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.

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 - 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.

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 - 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.

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 - f8.0
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.

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 - 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.

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 - 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.

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 - 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.

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 - 1/180
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.

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 - 1/30
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


Disqus for Evan's Expo