Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rams Fans

Rams fans are pretty much normal.  We've seen Saints fans and Seahawks fans and those people are crazy!  But when comes to the Rams, their fans are basically like the team.. So-so.  But, sitting in front of us to the right were this couple.  They had on these cool Rams hats and I thought it made for a cool picture!  This couple pretty much had a good time and yelled for their team as you can see.  But, as blah as most of the fans were, there was this one lady that sat behind us and to the left who screamed the whole game.  And when she screamed, it was this high-pitched blood-curdling type scream.  If her pitch was any higher, I think the lights would've blown out in the Edward Jones Dome! She screamed from the start of player introductions until the end of the game.  It was awful.  Maybe that's why we were able to get such good seats as we bought from a season-ticket holder and maybe that owner was tired of that loud lady...  She would be great for Halloween though! :-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 136mm
Aperture - f6
Exposure - 1/1000
Exposure program - Shutter priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, October 17, 2014

Busch Stadium from Above

Last Sunday afternoon we did a little pub crawl during the broadcasts of all the NFL games.  We went to a total of four places: Ozzie's Sports Bar and Grill, Over Under Bar and Grill, The Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar and The 360 Bar on the rooftop of the Hilton at the Ballpark.  All of the places were great in their own way, but the 360 rooftop bar had the best view of Busch Stadium.  It was the last stop on the crawl and was where I took this shot prior to game two of the NLCS between the Giants and the Cardinals.  We almost went to the game itself, but the weather was wet and misty and we would've had to buy scalped tickets, so we thought it prudent not to go after all.  Would've been fun thought, right?

And now, the Giants won the pennant so the Cardinals are out.  I guess that makes for a good metaphor for this shot since the stadium is pretty much empty and the Cardinals season is over.  I guess that means one thing; Go Royals!!!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 13.8mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kaepernick Throws

We just got back from a little trip to St Louis to see the 49ers take on the Rams.  The Rams started out great going up 14-0 in the first quarter, but it was all 49ers after that and they won 31-17.  Fun game to see because I did not have a dog in this hunt and it's another stadium that Eileen and I can cross off our bucket list.  We went with our good football buddies Valerie and and Ellen as well and we all had a great time!  The weather was a bummer though so I didn't get as many pics of St Louis as I would have liked, but I got a few shots from the game and this is the first.  This is the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throwing to receiver Vernon Davis (number 85).

I tell you, this little X-T1 is not too shabby for shooting sports, I don't care what anyone says.  Sure, it's not a Canon 1D Mark IV or whatever, but this camera worked well for me.  I'm happy with it anyway.  However, if I wanted to shoot from the sidelines, maybe I would rent a better one, but I'm happy with this.

I processed the picture using Nik's Analog Efex, with Camera filter #7.  You see the game was a homecoming for the 1999 Super Bowl winning Rams team so the Rams wore their old throwback uniforms in honor of the those guys.  So I thought I'd throwback the pic a little to give it a bit more interest.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/1000
Exposure program - Shutter priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, October 3, 2014

Opaekaa Falls

My boss took off on a trip to Hawaii this week. This makes me totally jealous, of course. You see last year at this time, Eileen and I were in Hawaii as well, along with our friends Ellen, Theresa and Valerie. Because of my depression caused by not being in Hawaii, I thought a new pic from our trip last year would do the trick.

Due to the amount of rainfall on Kauai, the island has a plethora/cornucopia/bounty of waterfalls. As a matter fact, one part of the island gets the most rainfall of any place on the planet; 450 inches/year to be exact! That means that there are a zillion waterfalls there.  This particular set is called Opaekaa Falls, which is located on the east side of Kauai.  These falls are quite spectacular and just off Route 580 if you get out that way.  Wish I was there right now.  Of course I'm not sure of a time when I wouldn't wish I was there...

One other thing... It's hard to convey the size of these falls without being there.  But I guess one thing I could point out is that if you look at the top of the shot where that tree is kind of isolated, you will see the rooftop of a house that is about normal for a ranch-style dwelling. So, if you take that into consideration, you will understand that these falls are rather large and one would probably not survive a fall over them if one decided to kayak down... Just sayin'...

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 135mm
Aperture - f8.0
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture Priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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