Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bronco Rider #2

This shot isn't particularly interesting as far as what the horse is doing at this very moment, however the rider looks like he might be in for some trouble.  That ride's the reason I'm posting this shot..

You see, I think this guy was able to stay on this horse for the standard 8 seconds. But when it came time for the dismount, he ran into some trouble.  According to our friend Ellen, whose husband used to do this, the rider here apparently tied his hand to the saddle of the horse.  When he tried to get off the horse, his hand stayed with the saddle and the horse pretty much dragged him on the ground across the whole arena dangerously close to the horse's hooves. The horse finally stopped when he slammed himself and the rider into a closed metal chute gate.  Needless to say, the rider did not get up very quickly but eventually was able to walk off.  The horse was fine.  You'll remember how I mentioned you have to have a special amount of crazy to do this?  Well this guy had some extra-spacial crazy in him.  We were all stunned when it happened, but were happy to see him walk off.  I doubt he'll be riding this weekend...

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 153 mm
Aperture - f6.2
Exposure - 1/500
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Barrel Racer #1

All of the events at the rodeo were great, but the one where the horses run at full speed is the barrel racing!  Obviously they can't run at full speed around the actual barrels, but they get around them pretty fast and then the last stretch where they round the last one and head for the finish line is super fast!  This is the first barrel in the race and once they get around that one they headed straight into the direction of our seats.  It was a cool angle for sure!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 144 mm
Aperture - f6
Exposure - 1/250
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Big A$$ Bull

At the beginning of the rodeo, they trotted out this big-ass bull!  And from the looks of him, he probably doesn't take too kindly to those special crazies riding on his back.  Unfortunately we didn't get to see any bull riding at this show, but that means I'll have something more to look forward to at the next one!

I took this shot with ISO 6400 and on aperture priority wide open to let the camera handle the shutter and also used Fuji's classic chrome preset for the jpg conversion from the raw format in LR.  One other thing... I'm not gonna lie; this shot is actually a compilation of two shots taken in succession.  In the first shot, the bull was just starting to kick up his front left hoof and most of him was in focus, however not too interesting.  The second shot had him kicking the dirt up more as you see here, but his head was out of focus just a tad, yet the shot was a bit more interesting.  So I masked in the kicking hoof and little more of his body from the second shot into the first and wa-la!  Now he's all in focus kicking up the dirt!  Overall it could still be slightly better due to a little more noise than I would like, but that's the limitation of the camera and lens setup I was using here.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifim X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 75 mm
Aperture - f5
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hanging On For Dear Life

I finally went to a rodeo!  Never before had I been to one and I gotta say, those things are pretty exciting!  Eileen and I along with our good friends Valerie, Theresa and Ellen went to Forth Worth to watch the weekly Stockyards Rodeo over the weekend and it was a blast!  I've seen rodeos on TV, but nothing beats watching them in person.  And, seeing guys like this one holding on for dear life while a pissed off horse tries to throw him off is a thrill!  Those animals are so powerful that I think it takes an extra special amount of crazy to do this.

This shot is one I took with the Fuji X-T1 and 50-230 lens.  That camera and lens combo isn't really suited for low light indoor action shots, but I bumped the ISO way up to 6400, kept the aperture all the way opened and set the shutter speed to 1/500 to help freeze the action a bit. I would've preferred 1/1000 shutter speed, but that made the resulting image really dark.  I would've had to bump the ISO even higher to 12,800 and with the Fuji camera, it won't allow for raw at that ISO setting, only jpg.  It worked pretty well at ISO 6400 even though it is a bit noisy.  But the expression on this guy's face is fantastic so I can deal with the noise.

Can't wait to go to another one and then I can say, "This ain't my first...!" :-)

Oh and thanks for being a great host once again, Ellen!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 107mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/500
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias -0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Longhorn in Bluebonnet Field

The bluebonnets are beginning to die away now as they only live about a month and a half or so.  They are spectacular when they are blooming!  And when the bluebonnets are blooming, I've always wanted to get the iconic Texas shot of longhorns in a field of them.  I finally got my chance!  A fellow photographer, T. A. Brown from Austin, told me about a spot near Georgetown where I could get a shot, so out I went!  As you can see, the bluebonnets are fading as they are no longer in full bloom, and the weedy grasses are starting to grow up around them, but I was happy to get what I could.  I'll definitely try again next year!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 1/400
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 1600
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Sunday, April 19, 2015

20 Years Ago Today...

...A domestic terrorist blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.  The terrorist was caught, tried and executed.  The location of the bombing is now home to a memorial for the victims of this tragedy.

It is quite a moving place and one you should visit if you ever get to the city.  On the grounds of the memorial stands this Survivor Tree.  It is a 40 ft tall elm tree that made it through the blast across the parking lot from the Murrah building.  The quote in the circular wall around the tree states, "The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated. Our deeply rooted faith sustains us."

It was February when I took this shot so there were no leaves on it, but it still blooms and lives on. 

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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 - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 7, from -3 to +3 spaced 1 EV apart

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Roadside Bluebonnets

Here is one more shot of the bluebonnets that I took near the Round Rock sign just off I-35 and Westinghouse Rd a couple of weeks ago.  I was hoping to go out to Marble Falls for more wildflower shots last weekend, but the weather didn't cooperate.  Maybe next year, but for now this shot will have to suffice and I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 24mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 2.5 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, April 9, 2015

House in Red Poppies

As I mentioned previously, the wildflowers are going crazy here in Central Texas.  Besides the bluebonnets, Georgetown has quite a few red poppies springing up in a bunch of places.  There's one house on College St in particular that gets a lot of them every year.  I'm not sure if anyone lives in it or not, but I liked how the poppies sort of framed the house in the shot. 

This shot is a straight jpg from the camera with a little extra vignetting, tonal contrast and cropping thrown in for good measure.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 16mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 1/10
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Round Rock Bluebonnets

This year has been a bumper crop for wildflowers in Central Texas.  This time of year the state flower which is the bluebonnet emerges along roadsides and pastures all over the place.  And this year, since we had quite a bit of rain this past winter, really brought out an unusually high number of them.  One of the spots that was great to shoot them was on the north side of Round Rock, TX on 35 and Westinghouse Road.  That's where you can find the sign and these great bluebonnets.  I got out there at dusk one night last week, but unfortunately it was overcast.  If it would've been partly sunny, wow!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 23mm
Aperture - f11
Exposure - 1/4
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

Monday, April 6, 2015

Opening Day of MLB

Today marks opening day for Major League Baseball.  It technically started last night with the Cardinals beating the Cubs 3-0 in Chicago.  Supposedly the Cubs are one of the favorites to go to the World Series this year.  Right.  Sure.  That and $5 will get you a mediocre cup of coffee at Starbucks.  But, I digress..

So to commemorate opening day, I thought I'd post a shot of Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals that I took from atop the Gateway Arch in St Louis.  It was very rainy the day I took this so I took a LOT of liberties in post-processing.  The most obvious is the black and white conversion, but I also bumped the contrast waaaayyy up, masked in a red filter to bring out the red seats in the stadium, a neutral filter for the rest and then I did a little tilt-shift effect on it to bring a little more attention to the stadium.  Now, if I could've just got someone in St Louis to move that stinkin' Millenium Hotel out of the way when I took the photo and then move it back, that would've been perfect!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 55mm
Aperture - f4
Exposure - 1/100
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Rocks on Shipwreck Beach

We're going back to Hawaii, Kauai to be exact, for this shot.  It's another sunrise shot from Shipwreck Beach.  I liked how the black rocks provided a nice contrast to the brighter sand and surf.  It gives it a little bit more interest in my opinion.  Ahh, to be in Hawaii would be so sweet...

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Focal Length - 16mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 0.8 secs
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Yes
# of brackets - 5, spaced 1 EV apart from -2 to +2

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