Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 241st Independence Day!

Today marks the 241st anniversary of when the United States of America declared independence from Great Britain.  Remember and enjoy!

To mark the occasion, unfortunately I don't have any pictures of fireworks, eagles, flags or anything similar to post.  I do however, have some photos from the one of the most American of pastimes one can experience and that is baseball!  We went to see the Yankees take on the Astros in Houston on July 1st.  In honor of the holiday, Major League Baseball changed up the uniforms of all 32 teams to include the colors of the flag (red, white and blue) as well as the stars and stripes.  You can see the variations on the hats and the numbers and logos of the jerseys as well as the socks, at least the socks of the players who decided to wear them.  I think they look pretty cool!  Anyway, below are the pictures!  Have a great holiday, don't eat too much apple pie and don't get heat stroke while waiting for the fireworks shows!

Oh and I should mention that the Astros won the game in dramatic fashion, 7-6 in the bottom of the 8th.  The Yankees led the whole game and then Aroldis Chapman came in to get one out in the bottom of the 8th inning and he gave up the go-ahead run.  We also got to see a grand slam home run in person for the first time!  It was hit by Didi Gregorius of the Yankees!  Pretty exciting!

On a totally different note, Eileen just reminded me that 25 years ago today, when we were barely dating, I got a ticket on my jet ski at Decker Lake near Austin, TX for going too fast in a no-wake zone.  My excuse was that there was too much hydrilla in the water and if you go too slow over it, it gets caught in the jet ski's impeller intake and clogs up the impeller causing it to stall.  The park ranger didn't buy it.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the below images.

Carlos Correa (Astros #1) turning a double-play while Brett Gardner slides into second with Jose Altuve looking on.

Brett Gardner attempts a steal of second base.

Jose Altuve swings and misses.

Didi Gregorius (#18) celebrates with teammates after hitting a bases loaded grand slam home run.

Aroldis Chapman comes in for relief in the bottom of the 8th inning.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summertime!

Today is the first day of Summer!  Woohoo!  That much closer to Fall and football!  So why not post a picture from Chicago?  Why Chicago you ask?  Well, you really can't see it spelled out in the picture here, but the white boat docked next to the curved building in the foreground is a tour boat named "Summer of George".  As a Seinfeld fan, I love it!  If you aren't a Seinfeld fan then you need to go here to see what I am talking about.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 24mm
Aperture - f9
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -0.67 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trick Roper

Time to go back to the rodeo.. This guy here is a trick rope artist that is a part of the wild west show going on at the Stockyards in Fort Worth. We didn't actually see that show, but he performed during the rodeo to give the audience a little taste.  Didn't get his name, but as you can see, he was awesome!  Oh, and I wish his hand and the rope didn't block his face so much, but that's how it goes...

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 90mm
Aperture - f5.4
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Spot
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Mavericks

Here is a shot of the headlining band, The Mavericks from the Texas Stomp-N-Holler BBQ and Music Festival at Heritage Park in Taylor, TX.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length -34.3mm
Aperture - f3.6
Exposure - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


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