Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Longhorn in Bluebonnet Field

The bluebonnets are beginning to die away now as they only live about a month and a half or so.  They are spectacular when they are blooming!  And when the bluebonnets are blooming, I've always wanted to get the iconic Texas shot of longhorns in a field of them.  I finally got my chance!  A fellow photographer, T. A. Brown from Austin, told me about a spot near Georgetown where I could get a shot, so out I went!  As you can see, the bluebonnets are fading as they are no longer in full bloom, and the weedy grasses are starting to grow up around them, but I was happy to get what I could.  I'll definitely try again next year!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 1/400
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 1600
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, April 19, 2015

20 Years Ago Today...

...A domestic terrorist blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.  The terrorist was caught, tried and executed.  The location of the bombing is now home to a memorial for the victims of this tragedy.

It is quite a moving place and one you should visit if you ever get to the city.  On the grounds of the memorial stands this Survivor Tree.  It is a 40 ft tall elm tree that made it through the blast across the parking lot from the Murrah building.  The quote in the circular wall around the tree states, "The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated. Our deeply rooted faith sustains us."

It was February when I took this shot so there were no leaves on it, but it still blooms and lives on. 

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Focal Length - 16mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 1/60
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 7, from -3 to +3 spaced 1 EV apart

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Roadside Bluebonnets

Here is one more shot of the bluebonnets that I took near the Round Rock sign just off I-35 and Westinghouse Rd a couple of weeks ago.  I was hoping to go out to Marble Falls for more wildflower shots last weekend, but the weather didn't cooperate.  Maybe next year, but for now this shot will have to suffice and I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 24mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 2.5 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, April 9, 2015

House in Red Poppies

As I mentioned previously, the wildflowers are going crazy here in Central Texas.  Besides the bluebonnets, Georgetown has quite a few red poppies springing up in a bunch of places.  There's one house on College St in particular that gets a lot of them every year.  I'm not sure if anyone lives in it or not, but I liked how the poppies sort of framed the house in the shot. 

This shot is a straight jpg from the camera with a little extra vignetting, tonal contrast and cropping thrown in for good measure.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 16mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 1/10
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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