Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pennybacker Bridge in Morning Fog

This morning I took the day off from work.  Yahoo!  Normal people would sleep in, but being that I like to take pictures of stuff, the best time to do that is either at sunrise or sunset.  Today I picked sunrise and my subject was the Pennybacker Bridge in Austin.  My reasoning for the morning shot was that most people who shoot the bridge do so in the evening.  I thought if I did it in the morning I would get a whole new aspect of it that most don't usually get.  I thought I would get the orange glow to the left of the bridge instead of the right during sunset that you see mostly in photos of this lovely bridge. Well, it turned out that I was right in that regard. As well as the light, I was able to get a different look. This morning there was fog all over the bridge so a new aspect was in the making.  However, the fog really hid the bridge.  I thought I had to pack it in and try another time.  But, just as the morning light was getting to that perfect time we call the "golden hour", the fog lifted over the near side of the bridge and I was able to fire off a few brackets before the fog socked it in again.  I probably didn't get the best angle for it, but I'm happy with it for the most part.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Clouds Over Harbor

Recently I've been posting black and white shots of some photos I took while my wife and I visited Nantucket Island.  The reason for this is two-fold... One is because I'm looking for some new material to post and the other is because I'm channeling my inner David Nightingale.  If you've ever checked out his website, you'll see that he's a master at creating dramatic images. He's like one of my favorite photographers. Anyway, I'm trying to use some of his techniques to make my stuff a little more dramatic.  Of course it helps to have a good subject to start with.  His use of curves and masks really helps bring out detail in clouds and other areas of shots that may not be seen in regular processing.  Sometimes using curves can get similar results as HDR without having to take so many brackets.  And when converting to back and white, it gives the shot an extra dramatic/timeless appeal, at least to me.  That's what I've tried for here.  I can never tell if I've over done it or not, but I may have in this one.  Maybe that's what dramatic means? ;-)

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Deck Chairs

There's nothing like an ocean breeze.  Or a heavy wind!  While on the back of the high speed ferry to and from Nantucket Island, I found I had to lean into the wind a little bit just to keep myself and the camera steady.  It was already chilly, but with a 50 knot or so "breeze", it really gets the blood pumping.  As you can see, no one was sitting in the chairs at the aft of the ferry.  However, there were some chairs facing aft just against the rear of the cabin on that deck which blocked the wind.  That's where a few people sat to enjoy the ride.  It was good for me because I could take pictures and not worry about anyone getting in the way.  I love it when that happens! 

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Saturday, February 18, 2012


When going to and from Nantucket from Hyannis, MA, we took the fast ferry.  There are two you can take to the island... One takes about two and a half hours each way and one takes about an hour each way.  Of course the cost doubles the faster you go.  Well, when you are on vacation and crunched for time, the fast one is worth it.  So that's what we did.  Of course, an hour on a fast boat can make for some interesting shots.  Hopefully someone out there could get something interesting.  Me on the other hand, gets this stuff., hehe. 

Friday, February 17, 2012


I've always liked abstracts. When I go out to shoot, I try to find things that are unusual or something I can show in a different perspective.  I hardly ever succeed in that endeavor though.  Finally, I think I found something that stirred my creative juices and I put together one of my first abstracts.  At least I THINK it's an abstract. ;-) I guess that's always up for interpretation.  Anyway, I took this shot recently and added some color to it and some other things to make it - hopefully - interesting to the viewer.  I took it on a recent photo trip of mine.  If you follow this blog at all, you probably know where I took this shot, but do you know what it is a shot of and what I did with it?

As always, let me know what you think and I thanks you for dropping by. (Click on the picture for a larger view.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Inside the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia PA, you can literally find everything from soup to nuts.  It's like this huge, wonderful grocery store/deli that's full of any kind of food counter you can think of.  You can also buy flowers, blankets and other housewares.  It's a pretty cool place.  This section had a food counter called the Chinese Restaurant.  We didn't try it when we were there, but I imagine it has great food there.

I was a little apprehensive about posting this shot because I really couldn't find anything interesting to look at in it.  So, I decided to give a little extra in the processing such as some vignette blur and a regular vignette, plus some emphasis on the neon sign and the menu.  Still not sure I'm satisfied with it, but I think I'm done with it and figured it's time to find something else.

Tell me what you think and thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Snowy Mountain

I was going through the enormous vault that we here at Evan's Expo have and ran across this shot I took while we were skiing in Whistler, BC last year.  Most of the previous mountain shots I have published were in black and white, but I think this one turned out well in color.  It would have probably done well with a monochrome look, but I really liked how the blue sky looks against the white snow on the peak itself.  I also enjoyed the time I spent to get it because I was skiing!  You know what they say, "A bad day of skiing beats a great day at work!"  And this was a great day of skiing for sure!

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!  (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sweet Nadine

This car was located in the front of Dick's Classic Garage.  It's a custom 1951 Mercury built by the custom car guru known as "Mercury Charlie" Runnels.  He goes by Mercury Charlie because the Mercury automobile built from 1949 - 1951 is his favorite car to customize and he owns a custom car shop by the same name in Austin.  Looks like he does great work as you can see by his baby here that he calls "Sweet Nadine".  It's a beautiful custom car that is a wonderful shade of purple and looks like it would be a blast to drive.  It's low to the ground, has a chopped top and the interior has this black and white diamond pattern throughout.  Very cool!  Unfortunately, I could only really get a good shot of the side showing the interior.  The car had been cordoned off with chains so no one would touch it. I did take pictures of it with the chains around it, but I'm not sure those turned out to well.  However, I did like this shot I got of the side of the car along with some of the interior.  You can see that it looks like some serious work went into the making of this car.  I've heard a lot about Mercury Charlie through a good friend and co-worker of mine, Darrell Jourdan.  Darrell worked with Charlie many years ago and has some great stories.  Sounds like Charlie is quite a character and great at what he does.  You can see for yourself here.

Hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by. (Click the photo to see a larger version.)

Monday, February 6, 2012

1933 Duesenberg Model J Franay Spare Wheel and Exhaust

Well, now that the Super Bowl is over, it's back to publishing photos from Dick's Classic Garage.  I have a few more left and a few I still need to process, but I think a couple more from there will just about do.  I need to find another subject to shoot around here, but I just haven't come up with any yet.

So, this shot is of the exhaust and one of the spare wheels from a 1933 Duesenberg Model J Franay.  Duesenbergs are arguably the best cars ever made and they are American of all things!  The beauty of them is indescribable and even only portions of them have a class all their own.  I tried to capture that with this shot. (Click photo for larger version)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Gillette Stadium Panorama

It's Super Bowl Weekend!  Yahoo!  However, I'm also a little sad because Super Bowl Weekend also means the end of football for a looooonnnnggg six months.  It's the worst part of the year.  Oh well, you have to take the bad with the good, right?  Anyway in honor of the big day, I have posted this shot of the New England Patriots house which is called Gillette Stadium.  My wife and I went to the game when the Patriots played the Chargers on Sept 18, 2011.  We were very fortunate because an old Air Force buddy of mine, Earl Evans pulled some strings and got us some tickets for close to list price!  We went with Earl and his son!  It was his son's birthday, too!  The whole day was awesome!  And, the Pats won.  I don't really have a dog in the Super Bowl hunt this year, but for Earl's sake, I'm going for the Pats.  Plus, Tawmy "Terrific" Brady is a University of Michigan alum, so I have to pull for him as well!

So with that, have a great weekend and click the picture below to see a larger version!

Friday, February 3, 2012

1958 Ford Fairlane w/Retractable Hard Top

Here's another shot from my recent excursion to Dick's Classic Garage.  This one is of a 1958 Ford Fairlane w/Retractable Hard Top.  I love this car and the way the light was shining on it through the windows made for a "classic" shot.  At least I think so.  However, after looking at it, I kind of wish I would have gotten an angle that would emphasize the retractable roof more.  I think this was the first car ever to do that.  Good ol' American engineering.  Where did that go?  We still have it, but I don't think it is with the auto industry anymore.  Google and Facebook yes, autos no. Two cents...

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the photo. (Click the photo for a larger view)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

1929 Duesenberg Model J Bohman & Schwartz Front

Here's another shot I took at Dick's Classic Garage.  It is a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Bohman & Schwartz.  It is a little different from other "Dueseys" because of the headlights.  This one has smaller headlights, but overall it's still a classy looking ride.  I really liked the front of it so I tried to capture it on an angle and make it dramatic, or at least a little different.  I hope it worked. (Click the photo for a larger view)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fleetwood Fins

Last weekend I took a trip down to San Marcos and visited Dick's Classic Garage.  If you are a car buff and live in Central Texas, you have to visit this place!  It is loaded with lots of vintage automobiles mainly from the 30's through the late 50's.  The museum has cars ranging from the 1936 Cord Convertible - my personal favorite - to one of the original Tuckers to several Duesenbergs to the classic '57 Chevy Bel Air.  All of the cars are in immaculate shape and the collection itself must be worth hundreds of millions!

The shot below is of a 1959 Cadillac Series 60 Special Fleetwood.  I just love the fins on those old Caddies.  The time I was there, the sun was peering through the windows right on this baby so I tried to not pass up that opportunity.

I hope you enjoy this shot.  If so, I have a few more shots, HDR and non-HDR, that I will post in the coming days.  Thanks for dropping by and come visit again! (click on the picture for a larger view)

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