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Downtown Phoenix from the ASU campus

Another photo from my little trip to downtown Phoenix last Saturday night. If you saw my shot of the light pillars from yesterday, you can also see them in this shot off to the left.

This is definitely something a little different for me. My HDR photos tend to lean more to the “realistic” side of things, instead of being artistic and almost fake looking. The unprocessed version of this photo had a lot of color in it that just seemed a little distracting to me, so I lowered the saturation a lot and toned it down a bit.

The completed shot certainly has more of a “painting” feel to it than an actual photo…which is okay sometimes. Most of the time though, I try to get them to look as close to possible to what I saw with my naked eye.

Planning another visit down there next weekend sometime, so hoping to visit the grungier side of downtown Phoenix and get some old railroad shots, older buildings…and whatever else I find.

The Tempe Center for the Arts

Back in early January when we had some amazing storms blow through Arizona, I was out going nuts with trying to capture it all. I posted a shot of the Salt River Dam all deflated (You can see it here), which you see from the walkway between the Tempe Center for the Arts and the river itself.

I drove to this spot just to capture the river, but after I had snapped all the photos I wanted, I turned around and realized what a fantastic piece of architecture the Tempe Center for the Arts actually was. Amazing angle and lines, lots of glass, a very cool negative edge pool…just brilliant to look at.

So of course, my focus left the weather for a bit and I took a bunch of bracketed shots to make some HDRs out of this fantastic work of art.

I’ve never posted them until now. I didn’t even process them until this weekend..they sort of went forgotten in a way, but someone was ordering prints from me of Tempe and was curious if I had anything else, so I remembered these.

This last one shows the awesomeness of a negative edge pool…it looks like this is the lake itself, extending all the way to the bridge, but if you look at the above photo, you can see where it ends.

A few more photos from the Mormon Temple

Last week I posted a few shots from the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple, but still had a few more I processed over the weekend. Whereas those were black and whites (which I love!), these are all HDR photos.

The fountain in the first shot appears there and the bottom photo. It was somewhat dusky out when I took the fountain shot, so I could do a longer exposure than if it was high-noon, hence the water has a smoother look.