Friday, August 8, 2014

Austin from the Boardwalk

Austin has constructed and opened a new portion of the hike and bike trail that now has a boardwalk, at least that's what I think it's called.  It's not really a boardwalk because it has no boards in it, but yet it is a walkway that goes over Lady Bird Lake and "boardwalk" is a more romantic term for it, I guess.  Anyway, a bunch of us local photographers have been getting out there lately to try and get the nice dusky skyline shot.  I am one of those.  As a matter of fact, I met up with Van Sutherland and his wife Chris last Saturday night to see what we could do.  However, my attempt at the nice twilight shot with the great lights coming off the wonderful buildings did not pan out.  So, as I was wandering around trying to find the best spot for the upcoming dusky shoot, I took a few shots from here and there along the boardwalk and this one worked out the best.  I converted it to black and white because I like the shadows that the rails shown on the walkway.  Kinda cool, but you may think differently..  What do you think?

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 34mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/250
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Grazing Bison

The Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center has a herd of bison that they are planning on introducing into the wild sometime next year.  This is one of the herd's members taking time for a bite to eat...

Here's an interesting fact about bison that comes from the official website of Yellowstone:

"A bison’s massive hump is comprised of muscles supported by long vertebrae; this allows a bison to use its head as a snowplow in winter, swinging side to side to sweep aside the snow."

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 182mm
Aperture - f6.4
Exposure - 1/180
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alaskan Cottage

Across the street from the Seaview Cafe and Bar in Hope, there was this cool little cottage.  Looks like a nice place to stay if we wanted to move to AK, but it's a little too remote for us.  Might be fun to try for a little while though!  It sure is a bit different than the homes here in Central Texas, especially the landscaping; everything's so green and in bloom.  However, in January or February, I think I might rather be here..

Enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 12mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/170
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, July 28, 2014

Misty Mountain Road (And Breaking Landscape Photography Rules)

Towards the end of our trip, Eileen and I did some more driving throughout the Alaskan countryside near our bed and breakfast.  Speaking of our bed and breakfast, if you like staying in those and want to see Alaska, stay at the Hidden Creek Bed and Breakfast which is ran by Ron and Michelle Tenny!  They are great hosts, have a great place and serve the best breakfasts in the world!  Michelle has a culinary degree and they both really know how to cook!  They really made our trip special!

Anyway, as we drove around seeing the sights, we stopped at many of the photo turnouts along the Seward Highway to take photos.  WIth this shot, it was raining a bit, but I saw this nice view through a break in the trees where you could see the mountain, a stream and the road all at once.  So, I broke the traditional "landscape rules" that state that one should use a wide angle lens with landscape orientation.  I did a portrait orientation with my 50-230mm telephoto zoom lens so I could capture everything I mentioned and compress the shot.  Did it work?  Please leave a comment below and thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 63.2mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/350
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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