Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Texas Capitol Extension and Photography Snobbery

Below is another shot from the inside of the Texas Capitol Extension. This is one of the views from just inside of the Underground Rotunda.  Luckily when I was there shooting, there were hardly any other people around.  That always makes it nice.  However, it seems sometimes when there's not many people around, the ones who are there tend to meander into your shot and then stand there for what seems an eternity!  One couple walked into my shot here and just kind of wanted to look around.  It's fine for them.  They can do what they want, it's a free country (as of right now anyway).  When this happens I just wait quietly and smile politely until they move along.  It's just funny that there are so many other places in there they could be, but that's the place they end up.  Maybe they think it's interesting because I'm getting ready to shoot something?  I don't know.  I guess it's called "photography snobbery" on my part. Dang tourists! ;-)

I hope you enjoy this shot and thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Underground Rotunda

This time of year trying to shoot outside in the middle of the afternoon is quite a chore.  Especially this year.  Right now in Central Texas, we are having record-breaking heat as well as a record-breaking drought.  It's brutal!  Shooting outdoors in this stuff is not fun.  However, one of the places for a nice reprieve is old faithful, the Texas Capitol.  It's very photographer friendly there and there's plenty to shoot.  Not to mention, it's air conditioned!  Sometimes I feel like I've shot too much there, but I usually can find a new angle on something to try or a new subject.  I did try a vertorama that Farbspiel does quite a bit on his HDR Cookbook site quite often.  I tried that in the main rotunda a couple of posts ago.  So, to go along with that, I decide to post a new angle of the underground rotunda, as it's called, which is located on the north side of the complex.  It's part of the Capitol Extension which has a nice atrium, gift shops and a cafeteria among other things.  It's very nice.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the picture.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

More ROT Rally Photos

Here are a few more shots I took from the Republic of Texas Biker Rally.  They're all taken with my new 50mm lens and just a little bit of post processing for some effects.  However, the saddlebags of the Harleys and the couple on the bike with the woman taking a picture are straight from the camera with no post-processing.  I hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Texas Capitol Rotunda Vertorama

Before I went downtown to shoot some pics of the ROT Rally (more of which I'll post soon), I decided to get some interior shots at the Capitol.  Ever since I discovered a blogger and excellent HDR photographer who goes by Farbspiel, I've been wanting to do a vertorama of the rotunda.  I did one previously of the Fez House at Epcot and I liked how it turned out.  This one turned out pretty good, but the portion of the second balcony on the right side didn't stitch up quite right in CS5.  I think Farbspiel does a much better job, but I'll keep trying.  Let me know what you think and thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ROT Rally and the 50mm

Last Friday, Van Sutherland and I took to the streets of Austin to see what we could find during the 2011 Republic of Texas Biker Rally right here in Austin, Texas.  For the occasion, I brought along my new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens to play with. 

Yes, I took the advice of most of the guys from this post and pulled the trigger on this lens. Anyway, that was my main lens for our excursion and I must say, it is pretty fun to play with.  As you can see in the shot below, it has great bokeh and it's incredibly sharp.  I just have to get used to such a shallow depth of field, but it is fun to blur the background for a different look.  Getting pics during the rally was interesting since I was playing with the new lens.  Most of them are trash, and really this one isn't great, but I like it none the less.

Oh, and about the rally...  I've never seen so many bikes on one place before in my whole life!  Supposedly there were 45,000 - 50,000 at the rally!  As a former biker, I was in hog heaven!  It really makes me want to get another, but not sure I ever will. 

Well, thanks for dropping by and if you ever want a good prime for your Nikon, get the Nikkor 50mm f1.4D!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Book with Blurb

I recently decided to give a try at publishing a book through a company called Blurb. They were offering quite a special for photographers so I thought I'd give it a try. For the most part I'm happy with the book. The quality of the book from the cover to the pages is outstanding! However, I am a little disappointed with the quality of the prints. Some of the shots seem to a little dark to me, but maybe that's just me. Otherwise, I'm quite happy. The book that I made basically includes images from the Austin and Georgetown, Texas area and I also threw in a few from some of our recent travels. If you would like to preview it, check it out below. If you are really interested, you can even purchase it, but I don't expect anyone to. This was really just an experiment on my part. But, if you feel compelled to buy, by all means, do! I won't stop you!

As always, thanks for dropping by and let me know what you think!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ski Area Boundary

While on the slopes at Whistler Ski Resort in BC, Canada, I saw this snow covered sign, "Ski Boundary Area". Basically, you cannot ski beyond this sign because bad things could happen to you and no one may be able to find you if something did. So, with that in mind, I tried to make the shot look a little more sinister by using Nik's HDR Efex's "Granny's Attic" setting. I really like that setting. And, I hope you really like the shot!

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