I was getting some of my floral macro images together a while ago and started looking back at when I started this series. My first serious effort was Christmas Day 2008 -- so six and a half years later I still shoot these images with extension tubes and a 50mm lens. I try different things now and then. When I started I was using speedlights in umbrellas, and it was a good learning experience for me at the time to trigger off-camera lights. That experience largely became used in my portrait photography for the past seven years. I now try different wrinkles -- sometimes manual flash, sometimes TTL using a pop-up flash on camera as the trigger. On this particular day I was using TTL and for some unknown reason the TTL flash was a little under what I normally use but I liked it on this astromeria.
Photo from the rodeo a couple of weeks ago. I was waiting on one of the upper balconies as the rodeo was ended, and it was near dusk. Three handheld frames here with the Sony A6000, merged and processed through Nik HDR Efex and Nik Color Efex.
One last shot of Old Red -- from the front. I've taken quite a few group photos on these steps. It's one of the few and best places on campus to shoot a group of 10-50 people. The south-facing facade here lights up quickly and warmly. The building's been under a lot of remodeling the past few months, but now seems back to its grand appearance. Just for fun I'm posting a photo below of the building when it was completed in 1891. As you can see, the 1900 Storm forced some remodeling and streamlining of the top. The top turret is now gone and the smaller turrets on either side are now skylights.
Here's another photo of Old Red. I took photos for about 15 minutes on this particular day, and by coincidence Life Flight just happened to fly over when I was there. I was bracketing 3 frames, so the movement of the helicopter caused some minor artifacting when the images were merged -- even at 11 frames per second. I did some minor clean up in Photoshop. I thought this was interesting though -- the oldest medical building in Texas with modern day medicine (Life Flight) in the same frame.
This photo was taken at the same time as the previous post. Interesting because the color palate is nearly identical, but this is the back side of Old Red, where there are lots of pipes and infrastructure of the UTMB campus. Here, the orange and beige colors are reflections in the pipes. Not the most photographed area of campus for sure. Sony A6000, handheld bracketed frames. Merged with Nik HDR Efex.
Above is a photo of Old Red, the venerable building on the UTMB campus that was the state of Texas's first medical school. This photo was taken last Friday when it was probably the last time this area has seen the sun and a pretty day. Still tinkering with the Sony A6000. This image is actually a 3-frame HDR merge. It is amazing how simply and how well this camera handles bracketing, and at 11 frames per second, I'm not sure I'd ever need a tripod unless I got into an extremely low light situation.