Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kevin Durant Laying It Up

This past weekend we went up to Oklahoma City to catch the Thunder v LA Clippers game at Chesapeake Arena.  We had a great time and the company Eileen and I kept with our friends Ellen and Valerie was awesome as well!  The game was awesome, too, except for the final score.  The Thunder lost 125-117, but it was a close game pretty much the whole way through.  The arena is a great place to see a game!  The fans there are great and very into their team!

Our seats weren't the best, however.  We were way up near the top in one of the corners of the arena.  But with a good pair of binoculars, we could see quite a bit!  Plus, I had my little Sony point and shoot camera with a 16x zoom lens which allowed me to get the shot of Kevin Durant going in for a layup you see here.  Unfortunately, Chesapeake Arena has a policy forbidding "professional" type cameras like DSLRs and the like.  And, it appeared they enforced that rule because I didn't see anyone with and "fancy" camera such as a DSLR.  One always has to be careful about that.


Exif data:

Camera - Sony DSC-HX9V
Exposure Program -  Action (High speed)
Metering Mode -  Multi-segment
Exposure -  0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture -  f/5.9
Focal Length - 68.5 mm
ISO Speed -  800
Exposure Bias - 0 EV
Flash - Off, Did not fire

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Sweden Church #4

OK, I know this is only the third pic of the church, but it was the 4th one that I processed and I wanted to put it out a little sooner...  The reason I wanted to put it out sooner is that I really like how it turned out.  It almost looks like an HDR, but yet it's a single shot and I processed it using ACR and Nik's suite of products.  I have been processing the previous shots of the church to look like they were taken a long time ago because when I went out to shoot, the sky was so overcast which made the light really flat. So, to make them kind of interesting, I gave them the old-timey treatment.  However, I liked the angle on this one so I tried to see what I could pull out of the sky with Nik's tools. 

With the graduated neutral density filter and the detail enhancer on Color Efex 4 as well as the structure slider in Viveza 2, I was really able grab some detail of the clouds and make it a bit more interesting.  Therefore, I thought I'd put it out next and screw up the numbering of the published photos.  Oh well...

What do you think?


Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens Model - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode - Multi-segment
Exposure - 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture -  f/16.0
Focal Length - 22 mm
ISO Speed - 400
Exposure Bias -  0 EV
Flash - No Flash

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Sweden Church #2

Here's the second shot from my trip to New Sweden, TX on Monday.  This shot gives you a little more appreciation for the height of the steeple.  It's a tall one for sure!

(As always, click on the picture to see a larger version.)


Exif data: 

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens Model - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode - Multi-segment
Aperture -  f/5.6
Exposure - 0.001 sec (1/800)
Focal Length - 122 mm
ISO Speed - 400
Exposure Bias - 0 EV
Flash - No Flash


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Monday, February 17, 2014

New Sweden Church

Today is President's Day and I didn't have to work!  Woohoo!  So I decided to head out to New Sweden, TX and try to get some shots of the New Sweden Church.  It's a nice little church that sort of sits out in the middle of some pastureland and has this very tall steeple.  I thought it might be nice for some monochromes.  But, today the sky was overcast and the light was rather flat so I wasn't able to get exactly what I was hoping for.  I did get a few and I made them look sort of old fashioned by de-saturating them and added a little noise and vignettes.  This is the first of the lot.


Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens Model - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Exposure - 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture - f/16.0
Focal Length - 16 mm
ISO Speed - 400
Metering Mode - Multi-segment
Exposure Bias - 0 EV
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Flash - No Flash


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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Full Moon

Last night we had this awesome full moon that appeared in a really clear sky.  I've never taken a shot of just the moon before so I thought I'd give it a try.  I don't have the right gear for shooting just the moon, but my 28-300mm lens might get something I suspected.  So, I put that on the camera, mounted the camera on the tripod and took a few shots.

The original had the moon quite small in it so I really cropped it down and this is the final result.  That and some adjustments in ACR and Nik's Viveza to bring out some of the detail did the trick!  Probably not the greatest shot of the moon ever, but I like the result and it was fun shooting it!  Wouldn't it be nice to have a 600 or 800mm lens to shoot it with?


Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens Model - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure - 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture - f/11.0
Focal Length - 300 mm
ISO Speed - 400
Metering Mode - Center-weighted average
Exposure Bias -  -4 EV
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Flash - No Flash


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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Cathedrals

Well, NFL football as well as every other kind of football is over for another 6 months.  Bummer.  And Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos got stomped by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII by a score of 43 - 8. Sigh.  Now it's the blahs of the year when it comes to sports. Another 6 months.  Plus this means it will start getting hot here in Texas soon. Oy.

Speaking of getting hot, we haven't been real hot for a long time down here.  Just like much of the rest of the country, it has been unusually cold this time of year.  Yes, it's supposed to be cold, but not like this. I mean, we've had two ice storms already and possibly a third tonight or Thurs night.  Hard to believe!  We usually only get one every 3 - 5 years or so.  Crazy!  So, I am looking forward to warmer weather, like when it's 75 - 85 degrees F, not the 105 - 110 degrees that we seem to get down in here during summer. So, where can one get a constant 75 - 85 degrees all year round..?

That's where this picture comes in...  I took this last year during our helicopter tour of Kauai.  This formation is known as "The Cathedrals" and is located on the Napali Coast of Kauai.


Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Exposure - 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture - f/8.0
Focal Length - 16 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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