From the lovely town of Santa Fe, New Mexico…the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis in Infrared. A quick post today…Have a Happy New Year celebration!! Be safe! Cheers! May 2011 be wonderful for you and your family!!
I’m a Pepper, your a Pepper, he’s a Pepper, she’s a Pepper, wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too? Drink Dr. Pepper! …one of my favorite soda drinks is Dr. Pepper…back in November we took a trip to Dallas and on the drive home we had heard of the Dublin Dr. Pepper bottling plant deep in the heart of Texas and decided to go check it out! But first why did we take the 2 1/2 hour drive to Dublin from Dallas?? At this Dr. Pepper facility they sell Dr. Pepper with real Imperial Cane Sugar!! SWEET!!!!!
The drive was pretty, but long…many farm roads and you finally arrive in Dublin. A sweet old town with some character. The bottling plant is very quaint and brings back memories of olden times. First you must enter in Doc’s Soda shop and buy a Dr. Pepper made the proper way! The taste is the same, but a bit sweeter! At Doc’s you can buy Dr. Pepper gear…clothes, glassware, drinks, knick-knacks and sweets! They even had Dr. Pepper Jelly Beans!! Inside Docs you can see many years of Dr. Pepper memorabilia on its walls. Grab yourself a drink and snack…few tables and an old jukebox in the corner and life is good in Dublin!
While visiting you can take a tour of the facility, shop and museum. Check the web site for tour times. http://www.dublindrpepper.com Here are a few more pics…
Christmas is over and we started to clean up the house today and take down the decorations. The tree was our last item to tackle. As I took a break this morning, I looked at the tree and yes, I HDR’d it and even tried an Infrared Photo (which was not good enough). As I looked at the tree…I thought why not shoot it monochrome! As I shot it this way, I decided to go ahead and get a few additional color shots. I like closeup tree shots and processed my HDR’s from this morning just a bit ago. They were cool, but we have all seen a tree HDR’d. I even posted mine on XMas. I wanted something different.
I added the pic into NIK’s Software…played with Color Efex Pro…just ok. Then tried my original thought of monochrome in Silver Efex Pro. Then I clicked on the “Antique Plate II” setting and that was it! I tweaked the contrast and hue/saturation a bit. So here is my last holiday shot of the season! New Years is next!! See ya next year XMas!!
This photo above is of the Rio Grande Gorge in Taos, New Mexico. I woke my family up early as I wanted to take a drive out of town to see the fantastic sight! Just only 15 minutes north of the town of Taos is this gorge. I did not know what to expect. I was windy and a bit chilly…so the walk out to the middle of the bridge overlooking this view was tough! I held onto my hat and steadied my tripod.
I’ll have an HDR soon..but only processed this IR shot first. In B&W..it looks cool! Even that mountain range in the background is interesting. I enjoyed our stay in Taos! A cute artsy town and a great place to ski! It is snowing all over the east coast today…hope you had a Merry XMas!
Info from the web: The Rio Grande Gorge runs from northwest to southeast of Taos, New Mexico, through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. The gorge depth is 800 feet just south of the Gorge Bridge, which spans the gorge ten miles northwest of Taos. The gorge is knownfor its world class white water (up to Class V), steep pocketed rock climbing, and many ancient and beautiful petroglyphs. Petroglyphs in the gorge have inspired many of the prints and patterns on trinkets, mugs, and t-shirts sold in local shops. At the bottom of the gorge, the Rio Grande is flanked by hidden hot springs and many ruins. The former Chili Line also ran here.
XMas lights are always a great and easy subject for the “Trail” light effect! As long as you have a zoom lens…set your shutter speed to a 1-3 second exposure and after clicking the shutter…zoom in or out of the lights and you can get some cool effects! A tripod helps!! This shot was from the big Christmas Tree located in Dallas at the Galleria Shopping mall. You can even do this on your own tree at home…or the holiday lights outside! Have fun during the holidays!! Hope Santa brings you that new camera or lens you are hoping for!!
Only 3 days til Xmas! Just wanted to add this shot from downtown San Antonio, Texas. We visited last year and the Hilton was lit up as above. So cool! I give the hotel credit…never seen anything like this before! Enjoy the holiday season!! Hope you got your shopping completed??? Another post coming soon!