Friday, April 8, 2011

Just For Fun

Eyes in the skies.



Day 59- #201



Day 58- Sunrise

Camera phone, converted to black and white. YUCK! Horrible photo, but the only one I took today. Geeeez!!


Day 57- Telephone Line

An attempt, albeit relatively poor, at minimalism.


Day 56- Smoke Break

Taking a break from a bike ride to light up the pipe.


Day 55- We Need Rain

And all we got were some drizzles.


Day 54- Garden After

Garden after Spring planting. Whew!! Lots of work!!


Day 53- Garden Before

Garden before Spring planting.


Day 52- Killah

Probably gettin' into the yard work a little more than I should!


Friday, April 1, 2011

Samsung TL500

Testing out my new Samsung TL500. First shot: outdoors, f/5.4, ISO 200, 1/180, fill flash.

Boo enjoying his first margarita mocktail. F/1.8, 200 ISO, 1/6 sec. Handheld. No flash. Nice image stabilization.

Decoration in Mexican restaurant. Handheld, f/2.7, ISO 200, 1/10 sec. Handheld.

No sharpening applied to any of these photos.

First impression? Fantastic!!


Day 51- Stinka

Vanity license plate frame for the woman on the left...'Stinka'

First published shot of a photo from my brand new Samsung TL500. Lovin' this thang!!  After three months of research, I decided on this carry around compact. F/1.8-2.4 fast fast fast Schneider glass, so it's amazing in low light. Tilt/swivel AMOLED hi-res screen. Great resolution from a 10 MP sensor. LOTS more to come!!


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 48- Halo Reach

Cole engrossed in assassinating enemy soldiers and watching firey skulls fall to the ground.

Canon 7D with  70-200mm f/4 L lens. Nikon SB-25 off camera right through a diffuser. Zoom 50, 1/8 power. Triggered with Pocket Wizards.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hard Times

Sign of the times?


Aging With Grace

Two sage elderly gentlemen photographed during their daily routines.


Day 47- Hangin' with The Masters

Buenos dias from the southwest side of Houston, Texas! The 4th largest city in the good ol' US of A. Live from the beautiful Ayva Center, it's the 14th stop of the 2011 Flash Bus Tour, starring David "Strobist" Hobby outta Baltimore, MD and Joe "Numnuts" McNally, outta New Yawk City, NY. I had, by choice, a back row seat for this Fantabulous Flurry of Flash Fanatacism. I was not disappointed.

The Flash Bus

Truth be told, there is no real Flash Bus. It's just a large placard that they place in the parking lot. Betcha didn't know that! Here are the real buses for Mr. Hobby and Mr. McNally respectively. Both were strategically hidden in the corners of the parking lot. Can't fool me!!

Mr. Hobby's Sweet Suite on Wheels

Mr. McNally's Flashy Bus

Houston, We Have Had a Problem
The morning started out with Mssrs. McNally and Hobby scrambling for larger projection screens. With the help of some Houston folks who got the Tweets, problem solved. Gotta love us!!

The Crowd

The was a large diverse crowd in attendance.

We think the guy in the solid blue shorts is wanted for failing his urine test.

The Venue

The beautiful and "always ready for your wedding or party time celebration" Ayva center on Richmond Avenue. Notice the beautiful silks hanging from the ceiling.

Over 80 Nikon flashes at once. We Canon folks got screwed....AGAIN!!

The Playas

Does it really get any better than this for off-camera flash photography? I think not! Each of these playas gentlemen has his own philosophy. Hobby; he's a dedicated manual guy(although he *hints* at trying TTL flash). McNally; Manual be damned(unless he's forced into it by background flashes screwing up the TTL reading with pre-flash). It was fun to watch an compare the differences.

Mr. Hobby checks the wind speed and direction for proper lightstand sandbag placement.

Mr. McNally "assumes the position"

The Seminar Ceremony

There was brief mention in the media frenzy before the tour began that these two fine gentlemen might be getting married. We in Houston were sooooo honored that they chose our fine city for the ceremony.

Joe removes his veil and David warms his palms and drools

Notice the strategically placed "TFB" sticker to help the newlyweds remember what they were doing when the were wed.

Enquiring minds want to know whether their wedding night was one of "full manual" control, "ISO horny," or was it a night of "wide open" (r)aperture.

The Goods

I can tell you first hand that these fine gentlemen put on a show like no other. Much is to be learned, much laughter to be had and I for one am re-inspired to "be one with the flash."

Joe showing off his street creds.

Both men were kind enough to shake my hand(weird infected sores and all(and without even flinching)), and engage me in conversation. You won't meet two better all-around good guys with no pretense. The world needs more like these gents.

The Conclusion

A day chock-full of fun, fantastic speakers, people flashing and a load of freebies and great deals for $99?? Are you kidding me?? Pay your money and just do this!! You'll be glad you did!!

Larry Wyatt  (Twitter- @beauxtx1)

Day 46- Daily Brain Exercise

For lo', these many years, I have done a crossword puzzle at lunch each weekday. The IPAD has made it even cooler.

Country music, crossword and Chinese food. What have I got to complain about?


Day 45- God Bless America

While she may be tattered at times, the United States of America is still the best country on the planet!!

This is an old Winnebago motorhome in the parking lot of the local Walmart. Livin' and sleepin' in style in Houston, Texas!!


Day 44- Dude! Where's my Watch??

Dude realizes, during a cigarette break at Best Buy, that someone has stolen his watch. I wonder if his car is safe.


Day 43- No Parking

Scleroderma is calming down. Back into the swing of things.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Some Recent Portraits

These are some recent portraits taken while on vacation in Florida. All are taken with off-camera SB 25 flash, balanced with ambient sunset and positioned by my ever-faithful and loving voice-activated light stand, my wife. Flash triggered by Pocket Wizard.

Just for Fun

This Scleroderma s kickin' my arse to the point that handling a camera would be difficult. So, for a few days I'll be posting pics I've taken recently until it improves.

Say hello to Mr. Mule. I named him Francois. Good name, I think.