Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday Knight Lights

Friday Night Lights

We went to our first Steele High School "Knights" football game last night.  S. is in the marching band, so we also watched some of the football.

Don't Lose Your Head

Unfortunately the light was going down and I had to shoot on very high ISO (800-1000) and the shots were all very grainy once the game got going.  My D80 just doesn't handle the dark well.  I need (NEED!) a new camera.

Friday Night Lights

To compensate or work with the graininess, I decided to use "posterize" effect in Photo Shop - meant to give the images the look of those athletic posters that were popular in the 90s.

Friday Night Lights

I may try N's camera next time - I think it may actually be better in low-light than my camera.  Worth a try, anyway.

Friday Night Lights

Texas high school football isn't just a game, it's a pageant.  The game is largely incidental from what I observed.  Each team had bands, color guards, flag twirlers, and some sort of dance team with girls who had military ranks (majors and lieutenant colonels).  Not sure what that was all about.  We happened to be sitting next to the visiting school's dance team.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

out and about in Cibolo

Kandie and I went out today to find a photo for the weekly theme "Apathy."   This was mine -


an old house on Main St., Cibolo.  Obviously property values haven't risen enough to justify tearing this old place down.

Kandie shot this door on the side of a closed antique shop:


On the way home, we got cut off by a train, and were stuck waiting for it to roll by. So of course I hopped out of the car and took a bunch of shots.

train crossing 78 & 3009

I'd been wanting to get an opportunity to shoot the trains because of all the graffiti,

train crossing 78 & 3009

but the timing never seemed to work out.

train crossing 78 & 3009

I guess today we just got lucky!

train crossing 78 & 3009

and I was able to get a bunch of shots I liked.

train crossing 78 & 3009

They are pretty heavily processed, as you can probably tell. But I had fun.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Main Street

Main Street

This week's theme was "store front" for my little Flickr group, so I went down to Main Street to do a little shooting.  I've shot Alfonso's before, but I was drawn back because it's such a cool looking place.

Main Street

These shots are done with a technique called HDR, which involves layers 3 pictures of the same thing with different levels of exposure.  I pushed the blending to make it take on this painting-like texture.

Main Street

Another place on Main Street that I often look at.  The thing that fascinates me most about this restaurant is the drive through that obviously goes through an old mechanic's bay there at the back.  One day I'm going to get around to checking it out.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

away to the winds

away to the winds by Mark Bonica
away to the winds, a photo by Mark Bonica on Flickr.

away to the winds my friends,
we will meet again someday
where the sun shines so brightly.


along FM 78 in Schertz, TX