The Autocross At The Syracuse Nationals

Last year, I was disappointed that I didn’t make my way over to the Autocross at the Syracuse Nationals. This year, I made it a point to spend plenty of time there, and I was NOT disappointed. A friend got me up close and personal to the cars, and even in a couple of them for ride-alongs. It really was quite a thrill. Click the images below to expand. Autocross-101 Autocross-102 Autocross-103 Autocross-104 Autocross-105 Autocross-106 Autocross-107 Autocross-108 Autocross-109 Autocross-110 Autocross-111 Autocross-112 Autocross-113 Autocross-114 Autocross-115 Autocross-116 Autocross-117 Autocross-118 Autocross-119 Autocross-120 Autocross-121 Autocross-122 Autocross-123 Autocross-124 Autocross-125 Autocross-126 Autocross-127 Autocross-128 Autocross-129 Autocross-130 Autocross-131 Autocross-132 Autocross-133 Autocross-134 Autocross-135 Autocross-136 Autocross-137 Autocross-138 Autocross-139 Autocross-140 Autocross-141 Autocross-142 Autocross-143 Autocross-144 Autocross-145 Autocross-146 Autocross-147 Autocross-148 Autocross-149 Autocross-150 Autocross-151 Autocross-152 Autocross-153 Autocross-154 Autocross-155 Autocross-156

Onondaga Lake Sunset.

It’s been quite some time since I went out of my way to get a sunset shot. Last night, I decided to do so. I’m hoping to post a time-lapse of it a bit later, but I’m working out some bugs with that. In the meantime…

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June 20, 2014. Copyright, Eric Payne Photography

June 20, 2014. Copyright, Eric Payne Photography

St. John The Baptist/Holy Trinity Church

It’s been a while since I posted shots from a church, so I finally got over to St. John The Baptist/Holy Trinity Church on the North Side of Syracuse.

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Late Night Lightning Storm

We just had one hell of a lightning storm pass through the East Syracuse area. About half-way through I finally remembered I was a photographer and decided to take some shots. These were somewhat hand-held, braced against the window frame of my bedroom facing East. I used between a six and a ten second shutter speed at between f11 and f16. All shot at ISO 200 with a Nikon D610.

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First Lightroom Edit

After watching a bunch of tutorials on Lightroom, particularly those from Serge Ramelli, I figured I really needed to learn to use this program. The workflows seem to offer more possibilities, faster post-processing times – particularly for large batches of photos – and with the results from a single shot coming pretty close to the look I get doing a three-frame HDR, the space savings could be enormous. All good things. So I started with a shot I did shortly after getting my D610 and Tokina SD 16-28 F2.8 IF. When I shot this, I was expecting to do an HDR with two other shots. This was the -2 bracket, or the darkest of the three, so it was the one where the sky was properly exposed, but the building left in shadows. I’m pretty impressed with the results, particularly for my first time out of the chute with Lightroom. I’ve definitely got a lot to learn with the program, but this could be a game-changer for me. And quite possibly a good one!

The first shot is straight from the camera. Absolutely no adjustments whatsoever. The second shot is all Lightroom + an application of Topaz Adjust to bring out a little of the grit.

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The Perfect Pairing

Beer & hockey. It’s just about the most perfect pairing I can imagine. I’ve been pairing brews local to the teams I’m rooting for in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Currently, I’m watching the Chicago Blackhawks play the Minnesota Wild. While visiting Chicago roughly eight and a half years ago, I was able to visit Goose Island Brewery, so I thought it appropriate to root for the ‘Hawks with a Goose Island Honker’s Ale.

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