Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 241st Independence Day!

Today marks the 241st anniversary of when the United States of America declared independence from Great Britain.  Remember and enjoy!

To mark the occasion, unfortunately I don't have any pictures of fireworks, eagles, flags or anything similar to post.  I do however, have some photos from the one of the most American of pastimes one can experience and that is baseball!  We went to see the Yankees take on the Astros in Houston on July 1st.  In honor of the holiday, Major League Baseball changed up the uniforms of all 32 teams to include the colors of the flag (red, white and blue) as well as the stars and stripes.  You can see the variations on the hats and the numbers and logos of the jerseys as well as the socks, at least the socks of the players who decided to wear them.  I think they look pretty cool!  Anyway, below are the pictures!  Have a great holiday, don't eat too much apple pie and don't get heat stroke while waiting for the fireworks shows!

Oh and I should mention that the Astros won the game in dramatic fashion, 7-6 in the bottom of the 8th.  The Yankees led the whole game and then Aroldis Chapman came in to get one out in the bottom of the 8th inning and he gave up the go-ahead run.  We also got to see a grand slam home run in person for the first time!  It was hit by Didi Gregorius of the Yankees!  Pretty exciting!

On a totally different note, Eileen just reminded me that 25 years ago today, when we were barely dating, I got a ticket on my jet ski at Decker Lake near Austin, TX for going too fast in a no-wake zone.  My excuse was that there was too much hydrilla in the water and if you go too slow over it, it gets caught in the jet ski's impeller intake and clogs up the impeller causing it to stall.  The park ranger didn't buy it.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the below images.

Carlos Correa (Astros #1) turning a double-play while Brett Gardner slides into second with Jose Altuve looking on.

Brett Gardner attempts a steal of second base.

Jose Altuve swings and misses.

Didi Gregorius (#18) celebrates with teammates after hitting a bases loaded grand slam home run.

Aroldis Chapman comes in for relief in the bottom of the 8th inning.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summertime!

Today is the first day of Summer!  Woohoo!  That much closer to Fall and football!  So why not post a picture from Chicago?  Why Chicago you ask?  Well, you really can't see it spelled out in the picture here, but the white boat docked next to the curved building in the foreground is a tour boat named "Summer of George".  As a Seinfeld fan, I love it!  If you aren't a Seinfeld fan then you need to go here to see what I am talking about.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 24mm
Aperture - f9
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -0.67 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trick Roper

Time to go back to the rodeo.. This guy here is a trick rope artist that is a part of the wild west show going on at the Stockyards in Fort Worth. We didn't actually see that show, but he performed during the rodeo to give the audience a little taste.  Didn't get his name, but as you can see, he was awesome!  Oh, and I wish his hand and the rope didn't block his face so much, but that's how it goes...

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 90mm
Aperture - f5.4
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Spot
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Mavericks

Here is a shot of the headlining band, The Mavericks from the Texas Stomp-N-Holler BBQ and Music Festival at Heritage Park in Taylor, TX.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length -34.3mm
Aperture - f3.6
Exposure - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 640
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

James Bookert of Whiskey Shivers

A banjo player with a "Marilyn Manson" t-shirt and heart-shaped sunglasses. You don't see that everyday!  Outstanding!!  He's James Bookert from Georgetown, TX of Austin-based bluegrass band Whiskey Shivers while playing at the 1st Annual Texas Stomp-N-Holler Music and BBQ Festival in Taylor, TX.

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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 - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 400
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rosie Flores

This is Rosie Flores who was the opening act at the Texas Stomp-N-Holler fest in Taylor, TX last weekend.  She has a boogie-woogie bluesy Texas style that was pretty fun!

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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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 - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Whiskey Shivers

Eileen and I went to Taylor, TX to experience the 1st annual Texas Stomp-N-Holler music festival with our good friend Valerie.  We had a great time and we really enjoyed all three music acts.  The line-up was Rosie Flores, Whiskey Shivers and headliner The Mavericks.  I must admit I'm not much of a country music fan, but all of this music was just a little bit different than country and it was all pretty catchy.

Whisky Shivers from Austin, TX plays a type of bluegrass music with punk rock influences.  I didn't really notice the punk rock part, but the bluegrass was definitely the influence here.  They played well and their songs had a really fast beat.  I guess that's where the punk comes in.  They call their type of music "trashgrass".  Gotta love it!

The two guys seen here are fiddler Bobby Fitzgerald on the left and guitar player Jeff "Horti" Hortillosa.

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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 - 1/80
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 320
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lunatic

I think one has to be touched in the head a tad to do what this guy is doing.  But wow, it sure is fun to watch, especially if no one gets hurt.  I can't remember if he rode the bull for the full 8 seconds, but there were a couple of guys that did.  However, most of them got bucked off straight out of the chute.  If they don't get away quickly afterwards, then they were really bucked (rhymes with).

As far as the shot goes, it was rather dark in the arena even though it was lit.  I had to use 6400 ISO and with my slow f4.5-6.7 zoom, the shots came out pretty dark.  I had to do lots of Lightroom trickery to brighten it up and then used a new app called Noiseless by Macphun to get rid of all the horrible noise.  It worked pretty well, but it is not as tack sharp as I want.  I still like it, though.  Crazy how that bull can extend like that, right?!  Now, I just need a faster and sharper lens.  Anyone got a Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 they don't need for cheap? ;-)

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 118mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 6400
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stockyards Cattle Drive

Last Friday was Eileen's birthday!  Happy birthday, I love you! So, to celebrate her birthday and to kind of have a little bit longer weekend, we took Friday off and went up to the Stockyards in Fort Worth.  We went there a couple of years ago and we thought if we ever go back, we'd like to stay in the Stockyards Hotel and visit a little longer.  So that's what we did!

Just down the street from the hotel, you can watch the cowboys drive "the herd" around the block everyday at 11:30a and 4:00p.  It's a pretty fun - if not touristy - thing to do. ;-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length -18 mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/250
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thunderbirds Southwest

Just east of La Grange on highway 71 is a classic car dealership called Thunderbirds Southwest.  It is owned by a gentleman by the name of Lance Harrington.  He has a passion for flipping classic cars.  He started out of his home garage in Houston restoring old Ford Thunderbirds and his business grew so much that he bought some acreage outside of La Grange and built his own place.  Now he restores all kinds of other cars as well.  Not only are old Thunderbirds his favorites, but so are old Nash Metropolitans.

Lance is super-friendly and came up to me and just started chatting about everything.  He even showed me an old Jaguar in the back that he is working on.  It was pretty awesome!

He has some definite views on current events and you can certainly tell by the decor in his showroom.  Depending on which side you are on, you will either love him or hate him.   He also has a great 1950s motif throughout his establishment, too.  I'll leave that to your imagination, but recommend you stop by if you are ever driving between Austin and Houston.  Hopefully you'll like what you see, if not the politics maybe the cars.

The cars seen here are 1964 Ford Thunderbirds and are in pretty good shape.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f6.4
Exposure - 1/2000
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 1600
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Friday, May 19, 2017

Pier A, Manhattan

Here is another shot taken 1 BGC from New York City - Pier A in Manhattan to be exact.  I snapped this while on a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  I think the Pier has been fixed up a little since then.

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Exif data:

Camera - Panasonic DMC-TZ5
Lens -
Focal Length - 6.7 mm
Aperture - f3.9
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Auto
ISO speed - 100
Exposure bias -
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brooklyn Bridge

I'm going really far back in the "Way-back Machine" for this shot, 1 year BGC - Before Good Camera - which is 2008 to be exact.  (I didn't get my first DSLR [Nikon D90] until about a year later.)

2008 was the last year the Yankees played at old Yankee stadium and Eileen and I as well as her folks, Paul and Barb wanted to see a game there. The day of the game we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and had pizza at Grimaldi's.  It was awesome!  What a fun trip!

I was also trying to figure out good compositions with my little compact point and shoot.  I liked this one a bit, but never published it.  Now with Lightroom, I tried to give it more of a gritty style and I kind of like how it turned out.

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Exif data:

Camera - Panasonic DMC-TZ5
Lens -
Focal Length - 4.7 mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure -1/250
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Auto
ISO speed -100
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shooting Shipwreck Beach

Mornings in Hawaii are incredible.  Eileen and I weren't the only ones enjoying the sunrise on Shipwreck Beach on Kauai and trying to get some nice photos of it.  There is the lady in the white shirt taking a picture and there is a couple of people down below with a tripod capturing the sunrise as well.  Also, the smoke off to the left is a pit getting ready for a pig for the day's luau.  This is right near the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor
Focal Length - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/250
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias -
Tripod - 0 EV
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Alaska Firepit

When we went to Alaska back in 2014, our good friends Richard and Sandy took us on a great tour of the wilderness around Anchorage.  They stopped at different points to let me get out and take a few photos.  Those guys are so awesome!  This is from one of those stops.  Not sure of the location exactly, but suffice it to say that pretty much all of Alaska looks like this in July.  Incredible!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 12.6 mm
Aperture - f7.1
Exposure - 1/120
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Beard

I'm enjoying the NBA playoffs but I'm torn as to who to root for.  On one hand, I really like the Spurs.  They are the closest NBA team to us and their organization is superb, esp with Pop as their head coach.  However, I also like the Warriors due to their fast-paced offense.

Now, that we have seen the Houston Rockets play the last two years, I'm beginning to like them, too.  James Harden of the Rockets is really becoming a superstar and his beard is making him one of the most recognizable players in the league.  Obviously that's who is getting introduced in this shot.  I took this just before the Rockets played the Pistons in Houston on April 7th.  BTW, the Pistons won, 114-109. ;-)

Since the Pistons didn't make the playoffs this year, I will have to say I will root for either the Rockets, Spurs or Warriors.  Just have to see how the attrition happens.  You'd think since I am a Pistons fan I would go for a team in the East but nope, I don't like any of them.  It's always whatever team LeBron is on anyway, so what's the point.  Not a big fan.  Go Western Conference!

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 18 mm
Aperture - f5
Exposure - 1.125
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Auto-bracket
ISO speed - 2000
Exposure bias - -1.67 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Empty Riverwalk Cafes

Back in 2014 I was lucky enough to go to one of Matt Kloskowski's Lightroom training seminars in San Antonio courtesy of KelbyOne and it was fantastic!  I learned quite a bit about how to use Lightroom and now it's where I do most of my processing.  I also have been looking at a lot of Serge Ramelli's youtube videos more recently and have learned quite a bit there as well.  Sometimes when a creative slump hits, I need to find new sources of inspiration and when I started checking out Serge's channel, I became re-invigorated.

That brings me to these two photos...  They are photos that I took early in the morning just before Matt K's seminar started since I got to SA a little early.  I wandered around the river-walk and grabbed a few photos.  These two I didn't think were much after I took them, but with a little bit of processing that I took away from both Matt and Serge, I kind of like them now.  Granted, they aren't awesome cityscapes with beautiful sunsets or anything, but they are still a bit interesting.  Personally, I like the second one better.  What do you think?

I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the first image and here for the second..


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Texas Capitol Long Exposure

What you see here is my very first attempt at a long exposure with a 10-stop neutral density filter and a little extra added drama with the black and white conversion.  You see a while back I ordered the filter, but just really never got around to trying it until yesterday.  I ran out to the Capitol during lunch because there were some awesome clouds rolling through and the Capitol is convenient, easy and usually interesting. 

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10 mm
Aperture - f22
Exposure - 12 secs
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -0.67
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

OKC Memorial 9:03 Wall in Black and White

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

This is a black and white image of one of the two walls that stand at each end of the reflecting pool marking the time before and after the explosion. One wall has the time of 9:01 am and the other 9:03 marking the time before and after the bombing that took place at 9:02 am. Click here to read more about the symbolism of the memorial.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Focal Length - 17 mm
Aperture - f16
Exposure - 1/15
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - +1 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - I think so
# of brackets - Probably 7-9


Monday, April 17, 2017

Bell and Smith Intersection

On our way to the basketball game in Houston, we walked by the intersection of Bell and Smith Roads so I could try and capture the cool skybridge or whatever it's called that circles around it.  I think I initially saw this place on a car commercial and realized it was in Houston.  Then I checked the location of the hotel where we were staying and it turned out the intersection was only a couple of blocks away!  How cool!  I took this while standing just inf front of the old Enron Building, now known as the Chevron Building.

So what you see here is a handheld panorama of 7-8 shots.  I converted it to black and white because the buildings and sky were pretty monotone due to the harsh contrast of the afternoon light.  Someday when we go back there I would like to try again at night with a fisheye, of which I still need to purchase.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10 mm
Aperture - f8.0
Exposure - 1/500
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Friday, April 14, 2017

Toyota Center

The NBA Playoffs start this weekend, tomorrow to be exact.  With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to post a shot from our trip to see the Detroit Pistons take on the Houston Rockets one week ago.  [Apparently the Rockets have been around for 50 years now, hence the three "50s" that you see on the big video screen below.]  It was a great game and not just because my Pistons won 114-109, but we got to see James Harden of the Rockets do some crazy things with the ball.  No wonder he's up for MVP!  That dude was like Magic Johnson out there with the ball the way he passed it to his teammates.  Amazing!  And, if the Pistons don't play Boban Marjanovich more, they are just stupid.  This year the dude had an equivalent season as Shaq's MVP season in 2000.  He was rebounding and scoring a lot during this game.  Let him loose, Detroit!

I took this shot as soon as we got inside.  If you decide to go with a camera though, be careful that you don't take one with a very long zoom.  Last season I brought my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 which has an equivalent max of a 600 mm zoom lens. As I was taking pictures of Kobe Bryant (Lakers v Rockets in Dec., 2015), an usher grabbed me and made me check the camera at their Customer Relations stand.  I had to leave it there until the end of the game.  This time, I just put my wide angle on my Fuji X-T1 which looks big, but cannot zoom in on anything.  They gave me a bit of a hard time when we entered because it looked like a zoom lens. However, they reluctantly agreed after I explained what it was and showed them that it didn't zoom much at all.  Moral of the story, don't take a telephoto lens to the Toyota Center or any lens that will extend more than a couple of inches.  That's the only place that's been a pain when it comes to cameras that I've experienced so far.

Last thing, I shot this pic with a 1/12 sec shutter speed.  It ain't the most perfect shot, but still pretty darn clear handheld don't you think?

I hope you enjoy this photo and as always, click here to see a higher-res version of the image below.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10 mm
Aperture - f5
Exposure - 1/12
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -1.67 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Looking Over Pennybacker

While awaiting the arrival of my fellow associates from the family, I decided to take a few snaps from the bluff overlooking Pennybacker Bridge for some good angles.  I liked this one that includes some of the people up there taking in the views.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 12.6 mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/110
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -0.67 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Baseball Season!

It's officially baseball season again and last night the Chicago Cubs raised their championship banner at Wrigley Field.  So as a tribute, here's a shot of Wrigley from the upper deck behind home plate from the game we went to last September against the St Louis Cardinals.  Obviously we didn't know it at the time, but last year - 2016 -  was the year that the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 100+ years so it was pretty special that we got to see them play at Wrigley the same year.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18 mm
Aperture - f5
Exposure - 1/900
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - -1/3 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Monday, April 10, 2017

Looking At The Back Door

On our way to Houston we stopped for lunch at a little place in Smithville, TX called the Olde World Bakery and Cafe.  We sat near the window with a view of the Back Door Cafe across Main Street.  It kind of framed the scene nicely.  Also, you can't really make it out, but the black blob on the chair in the foreground is a cat taking a snooze.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Apple iPhone 6s
Lens - iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Focal Length - 4.2 mm
Aperture - f2.2
Exposure - 1/180
Metering mode - Whatever
Exposure program - Whatever
ISO speed - 25
Exposure bias - Whatever
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Chewie-Mobile!

We went to Houston this weekend to watch the Pistons take on the Rockets!  It was good fun and I'll post more about that later.  But when we checked out of our hotel, it appeared that Han Solo's sidekick, Chewbacca spent the night there as well.  I mean, check out the car!  That has to be Chewie's, right?

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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Exif data:

Camera - Apple iPhone 6s
Lens - iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Focal Length - 4.2 mm
Aperture - f2.2
Exposure - 1/30
Metering mode - Whatever
Exposure program - Whatever
ISO speed - 25
Exposure bias - Whatever
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Monday, April 3, 2017

Pennybacker with the Mafia

Last Friday night was my first meetup with a lot of the HDR Mafia here in Austin for the first time in a long time.  We all met out at Pennybacker Bridge for some nice sunset shots and then off to Waterloo Ice House just up the road for a little beer.  It was great to catch up with Dave Wilson, Jim Nix, Andy "ATMTX", plus I got to meet another Austinite, John Rogers and of course, Mike "Theaterwiz" Criswell who flew all the way in from Ohio!  What an awesome time!  These guys are all great photographers and it was fun to shoot with them.  One member of the Mafia and another great photographer moved on to bigger and better things in retirement and that member is Van Sutherland.  Everyone asked about you, Van and you were missed!  Hopefully we'll meet up again!

Click their names and check out their sites!  You'll be impressed!  Great to see/meet you all and hopefully we can do it again sometime!  Especially if there's Hopadillo involved!

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 10 mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 30 secs
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - +1 EV
Tripod -Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Haybales in Bluebonnets

It's that time of year in Texas again.  The bluebonnets are in full bloom.  So yesterday I went out and got a few pictures.  Eileen suggested a place near Seton-Williamson Hospital where she works and then I went to a couple of other places as well.  This is the first of the batch that caught my eye so it got processed first.  I'll be doing more later.

This one is just behind the Church of the Nazarene near the intersection of TX 29 and TX 130 here in Georgetown.  The sun just went down by the time I got there so I didn't get that golden light, but I think it works.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Focal Length - 19 mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/13
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - -1 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


Monday, March 20, 2017

Mayday Bowl Pano

Here's the view looking down Mayday Bowl at Sun Valley via about a 7 or 8 shot panorama.  I like the view more than the result as the color in the shot varies from a slight green hue in some spots to a magenta in others.  Oh well, I guess that's what you get trying to do a manual pano with an iPhone.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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

Camera - Apple iPhone 6s
Lens - iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Focal Length - 4.2 mm
Aperture - f2.2
Exposure - 1/6400
Metering mode - Whatever
Exposure program - Whatever
ISO speed - 25
Exposure bias - Whatever
Tripod - Nope
HDR - Nope
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Winter Wonderland

It was so snowy in Sun Valley when we there, incredibly so!  I think it snowed everyday, especially up in the mountains.  I took this shot on the first day of skiing.  The view was unbelievable.

One thing about so much snow is how quiet it gets when there isn't anyone around...  Well, at least until the snowboarders slide by yelling, "Sick shot, bro!"  That kinda breaks the quiet a little...

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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

Camera - Apple iPhone 6s
Lens - iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Focal Length - 4.2 mm
Aperture - f2.2
Exposure - 1/3800
Metering mode - Whatever
Exposure program - Whatever
ISO speed - 25
Exposure bias - Whatever
Tripod - Nope
HDR - Nope
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Snowfall in Ketchum

This is a shot of the snowfall in downtown Ketchum, Idaho, also known as Sun Valley.  Between ski days, Eileen and I walked around town for a little shopping and a little dining.  The snow was just dumping and I think we got somewhere around a foot during this snowfall.

Regarding the buildings seen here, the "Pioneer Saloon" on the left has great prime rib and steaks and the building with the green first floor and brick second floor is called "Enoteca".  It is an Italian food restaurant and the locals love it.  We ate there and let's just say we didn't quite agree with the locals.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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

Camera - Apple iPhone 6s
Lens - Whatever
Focal Length -4.2 mm
Aperture - f2.2
Exposure - 1/670
Metering mode - Whatever
Exposure program - Whatever
ISO speed - 25
Exposure bias - Whatever
Tripod - Nope
HDR - Nope
# of brackets - Nope


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Closed

It's the last full day of our trip and it was supposed to be spent with me skiing and Eileen enjoying a nice day in our accommodations.  However, the weather had different ideas.  It's now raining down in the valley where we are staying and apparently raining/snowing so hard up on the mountain that the resort had to shut down.  Yup, no skiing for me today at all.  I guess it's the first time this has happened in a long time, if ever. So now Eileen has to put up with me for a whole day! :-) Haha!

I also thought, why not put out another picture or two?  So here you go.  The first is a companion to my last post from outside the Lookout Day Lodge.  If you read my last post, I talked about how windy it was up there but you couldn't get that from the pic of the lodge.  With this shot, you get more of a sense of the wind; I took it at the same time as the last.  You can see the banner blowing, snow blowing by the trees on the right and there's even someone bending over in front of the little building there doing something. My guess is kissing his ass goodbye, but who really knows?

The second shot is of a guy who was doing a little fishing in the stream by the sports store and lodge where I picked up my tickets and skis.  I was done for the day and walking home when I spotted this guy.  I didn't ask him how he was doing because I wasn't sure if that would scare off his potential catch.  But it made for a nice scene, yes?

I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for dropping by. 

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lookout Day Lodge

We are really enjoying our trip to Sun Valley, ID.  The snow is incredible!  It's basically been snowing non-stop since we got here on Saturday.  Really makes for great skiing.  I traded my skis out today for skis more suited to powder.  We'll see how that goes tomorrow.

This shot here is of the restaurant at the top of the mountain called Lookout Day Lodge.  You can see how much snow is up there as the restaurant is half-buried in it.  You have to walk down just to get through the doorway.  I stopped in there towards the end of the day yesterday for a beverage.  As I was sitting there, a gentleman from the resort staff said that the lift to get there had to be closed because of high winds.  It was crazy windy up there!  I wondered if they would do that because that lift seemed to always stop just before I got to the top and it was just whipping up there.  It was really hard to see where you were going.  You can't really get a sense of the wind int his shot, but trust me, it was!

Usually when I go skiing I will take the Fuji X-T1 up with me to take some pictures.  However, with this snow, I'm not sure I want to do this.  So, I'm trying the iPhone out and editing with Lightroom Mobile and all of that.  This is the first result.

I hope enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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

Camera - Apple iPhone 6s
Lens - iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Focal Length - 4.2mm
Aperture -f2.2
Exposure - 1/3000
Metering mode - Whatever
Exposure program -Whatever
ISO speed - 25
Exposure bias - Whatever
Tripod - Nope
HDR - Nope
# of brackets - NA


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lake Tahoe Sunset

This is a photo I took from our trip to Lake Tahoe last year.  I think I took on our last night.  It's a combination of two photos and I used Jimmy McIntyre's Raya Pro to combine them.  I'm still on the fence as to whether I like it or not.  When I haven't seen it for an extended period of time and then come back to it, I kind of like it.  But, then the more I look at it, the more I don't.  There's something about it that don't like and I cannot put my finger on it.  What do you think?

I you hope enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18 mm
Aperture - f8
Exposure - 1/25
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 250
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - Sort of - exposure blended with two shots
# of brackets - 2, spaced 2 EV apart


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fallen Leaf Lake 02

Well, it's a new year so I should get going on posting some new photos.  I haven't been out to take any recently other than my previous Georgetown Square Christmas shots I put in the last two posts.  So, I thought I would dig back into the archives and see what I could find.  I thought this shot from Fallen Leaf Lake I took during our ski trip to Heavenly at Lake Tahoe last year would be a nice one.  Thinking of that trip is getting me excited for the next ski trip coming in about a month and I cannot wait to get some shots during that trip!  Not to mention skiing!  That's a no-brainer!

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.  As always, click here to see the high-res version of the final image.

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

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 20.5 mm
Aperture - f9
Exposure - 1/640
Metering mode - Multi-segment
Exposure program - Aperture-priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - Yes
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA


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