Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nine Ladies Dancing

Well, for lack of anything else, I thought another ornament shot was due. You can mouse over this one as well to see the difference straight from the camera and the final product if you take the cursor off the pic. I just wish there was a way to bring out the letter "ve" on the word "love". Otherwise I'm OK with this shot. Tell me what you think and thanks for dropping by!  Click here for a larger version of this shot.

Also, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Mouse

I was hoping to get more shots of Christmas this year, but for a few reasons, it hasn't quite worked out.  I did however try to get a few shots of some of the ornaments and packages around our tree.  This one here is about the only one that turned out fairly OK.  I tried using my 50mm 1.4 to get a really shallow depth of field, but I guess I went a little too shallow.  I wanted the lights to be blurry and I certainly achieved that, but some of the mouse turned out a little blurry as well.  At least his eyes are sharp!  That's what they say you should try to do when shooting animals or something resembling an animal, yes?  Lastly, this is a non-HDR.. Trying to expand a little you know.  Anyway, mouse-over it to see how it looked straight from the camera and let me know which one you like better.  Click here to see a bigger shot of the finished product.

Thanks for dropping by and if I don't post anything beforehand, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winner of the Apple AirPort Express!

Congratulations goes out to Tod Grubs of Spicewood, Texas! Thanks for your comments and you should be receiving the AirPort Express in the mail very soon!  And thanks to the others who participated!

Zilker Swan

Here's a shot I took while out waiting for the light to get right while shooting Austin from Lou Neff Point at Zilker Park with Van Sutherland. We were shooting right by the water and there were lots of ducks and other waterfowl around. Right in front of us came this big ole swan. He kind of shooed some of the other ducks out of there for a bit. Kind of cool to see.

Also as an extra, I'm trying something that David Nightingale does on his blog...  David's blog shows the beautiful photos that he creates and at the bottom right of each, he has a link that states, "Show the original."  From there you can see the pre-processed shot straight from the camera. On this page, if you mouse-over the picture, you will see the original shot as it was straight from my camera. The shot that you see when not mousing over the shot is my final version after some tweaks in Photoshop CS5 with the Nik Software Package. I would love to hear your thoughts on which shot you like better!

You can also click here to see a larger version.

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

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Announcing Apple AirPort Express Winner Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I will announce the winner of the Apple AirPort Express.  It's a $100 value!  If you are interested, comment on my previous post and you will be eligible.  You'll have to sign up with a profile so I can contact you if you are the winner.  Good luck

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Win An Apple Airport Express!

AirPort Express Contest

Comment on my shot below and I will randomly pick one of you to receive a free Apple AirPort Express.  Contest only pertains to those inside the continental United States.  Thanks for visiting and good luck!  I will announce the winner next week!

Iconic Austin Buildings

Here is another shot I took while out with Van Sutherland a couple of weeks ago.  As with my previous post, this shot was taken from Lou Neff Point at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.  It shows three of the most iconic buildings in Austin.  They are from left to right, the Frost Bank Building, the W Hotel and the Austonian.  They are quite new.  The Austonian and and the W have only been around for a year or two whereas the Frost Bank building is creeping up around 6 - 8 years.  Maybe longer, I'm not too sure. 

The Frost Bank Building is mainly an office building, but it has a cool art deco look to it.  Some people, including myself, think it looks like a giant nose hair trimmer.  Other say it looks like an owl if you look at it directly from one corner.  The Frost Bank circular symbol is on every side and resemble eyes.  The portion on the top looks like an owl's comb and each corner has what can be seen as a beak just how it would look on an owl.  If you use your imagination on this shot, you might see it.  If not, go here.  So there you have it.

The W Hotel - or as we say in Texas, the "Dubya" - or as they say in the part of town where the W is located (while sounding like Thurston Howell III) "the Double-U, lovey" - is a high-end luxury hotel with apartments/condominiums.  It's also home to Austin City Limits.  During this past summer, the glass between the railings and the floor of some of the balconies began to mysteriously shatter and fall to the ground below.  It happened on three different occasions.  After the third time, management decided to evacuate the building and replace all of the glass panels on each balcony.  Apparently the glass was not tempered and the heating caused by the midday summer sun caused them to shatter.  Luckily no one was seriously hurt or killed, but it did cause quite a commotion.

Lastly, the Austonian is full of upscale condominiums.  From what I understand it is the tallest residential property building west of the Mississippi, or something like that.  Someday I would like to walk through one of the condos there to see how the other half lives.

That's about it for now.  I hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by!


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