Monday, April 29, 2013

Expressway Upper and Lower Decks Vertorama

This is a vertorama (aka a vertical panorama) of I-35 in downtown Austin. It's comprised of 5 landscape-oriented shots stitched together in Photoshop to make an almost 180 degree vertical view of what one would see if standing on one of the cross bridges. I think I could've captured this with a fish-eye lens as well, but alas, I don't have one.  Lastly, I was hoping to make this an HDR, but I think this turned out nicely without.



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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Misty Texas Capitol

There's a parking garage at 9th and Lavaca which affords one a great view of the Texas capitol.  It's a great angle for a morning shot because the sun rises in the background.  I was hoping for that on this day, but instead the weather decided to be misty and drizzly.  I'm glad it was because I think I'm happier with this shot than I would have been had it been a clear day!



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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Colorado Capitol at Sunrise

When we went to Denver last year, Eileen and I got up a little early to tour the US Mint.  The Mint in Denver makes all of the coins that we use from pennies to quarters and more.  The Mint in San Francisco makes all of the coin proofs.  Pretty cool stuff.  However, don't get me started on all of this printing and coining money, but it was cool to see how it is done.  On the way to the Mint, we saw the Colorado capitol building.  We didn't have time to go inside, but I did shoot off a few hand-held brackets from the outside.  The shot turned out pretty good, but it has a couple of flaws.  Overall though, I like it.  Too bad it had the scaffolding around it, but it guess it's a companion to this shot of the Texas capitol I took a while ago...



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Walking Thru Arches

Last week my mission was to get a shot of the Texas Capitol along with the Frost Bank Building and the Austonian from the north side of the Capitol where Congress Ave t's into the Blanton Museum of Art.  I wanted to get a similar shot that my friend Dave Wilson has gotten before.  But, morning is not a good time to get that particular shot.  You see, it can be hazy in the morning plus the Frost Bank building's lights are not lit at that time.  That can make for a rather dull photo.  So, while I was in front of the Blanton, I decided to turn around and get some shots of the maintenance crews cleaning up the place.  This is one of the archways that surround the Blanton while one member of the crew walks thru.  Not sure if you can tell, but I took some liberties with the architecture there.  Can you tell?



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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Red Breasted House Finch

You know, sometimes you can find the best picture opportunities at your own house.  Of course, sometimes you have to have the right gear, but still...  I took this shot outside our back window where we have a bird feeder hanging from one of our oak trees.  We get a lot of sparrows, doves, grackles and blue jays that like to eat from it.  We get the occasional squirrel that we have to chase away, too!  Those guys are gluttons!  Anyway, we also get these pretty red breasted house finches.  I always wanted to get a shot of one of them, so today I thought I would give it a try.  To get this shot I really needed a super long lens so I could get some great detail.  Instead, I used my 28-300 racked all the way out and then I cropped the heck out of it so the bird would be most obvious in picture.



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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cactus in the Bluebonnets

It's wildflower season here in Texas.  The bluebonnets along with evening primrose and all sorts of other varieties of flowers are in full bloom.  However, this isn't one of the best years for wildflowers due to the lack of rain, but it's still nice to see them spring up.  Unfortunately, I haven't really gotten out there to shoot any this year, but I did have this shot that I took last year from when Eileen and I went out to Willow City.  I like how the prickly pear cactus' quills are accented by the sun and how it just sits in a sea of bluebonnets.  Pure Texas.  (Click on the picture to see a larger version.)



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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Food Trailers by the Chevron

Song Stuck In My Head

Sorry, but I had to get this out there...  I heard this song on a commercial the other day and I just can't shake it.  I thought I'd share it because it's just so catchy!  I hated disco then and still hate it now, but this thing just grabs me for some reason. Granted, it's not totally disco, but it has a sort of disco beat to it. But beware, it's catchy and you might have the same problem as me as far as sleeping goes... None! ;-)  Click at your own risk! BTW... Is the lead singer's name "Sniff"? ;-)  "Driver's Seat, Driver's seat, yeahhh!!!"



Food Trailers by the Chevron

Austin has a plethora of food trailers.  They're everywhere.  It seems where ever there is a plot of land that isn't being used, someone pulls up with an Airstream or some other type of trailer and sets up a mini restaurant.  This place was right between the Holiday Inn and the Chevron gas station on the southbound frontage road of I-35.  Usually in the mornings these places don't have their lights on because they are closed, but this one did and I thought it might make a cool picture.  Speaking of lights, this court had those new LED-type lights strung across so they really did look white.  I prefer the incandescents, but this is the way of the world now, I guess.



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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Another View From Butler Park

My previous post showed a view of the Austin skyline with portions of Butler Park included. But as I mentioned, it was hard to include portions of Butler Park from the top of the hill along with the Austin skyline due to the wonderful fitness classes going on. So, I had to make due and decided to zoom in on some of the more iconic buildings in order to not have people in spandex ruining the scene.  The shot shows a few of the bigger buildings in Austin..  From left you have the Frost Bank building (aka the nose hair trimmer, the owl),then you have the Austonian (the tallest building in the city), then there's the Ashton, 100 Congress and lastly, One Congress Plaza.



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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Austin Skyline Reflection

Butler Park is a nice little place across the street from Auditorium Shores near the Long Center in Austin.  You can really get some great views of the skyline from there.  However, I don't recommend going to the benches at the top of the little hill on the right there unless you just want to take in the sites.  You see, if you want to get some photos, you may have a little trouble.  Butler Park seems to be a magnet for fitness freaks who like to run up and down the hill and get in the way of perfectly nice photo opportunities. The nerve of those people!  Trying to better themselves by staying in shape while making it difficult for me to get my shot! In a public place, no less!  Why it makes me want to...  Wait, I know..  Live and let live.  I'm just kidding anyway.  But if it weren't for them, I wouldn't have found this neat little pond and gotten this shot of the skyline.  So really, it all worked out for the best!  Thanks, you fitness freaks!



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