UFO over Atlanta

This is another shot from my trip to Atlanta.  When I was processing my image from Friday, I came across a 2 star, blue rated shot of this image (meaning that I tonemapped at it was awaiting stylization) that I had worked on it a few weeks back, but wasn’t feeling it.  I decided to take another shot at it last night and really liked the result!

My buddy Mike Olbinski has a ‘favorite’ parking garage that he always seems to get monster shots (and haboob timelapses) from so I am always on the look out for structures to get me up a little higher.  It was a cold, late night in Atlanta (11pm maybe…) and I decided to throw caution to the wind and reassured my wife and mother that it would be fine if I got out for some night shooting.  I had another shot planned on the 4th floor of this structure that we were parked in and on the way out, decided to check out the top of the garage.  I exited the elevator and turned around to see this blue dome that looked like a UFO landing on one of the buildings.  I set up in a corner to block the wind (and hide from any questionable folks that may have been around) and bracketed away.

A few shooting notes:  I usually shoot at ISO 100 and f11-16 for my HDR, but if my center bracket is at 2sec, it gives me a good 9 exposure range without having to go into ‘bulb’ mode (especially nice since my fingers were freezing!).  At night, I would get too much noise over 200, so I opened my aperture a bit to 9 to get to my 2 sec exposure.  After reviewing my brackets, I decided to shoot 1 more exposure at 60 seconds to capture all the shadow details…  Man, I wish I had a Promote Control…


(Click on the image to view large in the light box!)

Canon XSi, Tamron 17-50 2.8VC, 36mm, f/9, ISO 200, 10 exposures


Architecture, Atlanta, Canon XSi, Georgia, HDR, Night, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 VC, UrbanPermalink

12 Responses to UFO over Atlanta

  1. Curt Fleenor says:

    Nice shot Chris, the colors are fantastic! I like the subtle DOF that the wider aperture gave, to me it gives the image a bit more depth.
    Curt Fleenor recently posted..Straight Branch Falls

  2. Andy Gimino says:

    Love this one Chris…That round structure in the middle really draws me into this one!
    Andy Gimino recently posted..Just passing Though

  3. Love the blue color set against the cold tones of the buildings. Great capture.
    Scott Ackerman recently posted..Streak, Bolts and Stars

  4. Great title today Chris. Love the comp.
    Chris Frailey recently posted..Dreams

  5. Jason Hines says:

    That does kind of look like a UFO. Nice capture and great processing Chris!
    Jason Hines recently posted..Rusted

  6. Justin says:

    Perfect title. Great image!
    Justin recently posted..iPhone Friday

  7. The Hyatt’s blue dome is in my backyard (so to speak) in Atlanta and always offers spectacular photo ops. I love the warm/cool tone contrasts and your enviable perspective. Stunning fluorescent blue glow.
    Barbara Youngleson recently posted..Remains of the Day

  8. Cool shot Chris. It does look like Atlanta is being invaded. Beautiful color and POV!

  9. Jimi Jones says:

    Fantastic shot!
    Love how the “UFO” stands out amongst the surrounding buildings. Nice lines and detail.
    Jimi Jones recently posted..Return to the Rail Yard

  10. Chris Nitz says:

    I like the contrast of warm and cold lighting on this. Where any aliens harmed in the making of this shot?
    Chris Nitz recently posted..Road to Smurf Village

  11. Ryan Sexton says:

    Great shot of a flying saucer :) You night shots are always so clean and crisp, well done.
    Ryan Sexton recently posted..Planet Hollywood.

  12. Adam Allegro says:

    Well done my friend. I love it! What is promote control?? Love these types of finds!

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