Saturday, October 25, 2014

5 Day B&W Challenge #2 (Relaxing in Poipu)

So here's my 2nd shot for the 5 Day Black and White Challenge.  My first shot for this challenge was with a "serious" camera - a Nikon D90 DSLR.  That camera was my first "real" camera and I learned a lot with it.  But, other things I've learned throughout my photographic journey is that the camera doesn't necessarily mean a good photographer.  Hence this shot... I took this with a compact point and shoot Canon S100.  It's basically just a regular camera that one can use to shoot everyday and anyone can use it.  The great thing about it is that it takes great pictures.  Of course if the person using is knows how to do that, the pictures can be just as nice if not nicer than anything taken from a DSLR.  I sometimes have a hard time judging my own shots, but maybe this one is nice enough to be considered good.

Anyway, it's my second shot in the 5 Day Black and White Challenge and I took it on the island of Kauai during our Hawaii trip last year.  I just got done snorkeling (this Canon S100 and housing is great for that btw) and I wanted to get a nice shot of the location.  The building in the background is the Beach House Restaurant.  Eileen and I had our 20th anniversary dinner there with our friends Valerie, Theresa and Ellen and it was a great time!  Oh and lastly, I don't know who the lady is in the foreground of this shot, but she adds some interest, yes? :-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Canon PowerShot S100
Lens - 5.2-26.0 mm
Focal Length - 5.2mm
Aperture - f4.0
Exposure - 1/1600
Exposure program - Auto
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Day B&W Challenge #1

So, Mike Criswell, aka Theaterwiz, nominated for me for the 5 Day Black and White Photo Challenge via Facebook.  I have been challenged to post 5 black and white photos in 5 days and then nominate some one else for the challenge.  I have some people in mind so be ready!

Anyway, I thought I'd start with an oldie but a goodie.  I took this shot when I first started getting serious back in June of 2009.  It's a shot of a jail cell in the old Caldwell County Jail in Lockhart, TX which is now known as the Caldwell County Museum.  It looks like it was a scary place back in the day and with Halloween coming up, why not start with this!  It's also one of the first shots that I got accepted on iStock so I guess it's OK!  What do you think?

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D90
Lens - AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 15 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 125
Exposure bias -0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Courthouse in Gloomy St Louis

I took this from the Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St Louis, MO during a gloomy-rainy day.

On Monday before the game, we went up into the Gateway Arch for something to do.  That was quite an experience for sure!  We got into these little pod-like things that have 5 seats in them and rode up to the top.  These things are not for those who are claustrophobic.  I can be a little, but was OK for the most part even though I was a little nervous.  Anyway, when we got to the top, there wasn't much to do but look out the windows and take pictures.  There is no gift shop up there.

So as you can see, the day was rather gloomy and wet.  As a matter of fact, when we were walking to the arch, Eileen said, "You might want to take some pictures of the arch down here before we go up, because who knows what it will be like when we come back down!"  She was right.. Before we went up, it was just cloudy, but when we got up there and when we came back down, it was raining cats and dogs!  So, I didn't get any shots of the outside of the arch.

What I did get is this picture of downtown St Louis with the Old Courthouse in the center - the courthouse known for the famous Dred Scott trial.  There was also some construction going on around the Arch as you can see in the very foreground.

I decided to convert this shot to black and white since the gloominess made the shot almost monochrome anyway and I tried to process it so as to make the courthouse the center of attention.  Did it work?  Any comments are appreciated!  Oh and click on the shot to see a larger view as that is much more interesting when seen larger than this smaller version!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 13.2mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/200
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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

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