Photo Post 6.10.11 (ROT Biker Rally 2011)

The Republic of Texas Biker Rally (ROT Rally), is always a great photo opportunity.  So much going on and quite entertaining.  And YES, it’s loud!  I took quite a few shots, and these were my favorites.  I did just use my 50mm 1:4 lens, I thought I would see what I would come up with, and I knew it was going to get dark.  (The first shot here is my favorite!  It’s a bit blurry but I love it!)

ROT Rally- Biker Chick

ROT Rally- Biker Chick

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally- Biker

ROT Rally- Biker

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally- Viking Biker

ROT Rally- Viking Biker

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally Parade- At the Texas Capitol

ROT Rally Parade- At the Texas Capitol

ROT Rally Parade- At the Texas Capitol

ROT Rally Parade- At the Texas Capitol

ROT Rally- In front of the Paramount Theater

ROT Rally- In front of the Paramount Theater

ROT Rally Bike

ROT Rally Bike

Photo Post 5.30.11 (Extreme Apertures)

Today I had the urge to play with my camera.  I thought I would take photos at both extremes of the apertures!  I like the different effects you get from both ends.  Love the star burst shape from the f/22, and the bokeh from the f/1.4.  Here’s what I got! (And thank you to my hubby for posing for me!!!) 🙂

f/22- 360 Condos

f/22- 360 Condos

f/1.4- Watching the Fountains

f/1.4- Watching the Fountains

Daily Photo 4.24.11 (Play Me, I’m Yours)

Today I thought I would share a photo of one of the pianos around town.  There are several towns that have had pianos around town as part of “Play me, I’m Yours”.  I realized that they will just be around Austin till the end of the month, so there’s one week left to check them out.  We happened to find a young man playing it when we went to Doug Sahm Hill this evening, and it was wonderful!  I think I will try to photograph the rest of them if I can this week, and I hope to find people playing them!  If you happen to be going to play one of the pianos, let me know!  I will try to come by and get a photo.  Check out the website http://www.artallianceaustin.org/play-me-i-am-yours.html for more information.

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Daily Photo 4.1.11 (Walking Bridge at Night)

I decided I need to take advantage of the really cool camera apps on my EVO phone.  Sometimes it feels like I am not taking a “real” photo, because it’s with my phone, but the effects I can get are just amazing, and it takes my creativeness in a whole new direction.  Tonight we were walking on the bridge over Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake), and I thought I would use different apps to photograph the empty bridge.  These are my 2 favorites.

 

Walking Bridge at Night- Vignette on Android

Walking Bridge at Night- Vignette on Android

Walking Bridge at Night- RetroCamera on Android

Walking Bridge at Night- RetroCamera on Android

 

 

 

My SXSW experience and photos (3.27.11)

I really wanted to go to SXSW, but the badge price was a bit pricey for me, so I decided to volunteer.  I was lucky enough to volunteer with the interactive crew, and the team I was on, was awesome (I was most interested in seeing the interactive portion).  One thing I ended up realizing is that it was too hard to see the panels I was interested in, if I was working (will keep that in mind for next year).

This year they had SXSW EDU, which from what I understand was mostly for teachers and administrators.  I found some of the talks quite fascinating, specially with everything going on with school funding etc.  Great ideas for merging technology with teaching, I hope they try at least a portion of those ideas.  Then I worked the meet up rooms, which were a big hit.  A great idea for networking with like minded people in whatever topic you were interested in.

I got to listen to a few panels (that day job just gets in the way! 🙂 ) But I definitely want to catch more panels next year.  I was able to sit in and listen to the keynote speaker one day (Seth Priebatsch) and was blown away.

The parties were something else!  You could just walk a few steps and there was free alcohol!  But having a badge is almost a must for that! (To get into the good parties anyway).  I actually met and spoke with people more during the parties than anywhere else, so it was a great networking opportunity!  Also RSVP for parties EARLY!  I found Do512 had the best listing of parties (official and unofficial).

Here’s just a few photos.  Most were done with my EVO phone, the one day I took my camera I could not get into a party! 🙁

Frog Design Party SXSW

Frog Design Party SXSW

SXSW World of Tweets

SXSW World of Tweets

Interactive! Port-a-potty

Interactive! Port-a-potty

CNN Grill SXSW

CNN Grill SXSW

SXSW iPhone Developers Meet Up

SXSW iPhone Developers Meet Up

Pepsi Max Lot- SXSW

Pepsi Max Lot- SXSW

Mashable Party- SXSWi

Mashable Party- SXSWi

Gowalla SXSW Party

Gowalla SXSW Party

SXSW Interactive Closing Party (Foo Fighters were playing)

SXSW Interactive Closing Party (Foo Fighters were playing)

SXSW Posters

SXSW Posters

Bands Everywhere

Bands Everywhere

Foo Fighters Limo- Cruising through Austin

Foo Fighters Limo- Cruising through Austin

SXSW Party at the W

SXSW Party at the W

Seaholm Power Plant SXSW Party

Seaholm Power Plant SXSW Party

Parking Lot Party- SXSW

Parking Lot Party- SXSW

6th St SXSW

6th St SXSW

British Music Embassy SXSW

British Music Embassy SXSW

Jammin on 6th St

Jammin on 6th St

Line for Perez Hilton Party- SXSW

Line for Perez Hilton Party- SXSW

Daily Photo 3.5.11 (Bicycle Riders)

We went for a walk on the Lamar pedestrian bridge a few days ago and there was a huge gathering on bike riders.  I thought this was a perfect opportunity to get some “motion” shots!  I just sat there in the middle and kept shooting as they rode past me.

 

Gathering of Bicycles

Gathering of Bicycles

Bicycles in Motion

Bicycles in Motion

 

 

Daily Photo 2.18.11 (Austin’s City Hall)

I went to Austin’s City Hall- People’s Gallery Opening reception tonight.  Some really cool work in there this year!  It was great to see several friends there, and a few of them had some work chosen!

I love the architecture of the building, it’s modern with lots of sharp angles, made with concrete, copper, limestone and I am sure some more materials.  Here’s a few shots of some cool angles in the building and a bit of the reception.

 

City Hall 1

City Hall 1

City Hall 2

City Hall 2

City Hall 3

City Hall 3

City Hall 4

City Hall 4

City Hall 5- People's Gallery Reception

City Hall 5- People's Gallery Reception

 

 

Daily Photo 2.4.11 (Snow Day- Austin)

I was so glad I did not have to go into work today.  It sounded dangerous out there to drive, but then we decided to take a walk and shoot some photos.  When I stepped outside, it was cold but sunny, and for just a bit I thought “oh, maybe it’s not that bad”.  But then we got to the street right outside our complex, and they had 17 cars on the side of the road that could not go anywhere.  They slid into each other on a big patch of ice right outside our driveway!  So I was VERY happy I did not have to drive anywhere.

Here are some of my favorite shots from today.  I will start with the mess on our street.

 

Icy Road

Icy Road

Downtown Austin with Snow

Downtown Austin with Snow

Snow on Lady Bird Lake

Snow on Lady Bird Lake

Paddle Boarding- In this weather?

Paddle Boarding- In this weather?

Snow

Snow

Snow On Tall Grasses

Snow On Tall Grasses

 

 

Daily Photo 2.3.11 (Frozen Fountain)

I thought I would take advantage of the freezing weather and get some photos of frozen fountains.  I really like this fountain, with the great metal sculpture around it.  This is located on Auditorium Shores, at S. 1st and Riverside Dr., just on the south side of the river (Lady Bird Lake).  Did I mention this is in Austin, TEXAS!!

 

Frozen Fountain

Frozen Fountain

Frozen 360 Condos

Frozen 360 Condos

Ice Cave? no, just the fountain...

Ice Cave? no, just the fountain...