Friday, January 30, 2015

Palazzo in the Morning

The Las Vegas strip is a cool place and it is even better as a photographer early in the morning.  No one is out there!  One morning when we visited last Memorial Day, I went out and took a few shots and this one of the Palazzo turned out rather nice...  Just glad there were a few wispy clouds in the sky for some interest.  Clear blue skies are great for the normal human being, but us photo nerds love to have some clouds up there for a little something more to look at!

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 13.8 mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/180
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Views from the Alaska Railroad

Here are a couple shots taken from the Alaska Railroad during a wonderful tour we took from Girdwood to Seward.  The first is of one of the many lakes.  I'm sorry, but I didn't get the name of it but it has the beautiful turquoise blue hue due to the minerals from the melting glacier that feeds the lake.

The second is a shot of the mountains around the Turnagain Arm as we were set to arrive in Girdwood at the end of the day.  There were these crazy-looking clouds that you only see in mountainous areas it seems and the window of the train acted as a nice filter for the sunset, providing the great yellow color here.

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 If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Road to the Church

Here's another shot from New Sweden, TX near the town of Manor.  I went out there about a year ago to shoot the church that you can see in the background there.  It has this huge steeple on it.  Really makes for some nice images from both near and far since it just stands out so much.  With this shot, I tried to add a little more foreground interest with the yellow strips in the road that leads to the church.

For shots like this, it really helps to get as low to the ground as possible.  It really makes for a nice vantage point and helps make the stripes on the road as well as the detail in the asphalt really stand out.

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 28mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 1/250
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, January 16, 2015

Via Napoli Ristorante

Pretty soon I will have some fun new content to post here.  I can't wait to get it, but in the meantime I will have to post some more older shots from the archives...

This one I took almost 4 years ago from an "Italian" location...  OK, it was from Disney's Epcot Center in Florida, but it was the Italy Showcase area, so that can be considered "Italian", right?  Maybe the American version of what Italy is, but still...  If I remember correctly, I took this fairly early in the day when there weren't many people on the grounds yet.  And, Epcot is cool about people using tripods there.  I think it is just like any other place, as long as you don't get in anyone's way and infringe on anyone else's enjoyment, they are fine.

This is an HDR and then I kind of faded it out with a combination of different things in Lightroom and Nik's Analog Efex 2.

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D300s
Lens - Sigma 10.0-20.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Focal Length - 11.5mm
Aperture - f4.2
Exposure - 1/8000
Exposure program - Auto
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - -2 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 5

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cabin Skulls

I'm really far back in the old time machine and posting a shot from July 11th, 2009, Eileen's and my 16th wedding anniversary to be exact... We took a nice little long weekend getaway for our anniversary with a trip to Prescott, AZ and stayed at this cool log cabin-style vacation rental.  Outside the door were these trophy skulls. I had just gotten my first "serious" camera - Nikon D90 - and started shooting whatever caught my eye.  I never thought much of this shot until I have gained a few more skills over the years.  So, this past weekend I stumbled upon this shot again and decide to see what I could do with it.  After some playing in Lightroom, I decided to post it because I like how it turned out. It's probably not my best shot ever, but it's much better than the original and it brings back some nice memories for me!  And we had a great anniversary there, BTW!

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D90
Lens - Nikkor 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length -18mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/20
Exposure program - Auto
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Old Mill General Store

Well it's a new year and that means new pictures.  However, with the weather the way it's been, not to mention playoff football, no new pictures have been taken this year.  With that, here's a picture I took late last year in Wimberley, TX.  It's the inside of The Old Mill General Store.  It has an old general store feel to it so I tried to give it an old photo treatment.  I desaturated and upped the clarity a bit in Lightroom and then used one of the Classic Camera presets inside Nik Analog Efex 2.  Love that thing!

Wimberley is a cool place with some nice touristy and unique stores.  Most of the shops there were OK about me taking photos in them and one of them even encouraged it.  I do my best not to be in anyone's way and be as discreet as possible.  Stop, shoot and move on, quickly. This place is one of them and there's another I'd like to mention, but not in a good way.

I went into Wall Street Western and in there they had rows of some really cool boots.  So, as an aspiring photographer, I tried to take a couple photos of some of the boots.  I've seen others get some nice images of boots elsewhere and I always thought if I was in a place that had boots, why not?

Well, right when I started, some employee came storming over telling me they didn't allow photography inside their store.  Really?  What, so they have some sort of thing about their boots, like maybe someone will steal their designs or something??  That would happen as soon as someone buys a pair and they get out of the store. I wasn't in anyone's way and and even if I was, others spent a lot of time gawking at the boots longer than I would take to snap a photo.  So, wouldn't it be great free advertising for them if I took a photo and wrote about it?  Anyway, since I was not allowed to take photos, I thought as a photographer and potential customer, "I guess I won't allow myself to give you any advertisement or spend any money in your establishment, either" and I subsequently vacated the premises.  Their loss....  Well, I guess they are getting some free advertisement here after-all, but it ain't good! :-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 2500
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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