Mill Avenue Bridges

My previous post about the sunset over the Tempe Town Lake wasn’t the only thing I photographed down in that Tempe area. My excursion that night led me all the way to downtown Phoenix, but my favorite stuff ended up being what I found in Tempe.

In fact, it’s an amazing thing about photography. The stuff I was “planning” on shooting when I left the house ended up being my least favorite things that night and it was the random, surprising stuff that made it such a worthy trip.

So after the sunset I drove down to the little beach park area underneath the Mill Avenue bridges that cross the lake. There is a northbound and southbound bridge, a light rail bridge and then an old railroad bridge. A fairly awesome place to take pictures. So here are the results:

(FYI, some of these might look great hanging somewhere in your house, office or Tempe Chamber of Commerce *grin* let me know if you are interested in a print)

This first photo is an HDR and is off the Mill Avenue Bridge from the west. We’re looking south into Tempe during dusk and the lights that are strung across the bridge really light this thing up. I love this photo.

I moved east into the little space between the north/southbound bridges. This is an HDR, but technically came from only one image. I’ve learned a lot about processing and have snagged a few tools that really help finish these things off.

This shot is further west between the light rail bridge (on the left) and the railroad bridge. The light rail has this unique aspect of having the underneath lit up by lights of all different colors. You can see some of them here.

This shot is of the light rail on the east side and is just a standard, time-lapsed photo. The yellow and white streaks at the top of the bridge are actually of a light rail train passing over while I took the photo. You can see further down the bridge where the white lights start, which is when I pressed the shutter open. The light on the bridge itself can be seen changing from a blue-ish color to purple off in the distance.

This is the same as the above shot but also an HDR.

Sunset in Tempe

I went on a little adventure Tuesday night and it paid off in some big ways. The first of which was making it to Tempe Town Lake just  in time for a seriously spectacular sunset. I found a spot just on the north side off Rural and ran to the water’s edge and found the setting sun igniting the clouds and the lake.

Here are the four sunset photos I snapped, three of them are normal, the last is an HDR.

Sun Devil Stadium on the left of the photo

This last one is an HDR

Storm photos from Tuesday

We had some fun storms blow through town yesterday, I took a few photos from my office building and then after picking Lyla up from the sitter, I jumped down south of Hunt Highway to check out some crazy looking clouds.

This is an HDR shot taken from a parking garage near my office.

HDR shot taken from my 19th floor office window!

Another HDR shot down south from my house.

A regular photo, no HDR here.

Another normal photo, processed with a bit of a dirty color to give it an old look. I love this style.

Working at Paradise Bakery

My car is being fixed, it had a bad engine coil and some warped drums on the front brakes, so I’ve been sitting and working at Paradise Bakery on Germann and Gilbert. I do love this place…the people have been friendly, even offering to get me a refill of my diet Coke.

Had a fantastic omelette for breakfast and if I’m here any longer, looks like a decent salad for lunch. It’s actually been quite fun and an easy place to focus on work. I’ve gotten a ton of stuff done this morning.

If you’re curious, the cup in the picture below is sitting on a stack of P&ID drawings for a project I’m working on in Henderson, Nevada.

Oh, and a bonus sunrise photo from today:

The above is a regular ol’ sunrise photo, the ones below are HDR/

Photographing Jefferson, Texas

Here is another blog post of photos taken when we visited Jina’s parents in Jefferson, Texas over Thanksgiving. The previous one was all HDR photos, but these are your normal, everyday shots.

Hope you enjoy this little taste of the Jefferson area.

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And old car sits under a tree. Did an HDR of this same care in my previous post.

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A burned down building, likely from arson which had been rampant there for awhile.

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The sky at dusk.

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An old house we saw from a horse and buggy ride.

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An old magnolia tree I believe?

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Just liked this old truck with the old brick road.

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Such a great sign. I was told this was an ad from an old campaign called 10-2-4.

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An alleyway.

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A stop-sign in the road.

Photographing Jefferson, Texas in HDR

Over Thanksgiving we visited Jefferson, Texas to stay with Jina’s parents at The Hale House Inn, the bed and breakfast that they run in this small town. For such a small town, it’s amazing that there are THIRTY bed and breakfasts!

In spite of all the family time, decorating the house, eating tons of food, I was able to get away on a few occasions to snap some photos. All of these are HDR (high dynamic range) and I’ll be posting a follow-up that only includes regular photos.

Hope you enjoy them!

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Visiting Ontario, Canada

My job has sent me to Ontatio, Canada for two weeks, more specifically the Toronto-Burlington area. Since we were here over the weekend, I was able to visit Niagara Falls and then take a long drive on Sunday exploring Toronto and some farm land areas.

Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip so far, hope you enjoy them!

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Niagara Falls

Thanksgiving 2009

Lyla's First Birthday