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 4.1.11 (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 1.1.11 (Happy New Year! Fireworks!)

Tough choice, I had so many good ones, but here’s my favorites!  I love the reflection in the 360 Condos! (The tall building next to the fireworks)

 

Happy New Year 2011 #1

Happy New Year 2011 #1

Happy New Year 2011 #2

Happy New Year 2011 #2

Happy New Year 2011 #3

Happy New Year 2011 #3

Happy New Year 2011 #4

Happy New Year 2011 #4

 

 

 

My Daily Photo- Top 10…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Well, I started my Daily Photo Blog at the beginning of 2010, hoping that I learn more about photography, learn my camera and I think I have done that.  I do notice an improvement from the beginning of the year, and now when I want to take a specific photograph, technically- I kinda know what I am doing! 🙂

I wish all of you a very Happy New Year!  I hope you all set goals and reach them (even surpass them!).  I set some goals each year and I try really hard to accomplish them.  Sometimes I feel that just by having some of my goals on my blog, or on Facebook, it helps me, because I feel like “I told the world, so now I have to do it!”

Here are my top 10, as chosen by friends, family, comments, views & myself:

 

Freak Out- Carnival at night

Freak Out- Carnival at night

Dragonfly by the Pool

Dragonfly by the pool

Austin after the rain

Austin after the rain

Rain Drops in Black & White

Rain Drops in Black & White

Tree and Moon

Tree and Moon

Stairs at Night

Stairs at Night

Brooklyn Bridge- sepia

Brooklyn Bridge- sepia

Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

Scissors

Scissors

Blue Heron in flight

Blue Heron in flight

 

 

Daily Photo 12.23.10 (Zilker Christmas Tree)

Finally made it out to shoot the Zilker Park Christmas tree.  We are lucky that at least they kept the tree this year, since they did not have the Trail of Lights, or lights on Congress Avenue.  I had a lot of fun just playing around with the camera.  Here’s a few of my favorites. (By the way, the tree will be up through December 31st)

 

Zilker Tree 1

Zilker Tree 1

Zilker Tree 2

Zilker Tree 2

Zilker Tree 3

Zilker Tree 3

Zilker Tree 4

Zilker Tree 4

Zilker Tree & Flag

Zilker Tree & Flag

 

 

Daily Photo 12.17.10 (Downtown Austin)

I went on a photo walk last night organized by Austin photographer Alex Suarez (thanks Alex!).  There really didn’t seem to be much as far as Christmas lights, but I managed to find some things to photograph.  By the way, what’s up with no Christmas lights over Congress Avenue, Austin??

Here are my favorite photos from last night. The first 3 are a window display and the last is the Austonian building with the clouds and moon.  It looked awesome!

 

Window Stars 1

Window Stars 1

Window Stars 2

Window Stars 2

Window Stars 3

Window Stars 3

Austonian with Moon at night

Austonian with Moon at night

 

 

 

Daily Photo 12.13.10 (Christmas Tree)

I decided to try and photograph some of the ornaments on my tree.  Well, I also photographed my entire tree, but I was not very happy with it, mostly I would need to move it so it would be in a better location, but not worth it.  There are 2 of my favorites.

 

Christmas Bird

Christmas Bird

Christmas Drum

Christmas Drum

 

 

 

Daily Photo 12.10.10 (Carnival at Night)

My daughter and I went out tonight to shoot some carnival photos.  Also a chance for her to learn her new Canon 50d.  We went armed with my tripod and an extra lens and got some good stuff!  I think this is one of my favorites.

Freak Out- Carnival at night

Freak Out- Carnival at night