Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ready for Spring!!

OK, I think we are all getting a little tired of this cold weather.  Granted here in Texas it's not as bad as other places north where everyone is getting hammered, but I think I can safely say they are ready for spring as well!  I know down here by now we usually have warming temps, but right now it's near freezing with ice here and there and by the  end of next week we may have more.  So, to kind of take our minds off the coldness, I thought I'd post a shot of where I'd rather be, and that's Hawaii!

I took this during our trip a year ago last Sept..  It's a view out the back of the vacation property we rented near the town of Pahoa!  It was awesome!

I took this shot from my iPhone with absolutely no edits.  None needed!

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Exif data:

None - Taken from iPhone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Airplanes and Mountains

While we were waiting to head home from Utah, we saw this great view from our terminal of the mountains with the sun rising.  Utah sure is a pretty place!  Too bad there wasn't more snow!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 55mm
Aperture - f6.4
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 1600
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mural and Marble

This is one of the shots from the inside of the Utah capitol building that I had mentioned previously.  As you can see there is a ton of marble in there that make up these great stairways and columns.  It is quite extraordinary.  Plus, they have these painted murals in there that add a nice touch.  From Wikipedia, the mural is one of two and this one "above the entrance to the Supreme Court is known as the Madonna of the Wagon." It as well as the other "are meant as a tribute to the early pioneers, and were the first commissioned works of art in the capitol, being signed by Girard Hale and Gilbert White."

Travel photography tip:  I got this from Scott Kelby, but when I shot this photo, there were many kids from various schools milling about.  I guess it was "Field Trip Day" or something in the capitol.  So, in order to get a shot without them in the shot, I framed the photo so as to capture the scene without them by raising the viewfinder of the camera just above their heads.  Sometimes this works and other times not, but where I was in relation to the stairs and the mural, this turned out rather well.  I wasn't still able to capture as much of the stairs as I liked, but I was able to get some of it as well as the columns and the mural which still gives the viewer a sense of how the place is laid out.


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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 34mm
Aperture - f3.6
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 320
Exposure bias - +0.33 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, February 20, 2015

Egyptian Theater

When we were looking for a place to eat on Main St in Park City, I saw the Egyptian Theater across the way and took a quick snap.  Something about that place stood out to me for some reason.  So, I converted it to a black and white and here we go..  I imagine this must've been something special during the Sundance Film Festival which just ended as we got there.  As a matter of fact, the locals have a love-hate relationship with Sundance... They love it for the business, but they hate it for all the snooty Hollywood types and craziness that comes with them.  I can understand...

As far as the shot goes, I just converted to black and white in Lightroom with one of the built-in presets, added a bit of vignette, contrast and a tad of clarity and then sharpened a little.  Boom!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 16mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 5000
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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