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Buffalo Butt

In Fort Worth, Texas by James Brandon6 Comments

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My new ebook, Tack Sharp., is doing great! It did extremely well in the first month after being released and I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who picked up a copy. I truly put my heart and soul into this book and I will stand behind it and say that just about everyone can learn something from this ebook. There is so much information about getting tack sharp images that most people don’t know about. I’ve talked to seasoned pros who read the ebook and discovered settings they never even knew about. How awesome is that!?

eBooks are such a great technology. Tack Sharp is $9.97. That’s pretty flippin’ cheap. For the cost of a cheap meal you can read an entire book within a day. It’s only 40 pages long, but those 40 pages are jam packed with information. If you don’t have the ebook yet, and you struggle from time to time to get sharp images in different situations, please do yourself a favor and grab a copy!

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Today’s Image – Buffalo Butt

I’m a sucker for a good craft beer, and apparently the Stockyards Saloon is too. Buffalo Butt is an Amber Lager from a local brewery here in Fort Worth called Rahr and Sons. They make some absolutely incredible brews and Buffalo Butt is just one of them. A quote from Rahr and Son’s website states that, “Legend has it that back in the 1840’s, a group of cowboys hanging out at one of the many bars in Fort Worth’s “Hell’s Half Acre” would quench their thirst while telling tales of their buffalo hunting days. When one of the cowboys said a nice, cold beer was the only thing that could make him forget the often-viewed sight of a buffalo’s butt, the local brewmaster laughed and vowed to create Buffalo Butt beer to commemorate the posterior of the prairie’s most majestic beast.

As I walked into the Stockyards Saloon during our photowalk this past weekend, I cracked up when I saw the rear end of a Buffalo hanging above the bar. What class!

On the photography side of things, this wasn’t an easy shot to process. Anytime you have two light sources within a frame things can get a bit tricky. My white balance was compensating for the tungsten light inside of the bar which caused the daylight coming in through the windows to turn a cool blue tone.

Some people might simply embrace the cool tones but I wanted to make the light look the same as it was when I stood there. I shot this as an HDR so I had multiple exposures of the scene. I took the exposure for the outside (the darkest one) and changes the white balance in Lightroom to daylight. This corrected the light outside but, as you can imagine, made the light inside the bar pretty terrible. I then took the exposures into Photoshop and masked in the window light. I thought this would be easy, but there was a lot more work involved than I imagined. The window light was reflecting onto just about every surface in the bar in one way or another, so I had a LOT of masking to do!

It was quite dark in the bar, and we were told we only had about 5-10 minutes to get some pictures. I wish I had taken a quick exposure to capture the fans on the ceiling. Because of the slow shutter speed, you can’t see any of the fan blades up there! If you look closely, those are fans! And each fan is connected to the rest by a belt, and off to the right out of the frame is an antique sowing machine motor that powers the belt which turns all the fan blades. So cool!

Stockyards Saloon | Fort Worth Texas | Stockyards Hotel

  • Anonymous

    Great image James. Really get the feel of the place and the light in a natural state! well done!

  • http://twitter.com/terrellcwoods terrellcwoods

    Just want to let you know that purchased Tack Sharp and it already has made taking pictures much more enjoyable.  Easy to read and I feel that I have a different mindset when setting up.  Keep ’em coming.

    • http://www.james-brandon.com James Brandon

      Very cool Terrell! Glad to hear :-)

  • http://blog.alwaysaclickaway.com Brett Cox

    I love this image.  I would never have noticed the fan blades were missing till you said something.  I wonder if having them in the shot may have actually taken away from it.  Just a thought, but they might have taken away or distracted the lines you have.  just .02

  • http://imagesbyjw.com Jan Winther

    Oh man. What a fantastic shot, very well processed. To bad about the fans, still its a supershot

  • Alastair Westgarth

    I really love the bar picture – incredible