I decided to look back at what I did in September that I am happy with. Perhaps if I do this for enough months I can get an idea about whether or not I am improving. I went back through the photos that I made in September and picked out the ones that I thought were good. Below are my five best photos from September 2018.
On a couple of occasion I took photos in Austin at sunset and got some results that I like. These were from a parking garage on the East side of Interstate 35 facing West across town.
I didn’t get the spectacular sunset cloud show that I was hoping for in either case. I did end up with some good light on the last one. My favorite of the Austin pictures is the long exposure night shot above. I love how the long exposure turns the highway into a river of light with a little color left on the horizon.
I also took a photo in Liberty Hill as part of a meet-up that I attended. There is not a lot to this little downtown area, but I found a puddle to make a nice reflections that create a nice perspective effect that leads you into the image.
This image was a bit over-exposed in the sky. I didn’t sufficiently check my histogram while shooting this. I still like the image.
I also ended up going to some of the nearby lakes trying to capture sunsets reflected in the water. The first image below is from Inks Lake. I did get some reflections in the lake, but the cloud show was not very spectacular. I do like the picture because of the way I remember the environment while taking these photos. It was very quiet, with only animal sounds. A nice escape.
I later went to Lake Buchanan on a Sunday evening. My main goal was to work on some compositional elements in addition to the lake and sky. I also tried some new things in Lightroom when editing the photo. This is one of my favorite photos because of the sunlight.
Another point to notice is that all of these photos were shot with the 16-35mm f/4 lens. That would seem to be my favorite lens for landscape photography and usually the main lens I carry with me.
Below are a couple of shots from September of 2017. Looking at these photos, I think that I can say that I have improved since then.
I may do this again at the end of October to see if it helps me determine whether or not I am improving.