This is a vertorama (aka a vertical panorama) of I-35 in downtown Austin. It’s comprised of 5 landscape-oriented shots stitched together in Photoshop to make an almost 180 degree vertical view of what one would see if standing on one of the cross bridges. I think I could’ve captured this with a fish-eye lens as well, but alas, I don’t have one. Lastly, I was hoping to make this an HDR, but I think this turned out nicely without.
There’s a parking garage at 9th and Lavaca which affords one a great view of the Texas capitol. It’s a great angle for a morning shot because the sun rises in the background. I was hoping for that on this day, but instead the weather decided to be misty and drizzly. I’m glad it was because I think I’m happier with this shot than I would have been had it been a clear day!
This isn’t a shot that I would normally post, but when I processed it I noticed that there was a kind of cool feature that caught my eye… You see, I took this shot a little hastily on my way to work and as you can tell, I was kind of in the street when I shot it. But, after I processed it, I noticed that there was this shaft of blue light coming from the top right of the shot that I thought was quite interesting. It probably is a sign of a crappy photographer, but maybe it means something else?
Transition to Full Frame Complete!
I’m so jacked about having a full-frame DSLR with full-frame glass, I cannot contain myself! I never thought I’d actually own one, ever! But, after a few years of waiting, it finally paid off. It’s kind of like buying a luxury car, at least for us.. First you start with a “reasonably priced car” (as they would say on Top Gear) and then trade or sell for one that’s a little nicer and then trade or sell that one for one a little nicer, and so on and so on. After doing that for a few times, you can finally have the car, or in my case camera, that you want. I started with a Nikon D90 (reasonably priced), then went to a Nikon D300s (a little nicer) and now I have a Nikon D700 (luxury – for me anyway)! Granted, I bought it used, but it’s still awesome! Then, I sold my lenses (glass in photographer geek-speak) on ebay and used that money for new full-frame glass. Now I’m in full-frame nirvana! It handles noise so much better than my old cameras and it’s just a better camera all around. From the buffer size and speed to the size of the viewfinder, it’s just great! There are only a couple of things that my old cameras had that this one doesn’t.. The D700 only has one memory card slot. My D300s had a CF and an SD card slot so you could really pack in the pics. The other thing my old cameras had that this one doesn’t is a button for live view. The D700 has live view, but it’s on the select dial on the top and it’s not really easy to get to. I wish I could change one of the other buttons for this. I know you can change the function button, but I have that set for bracketing as most of the shots I take need to be bracketed. If only there was another button.. Oh well. Overall I’m ecstatic!
Finally Back To Weird
Since all of my glass finally arrived, I was just itching to get out there and get some HDRs with the new camera. So, on my way to work Friday morning, I stopped on South Congress Ave in Austin and took a few shots. The conditions weren’t the best as it was very drizzly out there, but I got several shots anyway. This is a shot of Doc’s Bar and Grill.
The last couple of weeks, Austin hosted the big South By Southwest (SXSW) music/film/tech festival. Now that it has wrapped, I think the people at Doc’s are happy. You see Austin has this saying, “Keep Austin Weird” which is pretty much “normal” for Austinites, and I guess Doc’s is happy that things are getting back to “normal”. The other side of the same sign says, “S Bye SW”. That was my other clue. 🙂 To be honest, I’m glad it’s over as well.
What a wonderful trip
It’s been a couple of weeks or so since I’ve posted anything to the old blog here, but I have a good reason. A couple of weeks ago, Eileen and I left with our friends, Doug, Tricia, Valerie, Theresa and Ellen for a week of skiing and fun in wonderful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We had a great time! The skiing was awesome as were the views! Well, it was awesome for some skiers in the group. One of the skiers, Tricia, blew out her ACL in the middle of the trip after um, let’s say “catching some air”. It sucked because ski patrol had to bring her down off the mountain and she couldn’t ski for the the remainder. She took it very well and I think still had a great time as did the rest of us!
Not only was the area at the ski resort beautiful, but the whole Jackson Hole (no pun intended) area is unbelievable! It’s up near Yellowstone Park so the mountain vistas are just awesome! It made for exceptional photography opportunities as well as other great activities. We even took a snowmobile tour through Yellowstone to see Old Faithful! What a blast that was! Anyway, I’ll be putting out more content from this trip in the next few posts. There’s one shot in particular that I can’t wait to post, so stay tuned!
This is the main building at the bottom of the mountain that houses the tram that takes you about 4000 vertical feet up to the very top of the mountain. You get dumped off on a run called Rendezvous which a wide open black, but it isn’t too difficult as long as the wind isn’t blowing too hard and it isn’t snowing. 😉
Superbowl Weekend Coming Up
Super Bowl Weekend! Woohoo! It’s always exciting to watch the two best teams in the NFL play for the ultimate prize. There’s nothing like American football, no? It’s the best! However, this year, I’m not really too enamored with either team vying for the bragging rights of “Super Bowl Champions!” The Niners are OK because they have a good coach and their young quarterback is fun to watch. Other than that, meh. The Ravens on the other hand are aging, have a good coach as well as a good defense led by someone who was accused of being involved in a double-murder a few years ago. Again, meh. When all is said and done, I will probably root for the Ravens because their head coach – John Harbaugh – is the older brother of the Niners head coach – Jim Harbaugh – and has been in the league a few years longer. Therefore, the older brother must win! Otherwise, I hope it’s a good game like the last few Super Bowls have been! Are you rooting for a particular team? If so, who and why?
Restaurants Banning Food Photography in New York
Did you know that food photography by restaurant patrons was a phenomenon? I know some people who like to take pictures of their meals, especially if it’s really good, but apparently some restaurants in NYC don’t like it. Maybe it makes the chefs work harder to present their meals or something? Whatever. Another reason why New York City is a great place to visit, but not a great place to live…
South Walk-Up at the Texas Capitol
I took this shot during the same visit as the shot in my previous post. This one was a bit more tricky to process and has a bit more noise in it, but I like how it turned out anyway.
OK, yesterday I put out a pretty bad video. However, this one here is much better. It’s a video of someone’s house that has been decorated with tons of lights and synced to music. I’m sure you’ve seen many of these before, but this one seemed better to me. Maybe it’s because everything is covered in snow or something. I don’t know, but I like it. Hope you do to…