Monthly Archives: December 2012

come up a cloud

There is a beautiful area about an hour and a half north of Birmingham that is part of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/wheeler/). It is along an area of the Tennessee River that flows across the northern part of Alabama. The refuge covers 35,000 acres.

I visited the area over the last several days mostly scouting for locations that I would like to photograph. With such a large area, I barely scratched the surface of possible locations. While I was there I took a few photographs.

More to come from this area in the future.

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#wheelerwildliferefuge   #naturephotography   #landscapephotography   #wildliferefuge   #alabama   #tennesseeriver   #textureblendphotography  +Texture Blend Photography +Gemma Costa +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman 
come up a cloud

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This photograph was made in a parking area just outside the gates of Sloss Furna…

This photograph was made in a parking area just outside the gates of Sloss Furnaces.

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#slossfurnaces   #parkinglot   #patternart   #landscapephotography   #birmingham   #alabama  
under the bridge and through the arches

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Industrial sites are fun and interesting to photograph

Often it feels odd writing anything about my photographs. Hopefully they speak for themselves and do it so much better than I can. This was photographed at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama.

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bends and curves

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looking down the side of a pipe at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, wide angle…

looking down the side of a pipe at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, wide angle view

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#landscapephotography  +Margaret Tompkins  #industrialphotography   #slossfurnaces   #wideanglephotography   #birmingham   #alabama   #tonemaphdrtuesday  +Drew Pion +Stephanie Suratos  #historiclandmarks  
looking down a pipe

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For some reason, this greenhouse always catches my eye

There are so many aspects of the building that fascinate me. It will be nice when they complete the repairs and reopen the greenhouse.

#architecturephotography   #greenhouse   #landscapephotography   #botanicalgardens   #hdrphotography  +Margaret Tompkins  #fineartphotography   #birmingham   #alabama   #birminghambotanicalgardens  
greenhouse main entry, partial view

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The intersection in this photograph is where the right wing of the greenhouse meets…

The intersection in this photograph is where the right wing of the greenhouse meets the central section of the greenhouse. Despite the greenhouse being closed indefinitely for repairs, there are still a number of plants being housed in the greenhouse. The right wing has been used in the past as a special wing for hybrid camellias.  Many of the camellias are rare hybrids.

#greenhouse   #botanicalgardens   #camellia   #hybridflowers   #hdrphotography   #birmingham   #birminghambotanicalgardens   #alabama   #fineartphotography  
wing meets main

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This album is for photographs that have HDR as part of the image processing

Simply converting an image to HDR is cool but it's by no means the end of the process for me.

In some ways HDR is misunderstood. It's a technique, I don't regard it as a style. Yhe reason I say that is because for me, it's a method of tone mapping a series of images to get a more complete tonal range. The particular software I used for tone mapping the seven images in this composition is Photomatix. There are plenty of options out there. Where you go from that point to finish the image can include any number of other techniques or processing with other tools like the  +onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 7, along with a variety of other tools that help the image become what you want it to say.

Anyway, this is a new album and the images here will fall into the category described above. The image in this post is part of a section of the greenhouse at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The greenhouse has been closed for probably the last two years for repairs. It remains closed today and at this point, there is no indication of when it will reopen.

For the people that like details, this image was made with a Nikon D800 body, the lens used was the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens, the basic processing was done in Adobe Lightroom 4.

#hdrphotography   #greenhouse   #birminghambotanicalgardens   #architecturephotography   #birminghamalabama   #windowphotography   #photomatix   #nikond800  +Users Nikon  #zeiss100mm   #lightroom4   #ononesoftware   #perfectphotosuite7  

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