anything threatening to get in or out of the field this gate was ‘protecting’, so all it had to do was barely hang together, which it was doing just fine. Love it.

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Morning Light through Aspens | Oxherder Arts

Morning light streams into the Aspen trees at Elk Mountain Ranch, Colorado

Three bracketed images at +/-2 ev. Photomatix blended and tonemapped. Further edits in Aperture.

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Mandalay Canal Clock Tower – Las Colinas – Irving, TX

9/30/2010:

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Today, another shot of the clock tower on the Mandalay Canal in Las Colinas, Irving, Texas.

Las Colinas is an upscale,developed area in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas. Due to its central location between Dallas and Fort Worth and its proximity to DFW Airport, Las Colinas has been a viable place in the Metroplex for corporate and business relocation. As a planned community, it has many corporate offices, luxury hotels, landmark office towers, luxury townhomes, distinguished single family homes, private country clubs, gated enclaves and urban lofts. The complex also features a River Walk-styled canal offering gondola cruises, as well as the above-ground Las Colinas APT System.

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Under The Railway – BME Blog – Behind My Eyes

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi, EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS, f14, ISO100, 23mm, HDR, 5 Exposures

The last post or two have highlighted an old garage area that is now a not so pretty parking area. To make a clarification, the location of this area is not under Kellogg Boulevard as previously noted. It’ actually underneath railroad tracks that eventually turn and cross a lift bridge over the Mississippi River. Sorry about that.

Today’s image is a contrasting one in comparison to the previous two, even though it is part of the same area, but on the back side of the tracks and the other side of Sibley Street. Obviously, some money and effort has been turned loose to clean up this part of the parking area, probably because it is run by the city, given away by the parking meters outside each stall.

The repetition of the pillars and meters, along with the road curvature drew my eye, and eventually my viewfinder, to the scene. Don’t know if I would pay a monthly bill to park my car under the leaky, dark, and ugly cover of the other garage when I could pay a daily amount to park here. Fortunately, I do not have the choice to make!

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Canon EOS 50D * Canon EF-S 10-22 * f/7 * 1/256 s * 10mm * ISO 100
3 Raw processed with Photomatix Pro, Photoshop, Nik Color Efex Pro, Noiseware Pro.