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Photos from BEST Robotics Competition

by on Nov.28, 2011, under Computer, Miscellaneous, Photography

My photos from the recent BEST Robotics Competition Texas/New Mexico regional are now online. You can find the full set here or, if you are interested mainly in pictures of the Dripping Springs Middle School team, you can find these images here.



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30% off ImageKind Prints

by on Nov.25, 2011, under Photography

If you are looking for one of my art prints, this would be the perfect time to place your order. Coupon code “CANDYCANE30” will get 30% off any order placed from my ImageKind gallery between now and midnight on Monday 28th.

I’ve ordered quite a few prints from ImageKind myself over the years and their quality is fabulous. I use them for large paper prints mostly and have received gorgeous prints up to 50 inches in the past. One advantage they offer over other printing suppliers is that they also offer matting and framing service at a very reasonable cost so you can order your art from them and hang it immediately when it arrives.

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Thanksgiving Portraits

by on Nov.25, 2011, under Photography

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Family_Portrait-2276.jpg, originally uploaded by wilsonloftin.

It seems to have become traditional that I shoot family pictures on Thanksgiving Day. Usually this means that I take the camera and various lighting bits-and-pieces to wherever the family is gathering for lunch and take pictures of various people there. This goes down well with the extended family but typically means that I don’t end up with a picture of my immediate family. This year, however, we changed the pattern.

On Thanksgiving morning, before heading off to sister-in-law Thanh’s for lunch, I set up a light in front of one of the oaks on our driveway and shot various pictures of the four of us. I had shot some other pics of a friend’s family earlier in the week and Nikki reckoned it would be nice to have a group shot for our Christmas card too. Here’s the one we chose – I’m pretty happy with it.

For the technically inclined, it was shot with the 24-70mm f/2.8 using a single CLS-triggered SB-600 flash in a mini-Apollo softbox off camera left. The camera was on a tripod and I used the self timer to allow me to get into the shot.

From our family to yours, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (assuming you are in the USA) or that you enjoyed the past week for whatever local reason you can find 🙂

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BEST Robotics Competition video

by on Nov.23, 2011, under Computer, Miscellaneous

I’ve been neglecting this blog horribly recently! Lots has been going on both at and away from work and I’m afraid posting here just didn’t bubble high enough on the priority list to get my attention. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up with a few posts over the Thanksgiving weekend but, in the meantime, here’s a little video I pulled together using some timelapse sequences I shot last weekend up in Dallas where Cameron and I were attending the BEST Robotics Competition Texas/New Mexico regional final with his school robotics team.

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