I was recently in Florida and decided on a Saturday morning to visit a the local gardens to shoot some infrared photos. I have a project that I am working on and am in the midst of growing my IR portfolio. Unfortunately, I will stop posting IR shots for a while due to this project. One need was to shoot weddings in IR! Just I as was walking around the gardens, I saw a wedding in the distance about to begin! I kindly asked the groom if I could “side” shoot the wedding. He agreed..thanks so much John!!! I had a blast and was curious to see how wedding photos in IR would look!
I post processed them…wonderful!!!! I do need to shoot another 1-3 weddings by May-June 2011. So I have a favor to ask…if you live in the Austin area and now of a local wedding…I would be willing to offer my services for free in exchange for a model release for my project! I do not want to be the main photographer…just a secondary. If you know of anyone…please let me know! Sorry I have to keep the IR pics under wrap from the blog. Later this year they will be back! Thanks!
Sometimes what you happen to photograph in Vegas, does not stay photographed in Vegas! …It pops up on the interweb! LOL Here is New York New York Hotel in the blue hour. I love this hotel…a perfect subject to photograph! That roller coaster has given me vertigo a few times! The sad effect of getting old. Have a great weekend!
A little more form the Daytona 500….typically I get “Pit Passes” for each time I attend the race. Just adds to the enjoyment of the festivities. You do not actually get into the pits (that is for family and sponsors only)…but you get to walk by or see within a few feet. In one section you get to walk by the garages of each driver. They have windows to peer in. I was lucky Kyle Busch above had his small window open to let in air. This allowed me to peek my camera inside and take this photo. I added a little flare to the shot and thanks to onOne’s Photo Frame 4.6…the film border effect was a cool effect.
They allow you to walk around on the inside of the track until 30 minutes before the race. Walking on the track is a must. My tradition is to sign the starting line (get there early to get your name on the track!). You really get the feel of the track and see how steep the banks are! About 1/4 mile section is open for you to explore. I sat on the ground and grabbed this shot of the new pavement for the race…Turn 4 is ahead.
On our little getaway weekend in December…we visited Taos to go skiing. My first time ever to ski…I was excited and did well!! We stayed 2 nights and decided to stay at the lovely El Monte Sagrado (Marriott) in downtown Taos. What a beautiful place to stay!! We had booked a standard room…which was excellent! But as I walked around the hotel..I can see some people checking into their rooms…I gazed inside and was amazed!!! If you have the extra cash..I saw some super cool rooms!! I checked the site and they call them Casita’s. Wow! Decorated in Southwest style and designed perfectly! There are only 84 rooms..so check online if visiting.
It had snowed the day before and we built some snowmen out in this courtyard. The view above was taken the next day from the courtyard. I loved the little stream traveling through the hotel grounds. Gotta love hotels like this. I don’t make hotel HDR’s often…but this Marriott was deserving! I would surely stay here again anytime! We caught a shuttle to the mountains for skiing and had a blast!
I just returned from Orlando and had a late afternoon free and decided to see how the birding shots would be at my favorite place in Orlando…Gatorland! It is nearly mating season and the Egrets are gathering. Already this day I saw one mother with eggs! Wonderful! You can get so close to the birds. If you want to try your hand at birding photos…this is the place to go from Feb-April! I do not have super skills in birding…but I try my best! I shot the above pic hand held. I can imagine a monopd or a tripod might be better. I hope to be back here in April with more gear in tow!
On the day I drove down to Imaging USA in San Antonio….I met up with my good friend Chris Reilly. We wanted to photograph the San Fernando Cathedral before the show opened. It was early and as we walked up…the doors were open! The sun was about to rise and the Church was all lit up due to the darkness. We grabbed a few shots and enjoyed the view! I had never been inside…a lovely church indeed! It is located downtown and just a few minutes from the River Walk!
I was at the 53rd annual running of the Daytona 500 yesterday in Daytona, FL. It was a perfect day…weather was great and the track had brand new pavement. It was going to be a great race! In a touching moment to honor the death of one of NASCAR’s best racers ever…Dale Earnhardt Sr. …who died in a crash on this track 10 years ago… His racing number was #3. On the 3rd lap of the race…the track went silent (except for the racing cars) and the entire crowd held up 3 fingers in honor Dale Sr.’s #3.
It was a wonderful view to witness….so I will call this shot… “A Sea of 3’s”. The race was unreal..the most lead changes and cautions ever at a Daytona 500. I was in the first row and enjoyed every bit of dirt and grit hittting my face or even getting into my mouth. Ah the fun!
I have been to quite of few Daytona 500’s…and love it every time! Trevor Bayne a 20 year old kid in his first Daytona won it! Great job! It should be a fantastic NASCAR season!
A few years ago when I started processing my first HDR’s…I had a feeling that this photography style would be big! These days, I must admit there are quite a few great HDR artists…and the list is growing! The community of great HDR artists somehow or someway know each other….which is very cool! But these days you can visit many HDR hotspots and see great work all over. I still love the pier shots, architecture shots, church shots….but every once in a while…take a chance and do something different.
Last year I did my first Motocross and Baseball shots in HDR. Very cool! Now its time for musical HDR’s. We took my daughter to Downtown Disney last summer and enjoyed walking around and seeing the sights and restaurants. Here they have live performers out to entertain you. I think my 70-200 was brand new and I walked around snapping hand held shots. Brother Yusef was playing here this evening and I grabbed a shot of him. Cool…but why not HDR him. It was a single shot HDR conversion. Not bad! So think outside the box and go out and HDR something new! Ya never know how it will turn out!
The past few days it has been 70+ degrees here in Austin. So nice to feel spring weather! Some of us are only a few weeks away! Green grass and flowers will pop up soon! I cannot wait. So I was thinking of a trip I had to Japan in April a while back. I had just missed the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, but luckily was traveling up north in Japan. The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom! We went out to lunch one afternoon the roads in town were so beautiful…trees everywhere!! For the shot above, I asked my co-worker to pull over so I can grab a photo. I looked up at the great tree and snapped away! If you are ever planning a visit to Japan…the first few weeks of April is Cherry Blossom time! A dream of mine would be to visit Kyoto with the Blossoms in full beauty! Sayonara!
I was looking through some old pics the other day and before my days of HDR’ing…I actually took normal shots! This one is the Chrysler Building seen from the top of the Empire State Building. What a view of a beautiful city up there! I miss NYC. I have not visited in a few years. Hope I can get back this summer. I gave the shot the vintage look along with a little selective focus…both thanks to onOne’s Photo Suite! I bet its cold in the city right now!! Spring will be here soon!