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

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