Sep 302009

FoodfightegretIt snowed today.  Our store in Naples opened without a hitch.  We had to get on the road earlier than normal.  Daniel’s Summit can be crazy dangerous in snow storms.  Boy was I excited.  Fall colors.  A little snow.  The classic late fall photographs were waiting for me on the drive home.  Skunked again!  The chiropractor may be the next appointment I have.  About 1% of my drive time was looking straight ahead.  The rest was side to side expecting that post card shot!  Disappointment turned to glee and giddy when some “white” birds caught my eye just before home.

It’s late in the year and the water is low.  There has to be limited fish to share.  These guys were  fishing where the water was coming out of a pipe and moving a little faster than just a few feet down stream.  Quarreling was constant.

The photo was taken with my D200, 18-200 lens.  Shot at 1/250 of second at f/5.6.  No compensation or post work.  Except a slight crop with the photo below.  I’ll bet you may see me there again soon


 Posted by at 8:47 PM
Sep 292009

tresdispenseEnough of the working in the Hotel tonight.  I dug out my Fallon Chev Dealership file and had some fun.  Started with a 9 bracket HDR process.  Then obviously cropped (almost square).  Sharpened in NIK,  Then ran through Silver EFEX Pro filled with Black and White then erased to original the dispensers, and signs.  The contrast gave the pic a little more “snap” and depth!  Rather Fun!

 Posted by at 8:46 PM
Sep 292009

septembercolors On the road to Naples, Utah.  A beautiful drive here but during mid-day sun.  Sometimes even with my efforts to accommodate my photography passion the only option is middle of the day travel.  The photo above was created with the merging of 8 vertical shots.  A polarizing filter helped with the haze and contrast.  Tomorrow I may have a better chance to be in FALL COLOR areas in a more photographic “light”.  Maybe.  I hope.

 Posted by at 7:57 PM
Sep 282009

structuraloil These cans of oil were an integral part of a homes structure in Fallon, Nevada.  Why oil cans?  Who knows?  If you look close at the bottom right can it has some of the concrete that was around and in the cans.  Crazy but interesting.  Note the detail and moderately accurate exposure to the very back of the photo.  Yes it was processed as an HDRI (I for image). The room the cans are in is very dark.  Yet the exposure front to back looks good.  I just had to give it that old sepia photo look.  Kinda fits!

 Posted by at 9:24 PM
Sep 272009

Oldgasfallon What happens to all the old dispensers in the world?  All I know is that I  found a bunch of them.  I am in the convenience store business.  My responsibility is the oversight of new construction.  I see new, new, new.  My appreciation for the “old” used to be very limited.  This adventure I had with Dwight with his collection is astounding.  Though extremely little of what I saw and experienced was a refurbishment of the old, I now appreciate the history of my business much more.  This shot was made, again, with 9 bracketed exposures.  Ran through Photomatix to get this HDR image.  My temptation to post a black and white of this shot stopped when I was turning down the saturation to get the final image.  The colors play an important role in this shot.  Including the ability to capture the sky through the windows.  Not done without the HDR process.

OldgasfallonblackandwhiteGot kinda weak in the knees.  If you know anything about me is that I love black and white photos.  There is a stark difference in these photos.  What may it be????????

 Posted by at 10:04 PM
Sep 262009

mytonkas These Tonka Toys are the same that OF, Kelly and I played with when we were little boys.  No wait Just Of and I.  Kelly played with Barbies (LOL). I remember the tracks the tires made in the sand.  The two handles on the loader.  One to lift the bucket. The other to dump the bucket.  All metal toys.  Rubber tires.  These are real toys not just the cheap Chinese made plastic things that break after a few passes in the sand box.  It’s what made us real men.  Heavy lifting at an early age.  Long lasting tools for the sand box hero!  The memories.  Oh the memories.

 Posted by at 9:52 PM
Sep 262009

hideoutThis is a cool shed inside the old dealership in Fallon.  Notice the real old high rise manifolds on the floor to the left.  The old car (or truck) body to the right.  Oil cans ready for use….and on and on.  I’m not sure how the “big foot” got in the picture it wasn’t there when I shot it.  Yes this is a HDR shot.  Even as wide as I could shoot the exposures it still has the hot spot and crazy sun flare.  All the little circles are due to the sun flare and the very small aperture.  9 shots bracketed at 1 full stop separation.  The center metering was -1.7 EV  (and still had the super-bright sun flare).

 Posted by at 9:12 PM