Barrel Racer

I spent last weekend on a business trip in San Antonio. In between all the meetings we managed to fit in some fun. One of the events was an evening at Knibbe Ranch, a working ranch/entertainment venue outside of town. One of the events was a rodeo performance featuring bull riding and barrel racing. It was dark and the horses and riders were moving very fast but I managed to capture this image:

As you can see the horse and rider are a blur. Given the speed of the riders and the lack of light, there was no way I was going to be able to freeze the motion of the horse. So I opted to try and get an image that was focused on the crowd and let the image of the barrel racer blur from the motion.

I took about 10 shots of the various riders and this one came out the best with a nice, recognizable image of the horse and rider. You can easily make out the riders pony tail and the horse's brightly colored legs.

Project 365 Update-Frozen Beer to Fresh Fish

I've had a busy week so here is my update to my project 365. These last six days include a frozen beer, some veggies, a bird, a choo-choo, a very tired bike rider and some fish. Enjoy!

Day 122-Frozen IPA

A few days ago I asked Pam to put a beer in the freezer to "quick chill" it. Well, today I opened the freezer to find this, a completely frozen IPA:

I thawed it out (it took 3 hours) and poured it into a glass.  Surprisingly there was still a tiny bit of carbonation and as I poured it into the glass the head froze into a whipped cream texture.

The flavor was still there as well. It was drinkable but not as good as if I hadn't forgotten about it and let it freeze in the first place.

Day 123-Chicken and Chard

We eat a lot of greens. One of our favorites is Swiss Chard. Tonight we had it with some boneless chicken thighs.

Day 124-Male Cardinal

This little guy stopped by the birdbath on our deck for a late afternoon drink. The light was fading a little so the shutter speed was 1/4 second. As a result I got little blur in his "crown".

Day 125-Chattanooga Choo-Choo

We drove to Chattanooga, TN on Friday so I could ride in the 3 State 3 Mountain Century. We ate Dinner at the Terminal Brewhouse, a nice brewpub in downtown Chattanooga. The pub is right across the street from the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Museum and the sign for the museum is visible from the patio. I took this image and ran it through Topaz Adjust to bring out the colors in the sign.

Day 126-100 Mile Self Portrait

Here's what I looked like after finishing the 2012 edition of the 3 State 3 Mountain Century, which was held in Chattanooga, TN. This was the 5th year that I have done this ride. It was 103 miles of cycling through Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. The weather ranged from fog and rain to bright, humid sunshine. About 2,000 cyclists participated in this year's ride which was the 25th anniversary.

As you can probably tell from the photo, I was tired and a little sore. I took this about 10 minutes after I finished but before I had any of the post-ride food, which helped considerably.

Day 127-Something Fishy

We stopped by the local international market to pick up some fish for Dinner.

Project 365 Days 108 to 110

Doing a little catching up here with the last few days worth of project 365 photos. This batch includes a cat, a lawnmower and a camera lens:

Day 108-Oscar The Cat

Here is a quick photo of the other of our two cats, Oscar. I can't believe I made it to day 108 before posting a photo of him. Oscar is a youthful 13 years old. He is very active and still loves to jump up on us and step on various body parts that make us recoil in pain (use your imaginations) :-)

Day 109-The Craftsman 5.0

Here is one of the "workhorse" objects in our house. Yes, the humble lawnmower. We've had this Craftsman 5 horsepower lawnmower since 1997 and it has performed admirably. In over 15 years I haven't had a single problem with the engine. I change the oil once every few years and as you can see from the photo, I don't wash it very much.

It's coming into prime mowing season so I'm hoping it's up to the task again this year just as in the past.

Day 110-Rent-a-Lens

I'm going to be doing some wide-angle shooting this weekend but I don't own a wide-angle lens. The answer?-rent one!

I picked up the Canon EFS 10-22mm today from aperturent.com They are a local company here in the Atlanta area. I rented this same lens from them last Fall and was very happy with the service. I'll probably end up buying this lens pretty soon but I wanted to give it one more "test run" before purchasing it.

Aperturent has a wide variety of camera equipment in stock and they do ship. If you're looking to rent some equipment, check them out.

Days 103 Through 106 of Project 365

Here are the last few days of my 2012 Project 365. The subjects cover everything from spider webs to bowling balls with some skateboarding and Italian super-cars thrown in for good measure!

Day 103-Oh What A Wicked Web

A web from an unknown source hangs in a bush in our front yard.

Day 104-I Lost My License Now I Don't Drive

Most of you classic rock fans will recognize that the title of this photograph comes from a song.

Here is the badge from a beautiful white Mazerati Gran Turismo MC that was parked next to us at the grocery store. I wanted to get the entire vehicle but it was blocked in on both sides so concentrated on the iconic symbol of the car.

This car could be your's for a cool 139 grand!

Some specs to drool over:

Engine: 4.7L V8 Horsepower: 440 Top Speed: 187 (two more than a famous singer said his Mazerati goes)

Day 105-The Bailout

This afternoon we had an Atlanta #photowalk at the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark. +John Mason organized it and +Bob Baxley +Shane N. +Kent Foster showed up along with me. We had a good time and I got a lot of practice shooting moving objects. I got several good shots but this one is one of the better ones. It shows one of the guys "bailing out" as he exited the bowl to the right. I managed to get most things sharp and in focus, which I found is tough to do when your subject is moving.

I have a lot to learn yet but I had fun. I'm definitely looking forward to the next opportunity!

Day 106-Baked Bowling Ball

Here's an easy to make recipe that's guaranteed to improve your game:

-Preheat oven to 125-150 degrees Farenheit -Take one well used bowling ball and place on center rack -Carefully bake bowling ball for 20-30 minutes -Remove from oven and wipe off accumulated oil sheen -(repeat as necessary, up to 3 times)

I've tried this recipe in the past and it has improved the response and hitting power of my bowling ball, and that is a very good thing!

Project 365 Update Day 68 to Day 80

Yes, I'm still alive, just extremely busy. Between work, life and spending time demoing the new Adobe Lightroom 4 (which I'll post more about here very soon), I've been lax in posting to this blog. Well, time to catchup a bit. Here are the last 10 days or so of my project 365 images from newest to oldest. I should be back on track with more regular posting here very soon. Day 80-Backyard Azaleas in Bloom

Day 79-Snorting Pollen

Day 78-Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Day 77-Mourning Dove

Day 76-Spring Colors

Day 75-Time For A New Refrigerator?:

Day 74-Red Azalea Bloom:

Day 73-White Azalea Bloom:

Day 72-Avocado and Shadow:

Day 71-Is Lightroom 4 The Answer:

Day 70-Sushi Lunch:

Day 69-The Circle of Life:

Day 68-Ginger Snaps:

Day 66-Cedar Waxwing Flock

We had a huge flock of Cedar Waxwings migrating through our area today: They were flying in and out of the trees near the office. There were about 75-100 of them in the immediate area. This is a fairly typical thing for us this time of year as the birds start their migration North. We enjoy seeing them but I don't really like cleaning up all the "bird bombs" that land on my car :-)

Bird Seed Ain't Cheap!

A Pine Warbler takes advantage of our free food: We've been feeding the birds in our yard for 15 years now and I think if I'd saved the money we spent on bird seed I could probably retire :-)

We do enjoy watching the birds come to our feeder but it does get a little expensive. I figure it costs us about $40/month average over the course of a year. $40/mo x 12mo/year x 15 years equals somewhere around $7200 dollars. That's a lot of cash, I hope the birds appreciate it!

Office Hawk

Look what landed on the ledge outside my office this morning: This Coopers Hawk (I'm pretty sure that's the species) has been nesting in the trees around our office building for a couple of years. Each year about this time it starts flying around the immediate area as if its checking out the area. Maybe it's establishing its territory? It lands on the ledge outside my office window several times a week but is often very skittish.

Today, as I was working I heard the telltale "knock" on the window as the Hawk lands on the ledge. I think its the beak that hits the glass. I turned around slowly to take a look at it and to get my camera to hopefully get a good image of it. I realized that the camera was in my car and not on my desk (insert Homer Simpson-like DUH! here)  but I pulled out my cellphone to see if I could get a shot of it before it flew off.

The hawk sat fairly still, allowing me to snap a couple of quick photographs with my Droid phone. The resulting image will definitely not make the cover of National Geographic but I still think it's a neat image.

Hopefully the hawk shows up again when I have a real camera sitting on my desk!

The Odd Couple

Ok, I know it's only day 40 of my 365 project, but you can never have too many cat photographs, right?: This image shows both of our cats, Oscar (on the right) and Felix (whom you met on day 12). As you can see they are hard at work doing absolutely nothing :-) Don't be fooled though, when they're not crashed on the couch they can cause quite a ruckus as they chase each other around the house. It's pretty funny to watch them stalk each other, and the occasional insect or moth that makes it inside.

We've had Oscar and Felix for just over 12 years (we got them from a rescue group when they were about 5 months old). It's been a lot of fun having them around and we hope they will live to a ripe old age.