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I arrived in Austin (TX) on Monday evening, and it was relatively warm: which was nice, as it was -15°C (5°F) when I left Bulgaria. Since then, however, the weather has become somewhat more Siberian. Not that I've experienced a Siberian winter, but the bone-chillingly cold winds and predictions of unprecedented amounts of snow here in the normally temperate town of Austin make drawing the comparison seem quite reasonable :)

OK, so I'm exaggerating – a bit – but it has been very cold, and snow is forecast for later today. I'm hoping that it won't be too deep, or will melt quickly if it is, as otherwise it's going to cause serious problems for people trying to get to my HDR workshop tomorrow and my Creating Dramatic Images workshop over the weekend (details here). Incidentally, there have been a couple of last minute weather-related cancellations, so if you would be interested in coming along to either or both workshops take a look at the following page:


Anyway, Dave and I did manage to go out yesterday – to an abandoned feed mill at Johnson City – and I got a few shots that I'm pleased with, including this one. It's an HDR of abandoned fire truck, constructed from six originals, processed and tone mapped with Photomatix Pro. The original (that you can see by hovering over the 'show the original' link beneath the image) is the metered exposure.

As always, let me know what you think.

3x2 + HDR + travel [USA] + show the original
comment by Rick at 04:49 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Normally love your HDR work, but one this one I don't understand the blue on the truck front. Doesn't look natural to me. Just the same, thanks for sharing and I'm always excited to see the latest posts.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 04:51 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Okay... this is just FABULOUS! The processing and "painting" add so much life to the image! Looks like a character from Pixar's "Cars". Congrats!

comment by djn1 at 04:52 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Rick: you're not the only person to think it looks out of place so I'm re-editing it to get rid of it. Give me a couple of minutes and I'll upload a new version.

comment by djn1 at 04:55 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Carlos: you're outnumbered on this occasion - the 'painted' version has been replaced :)

comment by Kent Little at 04:58 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Love the piece Dave. Hoping we get to see lots of interesting Chromasia images from Austin. BTW sorry about the weather here. It is unusual for us to get this "wintry." I'll be at your workshop tomorrow. Looking forward to meeting you. I Have always loved your work!

comment by Rick at 05:25 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Dave: Looks great. I'm guessing my opinion doesn't carry that much weight and Libby must have had the same thoughts ;-)

comment by Libby Nightingale at 05:35 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Rick: Have you hacked into our twitter DMs? lol

comment by Helder Ferreira at 05:42 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Absolutely Amazing! :)

comment by kayt at 05:46 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

So nice, David. Great feel!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 06:06 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Oh well... I still like the original post. It was a whimsical idea that worked. I thought for a moment my monitor was acting weird when I came back to the "blueless" post :)

comment by djn1 at 06:40 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Rick: you're quite right, Libby didn't like the first version either ... and she's normally right, even when I'm sure she's wrong :)

comment by csj @ID7 at 07:40 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

Peachy, you always find a good subject, wish I was there.

comment by Alasdair at 09:16 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2011

There is such a thing as too much HDR... I think this is it.

comment by Pau Blasi at 08:37 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2011

Great picture, I love perspective, wideness, framing and detail. I agree with Alasdair maybe there's too much HDR. Branches on the right, for example, looks a little weird in my monitor.

comment by gavin hart at 04:15 AM (GMT) on 6 February, 2011

I'm not skilled with HDR but it looks fine to me. I think the processing really brings this to life. Great ready made old iron structure frames the old girl perfectly for your photo here.

comment by LightningPaul at 12:32 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2011

Awesome! It has been a long time that we have seen a tonemapped HDR image. I'm waiting for more.