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Today was an incredibly beautiful day (although quite hot), and I got some fun, sort of cartoonish shots I thought I'd share with zeh forum. I have more to come, but this is all I had time to edit today. If you likey, please feel free to visit my flickr page.

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wow, your something allright

the second batch of photos are great..

Thanks a lot citizen4rmptown!!!

There HAS to be more!

The photographic quality of these are excellent, among the best I've seen posted at HAIF. Here's hoping you're able to make a regular contribution.

Strong work.

Thanks Hizzy! There are more @ my flickr site, but as for this batch I still have a few I need to process and upload, which I'll be able to do, likely tomorrow or Thursday.

Whatever you're doing post-processing-wise.. I like.

What are you shooting with?

Shooting with a 40D. Thanks for the compliment!

So, YOU'RE Telwink, Bengiann. Bless. I love your photos on Flickr; have been a fan for a long time. :)

YEP! I'm the telwink [: THank you sooooooooooooooooooooooo much for the compliments!!!! That means so much, I can't even tell you. That kind of feedback is very inspirational and means a lot to me.

I'll definitely post more as I have time to process. Thanks for the compliments and comments guys!

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Yeah, my park and ride bus drives past those buildings every day and I wonder if anyone (outside this website) really understands how beautiful they are.

More please!

Yes, they're quite remarkable!

Here are a few more.

My Sloane-inspired Main St. Photo:

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Hogan-Allnoch Dry Goods:

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Hotel ZaZa:

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North Downtown Panoramic:

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Lee & Joe Jamil Skate Park:

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Lee & Joe Jamil Skate Park:

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Like them all.

BTW, were you at the skatepark Saturday night? I think I saw you. I was wearing a McGrady jersey just observing at about 9:30ish

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Like them all.

BTW, were you at the skatepark Saturday night? I think I saw you. I was wearing a McGrady jersey just observing at about 9:30ish

I sure was! I vaguely remember you around - I'll have to go through my photos from that night. I have a 100 or so.

I love what you have done with these shots. Nice composition, and a post processing job that is reminiscent of old timey picture postcards. Outstanding!

Thanks HoustoninInColorado!

Your gorgeous Main Street shot is now my desktop background, FYI. :)

Very cool! I just ordered a couple proof prints of that one, because I think I'm going to order a couple 16x24s or 16x20s of it, to hang one of next to my Sloane shot from 1928 in the exact same location on Main St. @ Franklin.

Beautiful pics. I love how they "pop", for lack of a better descriptor.

Thanks arisegundo.

Hey, is that bum urinating in the fountain?

HAHAHAHA MAN I had a huge laugh when I read that, TheNiche. A group of photography buddies walked around the area for the night, and that's one of them setting up his shot.

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Today was an incredibly beautiful day (although quite hot), and I got some fun, sort of cartoonish shots I thought I'd share with zeh forum. I have more to come, but this is all I had time to edit today. If you likey, please feel free to visit my flickr page.

A slideshow of your photos is one of how I spend the night. Keep it coming.

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;):):D I just cant get over how good and professional-like your photos are!

Thay amaze me, you capture what only few can. Your photos rival that of JAX's

Thanks citizen4rmptown. JAX is a stellar photographer, so I take that as a huge compliment.

professional-like?? Telwink's a pro.

I don't know about all that

A colleague lives in the Hermann Building... concrete ceilings, history, nice view, open... I wouldn't mind living there.

Nice pics.

I didn't even realize they were condos/lofts. What a location.

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What a great website/chat room and thread. I'm still trying to find my way around here so your indulgence would be appreciated. From what I have seen so far it looks like I have a lot to learn from some fine photographers on this site. I learned my trade as a combat photorapher in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War during my 1st tour and honed my skills on my next tour before it was cut short.

I'm going to try to upload my 1st photo so we'll see how it goes. This is a stained glass skylight from a loft in downtown Houston.

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Although, I appreciate all the photographic work on this thread some of the images are so clear and crisp that it makes me want to look in the mirror and ask my eyes why they can't see as clearly or crisply as these photos. :unsure: I can't even figure out how they can be made to be so clear and crisp?! B) Maybe it's me or maybe my glasses are too clean. :ph34r: There I smeared them with a Hersey's chocolate bar and that's better.

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Although, I appreciate all the photographic work on this thread some of the images are so clear and crisp that it makes me want to look in the mirror and ask my eyes why they can't see as clearly or crisply as these photos. :unsure: I can't even figure out how they can be made to be so clear and crisp?! B) Maybe it's me or maybe my glasses are too clean. :ph34r: There I smeared them with a Hersey's chocolate bar and that's better.

CampLogan1917

Thanks for the input CampLogan1917! I know this style of photography isn't for everybody, but its something I enjoy. I see Houston as an amazing city, and turning my photos of it into more "digital art" as opposed to photography has been a hobby of mine. That's sort of how I see it. I have lots of photos I haven't done up like these, and I like those a lot too, but I wanted to share my hobby with the HAIFers out here because I figured it was unique to other photos posted, in my own way. I appreciate your checking my stuff out tho!

I am amazed at the pictures. I have been an amateur photographer all my life and these are just stunning. I have to say well done, you have a new fan.

Thank you very much fop98. That means a lot to me! I'm am amateur photographer, and other amateur photography blows me away on a daily basis in the HAIF and Flickr community. Seeing other folks' work is half the fun for me, because a lot of Houston photographers are unbelievably talented.

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Thanks for the input CampLogan1917! I know this style of photography isn't for everybody, but its something I enjoy. I see Houston as an amazing city, and turning my photos of it into more "digital art" as opposed to photography has been a hobby of mine. That's sort of how I see it. I have lots of photos I haven't done up like these, and I like those a lot too, but I wanted to share my hobby with the HAIFers out here because I figured it was unique to other photos posted, in my own way. I appreciate your checking my stuff out tho!

I'm not sure I have figured out how to do this "quote" business but I'll give it a try.

So, if I read you correctly Bengiann your images are not photos. Is that right? If I have that right and they are not photos then what are they? You have really peeked my interest. Is it some kind of process or artistic rendition?

Oh and by the way Bengiann I want it to be clear that I love your work! My questions have nothing to do with me criticizing your work at all! I just can't figure it out and I'm somebdy that's always asking questions so that I can understand. I just wanted that to be clear on my questions and comments. :D

CampLogan1917 :blink:

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I'm not sure I have figured out how to do this "quote" business but I'll give it a try.

So, if I read you correctly Bengiann your images are not photos. Is that right? If I have that right and they are not photos then what are they? You have really peeked my interest. Is it some kind of process or artistic rendition?

Oh and by the way Bengiann I want it to be clear that I love your work! My questions have nothing to do with me criticizing your work at all! I just can't figure it out and I'm somebdy that's always asking questions so that I can understand. I just wanted that to be clear on my questions and comments. :D

CampLogan1917 :blink:

Hey CampLogan1917, you misread or I miscommunicated. They are photos. They were taken with a Canon DSLR. All of these have been run through a variety of Photoshop techniques to adjust brightness, contrast, color saturation, dynamic range, and other variables. The end product is still a "photo," but its certainly not what photographers call "straight out of the camera." In that sense, I consider these <photos> to be digital art, the subject of which is one of the greatest cities in the United States. I appreciate your compliment about my work! Let me know if you have any other questions about how this kind of photography is produced, and I'd be more than happy to answer.

Thanks again for the input! I don't see it as critical at all. In fact, I've had some folks tell me these are straight up fake, uninteresting, and over-done. That's one of the things I love about art. You get all kinds of reactions. I didn't see your comment as this what-so-ever, but rather I saw your comments as favorable towards my work, and curious as to how the heck a digital photo could go from what the camera snaps, to what I posted in this thread. So yah, thanks again man! Lemme know if you have any other q's.

Ben

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The photos do look almost 'cartoon' like, but amzing at the same time. Do you mind me asking the camera/settings you are using? I don't want you to give up any secrets, but the way these look are incredible. Almost like a painting.

Well done ;)

Hey Archie_tech, sorry for the late reply. My camera is a Canon digital SLR (40d), and most of these were taken with a 10-22mm Canon ultra wide angle lens. As far as the 'cartoon' look is concerned, most of these shots are HDR. If you're not familiar with HDR, its basically a set of bracketed digital exposures, usually a minimum of 3 shots, taken at dark, medium, and light exposure levels in order to blend them together and retrieve the best colors for each portion of the photo. So for example, the best shadow colors will come from the brightest exposure, and the best sky colors will come from the darkest exposure, logically.

Forgive me if you're already familiar with HDR and I just ranted about something you already know. Anyhow, some of those are actually artificially produced HDR images, so I have one really sharp original exposure, and I'll use Photoshop to save it 5 times with the exposure values changed to -2, -1, 0, +1, and +2 stops. I'll then use Photomatix (HDR software) to blend those 5 photos together for a beautiful dynamic range of light, but naturally the photo is pretty sharp since there was no movement at all between the 5 shots. They're the same photo!

I hope that makes some sense. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. Obviously my shots are not 'straight out of the camera,' because I enjoy putting a little bit of sharpness/pop in my photos. That's always been a lot of fun for me.

Hope this was of some help!

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