Hamilton Pool Reserve

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  1. Lyncca

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    I think I should officially be locked up in the looney ward. Yesterday, I drove 4 hours followed by 1.5 hrs of hiking in 97 degrees to take a couple of pictures and then get back in my car and drive 4 hours back.

    This is the Hamilton Pool Preserve, located south of Austin. The pics of the grotto are the hardest pictures I have tried to take. The inside of the grotto is barely lit, while the outside is in full open sun. My camera only brackets 3 shots, so I had to manually take from 5-7 on these first two. The rest of the bracketed shots were only 3 (the trail shots aren't HDR).

    Anyway, here they are. I tried not to over-bake them too much, but it was really hard in post processing too!

    1) (7 exposures, but got cloud movement)
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    2. (5 exposures)
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    3. back of the grotto:
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    4. roof of the grotto
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    5. trails on the way
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    6. more trails
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    Photo number 1 is probably worth the 8 hours driving and all the hiking in the heat. The light is just perfect ant the colours bright without being saturated or HDR-overdone. I don't think the cloud movement conspires against the quality of the final product, at all.

    I assume you shot it with your Tokina lens, no? Very, very nice capture.
     
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    Great shots!!

    You didn't overdo the HDR at all, which is great!!
     
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    They look great! sweet processing
     
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    thank you and yes they were with the tokina lens.

    I reprossesed the first 2 four times before I was finally convinced they were as good as I could make them!
    Thank you :)
     
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    I LOVE #1. Perfect in every way. Wish I had someplace around here like that. Nice job.:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Very nice, particularly number one. I remember Hamilton Pool well from my years in Austin. You captured it well.
     
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    Wow, you did a hell of a job on these, and yeah... I can tell some of them were really tough.

    I think you might have been a little heavy-handed in PP... oversharpened I think? Maybe a touch too much contrast, but that's debatable.

    EDIT: btw, I think the colors may be off a hair on the first few... a bit yellow maybe?

    Regardless, these look amazing. This has to be one of the more interesting places I have ever seen a picture of- totally amazing. That was WELL worth the trip. A very big :thumbup:!
     
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    Well, it certainly wasn't around where I live. Austin is beautiful. The most I can say about DFW is that I am getting good at shooting buildings. :lol:

    Thank you. I had never heard of it until an aquaintenance emailed me about it to give ideas for a place to shoot.

    I didn't sharpen them, but I see what you are talking about. I think its just the HDR with so many layers. I even painted back in the original in areas to try to help with it. There is also a lot of yellow in them, but it seemed to look better that way. I may try it again later and see what I get.
     
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    ^^ oh I didn't realize these were HDRs. Nice job! Those have to be the best HDRs I've ever seen... because I had absolutely no idea it was an HDR! Guess I should read more carefully next time. :lol:

    I was wondering how the heck you got that exposed. :lol:
     
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    Lynnca, don't pay attention to anything manaheim says about yellow casts. He sees yellow issues in every photo. A few weeks ago he told me he was going to have his eyes recalibrated, but it's apparent he hasn't yet :lol:
     
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    Wow, thanks :) They have to be HDRs because from the back of the cave where I was standing is completely dark when exposed for the sky. I searched the internet all over before going for pics and there are only a few successful ones out there because of the conditions.


    :lmao:
     

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