Friday, November 5, 2010

Underground Rotunda and a Wild Commute


I have two things I'd like to share with you today... The photo above is one I took back on April 1st where the photo gods played a little trick on me and made me take some shots of the Texas capitol with my camera on its basic jpg quality setting. They turned out quite well for the most part, but if only the image quality setting was the highest. Those shots are my Capitol Blunder and Capitol Blunder Companion shots.  You can read about what stupidity befell me on this particular morning in those posts.  So, this was the last in that series that I took that fateful morning.  Anyway, this shot above is what's known as the "Underground Rotunda" at the Texas State Capitol.  It's at the end of the extension that sits on the north side of the Capitol grounds and it's pretty cool to look at.  This view is pretty much street level looking down into it.  It almost looks like some sort of Roman coliseum or something.  I thought it looked pretty cool and worth a post.  I'm hoping to get out pretty soon and get some new content.  So stay tuned.

As far as the video below is concerned, I thought this might be a good time to post it.  A friend of mine sent me the link and I thought it was fascinating.  It's a Russian biker who commutes some 25 odd miles to work and he does some death-defying feats on the way there.  He weaves in and out of traffic, pulls wheelies and basically puts his life in serious risk of being snuffed with his drive to work.  Check it out.  I suppose if I had a bike and drove this fast on my way to work, I would have more time to check my camera settings and not make so many blunderous mistakes.  Of course, what I would really do is sleep in longer, then drive like a nutcase, and still screw my camera settings if I decided to stop and shoot.  What would you do?  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Also, I just want to add, this guy is an idiot, I don't condone it, and he's probably dead now.  Still it's a fun watch...

The shot above was processed as usual.

Other setting include:

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom
ISO: 320
Aperture: f11
Exposure Bias: -0.00
Shutter: 11
Focal Length: 10mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Bracketing: 5 exposures with EVs ranging from -2 to +2 at 1 stop intervals
White Balance: Auto
Tripod: Induro AB0
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord

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  1. Evan, super cool!! I love that Rotunda!

  2. nice shot. I like the composition and the processing too.


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