Picture(s) of the Week: Epic Dallas Sunrise!

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For some reason the sunrises and sunsets have been absolutely bonkers lately around Dallas.  It probably has something to do with science or meteorology but I don’t really pay too much attention to that (I probably should!).  Anyway, I went out Friday morning to a spot that my buddy Matt told me about for a new look at the Dallas skyline.  I have to say, I was super impressed with the vantage point!  What made it even better was the absolutely amazing sunrise that took place.  These pictures made it to the top of the r/Dallas subreddit on Reddit and did well on Instagram and Facebook so I figured they’d be perfect choices for this week’s picture(s) of the week!  I’m featuring three pictures this week: my regular sunrise shot, a cool shot of some bluebonnets (the state flower of Texas), and an epic panorama that stretches over 5 feet long at full resolution!

Let me know which is your favorite in the comments below!

(as a reminder, if you’d like to use these images on your own non-commercial blog or Facebook, please credit to Andy’s Travel Blog with a link to the site, thanks!)

Epic Dallas Sunrise

Epic Dallas Sunrise

Dallas Bluebonnets

Dallas Bluebonnets

Dallas Sunrise Panorama

Dallas Sunrise Panorama

For the photographers: The first image was taken with the Sony 90mm macro lens affixed to my Sony a7rII.  The second two were taken with the Sony 70-200.  The panorama is a combination of 9 pictures stitched together in Photoshop (and nearly blowing up my computer in the process).  I used a variety of techniques on the images but mainly followed my typical post-processing workflow:

  • Adjust highlights/shadows, blacks/whites in Lightroom (although I’m moving to Capture One soon)
  • Edit in Photoshop
  • Apply Nik Color Efex Pro 4 (Detail Extractor, Pro Contrast, Polarizer, Brilliance/Warmth, then usually either some more Tonal Contrast or Pro Contrast again) filter
  • Apply Nik Dfine 2 filter
  • Apply layer of High-Pass sharpening
  • Send back to Lightroom for cropping and any gradients, then I’m done!

Any questions, please let me know!

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