HDR photography is a technique I have been interested in experimenting with for a while. That was especially so after seeing some of Trey Ratcliff’s photos. Luckily Trey includes quite a bit of information about the process on his website. HDR photos can sometimes look too “hyper-real” for my personal taste, but they still seem really cool.

It turns out the software Trey uses, Photomatix, offers a free trial version. All of the features are fully functional. The free version just embeds the Photomatix name in the resulting image. This is my first attempt at using it. On the left side is a photo I would normally take. The HDR version I created is on the right. I think it turned out pretty good for my initial try.

Trey just ran a PhotoWalk in Austin. Unfortunately I learned about it too late to attend. Hopefully I will be available for his next one. It looks like everyone had a great time from the pictures and stories they posted.

Finally made it to an Austin Aztex game! One of thier games was broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel a few weeks ago, but this was my first live game. Austin played a rather physical game. We received all of the yellow cards! There was even a big “fight” in the goal after an Austin player knocked over Montreal’s goalie.

Anyway, there is an album of photos from the game. I don’t think I will be putting any sports photographers out of work soon, but they seemed to turn out OK for my first attempt. They are playing another home game in a couple weeks. We are going to try organizing a bigger group for then.