Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Travel Photos Tuesday: San Antonio, Texas

  Slowly but surely working through all the photos that we took on our major trek in 2013. Gosh it's hard to believe it's been that long ago already. So anxious for another real trip!

 Today's photos are from our day in San Antonio, Texas.

First up is the Alamo, of course.
The Alamo

Then we visited the lesser known missions all located south of the Alamo. This is Mission San Jose
Mission San Jose, San Antonio

Mission San Juan Capistrano(no, not *that* one! that's in California)
Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio

Mission Concepcion
Mission Concepcion, San Antonio

Mission San Francisco
Mission San Francisco de la Espada

And then we are at Texas Pride Barbecue, best damn BBQ sandwich I've EVER had!
Texas Pride Barbecue

Monday, October 13, 2014

30 Days Project from Fall Break

Last week was Fall Break for kiddo at school, so I spent loads of time with her doing what she wanted to do. I took only a few minutes out of each day to grab my photo, but no time to actually upload pictures from camera to computer, photoshop and move to Flickr. Today is Monday, back to school, and back to regular routine of posting. So here are last week's photos from the 30 Days Project.

Day 7 Sunset
   Taken of a reflection in the window after taking a dozen shots of looking at a rather boring view from my back porch.
30 Days Project #7 Sunset

Day 8 Bathroom
 Nothing interesting in our bathrooms, so this is kiddo's fingernail polish
30 Days Project #8 Bathroom

Day 9 Back Yard
  Walnut tree in the back yard, nothing else to see here!
30 Days Project #9 Back yard

Day 10 Children
  I don't post photos of my kiddo, at least not where you can see her face, it's just a thing I've chosen to do from when she was young. So this is her posing with her new wolf hat/paws thing.
30 Days Project #10 Kids

Day 11 Building
  Couldn't get out of the house to photograph something interesting, so this is the gutter on our house from an interesting angle
30 Days Project #11 Building

Day 12 Junk Drawer
 Stuff from my computer drawer
30 Days Project #12 Junk Drawer

Upcoming subjects: Macro, Rule of Thirds, Patterns, Action, Nature and Landscape. Some of these are going to be rather difficult!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Classic Cars Need Some ID!

 Well they weren't classic at the time!

I have no idea what these two cars are, but the writing my mom put on the back says "Barstow Motel 1969". That's me on the bouncy horse.
Barstow motel 1969

Me hanging out of my dad's car, "Somewhere in Nevada 1969", perhaps a Gran Torino?
Somewhere in Nevada 1969

Station Wagon, this one might even be before I was born taken by my mom in the early 60s(maybe even late 50s?), possibly out in the desert near Barstow, California.
Station wagon

  I know these aren't technically "mine" since I didn't take them, but I am IN two of them, and they were all taken by my mom or dad. And I've been wanting to post them for so long in hopes of getting an identification on the cars!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weird Wednesday: Bacon Soda

     With the bacon craze going on right now, I'm not really surprised at anything I see in bacon "flavor". While visiting Colonial Williamsburg last year, we found bacon bandaids, bacon toothpicks, bacon gum, among other things. And then there was the Bacon Soda. We simply could not pass this one up. So while getting our local root beer and ginger ale fixes, we got one bottle of the bacon soda. Unfortunately, I suppose, it tasted absolutely awful! The kiddo actually fondly recalls it tasting like "fizzy barf". Yeah, something like that.

    I know Jones Soda makes some really disgusting sounding sodas at different times of the year(I've yet to try any of them), but this soda is made by Lester's Fixins which I think is a product of The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shops. And it looks like they have other "interesting" flavors of soda. But I don't think I want to try any of them!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thirty Days Project, 2nd addition

 More photos added today from the first week of my 30 day challenge to become a better photographer.

Day 4 Fence
  Taken at a band competition in Hartselle, Alabama
30 Days Project #4 Fence

Day 5 Animal
 Panda watching birds
30 Days Project #5 Animal

Day 6 Water
  Changed from sunset because it's going to rain all week. I've always wanted to try this. Took quite awhile to get right, and the quality sucks because my camera sucks, but I did it anyway.
30 Days Project #6 Water

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thirty Day Photography Project

 I've tried the 365 day projects-twice-but things keep coming up and I'm just not able to finish them. I admire those who can stick to taking unique photos every single day. I just don't get out enough, and I'm kind of sick of trying to look at stuff around my house in some different way.

 That said, I did come across a 30 day project( Take Better Photos in 30 Days) and thought I might try it for the month of October.

  As is typical for my photo projects, it is easier for me to actually take the photos each day, but I can't always upload each day's photo right away. I don't have a smart phone, don't have any mobile sort of way to access the internet, if I am out of town there is no way to get things posted in a timely manner. I can also, yes, be rather lazy and procrastinate.

  One other note, I really don't expect to be a better photographer after these 30 days are up. Maybe if someone actually looked at my photos and told me what I'm doing wrong, I might be able to learn from my mistakes. Otherwise I just keep making the same mistakes and taking the same crappy photos. And I would LOVE to "reward" myself at the end with a new camera(especially since the only camera I really use right now, my Canon XTi, is more than 6 years old and can't seem to focus for $hi*) but making big purchases is not in my control and I doubt we can afford to pop a thousand bucks(or more) for a new camera and lenses. I'll just have to keep on keepin on with the potato I currently use.

  Posting the first three photos here today, will post more later in the week(having Comcast issues today as well).

  Candy Corn seemed the perfect way to open up the month of October.
30 Day Project #1 Candy Corn

 This is as selfie as I get. There shall be no photos taken of me, for I would probably break the camera.
30 Days Project #2 Selfie

 It's tough to get a sunrise when it's cloudy and you are busy at that exact time trying to get a kid ready for school. Taken in the school's parking lot.
30 Day Project #3 Sunrise

Saturday, October 4, 2014

More Day 2 from last vacation: Around Houston

San Jacinto Monument, Texas
San Jacinto Monument
James Coney Island
James Coney Island, Pasadena. One of the many food places I miss in Houston and Texas. Houston, Texas
Houston skyline
Astrodome & Reliant Stadium
Ugly Reliant and my Beloved Astrodome. 
Union Station, Houston, Tx
Historic Union Station, now attached to the new Astros stadium, downtown