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Friday, August 8, 2014

Partly Cloudy Milky Way



This photo was taken while in vacation this past July in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. We stayed in Emerald Isle for a week and during the entire week this was the only day that was decent enough to attempt to get a couple of night time shots with the Milky Way. As we were shooting more and more clouds seemed to appear and this was one of the last shots that we took before calling it a night.

I particularly like this shot because it captured the rising moon which makes the lower left portion of the shot much brighter than the rest of the photo. I used some of the lens correction settings in Canon's Digital Photo Professional to try to reduce the "fisheye" appearance and ended up creating a slightly warped effect with the stars. Rather than trying to reduce that effect I decided to keep it and ended up with the following photo.

I didn't get as many good shots of the Milky Way as I had hoped due to the clouds and am still working on going through all of the photos to see if there is another shot that I might post, but I am quite pleased with how this photo came out and wanted to share it. I hope that you enjoy it!


Partly Cloudy Milky Way




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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rise of Tuffy

This photo was taken at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Maryland this past weekend. The elephants playing in the pool were, by far, the highlight of this particular visit. Although it was not terribly hot outside, all four of the elephants (Felix, Anna, Samson, and Tuffy) enjoyed playing in the pool for about an hour. Felix, Anna, and Samson were contained in the pool on the right and Tuffy was all alone in the pool on the left. One of the keepers was keeping an eye on the elephants to ensure that the elephant's play time did not escalate to something more hostile, especially between Felix and Samson. If you would like to read more about the elephants you can visit the Maryland Zoo's elephant page and if you would like to read more about Samson you can read more about him here.


Rise of Tuffy




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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chomp!


The subject of today's post is a crocodile from the Cape Fear Serpentarium in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Serpentarium is home to a wide array of animals but primarily features snakes, including some rare and very deadly snakes. The snakes are rated by a "skull" system in to inform visitors on how deadly the snake is. One of the snakes (the name of the species escapes me right now) had some very exquisite coloring to it and my girlfriend asked if we could bring it home "because it only had three and a half skulls" My answer, of course, was no. :)


The crocodile in this photograph stood very still, but you can see some blurring in the lower neck where the crocodile moved and breathed during the time that was needed to expose this shot. I tried my best to remove all of the elements of the protective glass, but you can see the reflection of the multicolored lights in the crocodile's eye (I left that in because I think it looks pretty neat!).


If you are in the Wilmington, North Carolina area I highly recommend paying the Serpentarium a visit. There are not many places where you can see exotic snakes such as the Bushmaster in the U.S., and each snake animal on display has a good deal of information printed on display plaques so you can learn more about them. You can even see some of the staff feed the snakes if you are so inclined!


Chomp!




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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Twisted Trees


Hello again! I finally had some time to work on a photo that I took last year while on vacation in North Carolina. The subjects of this shot are a grove of very twisted and battered oak trees that line the beach just outside of Fort Fisher (near Kure Beach), North Carolina. I saw these trees the previous year on the way to the aquarium (located to the south of the grove) and waited an entire year to try to get a good set of bracketed photos, then waited almost another year to process the photos, but I think the result was DEFINITELY worth the wait! If these trees could talk, they would likely tell the story of being battered almost continually by (at least) ocean winds, hurricanes, wind-swept sand, and rain.

I took this shot with my 17-40mm lens and tried to zoom in so that the trees themselves were all in the photo. I had to do a little retouching on one side to remove a pesky street sign, and used the Topaz DeNoise and the Nik tool collection in Adobe Photoshop Creative Commons.



Twisted Trees



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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Riverwalk Christmas, Looking West, in 2011

Hello, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

This is a photo that I took back in November of 2011 after the city of San Antonio first changed the Riverwalk decorations from the old style Christmas lights to the newer LED lights. I stood in the spot on the Riverwalk for about 15 minutes waiting for the right moment to be able to take the bracketed shots (I used -1, 0, and +1 to get this shot) without any people walking through the scene. I think it was definitely well worth the wait!

The photo was taken near the Omni Del Mansion Del Rio (it is the wall on the right side of the photo). You can see one of the bridges that crosses the Riverwalk in the distance, as well as Rita's (and sister restaurant Pizzaritas) on the left side of the photo. I used the newest version of Photomatix to process this shot and honestly, I had to do very little after processing in Photoshop. So if you need a Christmas gift for the photographer in your life, I would recommend Photomatix as it is currently on sale, and it is a great deal!


Riverwalk Christmas, Looking West



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