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

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