Archive for September, 2009


Centennial Olympic Park…

A trip to downtown Atlanta included a quick pass through Centennial Olympic Park.  This park was built for the 1996 Olympic Games and was the location of the Olympic Bombing that destroyed Richard Jewell’s name and reputation.  Today this park remains a gathering place in downtown Atlanta with the towering Olympic torch replicas, a reflecting pool and Olympic rings fountain.
The following images were taken with autobrackets +/- 1 and processed in HDR with Photomatrix.  In addition, to combat the over-saturation of green and blue, I layered a copy of the image on top, treated it with a bronzing filter and decreased the opacity to 30%.  This provided more realistic colors, but created a unique challenge with skin tones.  I hope I was able to correct the skin tones to a more realistic level.
Snoozing in the Park

Snoozing in the Park

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool

Olympic Torch

Olympic Torch

The door below is to the Tabernacle entertainment facility, a renovated Baptist Church on Luckie Street.

Tabernacle

Tabernacle

The economy took a toll on most everyone.  Here in Conyers we’re the proud parents of a lovely new shopping center that never.. well, never opened.  Tucked behind the bustle of the main drag is a well built “Main Stree” looking shopping center with only one rent paying customer – a nail salon.

I don’t know what the future holds for this place, but here’s a little free advertisement for them.  It was nice being able to take a few photos with friend Jonathan and not have to worry about traffic or people.

All images are HDR processed with Photomatix taken at autobracket +/-1.

Empty Store

Empty Store

Equipment and Software Article…

I’ve posted a new article on the equipment and software.

Available here…

Arabia Mountain…

Setting Sun on Arabia

Setting Sun on Arabia

Friends, Jonathan and Rebecca, borrowed my daughter for a photo shoot at Arabia Mountain.  While they were doing that I wandered off to take a few shots of my own.  This was definately a trial of HDR in low light, to be sure.

After the Flood…

Flooded Playground, Lorraine Elementary, Conyers, GA

Flooded Playground, Lorraine Elementary, Conyers, GA

Following more than 11″ of rain in the past couple days, rivers jumped their banks, homes were swamped and playgrounds became runoff basins.  The following are a few photos taken today around Conyers, GA of some of the flooded areas.  Also below are some pictures of fire ants.  Ever wonder what happens when fire ants are flooded out of their home?  They seek higher ground.