Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Final Departure (My First Beer Label!!!)

Back in 2011, we flew out to Whistler for a ski trip.  On the way back, I took a shot of our plane from our layover in Dallas.  You can view that shot here.  Well, it caught the eye of Dione Dittmar, one of the owners of Airways Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA.  She liked it so much that she's now using it for a new beer they just produced called, "Final Departure".  It's a beer that gives a nod to the end of the world that will be taking place on December 20th of this year, according to the Mayan calendar anyway.  The brewery has posted a little bit about it on their blog and Seattle Monthly mentions it in this month's issue.  I was honored that they liked the photo so much that they wanted to use it.  They added in the lightning bolts behind the plane to make it a little more sinister and de-branded it for licensing reasons.  I think it looks pretty cool!  To know I have a photo as a beer label is a dream come true!

Picture from Seattle Monthly Magazine


O X O Companion (Looking Thru)

Today's shot is a companion to my previous post of an old-timey car that I shot while out at the Kingsbury Aerodrome.  I tried to give it a similar treatment to the other.  How do you like it?


Saturday, September 22, 2012

O X O

Here is another shot I took while out at the Kingsbury Aerodrome, home of the Pioneer Flight Museum near Luling a few months ago.  Yes, I know it's another automobile shot but I like it anyway! 

I tried to give it a little different look by muting the colors a little bit using Nik Color Efex and Viveza. I used the duplex filter in Color Efex and I used the control points in Viveza to desaturate the clouds in the sky as well as the grass.  I kinda like how it turned out.  Let me know if you do too, or even if you don't.  I would just like your opinion.

Thanks for dropping by!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Plymouth, MA Harbor

This is a shot I took last year when Eileen and I took a trip to Massachusetts.  It is of the harbor in Plymouth.  This time of year is beautiful in that neck of the woods.  The weather is cool enough for sweatshirts and the foliage starts to turn into those those great oranges and reds that we expect to see in New England.  You can't beat it!

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


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Single Cloud

This shot is really nothing spectacular to look at, but I kind of liked how the single cloud in the sky lined up in the middle of where the two roof lines meet in this particular shot.  I took this out at the Zedler Mill in Luling, TX.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Tucker Automobile

I'm sorry..  I just can't help myself..  But, I love cars!  I'm even getting into a show on BBC America called "Top Gear" that my friend Darrell got me hooked on.  Granted, it's a British show and they don't take too kindly to things American, but it's a fun show to watch nevertheless. I think it's been on the air over there for quite a few years but it's just now making headway here. It's a show where they test drive vehicles ranging from everyday automobiles to the highest-end super-cars.  They also do some fun stunts on that show such as converting regular old cars into amphibious vehicles and then sailing them across the English Channel.  The results are hilarious!  Some of it looks staged, but it's still entertaining. Now there's an American version of the show.  It's OK, just not as entertaining as the Brits'.  Maybe it's their humor or the chemistry between the three members of the show, but it works much better.  So in that vein, since I like cars so much, I thought another shot of a cool/unique car was in the offing...

I took these at Dick's Classic Garage early this year. They are shots of the "Tucker" automobile.  It's a pretty cool car, one that was ahead of its time, but could not survive with the likes of GM, Ford and Chrysler back in the late '40s.  There's even a movie about it starring Jeff Bridges called "Tucker".  It's a pretty good movie.

The following is from the Official Tucker Club of America's website:

"Preston Tucker was a car-crazy kid who hung around auto speedways and grew up to create an automobile--the Tucker--that was years ahead of its time. He was a man of pioneering spirit, ingenuity and daring, who revolutionized Detroit in the 1940s with his stunning "Car of Tomorrow." It was streamlined, futuristic and fast--the car every American dreamed of owning, at a price most people could afford. A man of endless enthusiasm, Tucker publicized his model all over the country to wild acclaim. He sold stock, set up a factory . . . and then the auto industry launched a devastating anti-Tucker campaign."



 

Monday, September 3, 2012

UPDATED: University of Michigan Band At Jerry's World

This Labor Day weekend was a great one!  Well, sort of...  This weekend Eileen and I, as well as our friends Valerie and Theresa were able to go to Dallas and take in the premier college football game of the week: The University of Michigan versus the University of Alabama.  The teams were ranked #8 and #2 respectively.  Plus, my excellent sister Elizabeth and her boyfriend Jack of some 12 - 13 years (at least.. sorry if I'm off a little Elizabeth ;-)) came out from their home in Florida to catch the game!  You see, they are both Michigan alums and go to as many games per year as they can. They were able to get tickets and asked if we wanted to tag along. Heck yeah! Elizabeth made all of the arrangements and everything!  She did a great job!

We all spent the whole weekend in Dallas, went to the game, visited and in general had an awesome time!  We even met some new friends!  The bad part was that Michigan got their @$$3$ handed to them in a 41-14 loss.  It was awful.  I was a little nervous for my boys in blue leading up to this game and unfortunately my fears came true.  I guess that's part of the rebuilding process.  They are still trying to get over the terrible "Rich Rod" years; the head coach that took the "Michigan" out of Michigan football.  Now that Brady Hoke is the head coach as of last year, he's slowly getting them back to prominence.  However, Alabama is pretty tough and it would be hard for anyone to beat them this year, as it looks.  Oh well, like I said, it was a fun weekend anyway, especially since we were able to visit with family and friends.

This it a shot I took a few minutes before gametime as the University of Michigan Marching Band was on the field.  I took this with my new fisheye lens as you can see.  It's pretty fun to play with!  It's nice to get a whole panorama interior shot of a sports stadium without having to take 7-8 separate shots and try to blend them together.  I did notice that there is a little bit of purple fringing around some of the lights so I guess I'll need to be conscious of that in the future.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by.

Update:  I decided to try and remove the bad purple fringing around the lights on the opposite side of the field.  I think I got most of it.  If you have the right software, it can really be easy to do.  I opened it up with Nik's Viveza, put a control point on the offending color, desaturated it and then brushed it in.  Super easy!  I love that Viveza!  You can now see the result!  I must say, it's not real obvious here, but if you roll your mouse over the picture, you will see the purple fringing on the lights that are across the field.  Believe me, it was originally pretty bad.  I just had to clean it up!

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