I stopped along east 6th St this morning to try and get some more shots. While looking, I stumbled across Birds Barbershop. The inside has this black and yellow monochrome-like decor and the place was lit with globes of lights sitting on the counters. It’s a great look! It was closed, so I just pressed my camera up against the glass door in the front and fired away. Maybe someday I’ll go in there for a haircut and tell them I took this shot. Maybe they’ll give me a discount or maybe they’ll see the shot and accidentally give me a reverse mohawk. On second thought…
UPDATE (5-20-19): I just read that if you go into Birds for a haircut, they will give you a free beer when you leave! I may have just discovered my new barbershop!
Hello everyone.. No photo for today, but I thought I would share a cool video I stumbled across today.. This is a 6 year old kid, yes 6, named Avery Molek playing Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” on the drums! He tears it up!
How about that for a title? Well heck, I don’t know what to call these construction tunnel thingys… The Austonian is the building in the shot with the blue neon on the top. It is a residential building and as far as I know, it’s the tallest one west of the Mississippi. I’ll bet the views from there are spectacular. Anyway, just across the street lies a huge hole in the ground where a new JW Marriott hotel is going in. And of course, where there’s construction there’s these pergola tunnel things that pedestrians can walk through whilst not disturbing the delicate construction going on. I tried to get a shot of the construction, but there just weren’t any good angles. So, I saw this and thought it might be kind of cool. I gave it a little bit of an angle for some interest and tried to give it a gritty look through various filters in Nik Color Efex 4 and Viveza 2. Do you like it?
When walking around Georgetown, TX last December, the square was filled with people and the moon was peeking through some fast-moving clouds. I took a few shots here and there on the square, but didn’t really get any shot that I was thrilled with. Too many people around. I did get a shot of the courthouse decorated with Christmas lights under the moon which was OK. But, off the beaten path of the square lied the Grace Heritage Center… an old chapel that is still in use today. The moon aligned just right with the steeple and the lights in the tree added a nice touch.
I created an HDR and then converted it to black and white. I did the HDR first because I wanted to make sure that I could get lots of tones in the converted black and white. I hope you like it!
Ansel Adams took one of the most beautiful shots ever from a view overlooking the Snake River with the Teton mountains above. It is an iconic shot and is one of his most famous. Below is the one I’m talking about:
I don’t think I could ever accomplish anything close to his stuff and I must admit I’m a bit uncomfortable even trying to compare my work to his for that matter, but in this case I think the best I can do is at least compare locations. From there it’s all technique and he is the best and always will be. So, my try from his spot is this:
Our tour guide from Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris is the one who recommended that we stop here and subsequently took us to this famous spot. The location even has a little marker that talks about Ansel Adams’ picture and how famous it really is. So, I just had to try it myself and see how I could do. I must say, it’s my favorite from the trip! I really like how the light from the sunrise hits the tops of the trees in the foreground. I also like the cloud formation halfway up the mountains from the temperature inversion at this time of the morning. However, it’s no match to Ansel’s great image. He had a great sky and a wonderful view of the river and was able to convey that like no other. I bow to the master!
One thing I found interesting though, is the difference in the size of the trees in the foreground and how much of a difference there is between the two photos. Ansel Adams’ shot, which was taken in 1942 I think, shows a lot of the river due to the trees’ youth. Now the trees are so much bigger and the view is very different. From what our tour guide told us, apparently there are some people that would like these trees torn down so as to get a better photo like the one from Mr. Adams. I must say, I am not one of those people…
I just want to take this time to wish everyone out there who reads this little blog, “Merry Christmas!” I hope you all have a wonderful and joyful holiday! And, thanks for taking the time to come by here and checking out what I like to do. I really appreciate it! Again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Tomorrow I will announce the winner of the Apple AirPort Express. It’s a $100 value! If you are interested, comment on my previous post and you will be eligible. You’ll have to sign up with a profile so I can contact you if you are the winner. Good luck