Friday, July 29, 2016

Houston From Hilton

Eileen and I stayed at the Hilton Americas when we went to the Angels v. Astros game.  On the 24th floor, there's this great observation deck located just outside the indoor pool up there that has a great view of downtown.  So after the game, Eileen and I went up there and scouted it out.  The funny thing is that you have to walk through the pool area to get there, so I felt a little weird carrying my camera through there to get to the deck.  The deck is outside and has plexiglass above the railing to prevent people from falling or whatever else.  I wanted to get an unobstructed view so I popped the tripod very carefully up on one of the planters - without disturbing the plants of course - and took about 5 sets of brackets and then got out of there.  I didn't want to block the view for others too long so I just spent a few minutes and went back to the room.

What you see here is the final product.  By the way, I'm not sure why the one building has the windows lit up with "USA" other than they must be getting excited for the Olympics, which is two weeks from the date I took this shot.

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 - 19mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 2.1 secs
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 5, spaced 1 EV apart from -2 to +2


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mike Trout Swings

Eileen and I went to go see the Angels play the Astros last Saturday.  We don't have a dog in the hunt for either one of these two teams, but we went for a couple of reasons..  One is that the Astros play in a retractable roof dome and the other is because the Angels have two potential hall of famers on their team; Albert Pujols and Mike Trout.  So, there you have it!

This is a shot of Mike Trout during his first time at bat.  I don't think he got a hit and neither did Pujols.  I think Pujols even struck out at least twice.  He struck out looking on one of them and he yelled at the ump and almost got kicked out.  Poor Albert.  If he keeps playing like that he might not make it to the HOF.

As far as the shot goes, I was hoping to get more of Mike's face in the shot.  But form the angle we were sitting at, his head was down and his visor covered his face.  I do have some shots that show more of his face, but I found them less interesting than this one.  I liked this one because it shows the motion of the bat during his swing as well as the ball.   I might post a couple more, but I thought this at least told a little bit more of a story than the others.

Anyway, the Astros won 7-2.

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 - Panasonic DMC-FZ300
Lens - NA
Focal Length - 108mm
Aperture - f2.8
Exposure - 1/250
Metering mode - Spot
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - -0.33
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Aria 03

This is another shot I took during my little tour of Vegas in the wee hours of the morning...  Also, I got kicked out by security not too long after I took this shot,...  Why?  I don't know..  There was hardly anyone there.  Oh well.

One thing about this picture is that when I was there, I didn't realize there was this sort of piece of art made up of many different colored canoes.  That's what you see on the right side.  I didn't notice this as I shot it, nor did I notice it when I processed the first shot of the Aria I posted.  But, when I processed this one, I brightened them up to see what the heck they were and lo and behold, canoes!  Which leads me to my next question, why in the heck do they have a load of canoes glued together in the middle of City Center in Las Vegas?  I have a feeling the answer is similar to the question, why do people climb Mt Everest?  Because they can...

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 -
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1sec
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 5, space 1 EV apart from -2 to +2

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Canyon From Plane

When we flew back from Lake Tahoe, we had to connect through Las Vegas.  After we took off from Las Vegas to head to Austin, we had this excellent view of the canyons below.  I'm not sure if this is part of the Grand Canyon or some of the gorges and canyons that connect to it.  I feel it is the latter.  Anyway, it was quite a site to see!

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 - 50mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/1500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -0.67
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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