Liberty Hill Meetup

Trying to be more social, I joined a Meetup group for a photoshoot and socializing event in Liberty Hill Texas. Liberty Hill is a small town not far from where I live. There is a little downtown area where we met and explored different things to shoot.


With the above I was capturing an establishing shot of where I was (in Liberty Hill). I found that I could get a good reflection of city hall in this window of a local business. There was a lot of sun on the city hall and I like having “Liberty Hill” clearly on the window plus the reflection mirroring that in the background.

I drive through this area quite often and I have noticed this old car near a rusty shop on the main street through town. Many of us naturally gravitated toward this old car for photos. This is an old Oldsmobile, it’s up on jack-stands, has rotten old wide white wall tires and seemed to be begging for an HDR treatment to me. The amazing clouds in the background were a bonus.

HDR Merge of Rusty Old Oldsmobile in Liberty Hill Texas
Photo Merge of 5 Shots Using Photomatix Pro

There were a lot of people walking around and it was hard to get people out of my shot. So, there is a person in the background that didn’t ghost out well. I thought about fighting with this in Photoshop, but I decided that I didn’t want to do all that work and settled for the photo as it is. I did quite an exaggerated HDR merge on the above photo because of the clouds in the background providing a lot of drama.

I also went around to the back of the car and from this vantage point there is a lot of blue sky in the background; see the photo below. I gave this photo a lot more of a realistic merge, but I still got a lot of color out of the car which was in shadow. I also like the look of the weeds growing in the cracks and the rusty poles and old light fixture in the shot.

HDR Merge of Rusty Old Oldsmobile in Liberty Hill Texas
Photo Merge of 5 Shots Using Photomatix Pro

To take these shots, I didn’t set up with a tripod or carefully change exposures in manual mode. Rather I set the camera to take five brackets at -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 EV, I then framed it and hit the shutter button 5 times. Photomatix Pro aligns the images and they turned out well enough. I did flip through the photos on the back of the camera to make sure I had some dark and bright exposures.

I also came across a large rain puddle that I tried to figure out what to do with; see the picture below. The power lines and their reflections really put some visual perspective in the picture. I waited until various cars had moved through the scene to provide a sense of motion. I like the way the red Chevy worked out just past the tree but not blocking the store in the distance. I really like the symmetry in this photo.

Reflections in a rain puddle in Liberty Hill Texas
Nikon D750 + 16-35mm, f/4; 35mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO100

This photo is exposed for the high bright clouds and that really overloaded everything else. I did work to bring the cars and buildings up a bit to make this work. To take this photo, I stepped out to a small dry place in the middle of the puddle, selected live view, squatted down and got the camera almost on the ground. I took several photos timing different cars as the passed by as I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted yet. This is probably my favorite shot of the day.

We later went to a Mexican restaurant, had drinks and food and chatted. I usually don’t do well with strangers, but I wanted to force myself to get out there and be a bit social and I had a good time. Thanks for reading and leave a comment if you like.

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