Colorful Corner: The Austin Graffiti Wall

  Hello! After a very busy month I think things are slowing down enough that that I can start posting to the blog again.

I'm going to start with a colorful image of some graffiti. We recently got back from a trip to Texas where we spent some time in Dallas, Houston and Austin. I did some photography while there including at the iconic "Austin Graffiti Wall", which is an abandoned building site that has been converted into a public graffiti showcase. Thanks to Jim Nix for recommending we visit this site! :-) I had a lot of fun exploring all the nooks and crannies that were full of all kinds of colorful graffiti.

This particular corner caught my eye so I set up my tripod and captured this image. What I like about it is that it shows all the variety of graffiti in vivid color along with some "urban artifacts" like the picnic table and other junk.

I should be posting some more images soon so stay tuned....


Stairway To Eternity

I'm almost finished with my project 365 :-) I can't believe I'm on day 348 out of 366. While I'm happy to be almost finished, I'm also a little sad that it will be over. I've learned a lot about photography this year and the experience had definitely been worth it. Here's my image for today. I call it "Stairway to Eternity:

As I was walking out of the office, right at sunset, I was thinking about what I could do to capture an image for the day when I looked over at the stairway of the parking garage and saw that it was bathed in the final bit of daylight (which was slightly blue, a perfect match to the famed "blue hour"). The alternating stairs in the concrete tower looked pretty cool so I grabbed my trusty Canon Powershot S95 and clicked off a couple shots. When I loaded the images up on the computer I saw that the inside of the stairwell had a nice, contrasting color and texture to the outside. All in all I think it's an acceptable shot.

Only 18 more days....

Elkay And Oreo

Elkay and Oreo were always great friends and would follow each other to the ends of the earth: Take a good look at the image to see where I got the title. I took this photo this morning when we visited Star Iron & Metals here in Atlanta with the Southeastern Photographic Society Meetup. There were about 40 of us wandering around the property, which is a scrap metal business, taking photos of all kinds of "Rusty and Crusty" things. I spent most of my energy trying out my newly tricked-out camera, courtesy of a software "hack" that I installed a couple of days ago. It gave my Canon T3i a much advanced auto-bracketing feature that works great for HDR shooting. I'll do a post about it in the next week or so. I used HDR Efex Pro 2 and Color Efex Pro to post-process the image.

Friday Photo Share For October 14, 2011

Wow, it's already mid October. Time sure flies! I've been very busy this week with everything except photography. I still wanted to share an interesting photo with you. I guess the theme of this week's photo share is "keeping your eyes open" Here is an image I took during the Atlanta photowalk a couple of weeks ago: Friday Photo Share For October 14

 We were walking down a street on our way to the Barnes & Noble building when we passed this older building on our right side. Out of the 20 or so people in our group I think I was the only person who saw this. The thing that caught my attention was the alignment of the railing shadow through the frame of the window. If you look closely there's almost a perfect crossing of the shadow with the window frame, all the way through the window. I don't know what the odds are of this happening again but I figured I'd better get the image while I could :-)

I guess the moral of the story is that you always need to be looking around when you're out with your camera because you could just come across something at least a little unique.

Happy shooting!

Decatur Georgia Building Mural

This past Saturday Pam and I headed down to Decatur, Georgia to meet some friends for dinner and hang out for a concert and fireworks. Being the photography geek I am, I brought my camera hoping to get a couple of good shots. Decatur has done a good job of revitlizing itself over the last 10-15 years. It's now home to a number of good restaurants, art galleries and my favorite beer bar, the Brickstore Pub. This past Saturday was a beautiful Fall day and as we were walking across the plaza the sun was hitting this mural just about perfectly. The colors were really "popping" on it. It's a long mural (about 30 feet) so I had no chance of getting it all in facing it directly so I stepped off to the left side and tried to frame/compose the picture as best I could.

Decatur Building Mural


After I took this picture we wandered around the corner of this building into the Brickstore, where they were celebrating Oktoberfest (I hate when that happens :-) ), had a couple of great beers and ate some tasty food. We capped of the evening with a concert on the plaza and some fireworks. All in all a nice way to spend a Saturday!