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Trip to Cupertino

Published April 14th, 2012

I went down to California for 4 days last week; regretfully, it was rainy most of the time I was there. I got a few decent shots, mostly of the hotel's water fountains.

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Really wish I had brought my tripod to have fun with these. I had a lot of fun playing with a really narrow depth of field.

What I *did* notice were the lights underneath the jets of water...

  • April 9th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/4000 sec
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Bam. Everything looks better at night with a light underneath of it.

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I didn't have a wide enough angle lens to capture both of these buildings without getting the buildings in front of them, so I had to crop.

  • April 9th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/7.1 / 1/8 sec
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Another fountain, focus is way off on this shot. Really liked the lights in the steps behind the fountain, so I moved back and retook the shot.

  • April 9th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/160 sec
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I tried to create an effect of looking at the fountain from far away, so I backed way up over a small lawn an recomposed. I like this a lot better; it's visually a lot less busy and it's more clear what the subject of the photo is.

  • April 9th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/2.8 / 1/30 sec

Denver International Airport

I took this after deplaning in Denver. I had two hours for a connection, and instead of dashing straight off to Concourse A, I took a look around the mostly abandoned Concourse B.

This is at the very end of the building - huge windows with lots of light behind me. I stooped down and got 4 shots before anyone from Airport security noticed.

I like this the best - it's such a fun angle. What I really like is the pronounced asymmetry in the photo. While it's of a moving sidewalk, which is symmetrical, there's so much about this photo that's unbalanced, like the emergency stop button, the ceiling light fixtures, stickers, and other little details. I wish I would have used a narrower aperture to get a better depth of field, but as I said, I was in a hurry and didn't want to look suspicious.

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