Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Grungy Alaskan License Plate

We're going to go back to an Alaska pic for this post.  Near Girdwood there's a place where you can pan for gold called the Crow Creek Mine.  It's a neat little place with old buildings and homes from when it was a very active gold mine back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  It still produces gold today.  The guide who was running the gift shop told us he and his Dad mined about 20oz of gold out of there last winter and they receive about $1300 an oz.  Not too shabby!

On the property there was this old truck and I thought this kind of made a neat shot with the headlight and the license plate.  Since it was an old truck and everything, I tried to give it an old look with Nik's Analog Efex plugin.  Sometime you can get some nice effects out of that.  I think this was Classic Camera Number 3 and then I did a little more tweaking in Photoshop.

Hope you like it and thanks for dropping by.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 46.3mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/125
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rooms Across Atrium

When I first bought my Fuji X-T1 to replace my huge and heavy Nikon D700, I took a self-imposed solitary photowalk on a Saturday afternoon to try it out.  My little adventure led me to the Hyatt Hotel where I got a cool shot of downtown Austin.  Well, inside the Hyatt there's this huge atrium (it is called an atrium, right?) and all of the hotel rooms wrap around the outside of the atrium.  There are like 17 floors of rooms.  So as I was wandering about, I stopped off around the 10th floor or so and took an abstract shot of some of the rooms from across the way.  I just liked the pattern of the different floors and the lights outside of each room.  You can even see a couple of carts that the room cleaners use to break up the pattern just a little.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 20.5mm
Aperture - f4.0
Exposure - 1/160
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Minute Maid Park Pre-Game Panorama

On August 9th, Eileen and I took Eileen's sister Annette, her son/our nephew Dylan and Dylan's friend Wyatt to Minute Maid Park in Houston to see the Astros play the Rangers.  It was a great place to see a game especially since it has a retractable roof.  That means outdoors when it's nice weather and indoors when it's hot.  And August in Texas is HOT!!!  Too hot to do anything outside, especially watch a baseball game!

We all had a great time!  Yu Darvish even pitched for the Rangers.  However, he gave up a lot of hits and runs and the Rangers lost 7-3.  Now Darvish is out for the rest of the year with elbow inflammation or something like that.  So, we saw him pitch his last game this year!  Cool, but yet a bummer at the same time.

Whenever we go to sporting events, I like to get a quick panorama from either our seats or some other vantage point.  This time, I just took it from our seats and I shot it prior to the game starting.  I feel a little weird about taking it during the game as I don't want to interfere with other fans enjoyment by standing up and shooting several shots to get it done. I hate to be in people's way because I don't like it when people are in my way.  At least that's what I like to tell myself!

(To see some of my other stadiums panoramas, click here.  I think my fave so far is from Rangers Stadium in Arlington during the day, but I digress.)

So here's the finished product!  You can see Dylan with the sunglasses on his head in the lower-right corner of the shot along with his mop-top friend Wyatt!  Wyatt has lots of hair but he was a good kid!  Maybe I'm jealous of his hair 'cause at my age, there isn't much left!

Anyway, hope you like the picture and thanks for dropping by!

Oh and lastly, click on the picture itself so you can see a larger version.  This little thing here on the blog does not do it justice!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifim X-T1
Lens - XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f3.2
Exposure - 1/125
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 320
Exposure bias - 0 Ev
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, August 29, 2014

Austin from Boardwalk #2

 It's been quite a while since I've posted anything here on the blog.  Things have just been nuts recently, especially at work.  It's gotten to the point where I haven't really wanted to look at a computer monitor very much after work.  And of course to process pictures, one needs to be in front of a monitor.  Well, things are starting to let up a little at work, so now I don't feel quite the same about sitting at a computer after work.

With that being said, I thought I would post another shot from my time with Van and Chris Sutherland while we took pictures from the new boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake.

Like my last shot, it isn't quite after sunset when you can see the lights from the buildings in the city, but it is at a nice time as there is still a little activity on the lake with the boats and kayaks out there.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-E1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 24mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/220
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - +0.33
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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