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the River Walk is part of San Antonio, Texas , Downtown San Antonio .

Interesting places in River Walk:
Riverwalk View   Arneson River Theatre


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Eastern Grey Squirrel

Eastern Grey Squirrel
Made by Hobby-Photograph
Grauhörnchen............. The eastern gray squirrel, or grey squirrel (depending on region), (Sciurus carolinensis), is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus native to the eastern and midwestern United States, and to the southerly portions of the eastern provinces of Canada. The native range of the eastern gray squirrel overlaps with that of the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger), with which it is sometimes confused, although the core of the fox squirrel's range is slightly more to the west. A prolific and adaptable species, the eastern gray squirrel has been introduced to, and thrives, in several regions of the western United States. It has also been introduced to Britain, where it has spread across the country and has largely displaced the native Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris. In Ireland, the red squirrel has been displaced in several eastern counties, though it still remains common in the south and west of the country.[3] There are concerns that such displacement might happen in Italy and that Grey squirrels might spread from Italy to other parts of mainland Europe.[4] As the name suggests, the eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur but it can have a reddish color. It has a white underside and a large bushy tail. Particularly in urban situations where the risk of predation is reduced, both white- and black-colored individuals are quite often found. The melanistic form, which is almost entirely black, is predominant in certain populations and in certain geographic areas, such as in large parts of southeastern Canada. There are also genetic variations within these, including individuals with black tails and black colored squirrels with white tails. The head and body length is from 23 to 30 cm, the tail from 19 to 25 cm and the adult weight varies between 400 and 600 grams.[6]The tracks of an eastern gray squirrel are difficult to distinguish from its cousins the fox squirrel and Abert's squirrel, though the latter's range is almost entirely different from the Gray's. Like all squirrels, the Eastern Gray shows four fingers on the front feet and five on the hind feet. The hind foot-pad is often not visible in the track. When bounding or moving at speed, the front foot tracks will be behind the hind foot tracks. The bounding stride can be two or three feet long. Das Grauhörnchen (Sciurus carolinensis) ist eine ursprünglich nordamerikanische Säugetier-Art aus der Ordnung der Nagetiere (Rodentia). Es gehört zur Familie der Hörnchen (Sciuridae). Die Art ähnelt dem Eichhörnchen, hat aber ein graues Fell. Die Tönung kann zwischen einem hellen Silbergrau und einem sehr dunklen Schwarzgrau variieren. Eine rötliche Färbung kommt vor, ist aber selten. Mit einer Kopf-Rumpf-Länge von 30 Zentimetern und einer Schwanzlänge von 20 Zentimetern ist das Grauhörnchen etwas größer als der europäische Verwandte. Es wiegt 400 bis 710 Gramm und ist leicht daran zu erkennen, dass es keine Haarbüschel, die so genannten Pinsel, an den Ohren aufweist.Das Verbreitungsgebiet umfasst die Osthälfte der Vereinigten Staaten und den Südosten Kanadas. Hier ist das Grauhörnchen überaus häufig. Durch den Menschen wurde es auch in England, Irland und Italien eingeführt, mit teilweise katastrophalen Folgen für das Eichhörnchen, das in England durch die Konkurrenz des Grauhörnchens nahezu ausgestorben ist. In Italien zeichnet sich Ähnliches ab, und eine weitere Ausbreitung des Grauhörnchens nach Mitteleuropa wird für die nächsten Jahrzehnte erwartet. Auch in Südafrika sollen Tiere sehr „erfolgreich“ ausgesetzt worden sein. Im Westen der Vereinigten Staaten lebt das Westliche Grauhörnchen; zur Abgrenzung von diesem wird die hier beschriebene Art auch als „Östliches Grauhörnchen“ bezeichnet.Im Jahr 1889 wurden in der englischen Grafschaft Bedfordshire die ersten 350 Grauhörnchen ausgesetzt. In der Folgezeit kam es zu weiteren Einbürgerungsaktionen. Die Tiere lebten sich so gut ein, dass der Bestand in England stetig expandierte und heute aus mehreren Millionen Exemplaren besteht. Durch die Ausbreitung wurde und wird allerdings das einheimische Eichhörnchen aus seinen Lebensräumen verdrängt und ist auf der Insel mittlerweile nur mehr selten anzutreffen. Versuche, die Grauhörnchen wieder auszurotten, blieben erfolglos. Gründe für diese Bekämpfungsmaßnahmen waren die Schäden, die die Grauhörnchen vor allem in Eichen- und Buchenwäldern anrichten, sie schälen die Rinde von jungen Bäumen. Auch der Rückgang von Singvogelpopulationen durch Nahrungskonkurrenz wird den Grauhörnchen zugeschrieben. In den 1960er-Jahren schien die Anzahl der Grauhörnchen nicht mehr weiter zuzunehmen. Eine Koexistenz mit der britischen Unterart des europäischen Eichhörnchens schien somit bedingt möglich zu sein, wenn auch nur durch Nischenbildung. Die größeren und kräftigeren Grauhörnchen besiedeln die Laubwälder der Niederungsgebiete, während es in den Bergen mit kühlerem Klima und vorwiegend Nadelwäldern mehr Eichhörnchen gibt. Doch syntop können die beiden ökologisch sehr ähnlichen Arten auf Dauer nicht nebeneinander existieren. Dies ist wahrscheinlich schon wegen des ständigen Kampfes um Nahrung und Nistplätze nicht möglich. Ein Habitat kann nur von einer der Arten besiedelt werden.Der rasche Rückgang der Europäischen Eichhörnchen und die gleichzeitige Expansion der Grauhörnchen in gemeinsamen Vorkommensgebieten – insbesondere in Großbritannien – soll auch auf einen Parapoxvirus zurückzuführen sein. Die sogenannten „Eichhörnchen-Pocken“ lösen eine hohe Sterblichkeit unter den roten Eichhörnchen aus, während die Grauhörnchen gegen den von ihnen eingeschleppten Erreger immun sind. Die Übertragung der Viren geschieht vermutlich vor allem durch die nacheinander erfolgende Nutzung desselben Nestes. Da es weder Impf- noch Heilmittel gegen die Krankheit gibt, unterstützen diese Erkenntnisse die Forderung nach speziellen „Eichhörnchen-Reservaten“, die von Grauhörnchen freigehalten werden More info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_gray_squirrel also other languages available....

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Made by Hobby-Photograph
The spider species Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Writing Spider, Banana Spider or Corn Spider. It is common to the lower 48 of the United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. They have distinctive yellow and black markings on their abdomens and a mostly white cephalothorax. Males range from 5 to 9 mm (0.2–0.35); females from 19 to 28 mm (0.75–1.1). Like other members of Argiope they are considered harmless to humans. Garden Spiders often build webs in areas adjacent to open sunny fields where they stay concealed and protected from the wind. The spider can also be found along the eaves of houses and outbuildings or in any tall vegetation where they can securely stretch a web. The circular part of the female's web may reach two feet in diameter. Webs are built at elevations from two to eight feet off the ground. Female Argiope aurantia spiders tend to be somewhat local, often staying in one place throughout much of their lifetime. The web of the yellow garden spider is distinctive: a circular shape up to 60 cm (2 ft) in diameter, with a dense zigzag of silk, known as a stabilimentum, in the center. The purpose of the stabilimentum is disputed. It is possible that it acts as camouflage for the spider lurking in the web's center, but it may also attract insect prey, or even warn birds of the presence of the otherwise difficult-to-see web. Only those spiders that are active during the day construct stabilimenta in their webs.To construct the web, several radial lines are stretched among four or five anchor points that can be more than three feet apart. The radial lines meet at a central point. The spider makes a frame with several more radial lines and then fills the center with a spiral of silk, leaving a 8 to 9.5 mm (5/16 to 3/8) gap between the spiral rings, starting with the innermost ring and moving outward in a clockwise motion. To ensure that the web is taut, the spider bends the radial lines slightly together while applying the silk spiral. The female's web is substantially larger than the male's, who builds a small zig-zag web nearby. The spider occupies the center of the web, usually hanging head-down, waiting for prey to become ensnared in the web. If disturbed by a possible predator, she may drop from the web and hide on the ground nearby. The web normally remains in one location for the entire summer, but spiders can change locations usually early in the season, perhaps to find better protection or better hunting. The Garden Spider can oscillate her web vigorously while she remains firmly attached in the center. This action might prevent predators like wasps and birds from drawing a good bead, and also to fully entangle an insect before it cuts itself loose. In a daily ritual, the spider consumes the circular interior part of the web and then rebuilds it each morning with fresh new silk. The radial framework and anchoring lines are not usually replaced when the spider rebuilds the web. The spider may be recycling the chemicals used in web building. Additionally, the fine threads that she consumes appear to have tiny particles of what may be minuscule insects and organic matter that may contain nutrition.[citation needed] The Garden Spider does not live in very dense location clusters like other orb spiders such as the Golden Orb Web Spider. The Garden Spider keeps a clean orderly web in comparison to the cluttered series of webs built and abandoned by groups of Golden Orb Spiders. More info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_aurantia

San Antonio Blue Hour Skyline - East View

San Antonio Blue Hour Skyline - East View
Made by Jim | jld3 photography
One of the things I find myself pondering – now that I’ve been doing this photography thing for awhile – is revisiting shots I’ve done in the past and wondering how, if at all, I could improve upon them. In fact, there are a number of photos I’ve posted that I feel/think I could do better if I were to give it another go. Take for example. Ever since I realized my boneheaded ISO gaffe*, I wanted to try again. I figured there were 4 areas of improvement that would lend to a better shot: 1. *Take a “smarter” shot (i.e. eliminate the dumb mistakes): I detailed in my previous post how I had inadvertently left my ISO setting from a previous shoot at 800, therefore compromising the clarity of the image. Obviously, any pic you take with a tripod should not need high ISO. Easy fix. 2. Have Patience (and this is a big one): Earlier on, I would find myself getting excited about a shot I thought of, and want to immediately run off and shoot it, without necessarily waiting for the right conditions. In this case, I had been waiting for awhile to revisit this shot, but I knew I needed to wait for a cool front to come through in order to give me the clearest of skies. While there isn’t much air pollution in San Antonio, normal conditions tend to have high humidity and/or hazy/dusty skies which sacrifice the clarity of the air. Conditions the night of this shoot were cool and crisp, with high visibility and clear skies. 3. Use of Single exposure: For photo purists, use of double (or more) exposures is sort of a cop-out when it comes to achieving the best exposure. The last shot was a blended double-exposure – one for the sky, and one for the foreground. Here I wanted to only shoot single exposures. To assist, I used variations of both a Hitech 2-stop soft ND grad and a Hitech 3-stop hard ND grad. Earlier in the evening, when the skies were brighter, using the shade of the filters up top, and later in the evening, turning them upside down to dim the effects of the street and car lamps. (to be honest, I’m not sure which combo was used here as I took many variations and didn’t document it along the way [if only EXIF data knew which filters you used lol!]). 4. Better Equipment: since the last shot, I upgraded to full-frame. Having said all that, I’m not convinced this shot is an improvement. What do you think? There’s something to be said for for first attempts, beginners luck, and originality. Details: Nikon D700 Nikon VR 16-35mm F/4G Focal length: 35mm Exposure Mode: Manual Aperture: f/10 Exposure: 8 sec. single exposure ISO 200 Exposure bias: 0EV LEE Filter Holder System -Filter 1: n/a -Filter 2: n/a Bogen - Manfrotto 190XB Tripod 486RC-2 Compact Ball Head with RC-2 Quick Release RAW (NEF) file processed with Capture NX2 Post-processed with PSE 6 Note: I have about a half dozen of these shots from the same evening (with slight variances to composition and light conditions) that’ll I’ll probably post over the next few days.

Riverwalk Reflection

Riverwalk Reflection
Made by jbdenham
View On Black Canon EOS Rebel XSi, EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS, f14, ISO100, 18mm, HDR, 5 Exposures My first trip San Antonio was about 5 years ago. It was a quick trip, in on Sunday afternoon and out on Tuesday morning. My impression of the Riverwalk was that it was terribly commercial, with chain restaurants and stores slammed next to each other. I really wasn't that impressed. Either the Riverwalk has changed since 2005 or I wasn't paying enough attention. Don't get me wrong, there are still a lot of stores, and many of them are chains, but there are many more unique, local eateries along the river than I recall and the walk itself is STUNNINGLY gorgeous! The real difference in my view of The Riverwalk between trips is likely due to what is behind my eyes. My vision and how my eyes see things are much different than they were just 5 short years ago. Imagining a scene through a viewfinder tends to bring to the surface a bit more beauty. You tend to see scenery, lines, and tones in a totally different way. At least I do...now. This scene is on the North end of the walk and was taken around two in the afternoon. This end of the walk has fewer restaurants, thus there were fewer people running around, which was great for firing off brackets. I love the point shaped building sticking up in the sky, along with the beautiful trees and vegetation lining the walk. Can't wait to see other places I've traveled to in the past and see them with new eyes!

Battle of the Alamo - 1836

Battle of the Alamo - 1836
Made by Captain Oblivious
Model of the Alamo compound as it would have looked in the early 1830s. By this point it was no longer used as a mission. Instead it was primarily used as a troop barracks. Almost none of it survived to today. In 1835 General Santa Ana seized control of Mexico and abolished the Constitution of 1824, provoking unhappiness in many provinces. By October the province of Texas was in a state of rebellion. In early 1836 Santa Ana brought his army north to crush this rebellion. He arrived in San Antonio on February 23 with approximately 5000 troops. The Alamo was defended by some 200 men, many of them volunteers from the United States. This included several celebrities of the time, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. For thirteen days the Mexican Army beseiged the compound before launching an assault in the early morning of March 6. When the fighting was done all of the defenders were dead, although a small number of women, children, and slaves were spared. Mexican casualties are believed to have been about 200 killed and 400 wounded. Although the Mexicans prevailed at the Alamo, the time it took to capture the compound proved disasterous. Sam Houston was able to use those thirteen days to gather the troops and supplies which he used to rout the Mexican Army and capture Santa Ana at the Battle of San Jacinto a month later, thereby securing Texan independance. Texas remained an independent nation for nine years before joining the United States in 1845.

Haunted Hallway

Haunted Hallway
Made by jbdenham
View On Black Canon EOS Rebel XSi, EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS, f10, ISO200, 18mm, HDR, 3 Exposures The Menger Hotel was established in 1859, just 23 short years after the battle of The Alamo which it resides next to. One of the things I loved about San Antonio is how their history has been maintained and preserved and The Menger is a great example of it. The lobby and main gathering rooms are quite grand, along with this hallway. This image was shot slightly off center to highlight the classic phone booths on the right side of the hall. One of them still works! There's also an antique phone, which also still works, on the table next to the booths. This kind of detail and preservation made this hotel quite interesting. The main interest in the hotel had nothing to do with its decor or amenities. Turns out The Menger has been featured in TV shows like Ghost Stories because it is rumored to be haunted. That's right. Haunted. Apparently old cattle barons and long time hotel residents have decided to stick around even after passing through to the next life. Some people have even claimed to see them walking through walls and showing up as lights in random pictures. My stay was for 4 nights and I did not encounter any ghost action. I am, however, scouring each image in my library to make sure there's not an extra subject floating around in them!

Partial San Antonio Skyline & The Friendship Torch*

Partial San Antonio Skyline & The Friendship Torch*
Made by Jim | jld3 photography
EDIT 2-24-11: see an update of this shot . __________________________________________________________________________ This is a partial shot of downtown San Antonio, looking east, as seen from the top of the Riverbend parking garage. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but maybe this has happened to one of you once: ever changed a setting on your camera to suit the need-at-hand, only to forget and have that setting come back to bite you later on? Well several days back I guess I upped the ISO setting on my camera to 800, and then forgot to put back at 200. I probably did 3 or 4 photo sessions before I noticed it. One of which were these night shots (which was no small feat with a baby girl in-tow on my front side). To make matters worse, in addition to using hi ISO, I had the long exposure noise reduction feature turned off on these shots. So, they didn’t come out as clear as they could’ve/should’ve been… Check it out large The Details: Nikon D300 Nikon VR 18-200mm @ 18mm 7.6sec. exposure @ f/11 (bottom-half of image) 15.8s exposure @ f/11 (top-half of image) Iso 800 MC-36 Multi-Function Remote Cord Bogen - Manfrotto 190XB Tripod 486RC-2 Compact Ball Head with RC-2 Quick Release *I've seen this also called The Freedom Torch...

River Walk

River Walk
Made by Extra Medium
Just so you know, I was an ALLSTAR soccer goalie at one time in my life (when I was 6yo). I haven’t really followed soccer/futbol much since then, and don’t really know any of the players on our World Cup team. But as an American I am patriotic enough to follow the USA’s progress through the tournament this year. While I was in San Antonio (above) I watched the games from the lobby of my hotel early in the morning, and even watched the other countries play. I woke up early this morning to get into the office and found a channel online to watch the game. Real close game and even though at the end of regulation it was 0-0, the US seemed to still be in control. And then Donovon scored that huge goal in the first minute of overtime and I did what I could to contain myself and not have management come over and ask me why I was yelling. I so wanted to run through the cubicles with my arms out like an airplane and then slide down on my knees waiting to get tackled by the IT guy, the mailroom guy and the accounting secretary. Didn’t happen, but at least they won. I want a vuvuzela

Rivercenter Alley

Rivercenter Alley
Made by jbdenham
View On Black Canon EOS Rebel XSi, EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS, f14, ISO100, 18mm, HDR, 3 Exposures When somebody mentions the word alley, a certain image comes to my head. The a typical alley from any large urban setting, with fire escapes and garbage cans, is my first impression. Dimly lit and damp, with papers and foreign objects floating around. It's not a pretty sight. Then there's the alley behind The Menger Hotel in San Antonio, which really doesn't look like much of an alley to me. I guess the only reason it's an alley is due to its narrow width and that it separates two sets of buildings. The stores are just as decorated on this side as they are the front or back and there's ample lighting with the beautiful street lamps lining one side. After spending a few days in San Antonio, I've pretty much claimed it as my favorite town. I love the mix of historical settings and modern city. The people were amazingly nice and the streets were clean and, for the most part, safe to walk about on. Even the alleys are nice and attractive!

San Antonio River walk HDR

San Antonio River walk HDR
Made by Ayman Aljammaz
San Antonio is the second-largest city in the state of Texas and the seventh largest city in the United States. Located in South Texas, the city is a cultural gateway into the American Southwest. The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río) is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath downtown San Antonio, Texas. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right. Today, the River Walk is an enormously successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from The Alamo to Rivercentermall, to the Arneson River Theatre close to La Villita, to Hemisfair Park, to the Tower Life Building. During the annual springtime Fiesta San Antonio, the River Parade features flowery floats that literally float.

Texas Live Oak

Texas Live Oak
Made by jbdenham
View On Black Canon EOS Rebel XSi, EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS, f8, ISO100, 18mm, HDR, 5 Exposures One of the unsung heros of San Antonio is the Texas Live Oak. These trees are scattered all over the town and have the most unique shape, growing to be quite large and having branches that extend down towards the ground rather than reaching high into the air. The leaves are quite small, but plentiful, creating a greatly appreciated canopy shade from the 90+ temperatures and high humidity. This particular oak was located in the square directly across from The Menger Hotel and The Alamo. You can really see just how much shade this tree can provide by looking at the shadow it casts on the ground in front of this gazebo. Many folks found this particular plaza to be a good rest stop on their way to and from the Riverwalk which was just another block to the West. Just another reason to appreciate San Antonio. And Texas!

Riverwalk- Presa Street

Riverwalk- Presa Street
Made by Definitive HDR
Happened by this shot while out shooting for this past client that contracted me to take a few pictures of the Riverwalk here in San Antonio. Unfortunately that day it was overcast and gloomy (also dropped my Sigma 10-20 lens cap in the water) so I came back and re-shot it which came out 100X better than the previous. I think it just goes to show that sometimes in photography, you win some and you lose some but that there are always other chances to come back and create an even better image than before. Also I've been looking through some past shots I never processed from way back, about 2-3 years ago, so look out for some new shots from me in the coming days. Also, I have now committed myself to to a Twitter account so feel free to add me so we can get up on that social networking! You can find as....... you guessed it, DefinitiveHDR ___________________________________________________________________________ 10 exposure HDR merged in Photomatix and tweaked in Photoshop CS5. |

Downtown San Antonio

Downtown San Antonio
Made by Definitive HDR
I've been going crazy without any images to process this past month. I absolutely love working on this type of stuff just as much as I do actually taking the images themselves. Today was kind of a weird day: First it was a nice day with some awesome clouds although I hadn't had my camera at the time. About 20 min later it rained some pretty intense rain, although as I got to higher elevation I can tell that it was only raining in certain parts of SA. As time passed on I couldn't stand being at home so I headed for downtown to go to the Riverwalk. About half way there it just stopped, and the rain was gone but left the humidity with it so what was really maybe 75-85 degrees felt like 100. Once I actually got there I walked for about an hour and decided to take off and go watch Night at the Museum 2 over at the Palladium so I can get out of the heat. I guess that's Texas weather for you ;) 10 exp HDR taken w/ Sigma 10-20 cropped to an 8X10 size. |

San Antonio de Valero Mission (The Alamo) ~ San Antonio, Texas USA

San Antonio de Valero Mission (The Alamo) ~ San Antonio, Texas USA
Made by N3074Echo
From Wikipedia (U.S. National Historic Landmark) Location: San Antonio, Texas Coordinates: 29°25′33″N, 98°29′10″W Built/Founded: 1744 Designated as NHL: December 19, 1960 Governing body: Daughters of the Republic of Texas The Alamo (San Antonio de Valero Mission) is a former mission and fortress compound, now a museum, in San Antonio, Texas located at 300 Alamo Plaza. The compound, which originally comprised a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. After its abandonment as a mission, it was used as a fortress in the 19th century and was the scene of several military actions, including most notably the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, one of the pivotal battles between the forces of the Republic of Texas and Mexico during the Texas Revolution.

The Secret Underground Restaurant....

The Secret Underground Restaurant....
Made by Definitive HDR
Not really a secret place but a restaurant none the less. This is a little restaurant on the Riverwalk that is situated under neath a bridge. Vendors set up on each side just in case you want to spend even more money while your eating some expensive food. ***Update- I had a few people ask me if the ghosting in the back was intentional or if I didn't know how to ghost it out. Fof this particular image I left the ghosting on the left there because I like, but the ones on the right I added from another exposure. The people that are dining in the foreground I had to mask in from other exposures as well to get rid of the movement that happened throughout the 10 frames. Everything in this image is intentional from the blurred people in the back to the still people in the front. Hope this clears it up a little bit. 10 exp HDR |

From a bridge over the San Antonio River Walk

From a bridge over the San Antonio River Walk
Made by Patrick Houlihan
First we watched the sun set while we ate at Boudro's -- seacakes, blackened prime rib, cocoanut shrimp, lime chess pie, and bread pudding. (You can see Boudro's on the right.) Then we walked to the nearest bridge and shot night photos. I had my Digital Rebel and my daughter had hers -- a Christmas gift -- for her first-ever DSLR long-exposure night pictures. Our trip to San Antonio was a graduation present to my wife, Jill. Our daughter, Rebecca, and I secretly planned it and gave it to her with a DVD presentation the morning of . After having her college career interrupted by one circumstance after another, battling cancer, winning that battle, having the greatest kid in the world, and then restarting college by taking one class each semester, Jill earned her degree summa cum laude. Perseverance is awesome. I hope you'll .

San Antonio Downtown | Pano

San Antonio Downtown | Pano
Made by Definitive HDR
As some of you may remember, I took a what has now become my on my stream in this very spot almost 3 years ago. This is actually the result of waiting patiently over an hour for the sun to set entirely and the nice blues of twilight to start to get richer before it gets to dark out. ___________________________________________________________________________ This just so happens to be a 3 vertical panel panorama taken with 10 exposures each to equal a total of 30 exposures. Each panel was merged in Photomatix before being taken in to Photoshop for some cleaning up and some tweaking to get everything just right. To get a better understanding of how I process my images you can visit my HDR tutorial here

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk
Made by Patrick Houlihan
Our trip to San Antonio was a graduation present to my wife, Jill. Our daughter, Rebecca, and I secretly planned it and gave it to her with a DVD presentation the morning of . After having her college career interrupted by one circumstance after another, battling cancer, winning that battle, having the greatest kid in the world, and then restarting college by taking one class each semester, Jill earned her degree summa cum laude. Perseverance is awesome. We had a wonderful dinner at Boudro's on the River Walk, and then my daughter and I shot night photos. I had my Digital Rebel and my daughter had hers -- a Christmas gift -- for her first-ever DSLR long-exposure night pictures. To see the vivid colors and details of this shot, I hope you'll take a moment and view it .

Sunrise at The Alamo

Sunrise at The Alamo
Made by Trask Smith (Blue City Photography)
During Spring Break in San Antonio, I walked to The Alamo each morning for three days hoping to get a beautiful sunrise with great clouds. I had a totally overcast morning, a rainy morning, and this one with zero clouds. Oh well, I'll try again next time we're there. If you're wondering what the weird light patterns are all over the front of building, they're actually the light from the sunrise reflecting off of the windows/glass of the buildings across from The Alamo and shining the sunbeams back the other direction. They don't stay like that for long, just while the sun is real low and when it's not blocked by clouds. More of my work can be seen at BlueCityPhotography.com.

love

love
Made by Dr Faustus...is still off.
So what's the problem, Sammy-o? Is it just Mum or is it something else? Maybe... school – are you being bullied? Or is it something worse? Can you give me any clues at all? You really want to know? I really want to know. Even though you won't be able to do anything to help? Even if that's the case, yeah. OK. The truth is actually... I'm in love. Sorry? I know I should be thinking about Mum all the time, and I am. But the truth is I'm in love and I was before she died, and there's nothing I can do about it. Aren't you a bit young to be in love? No. Oh, OK, right. Well, I'm a little relieved. Why? Well, you know – I thought it might be something worse. Worse than the total agony of being in love?



Nearest places of interest:

Hotel Contessa
Arneson River Theatre
Torch of Friendship
Hilton Palacio del Rio
  Shilo's Deli
Riverwalk View
Riverbend Parking Garage
Howl At the Moon

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