Thursday, November 6, 2014

Inside the Edward Jones Dome

I always like to get a shot of the inside of the different stadiums we go to while completing our NFL stadium bucket list.  Sometimes I'll take a panorama and sometimes I'll just take a wide angle shot.  This here is a wide angle shot taken from our seats prior to the game starting.  It's harder to get a shot during the game because I don't want to obstruct others' view of the game not to mention other in front may obstruct the shot anyway. That's not always true, but that's my excuse anyway... ;-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 2000
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Brady Throws

Today there will be a great football game starring the two best quarterbacks in the league; Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the Denver Broncos v the New England Patriots game!  I've posted some pics of Peyton Manning before here and here.  I had a better camera and closer seats when shooting Peyton, but never posted any pics of Tom Brady.  So, since this game is coming on today, I thought I'd post a shot of "Tawmy" as the Bostonians would say.  We sat way up at Gillette Stadium and I only had my little Sony point and shoot, but I like this shot here even if it isn't technically perfect.  Still a fun action shot and you can see that Brady is throwing the ball.  It was a fun game and it was cold, too!  We even went with my old Air Force buddy Earl and his son so it was an extra-special good time!  Oh and the Patriots won by something like 35-21.

I did a little editing in Snapseed on my iPad to give it a more vintage flavor.  (Sorry, no good exif for this one...)

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Preventive Maintenance At 50 and Rocking in Paradise

This past Friday I had quite a life event. You see, I recently turned 50 years old and at that age one is highly recommended to have a certain "preventive maintenance procedure" done. Those of you who are near or over 50 probably know what I'm talking about.  If you don't, I don't want to be gross about it so let's say I'm a car... I had to fill my tank with some Gumout cleaner and then have my exhaust system inspected internally from the tailpipe, past the muffler, to the exhaust manifold to make sure there is no rust, carbon build-up or fuel deposits.  There was a deposit that had to be removed but there is no rust as far as we know right now!

I must say though, the experience wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I was a bit freaked out about it, but now that it's over, I'm glad I did it. The bad thing is I have to have another exhaust inspection in three years.

The last thing I can take away from the whole experience is this; doctors are great and thank goodness we have them. But, if it wasn't for the nurses, the whole experience would be horrible! Nurses are the best and they make the whole show work! Of course I may be biased since Eileen is a nurse, but they all ROCK for sure!

I came up with the car analogy because when I was getting wheeled into the O.R., I told the nurse it looked like a garage.  I mean there were all these lights that looked like "light-alls", there were lots of tables and tools and there was a bunch of what looked like tool chests!  You know that gives me an idea, what if they made operating rooms look like garages?!  Make the tool chests have "Craftsman" logos on them, have a bunch of pictures of cars in there, make the floor a black and white checkerboard!  Wouldn't that be cool?  Kind of like Sport Clips only for an operating room!  But, it would obviously have to be really clean!  No grease-monkeys allowed!  Then again, maybe not such a good idea...

As relieved as I was knowing that my procedure wasn't as bad as I thought, it was still no walk in the park. I would so much rather have been here where I took this shot.  This swinging bench was at Shipwreck Beach on Kauai! I guess rocking in this chair could be my happy place so to speak!

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 28mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 6 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 1600
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 7, from -3 to +3 spaced 1 EV apart

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5 Day Black and White Challenge #5 (Flying Over Waimea Canyon)

Here's the 5th and final shot for the 5 Day Black and White Challenge..  Speaking of which, I don't know how or why this challenge started, but it's been kind of fun.  Anyway, this shot is a black and white conversion of this previous shot.  I thought it would make a cool black and white with the control panel's gauges and stuff which has nice contrast along with the sky and the canyon in the background.  I took it during our trip to Hawaii last year.  We took a helicopter tour when on the island of Kauai and below us in the shot here is Waimea Canyon, "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific" or something like that.  Which one do you like better, the color one or this black and white one?  Let me know and thanks for dropping by!  This concludes my input to the "5 Day Black and White Photo Challenge" or whatever it's called...

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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 - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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