Thursday, May 24, 2012

Morocco Shopping

Epcot has some great things to shoot while you are outside wandering about.  But, inside some of the shops are worth shooting as well.  This one is located in the Morocco portion of Epcot and they have all kinds of things to get from Persian rugs to some cool little lamps.  Check it out if you are ever there.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Big Dig Bridge and Rocks

My last couple of posts were more "traditional" shots so I thought it might be time for another HDR.  This one comes from Boston, MA. Now that the Celtics are in the NBA playoffs, I thought this shot might work.  I like it and I don't.  The reason I like it is because it shows the new The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge or as I like to call it, the "Big Dig Bridge" in Boston along with some construction below.  The construction gives it a sort of Terminator-esque or apocalyptic feel to it.  Plus it has the TD Garden, home of the Celtics behind the bridge.  The thing I don't like about it is the massive amount of negative space on the left side because of the open sky.  Oh well, overall, I guess it won me over.  As always, your thoughts would be appreciated.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


In my previous post I mentioned that I went to a place called the Kingsbury Aerodrome.  It's a little place in south central Texas to see some cool old airplanes.  Well, that same day, I took a trip to Skydive San Marcos.  I remember this place because it was relatively close to the Aerodrome and plus it's a place Eileen surprised me with for a birthday present a few years ago.  She bought me a tandem jump!  It was a blast by the way!  Anyway, it seemed like it might be a good place to get some fun action shots.  That was my thought anyway.  I did get a bunch of shots of divers coming in, but they just didn't have that certain something about them.  However, this shot stood out to me because it shows people on the ground just after their jump as well as a couple more coming in for a landing.  I kind of like seeing both of those portions of the total jump in one image.

As far as the photo goes, it's just a single raw converted in Adobe Camera Raw with a little bit of Nik's Color Efex treatments.  I used a graduated ND filter effect to darken the upper portion of the sky and then I used the Duplex filter on the grass to make it look a little less yellow.

How does it look to you?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cockpit Rivets

Last weekend I found a place out in the middle of nowhere called "The Kingsbury Aerodrome", home of the Pioneer Flight Museum. Actually it's located between San Marcos and Luling, TX.  Right, it IS in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, it's a cool little place that has about three airplane hangars with vintage bi-planes and tri-planes. When I was there, I really didn't see any museum, per se.  It seemed more like a place where aircraft enthusiasts hang out, work on their old planes and just shoot the breeze.  There's even an old grass landing strip so they can take their planes up when they like.  It was a fun place to visit. The one tri-plane I saw was a WWI-era Fokker, I think.  Sometime I'll post a shot of it. Then I found this plane.  I think it's a WWII-era training aircraft.  The make and model, I'm not too sure of, but I liked the chrome on it and thought I could get a good angle of the cockpits from the rear of the aircraft.  There were too many other distracting things around it, so close-ups were the mode of the day for this one.  I tried to be a little artsy, too by focusing on the rivets and leaving everything else in a nice bokeh.  Was it a good idea?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

National Cathedral

Shooting the National Cathedral in Washington DC is a must for photographers.  It is a spectacular site to see.  It's gothic design and the expanse of the inside is something to behold.  It begs to be shot with a wide angle lens and, speaking of angles, I don't know if there is a bad one in the place.  I took this shot while visiting a couple of years ago and I'm so glad I did.  The bad thing was, there was a wedding this particular day and I only had a few minutes to shoot.  I'm happy with what I got, but it would've been a little better had I not been rushed.  Oh well, you take what you can get, right?

Enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by.  (Click the shot for a larger view)

Shooting Security on the Aransas Pass Ferry

Last weekend we went to visit friends down in Aransas Pass, TX.  They have a boat down there that they invited us to stay on.  Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate enough for us to be able to go out on it.  t was just too windy.  However, that's not to say we didn't get to ride on a boat at all.  We took the ferry from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas.  It was a short ride, but it was windy as well.  The funny thing was, as we started out across the channel, we decided to get out of the car and go to the front of the ferry to watch the dolphins.  There was a small pod of them swimming about.  Pretty cool!  However, the further out into the water we got, the bigger the waves became.  They started lapping over the front of the ferry.  I and my camera got a little wet on the first one, so I turned around to head back to the car.  As soon as I did a bigger wave crashed over the front and soaked my back.  Luckily the camera didn't get very wet as my back blocked most of the water.  But, my wife Eileen and her friend Sandy decided to stay and they got completely soaked!  It was hilarious!  Sandy says we got "baptized".  I should've tried to get a shot of them at that point, but alas, I wanted to make sure the camera was OK and get out of anymore possible soakings.  So, while in the car, the security guy came around to check everything and I thought that would be an opportunity to shoot SOMETHING.  I got more of the camera in focus than the security guy, but I still think the shot is kind of interesting.  Do you?

Let me know what you think and thanks for dropping by.  (Click the shot for a larger version.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spaceship Earth in Black and White

It's been a little over a year since Eileen and I went to Epcot Center.  Epcot has so much to shoot!  It's like a smorgasbord for a photographer.  However, for my style of photography - mostly HDR - you need to have a tripod.  Epcot has no problem with that, but I did this particular day.  I left the camera plate at home, but took the tripod with me..  Hence, I really had no tripod to use.  That was a bummer!  I can't remember why that happened now, but it did and I had to take everything hand-held.  I did get several decent shots, but man, I wish I had the 'pod. Oh well.  That being said, this is one of the shots I took there.  I decided to turn it into a black and white because I thought the color version was a little blah.  What do you think?

You can click on the picture below for a larger version of the shot and you can click here for the color version.

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Gas - Diesel - Supplies

When Eileen and I went to Plymouth, MA last year, we decided to take a stroll along the wharf to see if there was anything worth photographing.  I got a couple of shots of some boats and I thought this shot of this "gas station on water" was kind of cool.  Especially with the sun going down for the night.  It's funny, out on the cape and on the islands, even the boat gas stations have to live up the "Cape Cod - cedar shingle" code or zoning laws.  I must say it looks great, but everything has that look.  If you ever get up that way, you'll know what I mean.

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

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