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

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