Sunday, November 26, 2017

Backyard Fall Foliage

We have this great maple tree in the backyard and every year around this time I think, "I'm gonna go get some pictures of the leaves", but I never do...  Until this year.  Finally!  Not the best in the world and need to shoot some more, but this is better than none...  :-)

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mary Colter's Desert View Watchtower

This tower is one of the places we stopped during our Grand Canyon tour in Arizona last month.

The following is from the National Park Service's website:

From Desert View, aptly named because of the views to the east of the Painted Desert, you can see the Colorado River make a big bend and continue to the west, the North Rim more than 10 miles away, and a panoramic view for well over 100 miles on a clear day.
The Watchtower dominates the near view. This structure was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter who is often referred to as the architect of the southwest. She traveled throughout the southwest to find inspiration and authenticity for her buildings. The architecture of the ancestral Puebloan people of the Colorado Plateau served as her model. This particular tower was patterned after those found at Hovenweep and the Round Tower of Mesa Verde. Ms. Colter indicated that it was not a copy of any that she had seen, but rather modeled from several. 

The tower was completed in 1932.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Light Rays in Upper Antelope Canyon

Here is another shot I took during the photo tour of Upper Antelope Canyon.

One thing our tour guide of the Grand Canyon told us is that the difference between a canyon and a gorge is that a canyon is wider than it is deep and a gorge is deeper than it is wide.  If that were the case, wouldn't Upper Antelope Canyon really be Upper Antelope Gorge?  It is definitely deeper than it is wide as it gets pretty narrow in there.  Maybe the difference was defined after it was named. :-)  I think the case is that the area I took these shots is just part of the overall Canyon, although it is also referred to as a "slot canyon" which to me is a definition of a gorge.  Oh well, whatever.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grand Canyon Panorama

This panorama of the Grand Canyon is the view just outside of the El Tovar Hotel.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

More from the Field of Honor

A few more shots from the Field of Honor in Georgetown for this Veteran's Day Weekend.

I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for dropping by. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Field of Honor in Georgetown, TX

In celebration of Veterans Day, Georgetown has created the Field of Honor.  It is put on by the Georgetown Rotary Club.  The following is from their website:

The Rotary Club of Georgetown Foundation proudly presents the first annual Field of Honor® in Central Texas in cooperation with the City of Georgetown and presented by Hewlett Chevrolet Buick and SportClips. This truly inspiring event will pay tribute to our valued veterans, active and reserve duty military, first responders, and personal heroes during the week of Veterans Day from November 5th to November 12th, 2017.
A stunning and emotion-filled display of over 1400 full sized U.S. flags will be posted at San Gabriel Park’s activity field on Chamber Way, each flag having been purchased by individuals in tribute to a veteran, active or reserve duty military, first responder, or their own personal heroes. It is a week to honor and express thanks to all who selflessly serve. It is also a time to educate. Visitors to the field will enjoy a display of  historical American flags.

I especially liked the Air Force portion as it is a bit near and dear to my heart. :-)

Remember the Vets this weekend and have a great day!  

I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for dropping by.


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US Flag and Air Force Seal
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chapel of the Holy Cross

This is one of the sites you can visit while in Sedona, AZ.  I took this from the tour trolley on the road below.

From Wikipedia:

The chapel was inspired and commissioned by local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who had been inspired in 1932 by the newly constructed Empire State Building to build such a church. After an attempt to do so in Budapest, Hungary (with the help of Lloyd Wright, son of noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright) was aborted due to the outbreak of World War II, she decided to build the church in her native region.[2]
Richard Hein was chosen as project architect, and the design was executed by architect August K. Strotz, both from the firm of Anshen & Allen. The chapel is built on Coconino National Forest land; the late Senator Barry Goldwater assisted Staude in obtaining a special-use permit. The construction supervisor was Fred Courkos, who built the chapel in 18 months at a cost of US$300,000. The chapel was completed in 1956.[3]
The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In the sculptor's words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men (and women) and be a living reality.”
In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona,[4] and it is also the site of one of the so-called Sedona vortices.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sand Falls

We took a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon outside of Page, AZ with Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours.  Eileen was so great because she was willing to take a different tour than me because only serious photographers were allowed on the tour I went on, meaning those on the tour could only take semi-pro or professional cameras like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, etc.  No iphones or Androids allowed.  Our tours were at the same time and we saw each other during them, but mine went through a bit slower than hers.

The tour itself was good because the guide on the one I went on (Rosie was her name) would block off those from other tours from entering the different "rooms" for a minute or two so we could get our shots and then chaos would ensue and we'd move on.  The thing is, I had time to get the shots like this one below, but you don't get a LOT of time.  You have to be ready and you have to be quick because they cannot hold up the other tour groups for too long.

In that regard, I got some nice shots, but most of them are crap as I really wasn't sure what to compose when we entered each room.  The guide tried to tell us, but I really didn't figure it out until it was time to move on to the next opportunity.  The best thing to do if you are interested in doing this is to go on a regular tour with your iPhone or Android prior to the serious one so you can see what you can shoot. Then go back on the photography tour and shoot with the good camera.  That way you will have a better idea of what's there and where.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by. 

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ

When in Arizona, we had to get the typical shot of Horsehoe Bend.  Apparently, it is the most photographed part of the Grand Canyon.  We went there on our way back to Flagstaff from touring Upper Antelope Canyon.  (More about that later.)  If you decide to go to Horsehoe Bend, go soon.  According to a bartender at the Dam Bar and Grille in Page, AZ, the park service or some other government entity is going to start charging money to go in there.  They want to build some canopies to help shade areas for people when they hike from the parking lot to the bend which is about a  mile and a half hike or so up and down a hill.  It can get pretty hot there in the summer.

Lastly, to give you a sense of the size of this view, if you look at about the 3 o'clock area of the river, you will see a little white speck.  That little white speck is a fishing boat, probably a bass boat or something.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!

From Wikipedia:

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.

Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.

It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89, but an access road also reaches the geological structure, as it is part of a state park. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.[1]

The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.[2]

The rock walls of Horseshoe Bend contain a variety of minerals, among which are hematite, platinum and garnet.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Our New Home

OK not really, but wow, who wouldn't want to live here?!  This is a house in Sedona, AZ that is owned by some Russian millionaire who got his money by inventing some sort of laser surgical implements.  Our tour guide said that he only visits for a day or two a month on average and the house is worth about $22mil.  There's even a two story waterfall inside!  Now, if I can only get that raise?

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jerry World Panorama

What you see here is a panorama of AT&T Stadium (aka Jerry World) in Dallas, Texas during  halftime of the Advocare Classic College Football Kickoff game between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the University of Florida Gators for 2017.  The marching band of the Michigan Wolverines is on the field in this shot.  The Wolverines won the game by a score of 33-17.  GO BLUE!!!

The shot itself is made up of 17 photos taken left to right panning the field and then a few that took in the roof.  Then I had to distort the roof by sort of smushing it because the photomerge process in Photoshop really stretched it out.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Field of Dreams House in Morning

This is another shot of the iconic house from the movie "Field of Dreams".  The house is at the actual movie site in Dyersville, IA.  Most of the shots I got from that place were of the baseball diamond with the house in the background or of the house itself.  To get anything with both as well as the cornfields, I think one would need a drone.  I'll have to put that on the wish-list! :-)

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

3d Base at Field of Dreams Movie Site

We just got back from our annual family trip to Iowa and Michigan.  It's a trip we look forward to every year and as usual, we had a great visit with everyone!  We even got to see family we haven't seen in many years!  It was awesome!

Part of the trip took us to Dyersville, IA, home of the movie set for "Field Of Dreams", a great baseball movie from the late 1980s, starring Kevin Costner.  This shot is looking at the farmhouse and barns from 3d base.  The cornfields are just behind in the outfield.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Independence State Hospital

If you are one who watches the news and peruses social media on the interwebs, then you are probably like me and think that everyone in the universe could stand to spend a little time at this place to get their head straight..  I mean, the world has gone nuts!  I'm starting to think I need to take a big break from social media and I have cut back quite a bit already!

Oh, I should mention, this is another shot I took of the The Independence State Hospital in Independence, IA about 4 years ago or so.  From Wikipedia:

The Independence State Hospital was built in 1873 as the second asylum in the state of Iowa. It is located in Independence, Iowa. The original plan for patients was to relieve crowding from the hospital at Mount Pleasant and to hold alcoholics, geriactrics, drug addicts, mentally ill, and the criminally insane. It was built under the Kirkbride Plan. The hospital's many names include: The Independence Lunatic Asylum, The Independence State Asylum, The Independence Asylum for the Insane, The Iowa State Hospital for the Insane, and The Independence Mental Health Institute. There is also a labyrinth of underground tunnels which connect every building. Like most asylums of its time, it has had a gruesome and dark history. Remnants of this are the graveyard, hydrotherapy tubs, and lobotomy equipment. 

The hospital is still in operation. According to the state of Iowa, The Independence Mental Health Institute (IMHI) provides inpatient psychiatric treatment for adults, adolescents, and children who are in need of acute psychiatric service.

So apparently they still provide some mental health treatment. Like I said, the world could probably use a session or two...

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Pioneer Bar in Ketchum, ID

It's Friday!  That means happy hour everywhere!  That's the inspiration behind this shot taken at the Pioneer Saloon in Ketchum, ID aka Sun Valley.  It's a fun place to have a drink and a steak, is a bit campy and touristy, but fun nevertheless.  Behind the bar they have a little model of the saloon itself.


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hilton Grand Vacation Lounges

A picture of a poolside is always welcome this time of year.  This particular shot is from our trip to CA a couple of years ago.  Part of the trip had us staying at a Hilton Grand Vacation resort in Carlsbad.  It was a nice place especially since it had a bar right at the pool!


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thunderbirds Southwest Pano

Here is an interior shot of Lance Herrington's car dealership outside of La Grange, TX called Thunderbirds Southwest.  It has a fun 1950s era theme and is quite comical if you ever find your way there.  The cars seen here are both from late 1950s. The black and white police car is a Nash Metropolitan and the red and white car to the far right is a Ford Fairlane.  The cardboard cutout silhouette in the middle is Marlon Brando as the Godfather.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/125
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 2500
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 241st Independence Day!

Today marks the 241st anniversary of when the United States of America declared independence from Great Britain.  Remember and enjoy!

To mark the occasion, unfortunately I don't have any pictures of fireworks, eagles, flags or anything similar to post.  I do however, have some photos from the one of the most American of pastimes one can experience and that is baseball!  We went to see the Yankees take on the Astros in Houston on July 1st.  In honor of the holiday, Major League Baseball changed up the uniforms of all 32 teams to include the colors of the flag (red, white and blue) as well as the stars and stripes.  You can see the variations on the hats and the numbers and logos of the jerseys as well as the socks, at least the socks of the players who decided to wear them.  I think they look pretty cool!  Anyway, below are the pictures!  Have a great holiday, don't eat too much apple pie and don't get heat stroke while waiting for the fireworks shows!

Oh and I should mention that the Astros won the game in dramatic fashion, 7-6 in the bottom of the 8th.  The Yankees led the whole game and then Aroldis Chapman came in to get one out in the bottom of the 8th inning and he gave up the go-ahead run.  We also got to see a grand slam home run in person for the first time!  It was hit by Didi Gregorius of the Yankees!  Pretty exciting!

On a totally different note, Eileen just reminded me that 25 years ago today, when we were barely dating, I got a ticket on my jet ski at Decker Lake near Austin, TX for going too fast in a no-wake zone.  My excuse was that there was too much hydrilla in the water and if you go too slow over it, it gets caught in the jet ski's impeller intake and clogs up the impeller causing it to stall.  The park ranger didn't buy it.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the below images.

Carlos Correa (Astros #1) turning a double-play while Brett Gardner slides into second with Jose Altuve looking on.

Brett Gardner attempts a steal of second base.

Jose Altuve swings and misses.

Didi Gregorius (#18) celebrates with teammates after hitting a bases loaded grand slam home run.

Aroldis Chapman comes in for relief in the bottom of the 8th inning.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summertime!

Today is the first day of Summer!  Woohoo!  That much closer to Fall and football!  So why not post a picture from Chicago?  Why Chicago you ask?  Well, you really can't see it spelled out in the picture here, but the white boat docked next to the curved building in the foreground is a tour boat named "Summer of George".  As a Seinfeld fan, I love it!  If you aren't a Seinfeld fan then you need to go here to see what I am talking about.

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Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
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Focal Length - 24mm
Aperture - f9
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -0.67 EV
Tripod - No
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trick Roper

Time to go back to the rodeo.. This guy here is a trick rope artist that is a part of the wild west show going on at the Stockyards in Fort Worth. We didn't actually see that show, but he performed during the rodeo to give the audience a little taste.  Didn't get his name, but as you can see, he was awesome!  Oh, and I wish his hand and the rope didn't block his face so much, but that's how it goes...

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 90mm
Aperture - f5.4
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Spot
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Mavericks

Here is a shot of the headlining band, The Mavericks from the Texas Stomp-N-Holler BBQ and Music Festival at Heritage Park in Taylor, TX.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length -34.3mm
Aperture - f3.6
Exposure - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

James Bookert of Whiskey Shivers

A banjo player with a "Marilyn Manson" t-shirt and heart-shaped sunglasses. You don't see that everyday!  Outstanding!!  He's James Bookert from Georgetown, TX of Austin-based bluegrass band Whiskey Shivers while playing at the 1st Annual Texas Stomp-N-Holler Music and BBQ Festival in Taylor, TX.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 55mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rosie Flores

This is Rosie Flores who was the opening act at the Texas Stomp-N-Holler fest in Taylor, TX last weekend.  She has a boogie-woogie bluesy Texas style that was pretty fun!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 55mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Whiskey Shivers

Eileen and I went to Taylor, TX to experience the 1st annual Texas Stomp-N-Holler music festival with our good friend Valerie.  We had a great time and we really enjoyed all three music acts.  The line-up was Rosie Flores, Whiskey Shivers and headliner The Mavericks.  I must admit I'm not much of a country music fan, but all of this music was just a little bit different than country and it was all pretty catchy.

Whisky Shivers from Austin, TX plays a type of bluegrass music with punk rock influences.  I didn't really notice the punk rock part, but the bluegrass was definitely the influence here.  They played well and their songs had a really fast beat.  I guess that's where the punk comes in.  They call their type of music "trashgrass".  Gotta love it!

The two guys seen here are fiddler Bobby Fitzgerald on the left and guitar player Jeff "Horti" Hortillosa.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 55mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 320
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lunatic

I think one has to be touched in the head a tad to do what this guy is doing.  But wow, it sure is fun to watch, especially if no one gets hurt.  I can't remember if he rode the bull for the full 8 seconds, but there were a couple of guys that did.  However, most of them got bucked off straight out of the chute.  If they don't get away quickly afterwards, then they were really bucked (rhymes with).

As far as the shot goes, it was rather dark in the arena even though it was lit.  I had to use 6400 ISO and with my slow f4.5-6.7 zoom, the shots came out pretty dark.  I had to do lots of Lightroom trickery to brighten it up and then used a new app called Noiseless by Macphun to get rid of all the horrible noise.  It worked pretty well, but it is not as tack sharp as I want.  I still like it, though.  Crazy how that bull can extend like that, right?!  Now, I just need a faster and sharper lens.  Anyone got a Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 they don't need for cheap? ;-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 118mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stockyards Cattle Drive

Last Friday was Eileen's birthday!  Happy birthday, I love you! So, to celebrate her birthday and to kind of have a little bit longer weekend, we took Friday off and went up to the Stockyards in Fort Worth.  We went there a couple of years ago and we thought if we ever go back, we'd like to stay in the Stockyards Hotel and visit a little longer.  So that's what we did!

Just down the street from the hotel, you can watch the cowboys drive "the herd" around the block everyday at 11:30a and 4:00p.  It's a pretty fun - if not touristy - thing to do. ;-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length -18 mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/250
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thunderbirds Southwest

Just east of La Grange on highway 71 is a classic car dealership called Thunderbirds Southwest.  It is owned by a gentleman by the name of Lance Harrington.  He has a passion for flipping classic cars.  He started out of his home garage in Houston restoring old Ford Thunderbirds and his business grew so much that he bought some acreage outside of La Grange and built his own place.  Now he restores all kinds of other cars as well.  Not only are old Thunderbirds his favorites, but so are old Nash Metropolitans.

Lance is super-friendly and came up to me and just started chatting about everything.  He even showed me an old Jaguar in the back that he is working on.  It was pretty awesome!

He has some definite views on current events and you can certainly tell by the decor in his showroom.  Depending on which side you are on, you will either love him or hate him.   He also has a great 1950s motif throughout his establishment, too.  I'll leave that to your imagination, but recommend you stop by if you are ever driving between Austin and Houston.  Hopefully you'll like what you see, if not the politics maybe the cars.

The cars seen here are 1964 Ford Thunderbirds and are in pretty good shape.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f6.4
Exposure - 1/2000
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 1600
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Friday, May 19, 2017

Pier A, Manhattan

Here is another shot taken 1 BGC from New York City - Pier A in Manhattan to be exact.  I snapped this while on a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  I think the Pier has been fixed up a little since then.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Panasonic DMC-TZ5
Lens -
Focal Length - 6.7 mm
Aperture - f3.9
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Auto
ISO speed - 100
Exposure bias -
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brooklyn Bridge

I'm going really far back in the "Way-back Machine" for this shot, 1 year BGC - Before Good Camera - which is 2008 to be exact.  (I didn't get my first DSLR [Nikon D90] until about a year later.)

2008 was the last year the Yankees played at old Yankee stadium and Eileen and I as well as her folks, Paul and Barb wanted to see a game there. The day of the game we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and had pizza at Grimaldi's.  It was awesome!  What a fun trip!

I was also trying to figure out good compositions with my little compact point and shoot.  I liked this one a bit, but never published it.  Now with Lightroom, I tried to give it more of a gritty style and I kind of like how it turned out.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Panasonic DMC-TZ5
Lens -
Focal Length - 4.7 mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure -1/250
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Auto
ISO speed -100
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shooting Shipwreck Beach

Mornings in Hawaii are incredible.  Eileen and I weren't the only ones enjoying the sunrise on Shipwreck Beach on Kauai and trying to get some nice photos of it.  There is the lady in the white shirt taking a picture and there is a couple of people down below with a tripod capturing the sunrise as well.  Also, the smoke off to the left is a pit getting ready for a pig for the day's luau.  This is right near the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor
Focal Length - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/250
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias -
Tripod - 0 EV
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Alaska Firepit

When we went to Alaska back in 2014, our good friends Richard and Sandy took us on a great tour of the wilderness around Anchorage.  They stopped at different points to let me get out and take a few photos.  Those guys are so awesome!  This is from one of those stops.  Not sure of the location exactly, but suffice it to say that pretty much all of Alaska looks like this in July.  Incredible!

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 12.6 mm
Aperture - f7.1
Exposure - 1/120
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Beard

I'm enjoying the NBA playoffs but I'm torn as to who to root for.  On one hand, I really like the Spurs.  They are the closest NBA team to us and their organization is superb, esp with Pop as their head coach.  However, I also like the Warriors due to their fast-paced offense.

Now, that we have seen the Houston Rockets play the last two years, I'm beginning to like them, too.  James Harden of the Rockets is really becoming a superstar and his beard is making him one of the most recognizable players in the league.  Obviously that's who is getting introduced in this shot.  I took this just before the Rockets played the Pistons in Houston on April 7th.  BTW, the Pistons won, 114-109. ;-)

Since the Pistons didn't make the playoffs this year, I will have to say I will root for either the Rockets, Spurs or Warriors.  Just have to see how the attrition happens.  You'd think since I am a Pistons fan I would go for a team in the East but nope, I don't like any of them.  It's always whatever team LeBron is on anyway, so what's the point.  Not a big fan.  Go Western Conference!

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 18 mm
Aperture - f5
Exposure - 1.125
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Auto-bracket
ISO speed - 2000
Exposure bias - -1.67 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Empty Riverwalk Cafes

Back in 2014 I was lucky enough to go to one of Matt Kloskowski's Lightroom training seminars in San Antonio courtesy of KelbyOne and it was fantastic!  I learned quite a bit about how to use Lightroom and now it's where I do most of my processing.  I also have been looking at a lot of Serge Ramelli's youtube videos more recently and have learned quite a bit there as well.  Sometimes when a creative slump hits, I need to find new sources of inspiration and when I started checking out Serge's channel, I became re-invigorated.

That brings me to these two photos...  They are photos that I took early in the morning just before Matt K's seminar started since I got to SA a little early.  I wandered around the river-walk and grabbed a few photos.  These two I didn't think were much after I took them, but with a little bit of processing that I took away from both Matt and Serge, I kind of like them now.  Granted, they aren't awesome cityscapes with beautiful sunsets or anything, but they are still a bit interesting.  Personally, I like the second one better.  What do you think?

I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the first image and here for the second..


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Texas Capitol Long Exposure

What you see here is my very first attempt at a long exposure with a 10-stop neutral density filter and a little extra added drama with the black and white conversion.  You see a while back I ordered the filter, but just really never got around to trying it until yesterday.  I ran out to the Capitol during lunch because there were some awesome clouds rolling through and the Capitol is convenient, easy and usually interesting. 

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10 mm
Aperture - f22
Exposure - 12 secs
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -0.67
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

OKC Memorial 9:03 Wall in Black and White

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

This is a black and white image of one of the two walls that stand at each end of the reflecting pool marking the time before and after the explosion. One wall has the time of 9:01 am and the other 9:03 marking the time before and after the bombing that took place at 9:02 am. Click here to read more about the symbolism of the memorial.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Focal Length - 17 mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 1/15
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - +1 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - I think so
# of brackets - Probably 7-9


Monday, April 17, 2017

Bell and Smith Intersection

On our way to the basketball game in Houston, we walked by the intersection of Bell and Smith Roads so I could try and capture the cool skybridge or whatever it's called that circles around it.  I think I initially saw this place on a car commercial and realized it was in Houston.  Then I checked the location of the hotel where we were staying and it turned out the intersection was only a couple of blocks away!  How cool!  I took this while standing just inf front of the old Enron Building, now known as the Chevron Building.

So what you see here is a handheld panorama of 7-8 shots.  I converted it to black and white because the buildings and sky were pretty monotone due to the harsh contrast of the afternoon light.  Someday when we go back there I would like to try again at night with a fisheye, of which I still need to purchase.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10 mm
Aperture - f8.0
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Friday, April 14, 2017

Toyota Center

The NBA Playoffs start this weekend, tomorrow to be exact.  With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to post a shot from our trip to see the Detroit Pistons take on the Houston Rockets one week ago.  [Apparently the Rockets have been around for 50 years now, hence the three "50s" that you see on the big video screen below.]  It was a great game and not just because my Pistons won 114-109, but we got to see James Harden of the Rockets do some crazy things with the ball.  No wonder he's up for MVP!  That dude was like Magic Johnson out there with the ball the way he passed it to his teammates.  Amazing!  And, if the Pistons don't play Boban Marjanovich more, they are just stupid.  This year the dude had an equivalent season as Shaq's MVP season in 2000.  He was rebounding and scoring a lot during this game.  Let him loose, Detroit!

I took this shot as soon as we got inside.  If you decide to go with a camera though, be careful that you don't take one with a very long zoom.  Last season I brought my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 which has an equivalent max of a 600 mm zoom lens. As I was taking pictures of Kobe Bryant (Lakers v Rockets in Dec., 2015), an usher grabbed me and made me check the camera at their Customer Relations stand.  I had to leave it there until the end of the game.  This time, I just put my wide angle on my Fuji X-T1 which looks big, but cannot zoom in on anything.  They gave me a bit of a hard time when we entered because it looked like a zoom lens. However, they reluctantly agreed after I explained what it was and showed them that it didn't zoom much at all.  Moral of the story, don't take a telephoto lens to the Toyota Center or any lens that will extend more than a couple of inches.  That's the only place that's been a pain when it comes to cameras that I've experienced so far.

Last thing, I shot this pic with a 1/12 sec shutter speed.  It ain't the most perfect shot, but still pretty darn clear handheld don't you think?

I hope you enjoy this photo and as always, click here to see a higher-res version of the image below.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10 mm
Aperture - f5
Exposure - 1/12
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -1.67 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


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