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Craig Allen is a photographer creating unique images and spreading messages of photology to the masses.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mansfield Dam

Originally called Marshall Ford Dam, the name was changed in 1941 in honor of United States Representative J.J. Mansfield. The reservoir behind Mansfield Dam is named Lake Travis.

Mansfield Dam / © All rights reserved

This site has pictures taken during the construction of Mansfield dam.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography Technique

The following picture was taken using the High Dynamic Range (HDR) technique.  HDR is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of luminances between light and dark areas of a scene than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDR is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.

360 Bridge - Austin Texas

TutorialBlog has rounded up numerous HDR tutorials in one place. So if you are interested in this technique, I recommend that you check it out. Have fun!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Multimedia Development Project

This project is a combination of three courses I just finished for Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Enjoy and please provide feedback.

Flash I Project © All rights reserved
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Monday, March 15, 2010

New Simpson CPA Logo

Doug Simpson, a local Certified Public Accountant, contacted me for permission to use my Pennybacker Bridge photo in the header on his newly redesigned web site. He also mentioned that he was looking for someone to dessign a new logo as well. I submit an attend at the logo and we ran with it. The result is here:

Simpson CPA Logo

Simpson CPA Logo

You can see how it all came together at

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Austin Power

This photo was taken in Austin Texas during a lightning storm. I captured the strike above the Seaholm Power Plant with my “lightning” quick reflexes, well actually just a long shutter speed and a wireless remote. Take a look inside.

Austin Power by CraigAllen / © All rights reserved
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Make Your Own Planets

I made this planet from my “Seattle Blues” photo and by following Dirk Paessler’s tutorial on creating the planets. Check it out and make your own planets.

Planet Blue Seattle by Craig Allen Photography © All rights reserved

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ashley Lake in Montana

This picture was taken at Ashley Lake in Montana. The hardest question to answer this day was which boat to take out for the afternoon.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

2713 Buckeye Trail in Cedar Park, Texas

I just shot this large, two story 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths, 2 dining areas, 2 living areas home in Cedar Parkon shady lot in the Anderson Mill West neighborhood.  So close to RR 620 and Austin, Texas!  Great floorplan & features like a downstairs master bedroom suite with both garden tub & shower as well as double vanities; large eat-in kitchen, 2 livings and 2 dinings.  Fireplace, 2 car garage.  This move-in ready home has fresh paint inside & out, new laminate, new carpet & new ceramic tile installed, HVAC coil replaced July 2009.  The shady back yard is like a park & very nice for entertaining & Bar B Qs. In highly acclaimed Leander ISD School District. EXEMPLARY rated Cypress Creek Elementary, Cedar Park Middle School all in walking distance.

If you are interested in this house, you can contact Betty Saenz at 512-785-5050

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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Strobist Gel Collection

This is a follow up on my Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook post from last month.

The Strobist Gel Collection
For Rosco’s web site:
“Rosco, the worldwide leader in color filters has assembled the essential collection of filters for use with your on-board flash. Rosco has been manufacturing color filters since 1910 and our Cinegel range of color filters has earned two Academy Awards™. Working with David Hobby, the founder of, The Strobist Collection contains the Cinegel filters photographers need, properly sized (1″x3″) to fit most shoe-mount strobes. There are 20 different colors inside with multiple pieces of each color for a total of 55 pieces of filter.”

Purchase The Strobist Gel Collection here

B&H Photo and Electronics

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Friday, August 14, 2009

New White Seamless Background & Photoshop Actions

I just setup a white seamless background in my home studio based off of Zack Arias’ White Seamless Tutorial series. In his series he explains everything from the equipment required to invaluable techniques.

by Craig Allen Photography © All rights reserved

After shooting, I load the photos into Lightroom 2 and make quick adjustments for white balance, brightness, fixing skew, etc and then I export the keepers to Photoshop for editing.

I am working on a new action for Photoshop to make light work out of editing images shot on white seamless.  I based this action from information Zack presented in his  White Seamless Questions :: Part 1 video.

After running the white seamless Photoshop Action I run another action I made for retouching skin. I bases most of this action from Christy Schuler’s skin tutorial.

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