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Archive for August, 2008

Cowboy Boots at the Wild West Store

by on Aug.25, 2008, under Uncategorized

Some morale-boosting news this Monday morning – this picture, taken alongside the previous one in the blog on Saturday, has been chosen as Photo of the Day in “The Austinist“. You can see it here.

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Vintage Cowboy Boots

by on Aug.24, 2008, under Uncategorized

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Vintage Cowboy Boots, originally uploaded by David A G Wilson.

I finally got a chance to head back in to Wimberley yesterday afternoon to drop off some prints with Ulli at the Wild West Store. I took the opportunity to take a few more shots and also retake some of the ones I had taken back in June last time I visited. Here is the first one I’ve played with.

I liked the contrast between the hard geometry of the shelves and the irregular lines provided by the boots themselves but had to do a bit of Photoshopping on this to remove a couple of electrical outlets on the right edge of the picture. Overall, I really love the resulting image – the colour gives a really antique feel and matches the great atmosphere of the store, I reckon.

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XML Problems (again)

by on Aug.18, 2008, under Uncategorized

I’m having some problems with the XML feed of the blog. From what I can see, whenever I make a post directly from Flickr (which I do a fair bit these days), the RSS feed for the site doesn’t update until I next post via the site’s pMachine posting page. This post is a test of this theory. Let’s see what happens now…..

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Yes – another State Capitol picture

by on Aug.17, 2008, under Uncategorized

I’m still working my way through the images I shot a couple of weeks ago (don’t worry – I’m almost finished) and just processed this picture of the capitol. Once again, this was taken with a very wide angle lens overlooking the extension rotunda on the north side of the building. It’s not quite as dramatic as the landscape version from the same position that I posted last week but I think the foreground patterns make it a more interesting image.

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Dragonfly Migration

by on Aug.10, 2008, under Uncategorized

It seems that the annual dragonfly migration is underway in Central Texas. While out walking this morning, looking upward would generally show 2 to 4 dragonflies heading south. In previous years, the numbers were a lot higher than this, though, and I can remember one spectacular occasion 3 or 4 years ago when the sky outside my office window was filled with hundreds of the insects all flying quickly down the line of Loop 360.

For some reason, there are very few insects around Austin this year. In the past, I have been able to rely upon finding a ready supply of butterflies and dragonflies to photograph near the house but this year there have been practically none – I’ve not taken a single flying insect picture this summer. I suspect a late freeze combined with the very dry conditions has affected them but am surprised at the magnitude of the population decline compared to past years. Let’s hope they recover next year.

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Texas State History Museum

by on Aug.03, 2008, under Uncategorized

Here’s another picture of the Texas State History Museum. The one I posted a couple of weeks ago was taken using the Canon G9 compact, handheld. This one was taken from a tripod last weekend while on my photo walkabout. It’s a single exposure from the D70 with 10-20mm lens to give the dramatic perspective. I processed this in Photomatix but, unlike the others so far, decided to use the tool merely to tweak the contrast and levels a bit, resulting in a natural looking result.

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