Photo from the rodeo a couple of weeks ago. I was waiting on one of the upper balconies as the rodeo was ended, and it was near dusk. Three handheld frames here with the Sony A6000, merged and processed through Nik HDR Efex and Nik Color Efex.
One last shot of Old Red -- from the front. I've taken quite a few group photos on these steps. It's one of the few and best places on campus to shoot a group of 10-50 people. The south-facing facade here lights up quickly and warmly. The building's been under a lot of remodeling the past few months, but now seems back to its grand appearance. Just for fun I'm posting a photo below of the building when it was completed in 1891. As you can see, the 1900 Storm forced some remodeling and streamlining of the top. The top turret is now gone and the smaller turrets on either side are now skylights.
Here's another photo of Old Red. I took photos for about 15 minutes on this particular day, and by coincidence Life Flight just happened to fly over when I was there. I was bracketing 3 frames, so the movement of the helicopter caused some minor artifacting when the images were merged -- even at 11 frames per second. I did some minor clean up in Photoshop. I thought this was interesting though -- the oldest medical building in Texas with modern day medicine (Life Flight) in the same frame.
This photo was taken at the same time as the previous post. Interesting because the color palate is nearly identical, but this is the back side of Old Red, where there are lots of pipes and infrastructure of the UTMB campus. Here, the orange and beige colors are reflections in the pipes. Not the most photographed area of campus for sure. Sony A6000, handheld bracketed frames. Merged with Nik HDR Efex.
Above is a photo of Old Red, the venerable building on the UTMB campus that was the state of Texas's first medical school. This photo was taken last Friday when it was probably the last time this area has seen the sun and a pretty day. Still tinkering with the Sony A6000. This image is actually a 3-frame HDR merge. It is amazing how simply and how well this camera handles bracketing, and at 11 frames per second, I'm not sure I'd ever need a tripod unless I got into an extremely low light situation.
Photo of Luke Boor performing on the main stage at Saengerfest Park for Mardi Gras Galveston 2015. Kim and I have to constantly ask ourselves: "Wasn't it just yesterday that this young man was the ring bearer at our wedding?" Sony A6000, 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO3200.
A few weeks ago, I found myself at a place I thought I'd never be -- down on the Strand in Galveston for Mardi Gras. Being a long-time Galveston guy I've always resented having to pay to get on the Strand for Mardi Gras. Or maybe I'm just cheap. But on this particular day, Luke Boor -- an old friend -- was performing on the main stage at Saengerfest Park. It was Friday before the large Saturday parade so we ventured down to see him play. Luckily, Kim and I made it into the area before they started charging admission. As we were leaving near dusk I snapped this picture of the Railroad Museum. As you can see, the crowds were thin ... a calm before the storm.