Urban Landscape + Lifestyle Photography

The Driskill Bar, a cozy, holiday filled corner

2012 Driskill Christmas Tree - Austin, Texas

Cozy and Festive Corner, Driskill Bar – Austin, Texas

As I mentioned in my post several days ago, I been shooting the main Driskill Hotel Christmas tree for four years now. But this year, I shot another one, tucked back in the corner on the other side of the hotel. It’s in the Driskill Bar right near the 7th street entrance.

The place was quite dark and I had some doubts if this would come out. I used my Olympus E-PM2 with the 14mm lens on a table top tripod and put it on a cushy ottoman. I shot three photographs at 2 stops apart and use the HDR bracket option that is new to the E-PM2 — this isn’t available on the E-P3. Just to be clear, the HDR bracket feature just takes the photographs, it does not do any in-camera HDR processing.

I used my standard, subtle HDR processing technique to get it just right. I wanted the Christmas tree lights be bright and festive but still wanted to keep the moody, wood-paneled bar feeling. I’m happy with the way it came out.

I hope everyone has a great Holiday Season. I’m shutting things down here and packing up for a family vacation to the East Coast. I may have one more post coming before I go for the rest of the year.

Photograph taken with my new Olympus E-PM2 with the 14mm f2.5 lens.

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2 responses

  1. Lovely! You take care and have a happy and safe holiday :-)

    December 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    • Thanks, Libby. You too.

      December 24, 2012 at 12:04 am

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