Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fun With a Fisheye

New stuff to play with!  Yay!  I recently purchased a new fisheye lens and today I tried it out at the Texas Capitol building, of course!  It's a great place to shoot, plus it's close to where I work and best of all, it's indoors!  When it's 100 degrees out, this is a good thing! 

I like this new fisheye lens for two reasons... It's slightly wider than the wide angle lens I have and it has some great funky distortion for a little different look.  It's a nice little change of pace.

So, these two shots are in the portion of the Capitol called the "Capitol Extension".  It's an underground portion of the complex that extends north and houses shops and offices.  It also has some cool architecture.  And I think it looks cool through the new lens.

Enjoy and thanks for dropping by!



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Top of Brazos Garage

I've been lacking as far as getting out to get any new content for the old blog here.  The weather's been too hot and I guess I've been a little bit lazy as well.  It's not that I don't enjoy shooting, but I'm really trying to figure out some new subjects to shoot. Until then, I thought maybe I should put out something I took a couple of years ago when I was going around to different parking garages in Austin trying to get unique views of the city.  This was taken from the top of the Brazos St garage near the convention center and the Four Season Hotel.  It's a different angle.  I always liked the shot, but I'm not sure if the angle works or not.  Maybe some of you could provide a little constructive criticism.  Or not. ;-)  Anyway, let me know what you think and thanks for dropping by!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Portraits?

I dunno.. A good skill to learn as a photographer is portraits, right?  I mean, if you can't take a good portrait, you aren't a good photographer, yes?  If true, I currently can't say I'm a good photographer.  I don't feel I have the chops to take a good portrait and don't have the gear.  However, if I had models such as this lovely lady that I shot while at the Formula 1 Expo a couple of months ago, it might be a little easier. She was with her friends and not really trying to pose for a photographer and I think it worked great.  But, if she was working with a photographer, would she be that photogenic?  Probably, but would she with me?  Hard to say... I prefer going out to shoot landscapes and cityscapes because I can just enjoy the scenery and take in the wonderful views.  However, when you take portraits, you have to know how to pose people and how to coax a natural look from them, not to mention lighting them, what lenses to use, etc...  Yeesh.  Maybe someday, but for now, I'll just stick with happy circumstances such as this. It turned out to be a nice photo and maybe someday I'll learn how to plan something that looks even better than this.  What do you think?


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Should I?

To try and keep my mind off the current summer heat, I thought I'd post another cold-looking picture. This is another shot I took while skiing at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort a year and a half ago.  I took it on the backside of the Blackcomb Mountain in the "7th Heaven Zone".  It's beautiful skiing up there on that part of the mountain. However, Whistler is in a more temperate climate though, so overall the skiing there is a little interesting, too.  The tops of the mountains have great snow, but the closer you get to the bottom, the more wet it becomes.  You ski through the cloud deck and then sometimes into the rain if there's precipitation that day.  Of course as they say, "A bad day of skiing beats a good day at work" and there's definitely more good skiing at Whistler than bad.

I liked this shot because it has this guy on a snowboard who looks as though he's thinking, "Should I go straight down this steep part right in front of me or should I take the long way like everyone else?"  Not sure what he did, but since I had a bunch of camera gear with me, I took the long way. ;-)

Hope you like the shot and thanks for dropping by!  Oh and with this heat were having this summer, as my favorite band Van Halen might say, "Stay frosty!"


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

And that's Football Season!  Yes!  It starts this weekend with the NFL's Hall of Fame Game on Sunday! I know  it's pre-season, but it's still football.  It's the Arizona Cardinals v the New Orleans Saints!  I love this time of year!  In this day and age of "nothing but crap on TV", I'll take a meaningless live football game over just about anything else. 

This means fall is right around the corner, cool weather is coming and we get to fulfill another check-mark on our bucket list!  You see, our bucket list consists of seeing a football game in every NFL stadium.  This year it's Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to see the Broncos.  Can't wait!  The main reason we're going there this year is because Peyton Manning now plays for the Broncos.  I guess he's all grown up now.  Because that's what colts do, right?  They grow up to be bucking broncos, yes?  I know, it's a bad joke, but I can never come up with good ones.  Anyway, it seems he's healthy this year and we can't wait to see him!  Should be fun.  And speaking of bucket lists, do you have one?  If you do, what's on it?  I'd love to hear what others would like to do during their lifetimes!

The shot below is from a pre-season football game we went to a while back where the Baltimore Ravens played the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.  It was fun even if it was pre-season.  This shot I used my Sony DSC-HX9V and took about 7 shots in the portrait orientation from one end of the stadium to the other trying to carefully overlap each one by about 20% or so.  Then I stitched them together in Photoshop CS5 and added a little more color to the sky with Nik Color Efex.  It turned out pretty cool I think.  However, if you look closely, some peoples' heads and seats got chopped up due to the stitching process in Photoshop.  I guess it doesn't totally work every time, but I like the overall result.

I hope you do, too and thanks for dropping by!


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