Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Revenge of the Birds

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there who follows my little blog. And for your entertainment, I found this little video that should make people think about what Black Friday could really be if you are not careful!

Wampanoag House Interior

The Wampanoag were the American Indians who met the Pilgrims that arrived in Plymouth, MA, the location where the first Thanksgiving is said to have happened.  Now, Plymouth has created a replica of the Wampanoags' as well as the Pilgrims' settlements at the Plimouth Plantation.  It is worth a visit if you ever get out there.  This is an interior shot of a Wampanoag summer shelter or house.  It was more suited for summer than the others that we saw.  As you can see walls were made of cattail reeds which helped absorb the humidity and keep out the rain.  Apparently it worked quite well.  However, their winter shelters were made mostly of bark. The benches you see here would be where the adults would sleep.  They would put down animal skins and other things to make their beds more comfortable.  The kids then slept on the floor.  Very interesting stuff.  Plan a visit there if you ever go!  You won't be disappointed!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Marlboro Ferraris

F1 Weekend in Austin, TX

Everyone here in Austin, TX are getting pretty excited.  The new Circuit of the Americas F1 race course is now open and will be hosting its inaugural Formula 1 race.  If I'm not mistaken, event organizers expect upwards of 300,000 people to arrive from all parts of the world for all of the festivities.  We'll see how that bears out, but that's quite a few people.  What am I doing this weekend as if anyone cares?  I'm staying as far away from this as humanly possible.  The roads are expected to be horrendous, which means staying home and enjoying college and pro football on TV- American football that is - sounds like a much better option.  I'm not knocking those who want to go to the race, but I'm not up to all of the fighting it takes to get to and from the event.  Especially an inaugural one!  Let's get the kinks get ironed out on this one and then maybe a subsequent one will be more attractive.

Marlboro Ferraris

So, in honor of the race this weekend, I thought I'd post another shot of a couple of Ferraris that were on display during the Formula 1 Expo held at the Austin Convention Center earlier this year.  Anyone know why Ferraris are also painted other colors than red?  See, doesn't red just GO with Ferrari?  I've seen others painted black, yellow, white, etc., but red is just perfect.  When I get my Ferrari, it will defintely be red.  Of course, that will be in another lifetime, but red it will be! ;-)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Another Day, Another Dollar

Excellent Photography Blogs

If you have a little time, check out the other photography blogs I have linked up on the right side of this page.  There are some really outstanding ones out there.  However, one of them is getting ready to shut down..  It's the Airstream Chronicles by Rich Charpentier.  I met Rich on a trip to Prescott, AZ a few years ago. He is a fellow HDR and portrait photographer who has come to the realization that he cannot survive on photography alone.  It's a shame, but it's the times we live in, I guess.

Another Day, Another Dollar

Here is something a little bit different..  I took this shot outside of Union Station in Denver.  There is a lot of work going on there to refurbish the place.  I'll bet it will be great when they are completed.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Kawasaki 42

Back in 2010, Peter Talke invited me out to the Del Valle Motocross Park outside of Austin to take a few shots.  I was always a fan of motocross.  A couple of my friends growing up used to race it and I even tried my hand at bicycle motocross.  I never finished better than 4th in a main, but I did win a heat or two.  It was pretty fun stuff.  So now, with my relatively new hobby of HDR photography, I get to kind of merge those two things together.  This is a single shot HDR that I put together.  I kind of like the look that comes out of it, but it might be a little much for others.  What do you think?

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Moon Balloon

Election Night Thoughts

I don't like to get political with my little blog here, but since last night was such a huge night in the democratic process of this great experiment known as the United States of America, I thought I would just put my two cents in.  Last night America spoke and we have re-elected our current president.  The system worked and now we'll have to see where it leads.  The right to vote is a valuable thing and exercising that right is what this is all about.  If the outcome is what you wanted, congratulations.  If it is not, better luck next time.  Either way, I hope you voted.  Otherwise, you really have no say.  Now that it is over, we must pray for our president and more importantly, we must pray for our country.

Moon Balloon
Today's photo is in the same vein as the last few I have posted.  While the previous ones were of hot air balloons as they were being raised, this is one that is actually in the air!  I captured this shot on the way to Estes Park from Denver last month.  I really liked how it floated in the sky with the moon by it's side. 


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

More Fiery Balloon Shots

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More Fiery Balloon Shots

Here are a couple more balloon shots I took from the Georgetown Airfest this past weekend.  I really enjoyed watching the balloons inflate.  They brought out the little kid in me!  Nothing better that those burners shooting flames and making that loud whooshing noise when they light up!

Forgive these shots a little for they have a bit of noise in them.  It was still relatively dark and foggy when I took them so I had the ISO cranked up a bit.  But overall, I still like them.  I hope you do to!

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hot Air

Today, Georgetown, Texas is holding its 3rd annual Georgetown Airfest.  There are lots of things to see at the event to include olde WWII era planes as well as helicopters, classic cars, etc.  The very first thing that was supposed to happen on the schedule today was a balloon launch.  Well, the airport was socked in with fog this morning so the balloons weren't able to go up.  However, two balloon owners were kind enough to inflate their balloons and let people take photos and ask questions.  It was pretty interesting watching the process of blowing one up.  They first spread the canopy out on the ground, then initially blow it up with a big old fan.  When it has enough air but is still too heavy to get off the ground, they pump in some hot air from the burners on top of the basket with a few quick blasts and the thing stands right up in just a few seconds.  Pretty cool!  I'm sorry they weren't able to lift off, but it was fun to see it all happen.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Driving Thru Aspens and Pines

October is a great time to visit the mountains in Colorado.  That's when the aspen trees change color and their leaves turn a brilliant yellow.  When mixed in with the dark green pines, it makes for a spectacular display.

You may not think so, but this is an HDR composed of 7 brackets.  I tried to process it to keep it as realistic looking as possible.

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