Monday, December 22, 2008

White Oak Bayou Christmas Tree

Correction: I originally posted this shot as "Buffalo Bayou Christmas Tree" but have since been corrected. The tree is actually in "White Oak Bayou" near downtown Houston.
Talk about putting lipstick on a pig! Someone must have had a warped sense of humor when they decided to hang Christmas tree ornaments on this gnarly old tree. Located northwest of downtown Houston this tree stands alone in a long stretch of Buffalo Bayou not to far from the University of Houston Downtown. It caught my eye from the freeway and it took me about 45 minutes to find a vantage point to shoot this shot from. I like the shot but imagine that I will go back to this spot again and try to improve on it. This shot features a lot of post processing and the scene I spotted from the highway seemed surreal enough to me that I feel like I should be able to capture it more honestly. Or maybe it looks the way I saw it now! To be continued….

Tech: Oly E-3 w/ 12-60 Zuiko @ f5 & 16mm, ISO2000, Aperture Priority. Post Processing: Combine 3 Exposures in Photomatix Pro>High Pass Sharpen>Topaz Noise Reduction>Topaz Adjust Specify w/ Gradient Mask>Topaz Adjust Simplify>Lens Distortion Vignette


Barry Armer said...

Cool shot Larry! It looks to me like it was worth the trouble you took to find this vantage point to shoot from! I especially like how surreal the city skyline and the sky turned out. The water is the only part that still looks realistic. I think if you could push the water (either color or texture) more toward surreal as well then the whole shot would be improved. But it is definately cool as is!


paperbackhero said...

Not bad!