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. ;-)

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 -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.

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 - 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.

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 - 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!

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 - 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.

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 - 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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