So I got a call from my pals out at UT Golf Club yesterday, needing a shot of #12. I dug up this one and thought about what a handy tool HDR has been for me and golf. I shot this one at high noon a few years ago. Before, shooting a golf course at any time other than “the golden hour” was a bad idea. Noon was out of the question. Not anymore. You real estate marketers remember this when you’re told you can’t shoot in the middle of the day.
People watching bats, I guess. As seen, handheld, mounted with a big, old, metal 75-300, 1/200th, ISO2500, f/6.3, through the dirty windshield of a 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser, at 30mph. The D3 is a great camera.
Living in a restaurant-rich town like Austin, one of the most commonly asked questions for business lunchers and couples looking for a place to have a nice dinner is, “Where should we go?” Consider The Carillon at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center. Chef Josh Watkins is one of the most brilliant creative culinary minds in the business, and he continues to amaze and impress me with the things he does with the most simple ingredients. I shot a bunch of his stuff last night, and the best part? The team and I got to eat it all afterward. Tough job, those food shoots. Big thanks to Chef Watkins and his staff, and to Keith Purcell, Terrence Moline and Delia Huang for all the help.
Snapped this one on the way out the door from a food shoot here. Nothing special about this shot, but I realized in the ten or so years I’ve been collecting images around Austin, I’d yet to get a shot of the tower. I’ll get a better one someday…maybe in a few weeks when it gets lit up orange. Any know if they’re still spreading that “We’re Texas” campaign around? Who came up with that?
So I finally got an iPhone, and as much as I like it, I’m astonished by the quality of the photos it takes. I say “it,” because there are no settings. It’s all automatic. This is the first photo I took with it, today, on 6th Street. The only Photoshop work done here was to cut the file size in half. Incredible. Those people there at Apple may just have a future in computers and stuff.