23 September 2009

Like a Pro

Golf is one of those games that doesn't matter HOW much I work at it...
I will always suck.
For example... this is my ball

Lara's Ball... in the REALLY rough side of the rough

However, this outing I got some shots (with the camera at least) that I'm happy with... which unfortunately had NO correlation with my happiness with my game.

Pace of Play...


Highland Golf Course Hole 18 (left) Coworkers discussing a drive (right)

The second shot

15 September 2009

Minnesota State Fair

I've lived in Dallas, TX which boasts the largest State Fair in the United States.
Although perhaps larger... the Texas State fair runs two weeks longer than the Minnesota Fair, which boasts the highest attendence per day in the United States.

Minnesota State Fair
122mm ISO400 f/5

The best part about the fair was how excited all of the people of the state were about the event. You could see the fair on web-cam via Minnesota Public Radio, walk down the local coffee shops and hear people talk about what attraction they were most excited about and see posters advertising to visit thier booth at the fair.

minnesota state radio theunhappy cow
Minnesota Public Radio Booth: 55mm ISO400 f/4 (left) Unhappy Cow: 200mm ISO500 f/5.6 (right)

flutebandmarchvisit the oinkbooth
Flute Player to March: 175mm ISO400 f/5.2 (left) "I visted the oink booth" ears: 60mm ISO400 f/4.2 (right)

Air Cars: 55mm ISO400 f/4 edited in photoshop colours and blurring

couple at fairboywonderfair

Couple Walking at Fair: 125mm ISO400 f/5 edited in photoshop blurred focus and colour (left)

Fascinated Child: 86mm ISO 400 f/5.6 edited in Photoshop (right)

girlwithdadatfair Girl with Dad: 180mm ISO400 f/5.6 used photoshop to put the focus back on the girl and dad (blurring) and used TRA Bitchin' B&W (free in the sample actions)

utterlyno manure
Utterly Cow-tastic: 55mm ISO400 f/4.2 (left) A stern sign: 125mm ISO400 f/5.6 (right)

so in conclusion... If I had a choice... I'd prefer the Minnesota State Fair :)

07 September 2009

Silver Taps

I went to Texas A&M University for my undergraduate and never realised why that school was so special until my sister passed away.
She too went to the same school and together we shared a bond of traditions.

One of the best traditions that we have on that school is Silver Taps.

By far, one of Texas A&M's most honored traditions is Silver Taps. Silver
Taps is held for a graduate or undergraduate student who passes away while
enrolled at A&M. This final tribute is held the first Tuesday of the
month when a student has passed away the previous month.

Silvertaps for Serena

Names are placed on this monument the day of Silver Taps as well as published in the News Paper: 165mm ISO400 f/5.3.

It was humbling to go back to campus and walk around... and see students leaving messages for the families (unfortunately my sister was not the only one) of thier fellow student.

respects to family

Students can leave cards/messages for the family members, these are collected and given to the family afterwards: 55mm ISO400 f/4

The school is massive, over 30,000 students are ON campus and another 20,000 are on affliated ones... so to see so many un-related people coming out for a fellow Aggie... made me see what was so wonderful about being a Texas Aggie.

Silver Taps

At the ceremony, "Taps" is played three times. Once to the North, Once to the South and Once to the East, but not to the West because the Sun will never rise for that Student again: 105mm ISO400 f/4.2

flag at half mast for silvertaps

During the day, the flag is flown at Half Mast: 55mm ISO400 f/4

I wanted to capture the solomness of the event. There is a sort of reverence to the students about the importance of silver taps. The combination of respect, sadness and rememberance is the mood I edited these in.


55mm ISO400 f/4

03 September 2009

Finger Art

I love Random...

perfect gentleman
Mr. Perfect: Cropped in Photoshop, but shot upside down then rotated (couldn't get a straight finger to begin with)

Nothing is as random as finger art.
The great thing is that these... make the BEST post-cards.
I just sent one to a friend and got a "wtf" message back.

finger goes to sweden

Mr. Finger goes to Sweden. Took this in front of a picture on the wall I have of Sweden (will be on a later post)

01 September 2009

The Redaelli Dogs

Walker: 100mm ISO200 F/4

I love dogs. While I was in Dallas, I had a chance to photograph Johanna's puppies.
I waited until the second day I was with the dogs to attempt to get them. I wanted to get them in their most relaxed/natural state (being the "new" person in the house usually isn't condusive to relaxed dogs).
It was in the morning before anyone else in the house woke up. I took my 55-200mm, White Balance to Daylight and watched the dogs for a good pose.

Soda Sephora Redaelli
Soda Redaelli by the pool (Weinne Dog-Lab Mix)

Sarah: 105mm ISO200 F4

I'm particularly happy with Sarah.
Sarah is a skittish Pit-bull mix. Her normal pose is submissive with ears pinned back. A bird had flitted on the fence nearby when she perked up. I think this is probably Sarah's personality when no one is around (nothing to be scared about).