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PhotoNetCast #37

by on Dec.12, 2009, under Photography

I just realised that I forgot to mention that PhotoNetCast #37 is now out. I was invited to be a guest on the show again and we discussed some of the basics of landscape photography.

You can pick up the podcast on iTunes or listen to it directly on the PhotoNetCast site. Apologies if I happen to sound groggy or more incoherent than usual – the participants are in 4 different time zones and I drew the short straw and ended up taking part between 12am and 1:30am local time.

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Book Release Party at the Driskill Hotel

by on Dec.12, 2009, under Photography

Anyone who has searched the web for reat travel photography photoblogs has almost-certainly bumped into StuckInCustoms, the rather outstanding blog of local Austin photographer Trey Ratcliff. Trey’s images and writing have inspired many people, myself included, to try their hand at a technique known as High Dynamic Range (or HDR) photography and many of the images you see on this blog and my photoblog were created using this technique.

So what has this to do with an arty picture of the Driskill Hotel Christmas tree, you are probably asking?

On Wednesday evening this week, the Driskill was the venue for the launch party for Trey’s first photography book, “A World In HDR” and many local HDR aficionados gathered there to congratulate Trey on the publication and spend some time enjoying an evening of photo-geekery.

As part of the festivities, the Driskill was also holding a photography contest with the best image shot between 6pm and 8pm that evening and submitted by Monday evening being awarded a $500 gift certificate and used for next year’s hotel Christmas publicity. You can see the entries over here on Facebook.

Despite the fact that this was a rather HDR-centric gathering, one of the images that I like best from the evening is this one which was created by zooming during a long exposure. I did, however, take lots of HDR images inside the hotel and you can find these among the collection in the Facebook album linked above.

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