Downtown Hot Springs Christmas (winter architecture holidays ). Photo by ArkyMark
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Downtown Hot Springs Christmas

Uploaded by: ArkyMark

Monday December 7, 2009

Hot Springs, AR (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas is always beautiful at Christmastime!

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17. Gynecomastia
7:14 AM GMT on October 26, 2011
This is gorgeous! You can't really stop Christmas now!

Cheers!
Gynecomastia
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16. Danube
8:07 PM GMT on July 15, 2011
This photo is my favorite.
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15. GeauxLSUtigers
6:57 PM GMT on July 15, 2011
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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14. WindandFire
8:43 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
This is so pretty!
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13. Budsgirl
8:09 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Yes it is beautiful. Nice capture... thanks for sharing!
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12. ctcpa84
4:25 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Beautiful picture...
Really captures the spirit of the season..
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11. ArkyMark
12:47 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Thanks to all for your compliments!

For those who've asked: yeah, it's long exposure - around 2-seconds on a tripod with a cable release - but it's also one of my first real experiments with HDR Photography. I took a total of three shots - one shot "as metered", then one two-stops over and one two-stops under. I put them together with Photomatix ... and there's the result.

Actually the shot didn't need all that ... I could have tweaked a single, proper exposure to look almost the same - but there are some odd elements in this version that I like : The ghostly-red trees in the upper left are actually there, but very hard to see in any other exposure - and the weird green light coming from inside the building which contrasts so well with the orange light outside. (I could easily think "Halloween" rather than Christmas with this one!)

This scene shows a long cascade of water that runs down from a parking garage in downtown Hot Springs. For the holidays they decorate virtually everything downtown, so if that's what a parking garage looks like, you can imagine the rest of it! I'll be taking some more before the season's over, and I look forward to sharing a few on here. This is without a doubt my favorite "photo-group" on the Internet!

ArkyMark in Hot Springs, Arkansas
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10. bena51
11:11 AM GMT on December 08, 2009
Wonderful!!!
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9. Olbetsy
4:09 AM GMT on December 08, 2009
Nicely done, the contrast of warm lights and blue windows and lights along with leading lines all make an excellent image.
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8. StarDancer
12:48 AM GMT on December 08, 2009
This is BEAUTIFUL!!! Excellent image here! =)
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7. suzi46
12:40 AM GMT on December 08, 2009
what a great looking display..almost better than NYC..great pic!!!
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6. stoneygirl
11:41 PM GMT on December 07, 2009
What a beautifully festive photo. Great shot. Wonderful AC.
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5. twinietwo06
11:19 PM GMT on December 07, 2009
Beautiful 10++
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4. lenag
10:41 PM GMT on December 07, 2009
What a very beautiful environment!! Great picture! :)
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3. cctxshirl
10:08 PM GMT on December 07, 2009
What a fantastic shot--very beautiful--makes me want to visit that place!
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2. CalicoBass
3:43 PM GMT on December 07, 2009
Very beautiful!!
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1. travelingrose
2:08 PM GMT on December 07, 2009
Great job capturing the beautiful and festive scene!
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About ArkyMark

ArkyMark

Into Photography for over 30 years, I worked professionally as a studio/portrait photographer for a long time before getting away from it and into programming/web design. The whole world of photography underwent a paradigm-shift while I was away, but now I'm back with a Nikon DSLR and loving every shot of it!

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