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I found this tree sitting on top of a wall in Key West. This really cool subject can be found near the famous Mallory Square. The restaurant is grows near is a fantastic Cuban place. The name of the restaurant is not coming to mind though : (
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I found this awesome panorama from Munich that I have to share with you. It was taken from an old church tower. I don’t remember the exact history of the church. I do know it was destroyed in WWII then was rebuilt afterwards to the exact way it was. Even the cannon balls wedged in the walls from another war were placed back in the walls. Now that’s paying attention to detail! At the base of the church are a bunch of tombstones adhered to the walls. These came from a graveyard adjacent to the church destroyed during, you guessed it, WWII. The locals had no idea what tombstone went to what grave so they placed them on the walls of the church in memory of the dead.


The image looks over the Marienplatz that hosts a bounty of shops and cafes. The old looking building is the New City Hall built in the early 1900′s. The city hall is part of the lucky 10%-20% of Munich that wasn’t destroyed during WWII. A part of new city hall is the Glockenspiel Clock Tower. The clock has two tiers of life sized figures that tell two different stories. One telling about the marriage between Duke Wilhelm V and Renata of Lorraine (who they are, I have no idea). The other telling the story of copper’s dance that is to memorialize the plague. Honestly, if you are visiting Munich you should check this show out once. To warn you though, this show is the most disappointing tourist attraction in all of Europe. I almost fell asleep standing up, no joke!

Another cool building is the massive cathedral you see in the back. This is where Pope Benedict gave mass when he was a cardinal. Did you know he has a barrel of his favorite beer sent to the Vatican every month. That beer is Edelstoff, from Munich’s oldest brewer, Augustiner. I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but Augustiner does make some good braus.

I could talk more and more about the history in this photo but I don’t want to put you to sleep. Munich is a fantastic city with a rich history dating back to 1158.

http://www.adamolsonphotography.com/the-glockenspiel/
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I see a glockenspiel ... :]
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A simple photo from one of my first HDR bracket sets a couple years back. This is taken a top of one of the mountains at Keystone Ski Resort.
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Nice shot man!  Love capturing these storms!
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Hey everyone!  I hope everyone is doing great!  My wife and I just got done with a blitz of family visiting us for the past few weeks.  As we settle down I was finally able to get the photos from our hikes onto my computer.  We took my in-laws up to the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area just West of Boulder about 45 minutes.  They choose to do a simple hike around Long Lake that provided gorgeous views of the continental divide.  Flowing into Long Lake was this nice creek.  I was able to find a small pathway that took me to an opening so I could set up my tripod for a series of brackets.

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This shot consists of two sets of brackets with three shots in each set.  I combined the two shots in Photoshop using the default panorama plugin and some further masking.  I applied a detail and contrast filter using photo tools.  Then some final touch ups were applied in Lightroom.

Question for You:

When doing HDR Panorama’s … do you process each set of brackets first then combine them to make a panorama?  Or do you combine each exposure to make several panorama’s then process them in a program such as Photomatix?  I like to hear your opinion.  Thanks!


http://www.adamolsonphotography.com/flowing-by-long-lake/
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Happy Valentines Day everyone. I hope you all have a special day planned out for your significant other.

The other day my wife and I took the dogs on a walk at Ada Hayden Park here in Ames. I guess, I should say, she took them for a walk while I took pictures. Ada Hayden is a several hundred acre park named after, you guessed it, Ada Hayden. She was born in Ames and graduated from Iowa State University with a couple degrees including her doctorate in Philosophy. She was an avid conservationist for prairie land. That is why as you walk through the park you are walking through a massive prairie and wetland preserve. It is a fantastic park to visit in Ames that I don’t visit enough. The design of parks is another passion of mine like photography. I was fortunate to intern back in college with the landscape architecture firm that designed Ada Hayden Park. It was great to be part of a wonderful team to develop other parks like Ada Hayden.

http://www.adamolsonphotography.com/fire-ice/
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Another old but great image I found hidden deep in my hard drive.

As you might of guessed, this photo looks over Sydney Harbor in Australia. One of my best friends, Kraemer, and I went on a walk to look for saddles for myself (mine broke). During this walk we somehow found ourselves at the base of one of the four giant pylons for the Sydney Harbor Bridge. It just happened the base of this pylon had an open door and a set of stairs calling for us to walk up. Ten dollars later we were at the top with this amazing view! We spent a lot of time up there watching the boats going by and the people climbing the bridge (left of the frame). I would have loved to do this but $400 wasnt in the budget to make the climb at sunset. The $10 was well worth it to get you close enough to the top. Plus you could take your time and werent constrained by safety cables. If you are ever in Sydney on a tight budget, this is the way to go to get a view from the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

http://www.adamolsonphotography.com/sydney-harbor-panorama/
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The latest edition to my Key West Album.

This set of posts were found at the Casa Marina Hotel in Key West. I’m not sure what they were used for. My guess would be they were part of the dock and maybe there use to be decking between them for people to walk on. I hope it didn’t collapse while someone was on it. I looked like the part I was on for this photo (http://www.adamolsonphotography.com/blue-at-the-casa/) and felt like it was going to send me swimming at any moment. I wouldn’t have minded the swim as this gorgeous water but I’m sure my camera and lenses wouldn’t have liked it as much. Either way these posts definitely look worn out.

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I like the DOF you used in this shot. Water is so clear!
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My wife, two friends, and I stayed at this wonderful place for 5 days back in the summer of 2010. My wife and I can't wait to come back when we visit Germany again from the States sometime soon. The hosts of Landhaus & Pension Christian are amazing people. I would recommend anyone to stay here.
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