Saturday, November 13, 2010
The Goleta Amtrak Station
For the past 4 years, I had no idea where this train station was located until one day, I was driving around in my car and decided to see what was at the end of La Patera Lane and there it was. I chose the Goleta Amtrak station as a place to shoot because of its solitude and reclusiveness. I captured this shot with my Nikon D40 mounted on a tripod using my Tokina 11 - 16 mm lens. The camera was tethered to my laptop and multiple shots were captured using DIYPhotoBits.com Camera Control 5.2. I love this software for multiple reasons: it supports my camera, does tethered shooting, time lapse, and exposure bracketing. Did i also mention it's free? Ok so back to the picture, I took multiple exposures and I've tested both Photomatix and Dynamic HDR but haven't yet committed to purchasing HDR software yet so I decided to combine my multiple shots in Photoshop. I combined 5 different exposures using layer masks and digital neutral density filters to create this shot and was very pleased with how it turned out.