Stepping stones in an old steel refinery in Germany

Stepping stones in an old steel refinery in Germany – HDR image with textures, ISO 2000, 35mm (equivalent), f/8.0, 1/1000 sec. Fujifilm X100S

Stepping stones in an old steel refinery in Germany

Continuing with the week of textures. Again I used textures from Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Customs V2 texture package. Without a doubt I have way over processed this image. This was actually the first image I really experimented with Textures and I think it shows that in how imposing the textures are on the final image. Just for background I don’t actually post the images in the same order that I process them. With this weeks focus on textures I chose to use images that I had shot while on vacation in Germany and in Ireland. I thought I would alternate the two locations just to mix things up. So this image ended up kind of in the middle of the week instead of being the first image of the week.

Prior to adding the textures I created the HDR image using Photomatix Pro.

The lake is a man made lake that exists where one of the major German steel processing industrial centers was located. The area is near Dortmund. While the original image is very pleasant and tranquil I felt that by over processing the image I could get the feel of how hard and polluted the land was at one time. The look of oil on the water.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at