Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Super Snaps for Sunday!

OK, well maybe these snapshots aren't super, but in honor of the Super Bowl, I thought I'd post some OK snapshots from the last two football games we went to. Coincidentally, two of the teams we saw play were the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks who are playing each other in the Super Bowl this Sunday!

The shots here are not on the level of say Scott Kelby's football photos, but they aren't too bad taken from the stands with much crappier cameras than Kelby's.. :-)  That is a dream of mine, by the way, to shoot a pro game from the sidelines...  Wouldn't that be awesome?  But, I digress..

Anyway, I hope the Super Bowl is a great game and I hope the Broncos win for Peyton Manning's sake!  Go Broncos!

Also, I gave these shots a unique look using the "Classic Camera 7" preset in Nik Analog Efex.  Fun stuff!

Enjoy the photos and thanks for dropping by!

Above: Broncos defensive back Champ Bailey making tackle

Above: Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll greeting troops during pregame warm-ups

Above: Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker on his way to a touchdown

Above: Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse during pregame warm-ups

Above: Peyton Manning, Lance Ball and Eric Decker after Ball scored touchdown

Above: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Above: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set for the snap of the ball

Above:  Russell Wilson ready for snap of ball

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Texas Capitol - Old Sepia Look

I'm running out of photos to post so I'll have to get back out soon and get some more from somewhere.  So, that means I need to play with the ones I have.  After playing around with Nik's new Analog Efex plugin with a capitol shot a while back, I decided to try it on another one.  That's what I came up with here.  Not sure of the settings now, but if you play around with Analog Efex enough, you can really get some new creative looks with it.  For this I really like the old fashioned sepia look as well as the addition of some grit and grime, like it was taken in the early 20th century or so.  What do you think?

Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Exposure - 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture -  f/16.0
Focal Length - 35 mm
ISO Speed - 200
Exposure Bias - 0 EV
Flash - No Flash
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Lens Model - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Best Weekend for NFL

For NFL fans, this weekend is the best of the bunch.  Better than even Super Bowl Weekend.  Why?  Because starting on Saturday at 4:30 PM EST we get 4 games of awesome playoff football all through Sunday night!  The best playing the best!  This weekend has the New Orleans Saints v. the Seattle Seahawks, the Indianapolis Colts v. the New England Patriots, the San Diego Chargers v. the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers v. the Carolina Panthers!  All are great teams and all have a shot at winning the Super Bowl!  For me, I have a soft spot for the Denver Broncos and their quarterback Peyton Manning.  It would be pretty cool to see him get one more championship under his belt.

So that brings us to the picture.  I took this when Eileen and I went to Atlanta last November.  We went to see the Seahawks play the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.  Needless to say the Seahawks killed the Falcons!  But, since the Seahawks are in the playoffs, I thought I should put a picture out from that game.  One thing about that game ticked me off though..  You see the Georgia Dome has a camera policy that states:
  • For most events Small personal cameras are allowed.
  • Professional cameras and cameras with interchangeable lens are prohibited
So, being a good rule follower, I took my little Sony compact point and shoot for the game.  During the game as well as afterwards, I could not tell you how many people I saw with DSLRs and other interchangeable lens cameras!  I even saw a guy with a Canon DSLR and a fast 70-200 f2.8 lens attached to it!  I was pissed!  I guess their policies are really more like "guidelines"!

Anyway, the picture here shows the Seattle Seahawks on offense in green and white against the Falcons who are in red.  Most of the shots I got are like this one when there wasn't a lot of action going on since the little camera takes a while to focus. I think this was probably the best of the bunch.

Well, enjoy the weekend, enjoy the football and thanks for dropping by!

Exif data :

Camera - Sony DSC-HX9V
Exposure - 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture - f/5.9
Focal Length - 68.5 mm
ISO Speed - 800
Exposure Bias - 0 EV
Flash - Off, Did not fire
Exposure Program - Program AE

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