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Photo Club – Downtown Hot Springs (Normal)

  • June 11, 2013

I joined the Arkansas Outdoor Photography Club (AOPC) late last year and have really enjoyed the fellowship with other photographers.  They are in Little Rock which is a bit of a drive for me so I was thrilled when they put Hot Springs on the calendar of places to shoot!  We got together June 8th and had a great time!  I’ve shot downtown Hot Springs a few times already so I decided to go for some of the more unusual angles, locations, and processing styles to vary things up.  

This first shot just screamed for black and white IMO.  I shot through a window into one of the bath houses.

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I’ve never gotten a photo of this fountain that I really liked so I went with a completely different approach this time.  Odd angle, froze the water in place, and did some retro processing.

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And another of the fountain.  Went with more normal colors this time and a sun flare.  Meh…

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This next shot was an attempt at HDR to give it extra pizzazz.  It turned out ok I think.  Nothing spectacular.

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I’ve learned to try and shoot some of the people lately to capture more of the local feel.  This was one of the drivers for the horse drawn carriages.  What a killer hat!

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Wasting some time near Brick House Grill.  Our fearless leader for this trip was Ted on the left.

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A little fun with some black and white.  Something about this scene drew me in.

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This building is pretty awesome really.  It is hard to capture the “feel” of it though.  The old, weathered bricks, the broken windows… I’m diggin’ it.  I wanted to cut down the power lines and move some cars though!

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Reflections of the mirrored bridge.

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Another place begging for black and white…

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Again, I was going for unusual scenes and creative processing.

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I loved this little gem of a spot!  Never noticed it before. I wonder what that machine is inside the doorway…

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The old train depot:

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I’ve never really tried HDR at night until now.  This was an experiment more than anything.  Wanted to really grab the colors from the neon lights to give an interesting vibe.

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Light streaks!  Fun to catch those moving cars with a long exposure.

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More light streaks.  this time I tried to make the fountain across the street part of the scene.

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What an awesome car!  I think this was a ’36 Buick in great condition!

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And finally a shot of the bikes lined up downtown.  Had to wait for a break in traffic.  If you’re Ted though and tote a D4 with machine gun speed, you just step out, fire, and leave.  He cracked me up as he would just step out into the middle of the road and fire away!

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