Same scene, different interpretation – Garner State Park, TX.

I recently traveled to the beautiful Garner State Park, Texas to photograph night shots which were to include light-painting.

 

This blog contains two images; though they were the exact same composition, and both taken after twilight, these are two very different images.

The first image is your “standard” light-painting and was taken after humanly visible light had vanished:

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Garner State Park 2AM-115918
A single capture with light-painting.
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f5.6 for 40 seconds at ISO 1600.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The second image also includes light-painting, and the process of capturing this image was started about 10 minutes after the photo above.  However, this second image is a “stacked” image – I took 61 photographs, the first of which was the light-painting on the trees and “Old Baldy” then a further 60 images were taken without any light-painting (the last image is a “blank” which helps reduce the digital noise). Total exposure time equates to a little over 40 minutes. Each image had the exact settings of the first photo posted (above) and I compiled them using software that is dedicated to stacking images.

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Garner-State-Park-2AM-115920-115980_stackedImage2
61 image stack for a total exposure time of ~40 minutes.
Each frame/picture had the following settings:
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f5.6 for 40 seconds at ISO 1600.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

I could have (and should have) taken a single, 40 minute long-exposure image as this would also have a slightly different interpretation of the scene. That longer exposure would have had more digital noise but smoother star-trails.

 

So from the same scene and the same composition we can get multiple interpretations/photographs by using different photographic techniques.

Hope you enjoyed these images 🙂

 

I have previously posted blogs showing this location (Garner State Park, Texas) in Fall color:

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/a-wet-and-colorful-weekend-near-utopia-tx/

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/fall-rotation-thanksgiving-2011-garner-state-park-tx/

 

 

A little bit of Grand ‘ole Texas – a photo-tour.

Recently we had two friends from overseas visit with us at our home in Texas. Unfortunately their time in this great state was very limited  so we were unable to show them much of Texas. To compensate, we instead created a ‘photo-journey’ through some of the diversity and grandeur contained within this state.

From the Gulf of Mexico and coastal marshes,  to the Hill Country and on through to the mountains of West Texas…

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Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.
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Dawn Fishing.
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Trawler.
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Green Heron.
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Great Egret family.
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Bald Cypress – a light-painting.
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Pied-billed Grebe.
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Bluebonnet highway.
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Claret-cup cactus.
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Sabinal River dusk.
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Poppies and fence.
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Wildflowers.
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Sunflower and Ladybird Beetle.
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Locust and thistle.
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Fall and the Frio River.
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Stockyards – a light-painting.
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Wild oats at dawn.
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Coyote.
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Independence Creek – an oasis in the desert.
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Salt flat – Permian Basin.
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Davis Mountains – a light-painting.
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I hope you enjoyed this partial look at wondrous Texas. So much to experience, too little time.

A wet and colorful weekend near Utopia (TX).

Took a few days off work to go see some country. Decided to visit Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Texas Hill Country Region, whereby I camped a wet, but enjoyable, two nights alongside the Frio River. A return trip there is anticipated. All but one of the following images are from Garner State Park  (the remaining image is from Lost Maples State Natural Area).

Frio River 1 – Garner State Park. Canon 30D with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

 

Frio River 2 – Garner State Park. Canon 30D with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

 

Frio River 3 – Garner State Park. Canon 30D with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

 

Lost Maples State Natural Area. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.

 

Frio River 4 – Garner State Park. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.

 

Frio River 5 – Garner State Park. Canon 30D with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

 

Frio River 6 – Garner State Park. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.

 

Frio River 7 – Garner State Park. Canon 30D with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

 

Frio River 8 – Garner State Park. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.

 

Cypress roots.
Frio River – Garner State Park. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.

 

“Old Baldy” at night – Garner State Park. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.

 

“Old Baldy” shrouded in fog as I left Garner State Park. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.