Abstract-ish image from my recent, rain soaked evening photo session in Old Town Wichita.
Not much beats neon lights reflecting on rainy pavement. This is HDR, taken in “Old Town” Wichita, where the Warren Theater anchors a series of shops and restaurants around the perimeter of the square. Rain was still falling during this adventure. My Nikon D700 has good weather sealing, but it was getting wet enough that my little voice saying “you could be ruining your camera!” finally got the better of me and I gave up. This HDR was generated and tonemapped in Photomatix Pro, then finished off with a little cropping, spotting, level tweaks, and noise reduction in Lightroom.
Another in my epic ‘Happy Bird’ series…well I guess two images do not really a series make…but I digress. Taken within minutes of last week’s “Happy Duck In The Rain”, these geese seemed both happy and surprised at the rain. We are in drought conditions in Wichita and this shower was a wonderful little anomaly. I would also like to state that no geese had to be paid off for this one, they were happy to pose during the shower. I was using my vehicle as shelter and shooting out the open window.
This is something I like to call “Happy Duck In The Rain” . Hey, it is what it is, I am a simple guy.
Wichita is experiencing a period of intense heat and drought. Last Saturday we had a record breaking scorcher at 111 degrees. Tuesday evening I had noticed the sky was looking interesting, so I set out downtown to the river area. As I parked a brief but potent little rain shower erupted, much to the delight of the ducks and geese in the area. I waited the rain out, and the sky got interesting again. More on that later.