Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pennybacker Bridge 2014

Auto Enhance for Blogger Sucks!

I finally figured out how to keep blogger from jacking with the photos that I post here...  If you have a Google+ account, which I do, go to your home page, settings, and turn off Auto Enhance.  Sheesh!  That thing is crap!

Photo: Pennybacker Bridge in 2014

I have taken shots of the Pennybacker Bridge (aka 360 bridge) in Austin before, but the day I took those it was rather foggy and I didn't get the exact shot I was looking for even though I was happy with those..  Anyway, I went back again during some time off over the holidays and managed to get this shot.  It's still not exactly what I'm looking for, but it's getting closer.  I may have to go out again another morning or afternoon, but I like this one.  The funny thing is that I went out there to do HDR and most of the shots were out of focus and those were the ones where I had just a tad better composition.  As you can see on this one, the very top of the tree got cut off. Otherwise I like it, but it's not HDR!  I don't know what the hell happened, but I'm happy I got something for all the trouble of going out there!

What do you think?  Is it worthy?  Any comments are appreciated!

Pennybacker Bridge
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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 30 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - +1 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Not sure if this will be the last shot I post before Christmas, so let me just say to you and yours, Merry Christmas!  Here's hoping you have a great holiday!

This is another shot from Smithville from last weekend.  It is either a storefront of some sort or maybe an office front.  I just liked the way it was decorated and how the red and white lights looked shining on the brick.  Now that I think about it, when I looked inside, I got the impression that it was a realtor's office.  Not for sure on that, but there you go...

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Exif data:

Camera -Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1.5 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 5, spaced 1 EV apart from -2 to +2

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Smithville Lights

Smithville has some nice lights strung up on the buildings and over Main St.  Also, lots of storefronts have some Whoville/Grinch displays in them since that was the theme from this years Festival of Lights.  It's very nice and small-town, not that there's anything wrong with that.  Quite the opposite actually..

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 10 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Smithville Gazebo

Last night we met our good friends Doug, Tricia, Valerie and Theresa in Smithville.  We had dinner at the Backdoor Cafe.  Get the tenderloin!  It was awesome!  Nothing like good food, drink and friends and not necessarily in that order!  While there I took a little time and "shot up the town" with my X-T1 and came away with this HDR of the gazebo located in the Railroad Park at the end of Main Street.  The gazebo as you can see is all decorated with lights, has a nice tree in the middle and the rest of the park has lots of these gingerbread man decorations.  At one point, Smithville was famous for the world's largest gingerbread man and "Smitty" there on the left is a permanent representation of that famous cookie!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 3.5 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets -5, spaced 1 EV apart from -2 to +2

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Tree and Courthouse

It's time for another shot from downtown Georgetown...  This is the main Christmas tree located on the grounds of the old Williamson County Courthouse.  Georgetown is the county seat so it makes sense that is where the courthouse would be.  Inside they have another Christmas tree that extends all the way up through the courthouse's three floors!  I tried to go in there the night I took this shot, but they had just closed it up.  Maybe another time.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f10
Exposure - 3.2 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, December 19, 2014

Grape Creek Vineyards

I went to the square in Georgetown a few days ago and took some snaps here and there.  While there I realized a new business sprung up called "Grape Creek Vineyards".  Well, it's probably not new, but it was the first time I saw it. And, I like the way they decorated for Christmas.  The square sure does look nice this time of year...

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Exif data:

Camera - Fuji X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 3.5 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 5, spaced 1 EV apart, from -2 to +2

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Austin Christmas Tree #2

Here is shot number 2 that I took with Van Sutherland last Tuesday evening.  This is the Zilker Tree in front of the Austin skyline at dusk.  The shot is an HDR shot as well.  It's the first HDR I've done in quite a while and I'm pleased with the results.  Maybe I need to start doing more of those again!

Oh, and please click on the shot to see a better version.  Blogger.com really screws with photos when uploaded here.  Hope you like the photo and thanks for stopping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 50mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 5.3 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 5, space 1 EV apart from -2 to +2

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Light Streaks on Riverwalk

I went to a Lightroom seminar taught by Matt Kloskowski in San Antonio last Friday. I must say he was awesome! I learned a ton from that seminar, more than I did from the books I have. I think I learn more when I see someone put the program to use because I think I can get bored in those books rather quickly. And, Matt's teaching style is light and entertaining as well as informative. If you ever get a chance to go to one of his seminars, I highly recommend it!  The only thing now is that the seminar was part of KelbyOne and Matt no longer works for them. So, I'm not sure how many more he will do.

After the seminar, I went to a spot above the Riverwalk that I scoped out at lunch and took a bunch of long exposures to capture the boats moving around the corner under the pedestrian bridge. This time of year, everything including most of the boats are decorated with lights and they really make some cool streaks on the water when they are going by.  The boats themselves are not so much water taxis as they are tour boats. You can see a couple of them docked to the edge there. They are a little blurry because the water wasn't too still due to the other boats going by. But, at least you can get an idea of how they are decorated. Very fun to ride on if you like that sort of thing.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF 10-24mm OIS
Focal Length - 16mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 30 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Austin Christmas Tree

Van Sutherland and I went out to get some shots of the Austin skyline last night.  The mission was to shoot the Zilker Tree in Zilker Park which is near the Trail of Lights.  Van suggested an excellent spot near Mopac and away we went.

From what I understand since I've never been, people like to stand underneath the tree, look straight up and spin around.  Apparently it's something fun to do, but sounds like a sure way to relieve ones stomach of any contents therein.  :-)

Austin Christmas Tree

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 95mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1 sec
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Outside Gumbos North at XMas

Here's another shot I took during my little photowalk of downtown Georgetown the other night.  This is the front of Gumbos North.  This location has been several restaurants in the past, ranging in cuisine from Chinese to Italian.  As a matter of fact a few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited by the owners of Amantes Italian restaurant to take some shots for their website.  That was a great experience, but alas it is no longer.  Now it is a Louisiana Cajun style place and I hear it's very good.  Have yet to go, but will someday!

Technically speaking, this shot is comprised of two exposures.  One is at 0 EV and the other is at -1 EV.  I combined them in Photoshop using a gradient mask to make the bottom portion of the shot lighter than the top portion.  I think it helped add a little depth and atmosphere to it so as the lights down below look like they are illuminating the scene properly.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for stopping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10.0 mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 2.1 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - 2 ranging from 0 to -1 EV

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Light Streaks on Georgetown Corner

I decided to go to downtown Georgetown this evening and take a few pictures.  It has been a few years since I've done that and now with the businesses all decorated for Christmas as well as all of the light that the city put up, it seemed like the perfect time.  This is the first shot of a few more to come.  It's not an HDR, but some of them probably will be...

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 14.5mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 8 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sunrise Over Snowy Sagebrush

Yet another shot from Jackson Hole...  Took this on the morning of our wildlife tour and if I remember correctly, the temperature was something like 9 degrees above zero.  Yeah, a little chilly...

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D300s
Lens - Nikkor 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 75mm
Aperture - f11.0
Exposure - 1/1000
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 7, spaced 1 EV apart from -3 to +3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Inside the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

This is a cool place to go and have a drink when visiting Jackson, WY.  It's a little touristy, but the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is still fun and just one of those "must sees".  We stopped in one afternoon while shopping in the square and had ourselves a cocktail or two.

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D300s
Lens - Sigma 10.0-20.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Focal Length -10mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 1.6 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 7, spaced 1 EV apart from -3 to +3

Monday, November 24, 2014

More Mountains...

I'm on a mountains kick right now for some reason.  I guess because winter is coming and this picture has lots of snow in it!  I took this during a wildlife tour in Jackson Hole, WY in Feb of 2013.

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D300s
Lens - Nikkor 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 105.0 mm
Aperture - ƒ/11.0
Exposure - 1/320
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Misty Mountain Thru the Trees

I think it's time I posted another photograph.  It's been a while.  That's for two reasons... One is that I've been pretty lazy and the other is that I just recently switched from a PC to a Mac and I'm sort of re-learning how a computer works.  There are big differences between the two and getting used to them takes a bit of time.  I like the new Mac, but I find some of it is klugey and cheap-looking.  However, it's smokin'-fast so processing pics is much better!

That's where this shot comes in... It's from Alaska and one of the first shots I processed on this new machine.  I took this when we were riding the Alaska Railroad train back to Girdwood from a fjords tour in Seward.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 143.9 mm
Aperture - ƒ/6.0
Exposure - 1/320
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Inside the Edward Jones Dome

I always like to get a shot of the inside of the different stadiums we go to while completing our NFL stadium bucket list.  Sometimes I'll take a panorama and sometimes I'll just take a wide angle shot.  This here is a wide angle shot taken from our seats prior to the game starting.  It's harder to get a shot during the game because I don't want to obstruct others' view of the game not to mention other in front may obstruct the shot anyway. That's not always true, but that's my excuse anyway... ;-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 2000
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Brady Throws

Today there will be a great football game starring the two best quarterbacks in the league; Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the Denver Broncos v the New England Patriots game!  I've posted some pics of Peyton Manning before here and here.  I had a better camera and closer seats when shooting Peyton, but never posted any pics of Tom Brady.  So, since this game is coming on today, I thought I'd post a shot of "Tawmy" as the Bostonians would say.  We sat way up at Gillette Stadium and I only had my little Sony point and shoot, but I like this shot here even if it isn't technically perfect.  Still a fun action shot and you can see that Brady is throwing the ball.  It was a fun game and it was cold, too!  We even went with my old Air Force buddy Earl and his son so it was an extra-special good time!  Oh and the Patriots won by something like 35-21.

I did a little editing in Snapseed on my iPad to give it a more vintage flavor.  (Sorry, no good exif for this one...)

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Preventive Maintenance At 50 and Rocking in Paradise

This past Friday I had quite a life event. You see, I recently turned 50 years old and at that age one is highly recommended to have a certain "preventive maintenance procedure" done. Those of you who are near or over 50 probably know what I'm talking about.  If you don't, I don't want to be gross about it so let's say I'm a car... I had to fill my tank with some Gumout cleaner and then have my exhaust system inspected internally from the tailpipe, past the muffler, to the exhaust manifold to make sure there is no rust, carbon build-up or fuel deposits.  There was a deposit that had to be removed but there is no rust as far as we know right now!

I must say though, the experience wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I was a bit freaked out about it, but now that it's over, I'm glad I did it. The bad thing is I have to have another exhaust inspection in three years.

The last thing I can take away from the whole experience is this; doctors are great and thank goodness we have them. But, if it wasn't for the nurses, the whole experience would be horrible! Nurses are the best and they make the whole show work! Of course I may be biased since Eileen is a nurse, but they all ROCK for sure!

I came up with the car analogy because when I was getting wheeled into the O.R., I told the nurse it looked like a garage.  I mean there were all these lights that looked like "light-alls", there were lots of tables and tools and there was a bunch of what looked like tool chests!  You know that gives me an idea, what if they made operating rooms look like garages?!  Make the tool chests have "Craftsman" logos on them, have a bunch of pictures of cars in there, make the floor a black and white checkerboard!  Wouldn't that be cool?  Kind of like Sport Clips only for an operating room!  But, it would obviously have to be really clean!  No grease-monkeys allowed!  Then again, maybe not such a good idea...

As relieved as I was knowing that my procedure wasn't as bad as I thought, it was still no walk in the park. I would so much rather have been here where I took this shot.  This swinging bench was at Shipwreck Beach on Kauai! I guess rocking in this chair could be my happy place so to speak!

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 28mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 6 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 1600
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 7, from -3 to +3 spaced 1 EV apart

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5 Day Black and White Challenge #5 (Flying Over Waimea Canyon)

Here's the 5th and final shot for the 5 Day Black and White Challenge..  Speaking of which, I don't know how or why this challenge started, but it's been kind of fun.  Anyway, this shot is a black and white conversion of this previous shot.  I thought it would make a cool black and white with the control panel's gauges and stuff which has nice contrast along with the sky and the canyon in the background.  I took it during our trip to Hawaii last year.  We took a helicopter tour when on the island of Kauai and below us in the shot here is Waimea Canyon, "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific" or something like that.  Which one do you like better, the color one or this black and white one?  Let me know and thanks for dropping by!  This concludes my input to the "5 Day Black and White Photo Challenge" or whatever it's called...

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Focal Length - 16mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 1/60
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, October 27, 2014

5 Day B&W Photo Challenge #4 (Cafe Du Monde)

Here is another oldie but a goodie...  This is the famous Cafe Du Monde located in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  I took this back in 2010 and it is an HDR converted to black and white...

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D90
Lens - Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure -
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 100
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 5 spaced 1 EV apart

Sunday, October 26, 2014

5 Day B&W Photo Challenge #3 (Austin Davis Calls the Snap)

Here is photo number three for the 5 Day Black and White Photo Challenge.  This is from the Monday Night Football game a couple of weeks ago.  Austin Davis of the St Louis Rams is calling the snap against the San Francisco 49ers.  Rams lost, but it was fun nevertheless...

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/1000
Exposure program - Shutter priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Saturday, October 25, 2014

5 Day B&W Challenge #2 (Relaxing in Poipu)

So here's my 2nd shot for the 5 Day Black and White Challenge.  My first shot for this challenge was with a "serious" camera - a Nikon D90 DSLR.  That camera was my first "real" camera and I learned a lot with it.  But, other things I've learned throughout my photographic journey is that the camera doesn't necessarily mean a good photographer.  Hence this shot... I took this with a compact point and shoot Canon S100.  It's basically just a regular camera that one can use to shoot everyday and anyone can use it.  The great thing about it is that it takes great pictures.  Of course if the person using is knows how to do that, the pictures can be just as nice if not nicer than anything taken from a DSLR.  I sometimes have a hard time judging my own shots, but maybe this one is nice enough to be considered good.

Anyway, it's my second shot in the 5 Day Black and White Challenge and I took it on the island of Kauai during our Hawaii trip last year.  I just got done snorkeling (this Canon S100 and housing is great for that btw) and I wanted to get a nice shot of the location.  The building in the background is the Beach House Restaurant.  Eileen and I had our 20th anniversary dinner there with our friends Valerie, Theresa and Ellen and it was a great time!  Oh and lastly, I don't know who the lady is in the foreground of this shot, but she adds some interest, yes? :-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Canon PowerShot S100
Lens - 5.2-26.0 mm
Focal Length - 5.2mm
Aperture - f4.0
Exposure - 1/1600
Exposure program - Auto
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Day B&W Challenge #1

So, Mike Criswell, aka Theaterwiz, nominated for me for the 5 Day Black and White Photo Challenge via Facebook.  I have been challenged to post 5 black and white photos in 5 days and then nominate some one else for the challenge.  I have some people in mind so be ready!

Anyway, I thought I'd start with an oldie but a goodie.  I took this shot when I first started getting serious back in June of 2009.  It's a shot of a jail cell in the old Caldwell County Jail in Lockhart, TX which is now known as the Caldwell County Museum.  It looks like it was a scary place back in the day and with Halloween coming up, why not start with this!  It's also one of the first shots that I got accepted on iStock so I guess it's OK!  What do you think?

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D90
Lens - AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 15 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 125
Exposure bias -0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Courthouse in Gloomy St Louis

I took this from the Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St Louis, MO during a gloomy-rainy day.

On Monday before the game, we went up into the Gateway Arch for something to do.  That was quite an experience for sure!  We got into these little pod-like things that have 5 seats in them and rode up to the top.  These things are not for those who are claustrophobic.  I can be a little, but was OK for the most part even though I was a little nervous.  Anyway, when we got to the top, there wasn't much to do but look out the windows and take pictures.  There is no gift shop up there.

So as you can see, the day was rather gloomy and wet.  As a matter of fact, when we were walking to the arch, Eileen said, "You might want to take some pictures of the arch down here before we go up, because who knows what it will be like when we come back down!"  She was right.. Before we went up, it was just cloudy, but when we got up there and when we came back down, it was raining cats and dogs!  So, I didn't get any shots of the outside of the arch.

What I did get is this picture of downtown St Louis with the Old Courthouse in the center - the courthouse known for the famous Dred Scott trial.  There was also some construction going on around the Arch as you can see in the very foreground.

I decided to convert this shot to black and white since the gloominess made the shot almost monochrome anyway and I tried to process it so as to make the courthouse the center of attention.  Did it work?  Any comments are appreciated!  Oh and click on the shot to see a larger view as that is much more interesting when seen larger than this smaller version!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 13.2mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/200
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rams Fans

Rams fans are pretty much normal.  We've seen Saints fans and Seahawks fans and those people are crazy!  But when comes to the Rams, their fans are basically like the team.. So-so.  But, sitting in front of us to the right were this couple.  They had on these cool Rams hats and I thought it made for a cool picture!  This couple pretty much had a good time and yelled for their team as you can see.  But, as blah as most of the fans were, there was this one lady that sat behind us and to the left who screamed the whole game.  And when she screamed, it was this high-pitched blood-curdling type scream.  If her pitch was any higher, I think the lights would've blown out in the Edward Jones Dome! She screamed from the start of player introductions until the end of the game.  It was awful.  Maybe that's why we were able to get such good seats as we bought from a season-ticket holder and maybe that owner was tired of that loud lady...  She would be great for Halloween though! :-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 136mm
Aperture - f6
Exposure - 1/1000
Exposure program - Shutter priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, October 17, 2014

Busch Stadium from Above

Last Sunday afternoon we did a little pub crawl during the broadcasts of all the NFL games.  We went to a total of four places: Ozzie's Sports Bar and Grill, Over Under Bar and Grill, The Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar and The 360 Bar on the rooftop of the Hilton at the Ballpark.  All of the places were great in their own way, but the 360 rooftop bar had the best view of Busch Stadium.  It was the last stop on the crawl and was where I took this shot prior to game two of the NLCS between the Giants and the Cardinals.  We almost went to the game itself, but the weather was wet and misty and we would've had to buy scalped tickets, so we thought it prudent not to go after all.  Would've been fun thought, right?

And now, the Giants won the pennant so the Cardinals are out.  I guess that makes for a good metaphor for this shot since the stadium is pretty much empty and the Cardinals season is over.  I guess that means one thing; Go Royals!!!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 13.8mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kaepernick Throws

We just got back from a little trip to St Louis to see the 49ers take on the Rams.  The Rams started out great going up 14-0 in the first quarter, but it was all 49ers after that and they won 31-17.  Fun game to see because I did not have a dog in this hunt and it's another stadium that Eileen and I can cross off our bucket list.  We went with our good football buddies Valerie and and Ellen as well and we all had a great time!  The weather was a bummer though so I didn't get as many pics of St Louis as I would have liked, but I got a few shots from the game and this is the first.  This is the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throwing to receiver Vernon Davis (number 85).

I tell you, this little X-T1 is not too shabby for shooting sports, I don't care what anyone says.  Sure, it's not a Canon 1D Mark IV or whatever, but this camera worked well for me.  I'm happy with it anyway.  However, if I wanted to shoot from the sidelines, maybe I would rent a better one, but I'm happy with this.

I processed the picture using Nik's Analog Efex, with Camera filter #7.  You see the game was a homecoming for the 1999 Super Bowl winning Rams team so the Rams wore their old throwback uniforms in honor of the those guys.  So I thought I'd throwback the pic a little to give it a bit more interest.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/1000
Exposure program - Shutter priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, October 3, 2014

Opaekaa Falls

My boss took off on a trip to Hawaii this week. This makes me totally jealous, of course. You see last year at this time, Eileen and I were in Hawaii as well, along with our friends Ellen, Theresa and Valerie. Because of my depression caused by not being in Hawaii, I thought a new pic from our trip last year would do the trick.

Due to the amount of rainfall on Kauai, the island has a plethora/cornucopia/bounty of waterfalls. As a matter fact, one part of the island gets the most rainfall of any place on the planet; 450 inches/year to be exact! That means that there are a zillion waterfalls there.  This particular set is called Opaekaa Falls, which is located on the east side of Kauai.  These falls are quite spectacular and just off Route 580 if you get out that way.  Wish I was there right now.  Of course I'm not sure of a time when I wouldn't wish I was there...

One other thing... It's hard to convey the size of these falls without being there.  But I guess one thing I could point out is that if you look at the top of the shot where that tree is kind of isolated, you will see the rooftop of a house that is about normal for a ranch-style dwelling. So, if you take that into consideration, you will understand that these falls are rather large and one would probably not survive a fall over them if one decided to kayak down... Just sayin'...

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 135mm
Aperture - f8.0
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture Priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jailed Monkey

When we went to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, I really enjoyed taking pictures of the animals there.  A couple of the photos turned out nicely, but a lot didn't.  This past weekend I got the itch to maybe shoot some animals again and with that idea in mind, I went out to the Austin Zoo located just west of Austin in Oak Hill.  The Austin Zoo is similar to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center as it takes in animals and rehabs them.  Of course, it doesn't re-release animals I don't think because most of them are quite exotic such as lions and tigers and bears.  Oh my!  And monkeys!  A good chunk of these animals were previously owned illegally as pets. So, I think they rehab the animals and maybe ship them back out to other zoos.  You can read more about them here.

One of the animals that I enjoyed seeing and photographing was this monkey.  I'm not sure of the type he is but I did read about him when I was there.  I think he is a patas monkey that are normally found in Central Africa based on this Wikipedia link here.  Guess I should've taken a picture of the sign so I could provide that info.  Anyway, I'm not sure of he's sad or not, but I get that impression by looking at his eyes.  I guess I would be too if I were cooped up in a cage, but hopefully he'll be able to move on to bigger and better things some time down the road.

As far as processing goes, I just did some minor exposure, clarity and vignette adjustments in Lightroom.  I also brightened up his eyes a tad and cropped the overall shot just to put his face in a more "rule of thirds" location.

Now, if I could just figure out how to remove those bars in Photoshop!  That would be awesome!

As always, I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Las Vegas Strip At Night

This shot shows some of the newer casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.  Paris is fairly new as that opened in September, 1999 and the Cosmopolitan opened in December, 2010.  Being that Vegas came to life officially on May 15th, 1905, these hotel-casinos are pretty new!

We've been to Paris and it's is pretty nice!  Great food and good shows!  However, we've never been to the  Cosmopolitan.  Maybe on the next visit!

As far as the shot goes, I tried to mute the colors a little to give a different feel.  Is it futuristic?  I'm not sure, but I liked how it turned out anyway.  Let me know what you think!  As always, click on the picture and you will see a larger, slightly better version.

Also, did you know you can get an email of my posts when they come out?  Just enter your email address on the right side of this site where is says "Follow by email" and wa-la!  You will get the posts in your email as they come out!  And, no, you will not get any spam from here!

Thanks, and stop by again!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f2.8
Exposure - 1/35
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias -0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Moby Dick

So this little critter is Moby Dick to my Capt Ahab.  You see, he's come around to our backyard bird feeder a few times, but whenever I try to snap a picture of him, he flies away.  Well, a few weeks ago I was able to get a somewhat decent snap of him.  Maybe I'll get a better one sometime, but he's rather elusive.  So, since he's mostly white, he's my Moby Dick!  I think this is some sort of blue budgie parakeet and I pretty much think he isn't native to Central Texas.  I'm guessing someone's pet in our neighborhood must've got away.  At least he's surviving because he's appeared a few times over a period of 3 - 4 months, at least.  Hope he makes it through the winter!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/1200
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Grungy Alaskan License Plate

We're going to go back to an Alaska pic for this post.  Near Girdwood there's a place where you can pan for gold called the Crow Creek Mine.  It's a neat little place with old buildings and homes from when it was a very active gold mine back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  It still produces gold today.  The guide who was running the gift shop told us he and his Dad mined about 20oz of gold out of there last winter and they receive about $1300 an oz.  Not too shabby!

On the property there was this old truck and I thought this kind of made a neat shot with the headlight and the license plate.  Since it was an old truck and everything, I tried to give it an old look with Nik's Analog Efex plugin.  Sometime you can get some nice effects out of that.  I think this was Classic Camera Number 3 and then I did a little more tweaking in Photoshop.

Hope you like it and thanks for dropping by.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 46.3mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/125
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rooms Across Atrium

When I first bought my Fuji X-T1 to replace my huge and heavy Nikon D700, I took a self-imposed solitary photowalk on a Saturday afternoon to try it out.  My little adventure led me to the Hyatt Hotel where I got a cool shot of downtown Austin.  Well, inside the Hyatt there's this huge atrium (it is called an atrium, right?) and all of the hotel rooms wrap around the outside of the atrium.  There are like 17 floors of rooms.  So as I was wandering about, I stopped off around the 10th floor or so and took an abstract shot of some of the rooms from across the way.  I just liked the pattern of the different floors and the lights outside of each room.  You can even see a couple of carts that the room cleaners use to break up the pattern just a little.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 20.5mm
Aperture - f4.0
Exposure - 1/160
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Minute Maid Park Pre-Game Panorama

On August 9th, Eileen and I took Eileen's sister Annette, her son/our nephew Dylan and Dylan's friend Wyatt to Minute Maid Park in Houston to see the Astros play the Rangers.  It was a great place to see a game especially since it has a retractable roof.  That means outdoors when it's nice weather and indoors when it's hot.  And August in Texas is HOT!!!  Too hot to do anything outside, especially watch a baseball game!

We all had a great time!  Yu Darvish even pitched for the Rangers.  However, he gave up a lot of hits and runs and the Rangers lost 7-3.  Now Darvish is out for the rest of the year with elbow inflammation or something like that.  So, we saw him pitch his last game this year!  Cool, but yet a bummer at the same time.

Whenever we go to sporting events, I like to get a quick panorama from either our seats or some other vantage point.  This time, I just took it from our seats and I shot it prior to the game starting.  I feel a little weird about taking it during the game as I don't want to interfere with other fans enjoyment by standing up and shooting several shots to get it done. I hate to be in people's way because I don't like it when people are in my way.  At least that's what I like to tell myself!

(To see some of my other stadiums panoramas, click here.  I think my fave so far is from Rangers Stadium in Arlington during the day, but I digress.)

So here's the finished product!  You can see Dylan with the sunglasses on his head in the lower-right corner of the shot along with his mop-top friend Wyatt!  Wyatt has lots of hair but he was a good kid!  Maybe I'm jealous of his hair 'cause at my age, there isn't much left!

Anyway, hope you like the picture and thanks for dropping by!

Oh and lastly, click on the picture itself so you can see a larger version.  This little thing here on the blog does not do it justice!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifim X-T1
Lens - XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f3.2
Exposure - 1/125
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 320
Exposure bias - 0 Ev
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, August 29, 2014

Austin from Boardwalk #2

 It's been quite a while since I've posted anything here on the blog.  Things have just been nuts recently, especially at work.  It's gotten to the point where I haven't really wanted to look at a computer monitor very much after work.  And of course to process pictures, one needs to be in front of a monitor.  Well, things are starting to let up a little at work, so now I don't feel quite the same about sitting at a computer after work.

With that being said, I thought I would post another shot from my time with Van and Chris Sutherland while we took pictures from the new boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake.

Like my last shot, it isn't quite after sunset when you can see the lights from the buildings in the city, but it is at a nice time as there is still a little activity on the lake with the boats and kayaks out there.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-E1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 24mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/220
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - +0.33
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, August 8, 2014

Austin from the Boardwalk

Austin has constructed and opened a new portion of the hike and bike trail that now has a boardwalk, at least that's what I think it's called.  It's not really a boardwalk because it has no boards in it, but yet it is a walkway that goes over Lady Bird Lake and "boardwalk" is a more romantic term for it, I guess.  Anyway, a bunch of us local photographers have been getting out there lately to try and get the nice dusky skyline shot.  I am one of those.  As a matter of fact, I met up with Van Sutherland and his wife Chris last Saturday night to see what we could do.  However, my attempt at the nice twilight shot with the great lights coming off the wonderful buildings did not pan out.  So, as I was wandering around trying to find the best spot for the upcoming dusky shoot, I took a few shots from here and there along the boardwalk and this one worked out the best.  I converted it to black and white because I like the shadows that the rails shown on the walkway.  Kinda cool, but you may think differently..  What do you think?

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 34mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/250
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Grazing Bison

The Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center has a herd of bison that they are planning on introducing into the wild sometime next year.  This is one of the herd's members taking time for a bite to eat...

Here's an interesting fact about bison that comes from the official website of Yellowstone:

"A bison’s massive hump is comprised of muscles supported by long vertebrae; this allows a bison to use its head as a snowplow in winter, swinging side to side to sweep aside the snow."

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 182mm
Aperture - f6.4
Exposure - 1/180
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alaskan Cottage

Across the street from the Seaview Cafe and Bar in Hope, there was this cool little cottage.  Looks like a nice place to stay if we wanted to move to AK, but it's a little too remote for us.  Might be fun to try for a little while though!  It sure is a bit different than the homes here in Central Texas, especially the landscaping; everything's so green and in bloom.  However, in January or February, I think I might rather be here..

Enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 12mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/170
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, July 28, 2014

Misty Mountain Road (And Breaking Landscape Photography Rules)

Towards the end of our trip, Eileen and I did some more driving throughout the Alaskan countryside near our bed and breakfast.  Speaking of our bed and breakfast, if you like staying in those and want to see Alaska, stay at the Hidden Creek Bed and Breakfast which is ran by Ron and Michelle Tenny!  They are great hosts, have a great place and serve the best breakfasts in the world!  Michelle has a culinary degree and they both really know how to cook!  They really made our trip special!

Anyway, as we drove around seeing the sights, we stopped at many of the photo turnouts along the Seward Highway to take photos.  WIth this shot, it was raining a bit, but I saw this nice view through a break in the trees where you could see the mountain, a stream and the road all at once.  So, I broke the traditional "landscape rules" that state that one should use a wide angle lens with landscape orientation.  I did a portrait orientation with my 50-230mm telephoto zoom lens so I could capture everything I mentioned and compress the shot.  Did it work?  Please leave a comment below and thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 63.2mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/350
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, July 25, 2014

Alaska Railroad in the Morning

We rode on the Alaska Railroad one day to get from our "base" of Girdwood to a town named Seward where Eileen's sister Annette, Annette's husband, Darrel and their son/our nephew, Dylan were staying.  We all met up in Seward and went on a boat tour that was not good for land-lubbers so to speak.  However, the train ride to and from Seward was spectacular!  We sat in the "dome car" where the windows wrapped up into the ceiling so you could really see the landscape. You can sort of see it in the far left portion of the image here.  It also had a viewing platform in the back of the car that was outside so one could really get some nice pictures.

Also, the car had two levels.  We sat in the top level, but down below is a dining area where we had our dinner on the way back.  I gotta say that our meals were two of the better ones we had on our entire trip!  That doesn't mean we ate at many bad places... no.  Alaska Railroad has a very good chef on-board their trains and the food was outstanding!  It was just a great all-around experience.  When we go back we are taking the train again!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifim X-E1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 50mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/150
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - ) EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bald Eagle Face

We saw so many "critters" at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  You could get almost, almost close enough to touch them.  Of course there was some sort of barrier/fence between the public and the animals that one could not touch them, but it was so cool to get that close.

The Conservation Center takes care of injured animals and uses those animals to educate the public about them. So, this eagle must've had some sort of problem because he was perched inside of a barn.  I'm guessing he/she probably could not fly for whatever reason, but I really don't know for sure.

Speaking of getting close to the animals, this eagle was located right on the other side of the barn that housed two male moose!  If it wasn't for the fence, one really could touch those guys!  They were that close!  Too close for me to get a decent shot if you can believe that!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 2500
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Seaview Cafe and Bar in Hope Alaska

Our great friends Richard and Sandy took us for a wonderful sight-seeing tour of the area around Girdwood in their RV one day.  Part of their tour took us to Hope, Alaska where this great little Seaview Cafe and Bar is.  It reminded me of something you'd see in the show Northern Exposure.  So, we went into the bar side of the establishment and had some great seafood chowder.  Some of the best I'd ever had! I also discovered Denali Brewing Co's Twister Creek IPA!  Mmm good!  Can't wait for that to get to the lower 48. Then we went to the Discovery Cafe just down the road for excellent pie!  It was awesome!  Thanks again guys for the great tour!  You make excellent guides for sure! ;-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mm F4 R OIS
Focal Length - 18.2mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/400
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mountain Meadow

On our way back from Seward after the "Boat Tour From Hell" as Eileen likes to call it - you know, the one where she used 7 barf bags - we rode the Alaska RailRoad back to Girdwood, the town that worked as our "base".  Actually we took the train to and from Seward.  I took this shot from the viewing platform of our rail car.  It was cloudy most of the day, but towards the end as we got close to Girdwood, the sun started poking through and shined on the bases of the mountains.  I thought it made for a nice black and white image.  What do you think?

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 75mm
Aperture - f4.5
Exposure - 1/2000
Exposure program - Shutter priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - NO
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Whittier, Alaska

We saw many glaciers when we were in Alaska.  As a matter of fact, on the tour where I took this shot (26 Glaciers Cruise), the Park Ranger who narrated the tour said there were some 100,000 glaciers or so throughout Alaska.  And of those 100,000, only about 600 are named.  That brings me to the tour where I took this picture...  I took this as we were coming back in to Whittier.  You can see the glacier at the top of the shot which is just above the town.  I'm not sure if it has a name, but if I had to guess, it would be the Whittier Glacier.  I really don't know, though.  Plus, we didn't see 26 glaciers because of the weather which was rather cloudy and foggy, but we did get to see a humpback whale and her calf breach and we saw a glacier calve off about the equivalent of a 9 story building!  Enough to rock the boat a bit!  According to our captain, that doesn't happen too often.

Whittier has a population of about 200-300 people in it and just about all of them live in that tall building you see in the shot.  Whittier is also a port for the Princess Cruise Line as well as cargo ships.  So most of the people that live and work in Whittier support that industry.

You can get to Whittier two ways, either by boat or through a tunnel in the mountains that is only big enough to fit a train or a car/truck.  So if one wants to go through, you need to get staged at predetermined time and vehicles will then be allowed to go one way through the tunnel for about 10 - 15 minutes, then a train goes through, then vehicles get to go through the tunnel in the opposite direction.  So, if you have to be somewhere either in Whittier or outside of Whittier, you have to take the schedule for the tunnel into consideration as part of your travels.  Not too much to do there other than work for the boating industry, but if you want to read more about Whittier, click here.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-E1
Lens - Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 80mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/340
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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