This is a composite shot from this years Wings Over Houston air show. I didn't get a lot of shots I liked at the show so I had to piece some together. It was my first time to attend the show so next time I'll a better idea of what to expect.
This was my second shot entered at the last Bay Area Photo Club Honor's Night under the assignment topic of "Composite." This composite was created from portions of the stainless "scales" that cover the "EMP Museum" in Seattle and a shot from the Olympic National Forest in Washington.
Last night's BAPC assignment for the Honor's Program was "Composite." I put this image together out of 7 or 8 different images, 40 adjustment layers, and about 5 hours of "tweaking." It ended up drawing only a bronze award from the judges, but when it was all said and done I was happy enough with the image.
The "Shoe Angels" repair shop in Seattle was around the corner from the restaurant our Nat Geo group ate at for the wrap up dinner of our work shop. It had a fascinating collection of items inside and would have been a great place to photograph during working hours had there been time.
I watched this guy play the piano off and on for an hour or two. I don't know how long he plays each day but someone in our Nat Geo group took a closeup of his hands and all his fingers had band aids on them! He plays on Pike Place in Seattle across from the market.
This composite recently was awarded "Gold" and high for the night on Bay Area Photo Clubs Honors Night last month and a third place ribbon at the Baytown Photo Clubs recent show. It's a nine shot composite with the background being a six shot HDR of an alley on Texas Avenue in Baytown.
We drove by this scene on the way to photograph a sunset at Kee Beach in Kauai and stopped to take a few shots. It would have made a great evening location to stake out and spend an hour or two shooting but we had a plan to shoot the beach sunset and we were determined to stick to it! This was my favorite of the few shots I had time to take. Although I liked the composition I thought the lighting was a little flat and I used a technique Tony Sweet calls a "digital sandwich" to amp it up.
This is a shot of some of the mountains we flew over on our Jack Harter helicopter tour of Kauai. It would be hard to imagine how green these mountains are without seeing them. I suppose that's one of the outcomes in an area with 468" of average rainfall per year!
The "Wai oli Hui ia Church in Hanalei Kauia is the most photographed church on any of the islands. It was established by American Christian Missionaries in 1834 and you can learn more about it at http://www.hanaleichurch.org/About_Us.html.
This was one of several Monk Seals we saw lounging on Poipu Beach in Kauai. These seals are protected and there are fines in place as high as $25,000.00 for endangering or harassing them. When they swim up on the beach the life guards quickly erect a barricade around them. As they relax and regain the strength they need to hunt and avoid predators beach goers continue beaching around the familiar sight.
Kauai's Shipwreck Beach ended up being one of my favorite beaches to hang out at. The sloping white sandy beach draws lots of surfers, boogie boarders, and body surfers and features a cliff at one end that locals often dive off of.
Two of Kauai's claims to fame are wild chickens and red dirt. It's estimated that the wild chicken population may out number permanent residents on the island. The large number is most usually attributed to the destruction of chicken coops and farms during hurricane Iniki in 1992.
I work in the industrial distribution sector as a salesman for a master distributor of valves and fittings in Houston, TX. I am a member of the Bay Area Photo Club which meets at the Art Alliance Center at Clear Lake in Clear Lake Texas on Tuesday nights. I shoot with an Olympus E-3 and my favorite lens in my Zuiko 12-60.