Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 31

Day Thirty One. 366 Project. Picture # 31. "Just a Sunset". Seems some how right to use a sunset to close the first month of the 366 project. On to Febuary, it's a new day tomorrow. Canon Rebel XTI. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 47mm. f/22. ISO 200. Exposure 1/60 second.

Monday, January 30, 2012

January Also Ran 366 Project

These are some of  the pictures that did not make the daily cut. Please visit the January Also Ran 366 Project album on my Facebook Page.

Day 30

Day Thirty. 366 Project. Picture # 30. "Broken House". Heading out of Austin on Highway 290 it does not take long to leave the city behind and enter farming country. The clock turns back very quickly and the area turns even more rural as you leave the main roads and head out on the small "farm to market" roads. This amazing structure and tree is close to the intersection of FM 973 and FM 1660. There is a small collection of buildings that are surrounded by broken things. Farm equipment, tires, trash of all sorts even children's cast off toys clutter the area. This building seems to have been the main house and all of the other buildings were the out buildings for farm equipment. It has been a very long time since this place has been used for anything other than a dump. There is a tree that has grown up through one of the abandoned pieces of equipment. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 18-55mm lens. Focal length 18mm. f/5.6. ISO 400. Exposure 1/100 second.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 29.

Day 29, 366 Project. Picture # 29. "Aftermath". This is what a once vibrant healthy forest looks like after the devastating Bastrop County Complex Fire burned last September. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastrop_County_Complex_fire . It is very hard to imagine the size and the power of this fire. There is nothing left alive in large sections of these areas. The earth has been scorched to bare sand and rocks. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. 18-55mm lens. Focal length 18mm. f/22. ISO 400. Exposure 1/30 second.
Over 1600 homes burned. There are the charred remains of homes everywhere. I chose not to take any pictures of of these scenes.These were people's homes and in some cases everything they owned was lost and some even lost their lives. This simple picture of a plate will serve as the reminder to me of what was lost. But there are signs of renewal, homes are being rebuilt and plants and some new leaves are adding the color green back into these monochromatic landscapes. Canon Rebel XTI handheld. Canon 75-300mm lens. Focal length 300mm. f/5.6.ISO 400. Exposure 1/2500 second

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day 28

Day Twenty Eight. 366 Project. Picture # 28. "The Church at Theon". This is the  Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Corn Hill in Theon, Texas. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnt17 . This beautiful and amazingly well maintained church was built in 1913. The church serves the Corn Hill, Theon and surrounding communities. http://holytrinityofcornhill.org/contact.php . Dennis Rust a friend of mine suggested this church scene as a possible picture for the 366 project. His first up close contact with the town of Theon and its church was through his participation in the annual "Red Poppy Ride". The ride route passes by the church, http://www.redpoppyride.org/assets/mapUploads/RedPoppywithdetour.jpg . It was a very nice winter day but the bright sky made for very high contrast shots. This picture is a combination of three different exposures into one picture, (high dynamic range, HDR). This technique mimics the eyes ability to see a scene in it's entirety regardless of the extreme variations in lighting. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 18-55mm lens. Focal length 18mm. f/22. ISO 400. Multiple exposures 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, second.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 27.

Day Twenty Seven. 366 Project. Picture # 27A, 27B. "Untitled" Bad light, bad time of day to be shooting. The Sun was high in a cloudless sky. It was all bright light and shadows. I edited this picture two ways, in color and black/white. I like it best in B/W because this picture is all about contrast and the visual competition between shadows and light. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. f/22. ISO 200. 1/40 second.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 26

Day 26. 366 Project. Picture # 26. "Fish". A little change in pace from previous pictures. This somewhat iconic sign advertises the Catfish Parlour, http://www.catfishparlour.us/ in Austin, Texas. I have always been fascinated by neon signs. Not a very creative picture today, but at least it is a fun subject and now you know where in north Austin to gets some catfish, hushpuppies and all the other "fixings". Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135 lens. Focal length 65mm. f/5.6. ISO 1600. 1/25 second.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 25 X 2

Day Twenty Five. 366 Project. Picture # 25A. "Moving Water". A major winter storm system moved into central Texas last night and Austin received close to five inches of rain. This much rain in such a short period of time caused many of the streams to flash flood and closed many of the low water crossings. This picture is of Bull Creek 8 hours after the rain stopped. Canon Rebel XTI. Canon 18-55mm lens. Focal length 42mm. f/5. ISO 400. Exposure 1/200 second.

Day Twenty Five. 366 Project. Picture 25B. "Still Water". The building reflecting in the flooded commons area is the office and club house for the apartments I live in. I had an errand to run after nightfall as I turned into the apartments I noticed the perfect reflection on the still surface of the water.It was actually quite dark when this picture was taken. It was a long exposure that picked up the ambient light from many different sources. This amount of rain was very important to this state. Texas is in a severe drought and many communities water supplies are drying up. This rain came nowhere close to ending the drought but it did put some water in the lakes and rivers. And it did give people some optimism and hope.Canon Rebel XTI. 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. f/5. ISO 400. Exposure 8 seconds.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 24

Day Twenty Four. 366 Project. Picture # 24. "Rain Delay" This drop of water hanging on my brake cable of my bicycle pretty much says it all. Grey, dark and rainy. Hoping for a better day tomorrow. The building in the rain drop is the apartment directly in front of my building. The background color is a red truck parked below my balcony. Rain is bad for pictures but good for Texas. We need the rain. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 18-55mm lens. Bower 4X closeup lens. f/5.6. Focal length 55mm. ISO 1600. Exposure 1/160 second.

Monday, January 23, 2012

‎23 days into the 366 Project at 8:54 PM central time my blog site had it's 1000 page viewed. Thank you to everyone for visiting my page. With todays busy schedules and fast paced lives, I thank you all for your gift of time. Even more important thank you for giving me some one to share my pictures with. Day 23 only 343 days left to go.

Day 23

Day Twenty Three. 366 Project. Picture #23. Untitled". A simple dandelion that has some how avoided that fickle bit of wind that will finish this phase of life. This was the last surviving dandelion head left in a small patch beside Lake Austin. I felt there was some deeper message being told by this lone plant. But the message alluded me as I studied this bunch of future flowers through the lens. Canon Rebel XTI. Canon 75-300mm lens. Focal length 205mm. f/5. ISO 400. Exposure 1/160 second.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 22

Day Twenty Two. 366 Project. Picture # 22. "Morning Under the Bridge". This tranquil setting can be found in the downtown heart of Austin. The hustle and bustle of Austin's famed 6th street entertainment district is just a short walk across this this Bridge. This is the underside of the 1st Street bridge. While I was setting up my gear there were many people all around the area participating in their activity of choice. But this scene was empty. It would seem from the picture that it was a quiet lonely morning. This was the eye of the storm, everything around it was a blur of activity. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. f/22. ISO 200. Exposure 2.5 second.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 21

Day Twenty One. 366 Project. Picture # 21. "$8 Camera". My eight dollar Argus camera from Goodwill. I collect "old things". I have always been a collector. It started when I was a very young child. By the time I was a teenager my bedroom was full of antique "things". I had a saying, "If there was more than one of it, I wanted a collection of it". As I became older and a tiny bit wiser I sold and gave away a lot of my stuff. Taking pictures became a form of collecting for me. It filled the same emotional need to find things and bring them home. But there is always a catch. As I became more serious about photography I became interested in the old camera equipment. I found them visually fascinating. Back to Goodwill. In an attempt to stretch my photography budget I started checking in on the weekly auctions at my local store for things like tripods, lenses and camera bags. One day I noticed in the bin of used cameras this classic Argus camera. I doubted it would even function but when I saw the external gears on the adjustment wheels, I fell in love with it. Well now I have a collection of old camera stuff. This eight dollar Argus is to blame. Canon Rebel XTI on Tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 70mm. f/20. ISO 1600. Exposure 1/200 second.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pictures looking for titles. Any picture that is labeled "Untitled" needs a name. If you have any suggestions that seem to fit, please feel free to share them with me. If I use your title I will revise the blog posting giving you credit for the title. If you want to give some title names but do not want your name used please just let me know. Thank you, Jay Baum. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com or visit me at https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1767656972.

Day 20

Day Twenty. 366 Project. Picture # 20. "Waiting" This colorful sidewalk is in Coupland, Texas. The chairs are facing the railroad which used to be the economic heart of most small rural towns. Looking at the reflection in the window, you can see the railroad is still there but the trains do not stop anymore, The town had a cotton gin which long ago closed down but there are some signs of life. These chairs adorn the sidewalk in front of a still active business called the Ironwood Furniture shop. There are a couple of small eating places and a few tourist shops. The trains may not stop anymore and certainly time waits on no man. But somehow one feels that Coupland stays alive not so much by it's own actions but more like a drifting bottle being steered by the winds and tides. So far the currents of time have kept Coupland moving, but where it is going and for how long no one knows. A co-worker Mark Barnett suggested Coupland as my Day 20 location. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. f/5.6. ISO 400. Exposure 1/50 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 19

Day Nineteen. 366 Project. Picture # 19. "Business End of Tank". My day job ( http://customcreation.com/ ) sent me out to Camp Mabry the National Guard base in Austin, Texas. http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/mabry.htm . It was a follow up call checking details on some exhibit work we had built and installed at the Texas Armed Forces Museum ( http://texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/ ) This is a great museum packed full of historic military gear most of which is still in operating order. The public is welcome but you must check in at the gate. Outside the museum is an impressive collection of artillery and tanks. My work day was complete when I finished my company tasks, so I asked if it would be alright to take some pictures of the tanks outside. The curator told be it would be fine as long as I did not take pictures of any of the buildings. That is against base rules. So my camera and I spent some quality time with a variety of very large intimidating pieces of equipment. The lighting was horrible. Really bright sunlight and intense shadows. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. f/14. ISO 400. 1/125 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day 18

Day Eighteen. 366 Project. Picture # 18. "Lighting a New Day. Title name was suggested to me by my friend and art enthusiast Cindy Thoreson. This picture most likely feels familiar if you have been following my other postings. The camera and tripod were standing in almost the same location as it was for Day 16 picture. Both were shot from the pedestrian bridge which runs under Loop 1car bridge in Austin, Texas. Pictures sixteen and eighteen are little like reading a book. Stories always start at the front  and they all end at the back. A book can start as one thing and by the conclusion the reader may be surprised by where the story ended up. Shooting pictures at opposite ends of the day from the same location is similar to the changing storylines of a book. There is a sense of of "I know this story, but the plot has changed. Well here is an example of how the same picture can be very different when the time is shifted by almost twelve hours. I have also included a picture taken with my iPhone of my main camera aimed at Day 18 scene. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 47mm. f/29. ISO 400. Exposure 1/100 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .
Up at 5:00AM. Good breakfast of hash browns, thick sliced bacon and toast with real butter. Followed by a strong cup of black coffee. Headed to Ladybird Lake hoping to catch a sunrise picture. Can not shoot the sunrise unless you are there. Picture or no picture either way it gets me up and out the door before the traffic builds. Have a bright and productive day. Try not to let daily life get in the way of living.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 17

Day Seventeen. 366 Project. Picture #17. "Angry Bird". This is a male grackle. It is a beautiful bird that everyone loves to hate. They seem to be everywhere and they are loud and their droppings cover everything. That all being said this grackle chose to stand his ground and allow me to get a clear picture that picked up some of his iridescent colors. Other than that this is just a picture of a very common sight in Austin. Today was an eclectic shooting day for me. I could not decide which picture to put up for the day. I am for today only, going to post the other Day 17 rejects on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1767656972 . I want to share what a drive through East Austin, TX offers for photo opportunities. And if anyone cares here is a link to grackle information.  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Grackle/id/ac . Canon Rebel XTI handheld. 75-300mm lens. Focal length 300mm. f/5.6. ISO 1600. Exposure 1/1000 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 16

Day Sixteen. 366 Project. Picture # 16. "Reaching for the Sky". If you could see just outside the upper edge of this picture, you would be seeing the underside of the Loop 1 bridge. The camera and tripod is about one third of the way out from the north side of the pedestrian bridge which crosses underneath the Loop 1 auto bridge. This bridge is part of the Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/downloads/thetrailatladybirdlakeweb2010.pdf . It was a beautiful afternoon to take a walk along the lake. Weather was pleasant and the lighting was muted and perfect for pictures. There were people of all ages running, biking and just enjoying being outside. One gentleman had been fishing but lamented the fact he had no fish to show for it. We walked together for a few minutes talking about fishing. We said our good byes and went our separate ways. I was studying a cypress tree full of double-crested cormorants when a runner stopped and asked me if I knew the name of "those birds" as she pointed up into the tree. I shared what I knew and deciding that I did not see a picture moved on down the lake. My last encounter was with a father and his daughter. I was already set up shooting a sequence of bracketed exposures when they walked up. The father gave the little girl some food to throw to the ducks. He pointed to some ducks to the side and said "throw over there". The child pondered his instructions, Then told him in a serious voice, "I can not, my arm is not that mighty !". A wonderful moment. On that note I called it a day. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 60mm. f/5.6. ISO 400. 1/250 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 15

Day Fifteen. 366 Project. Picture # 15. 'Untitled" There is a greenbelt that weaves through the Jollyville area of Austin. It is named the Spicewood Valley Trail. http://www.austinexplorer.com/Locations/ShowLocation.aspx?LocationID=1887  It is surrounded by houses, businesses, schools and a golf course. Even in times of drought there is always water in areas of the creek due to small springs and ground water seeps. The wildlife that I have personally seen in the greenbelt and surrounding area run the gamut from deer, coyotes, foxes, skunks to coral snakes. It is a very diverse ecological area. There are hidden gems like this scene if you are willing to brave the cedar thickets and the brambles and leave the beaten path. Both of my arms are sporting scratches from today's trip. Remember to tread lightly and be careful about damaging sensitive areas. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 18-55mm lens. Focal length 37mm. f/22. ISO 800. Exposure 1/100 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .
366 Project. I am going to try to shoot and post a new picture for everyday of 2012.  My rules for myself are pretty loose.  I can use any of my cameras or even borrow cameras, but the picture must be shot and edited by me and then I shall try to post it on the same day I shot it.  The posting requirement will be tough because I plan on visiting some remote areas that do not have cell coverage.  So there maybe some catch up postings. Until the lights are turned on in a room, no one can see the pictures.  Please share my blog with anyone that may be interested.  Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Day 14

Day Fourteen. 366 Project. Picture # 14. "Shadow Friends". Full disclosure. My friend Tracy Jackson first discovered this scene. She was waiting outside of this building and she noticed the Sun had decorated this wall with the silhouette of a tree and a student. She grabbed a cell phone picture and sent it to me. I loved the picture. I noted the time, 5:27 PM. Today at about the same time Tracy her dog CoBo Joe and I went to this location to check it out. As she showed me where her picture was taken of course Tracy's and CoBo's shadows danced and played on the wall. Out came my camera and they were both good sports as I had them walk back this way, then that way, stand here, turn . . .Well you get the picture. Thank you to Tracy and her little black dog CoBo Joe for being Day !4. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. f/8.ISO 400. 1/1000 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Friday, January 13, 2012

Day 13

Day Thirteen. 366 Project. Picture # 13. "Untitled" This dam is in Saint Edwards park located in northwest Austin. http://www.austinparks.org/apfweb/park.php?parkId=339 . It is hard to believe that a few short months ago this stream bed was completely dry due to the drought. The stream bed is now full and the relaxing sound of falling water can again be heard. This little peaceful creek zig zags creating 7 low water crossings on Spicewood Springs road. There are gates at each end of this stretch of roadway that closes the road when it flash floods. There is a lot of evidence showing water up to five and six deep has crossed over this road. This park is never very crowded even on weekends but it is almost always empty during the work day. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 18-55mm lens. Focal length 18mm. f/22. ISO 100. 1/3 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 12

Day Twelve. 366 Project. Picture # 12. "untitled". Very busy today. Had some ideas about places and things at which I wanted to aim my camera but earning a living kept getting in the way. I had a appointment after work and knew my shooting time was short. Where ever I ended up shooting, it needed to be somewhere between my starting point "A" and my meeting at point "B". I did not have time to visit any other "letters" on this day.  My appointment was in the Arboretum area in North Austin. The "duck pond" in the area seemed like it would offer some picture opportunities with its flock of resident ducks. I did end up with a few pictures of ducks but the winter sky pushed me to think bigger. A few quick pictures then it was time to move on. This view of the hotels at the Arboretum is looking west with Capital of Texas Highway at my back. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 18-55mm lens. Focal length 30mm. f/29. ISO 400. Exposure 1/40 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Day Eleven. 366 Project. Picture # 11. "Texericana". Texas ranchers and farmers love "Americana" style art but they add their own touch of Texas spice. Texas flags in a myriad of forms adorn gates and roofs throughout Texas. Art with ranch and western themes are also common. This bit of "Texericana" art is a on a horse barn on Spicewood Springs road. This rural haven is just a stones throw from the fast paced noise and confusion of the 183 & 360 traffic. As I was shooting this picture some one drove into the property. I am guessing the owner. They honked their horn and an animal symphony ensued. Dogs started barking, horses whinnying accompanied by a cow mooing with the calling peacocks carrying the melody. I think I even heard the braying of a donkey. It was a wonderful fun sound for me but it most likely represented the start of a lot of hard work for someone feeding and caring for the animals. From the whimsical art on their barn, it must be a labor of love. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 75-300mm zoom. Focal length 140mm. f/5. ISO 400. 1/40 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 10

Day Ten. 366 Project. Picture # 10. "Look Around". When my best friend suggested the idea of taking a picture each day for a year, I was intriqued by the challenge. But like so many things in life I had to  first start the 366 Project to understand what I would get from traversing the 366 visual stepping stones that forms the path I will follow. This early in my quest, I have already realized that familiarity with my surroundings has lead to a subtle form of blindness. Simply put, I have stopped seeing the details. I mentally do not "see" the journey of my day to day existence. I am usually only seeing the point A to point B of that days activities. Which brings us back to todays picture. Day nine was a rainy monochromatic day. There did not seem to be enough color in the world. Everything was dull and lifeless. This morning was more of the same. So for today's picture I went looking for color and I found it hanging on the wall of the company where I work. I had not "seen" this picture before even though I walk by this colorful collection of stencils many times a day. I am starting to see again. I had forgotten my own words "A picture is a moment in time, look around the moments are everywhere" Jay Baum 2008. Canon Rebel XTI. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. f/22. ISO 400. exposure 30 seconds. This picture used a technique known as "painting with light". A flashlight is used with a long exposure time and low light conditions to emphasize specific details of the scene. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 9

Day Nine. 366 Project. Picture # 9. "Grey Day". Woke up slowly this morning. The sound of rain on my roof conspired to keep me in some place somewhere between sleep and getting up and confronting Monday morning head on. A shower and a great cup of coffee did little to lift my slug like brain activity to a level much beyond auto pilot. A few synapses in my brain started to fire as I drove to work while contemplating what would be my picture for the day. The somewhat annoying voice on the radio said rain likely all day. So that was it, day nine picture was going to match my mood and the weather. This taqueria truck is a permament fixture in our companies parking lot. The owners of the truck use our lot for free and in exchange we have someone watching over us evenings and weekends. As I pulled into work, the truck looked so empty and forlorn, it's normally bright colors unsuccessfully trying to push back the grey. I had found my picture. Canon Rebel XTI handheld. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 33mm. f/3.5. ISO 800. 1/500 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Day 8

Day Eight. 366 Project. Picture # 8. "Every Nail is a Story". I have been driving by this telephone pole for a few years now. It is on the corner of West Saint Johns Avenue & Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas. Starting about three feet off the ground and petering out as high as most people can reach is this amazing collection of fasteners. This pole has become "art" through the collective work of many people and many years of signs being posted. Every nail, staple and screw has a story. Some stories are mundane, for sale, for rent, just common everyday commerce. Others are more poignant, looking for witnesses to accident on such and such date and time. Desperate pleas for information for beloved lost dogs and cats. But there must also be joyful messages that warm the heart. Found cat, found dog ! Happy birthday! Directions to parties maybe even with balloons ! I have been meaning to stop and aim a camera at this scene, but some how it never was a good time to stop. Well today was the day. I got the shot, Some might even say I nailed it ! Canon Rebel XTI hand held. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 53mm. ISO 400. f/4.5. 1/200 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day 7

Day Seven. 366 Project. Picture # 7. "untitled". Had a hard day today. I was working on a side job. I was tired, hungry and so ready to go home and relax. Was wondering where and what kind of picture I could shoot and stay close to home. While still driving home, I noticed how big and clear the Moon appeared and decided to get the long lens out and use the Moon for the "Day 7' picture. Even though the Moon is 238,857 miles away, I would not have to leave home to shoot it. So tired as I was, it would have to do. Unfortunately I only have a cheap Phoenix 50-1300mm lens to use for shots of the Moon. I always draw attention from my neighbors when I emerge from my apartment carrying the camera and tripod with a twenty inch lens. I get more stares when I set up to shoot in the parking lot. Shooting the Moon is not very satisfying from a creative stand point but the challenge of trying to get a good  picture with poor quality glass keeps me trying. Canon Rebel XTI on Tripod, Phoenix 650-1300mm zoom lens. Focal length 650mm. f/8. ISO 200 1/500 second exposure. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Friday, January 6, 2012

Day 6

Day Six. The 366 Project. Picture # 6, "Austin". There is a unlikely place to find a wonderful view of the Austin skyline. The next time you are at Barton creek mall at night, drive all of the way to the edge of the parking lot behind Dillards. You will be treated to this scene of downtown Austin. Many people come to this spot to take night shots of Austin or just to just enjoy the night. The mall has even provided some benches for visitors. As I was shooting there this evening another photographer came up and shot a few pictures. We had a pleasant light conversation on photography and I explained the 366 Project to her. I then directed her to my blog site. So Hi, unnamed photographer, If you stopped by thank you and I hope your pics came out. Canon XTI Rebel on tripod, Canon 75-300mm zoom, focal length 130mm, f/5.6. ISO 400, exposure 2 seconds. Edited with Photomatix 4.1 and ACDSee Pro 5. Number six done only 360 left ! Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Day 5

   Day Five. The 366 Project. Picture # 5, "untitled". A little over three years ago I first saw this tunnel that empties in to Bull creek.The tunnel is designed to carry storm water and most of the year it only has a trickle of water. It is about ten feet in diameter and around two hundred feet long. On my first visit, I attempted to take this same picture but did not have enough experience to get the shot to come out how I envisioned it. It is a little tricky to get this picture because of the slippery rounded and uneven bottom of the pipe with low light conditions. My tripod was sitting with one leg in the water and the other two on the sloping walls of the pipe. My camera bag was hanging on the connection bolts that can be seen in the lower left corner of the picture. I broke one of my gear rules today. I forgot to zip the bag closed after getting out my strobe and almost dumped the rest of my lenses into the mudddy water. Quick hands and a whole lot of luck averted ruined camera gear. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod, Canon 28-135mm lens, focal length 28mm, f/22, multiple exposures, with strobe. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 4.

Day Four. The 366 Project. Picture # 4, "untitled" These are old lime kilns located on Austin White Lime Co. property at McNeil, Texas 78651. The McNeil Post Office is about a hundred feet to the east of the kilns. The winter is the best time to view the structures because the trees are all bare. There are security patrols with no trespassing & parking signs so do all your viewing from the public parking at the Post Office.Canon XTI Rebel hand held, Canon 18-55mm lens, focal length 28mm, f/7.1, ISO 800. exposure 1/4000 second.  Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Day 3.

Day Three. The 366 Project. Picture # 3, "untitled" A peaceful day on Lake Austin. The lake had very little boat traffic and I loved the steel blue color of the water. View is looking down stream toward the 360 bridge. Canon XTI Rebel on tripod, Canon 18-55mm lens, focal length 35mm, f/4, ISO 400. exposure 1/100 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2.

Day Two. The 366 Project. Picture # 2, "untitled" There were two owls sitting on top of a tall concrete tower on Richard Garriott de Cayeux's Lake Austin property. They were calling back and forth to each other. It was a tough shot to get. The owl is about thirty feet above me and it was almost dark. I could not move to get a tripod or my big strobe so I had to "wing it" with what I had with me. Handheld Canon XTI Rebel, Canon 75-300mm zoom, focal length 300mm, f/5.6, exposure 1/100 second, ISO 1600, built in flash turned all the way up. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day 1. The 366 Project

Day One. The 366 Project. Picture # 1, "Concrete & Water". This is the first picture in a series that I hope ends up containing 366 pictures. My intent is to take a picture a day and post them all until 2012 ends. This shot was taken under Capital of Texas Highway at the low water crossing of Spicewood Springs Road and Bull Creek. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. ISO 400. exposure 1/60 second. Any additional questions please contact me at jaybaum23@yahoo.com .