June 11, 2013

Diggin' Dallas...


Dallas Dart motion...
As luck would have it, I needed to travel to Dallas for a conference. As I packed my bags, the most important bag was the camera bag (are you surprised...I'd rather loose my chones than the camera bag while on travel...). I headed out with two bags in tow. When my flight landed, I de-boarded and got a shuttle to the hotel...of course I pulled out the camera just in case anything good caught my eye. I tucked my iPhone under my leg and got ready...mistake number 1...never tuck your cell phone under your leg...PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET.  As we drove to the hotel, nothing caught my eye, as shooting from a moving, squeaky, rough riding van doesn't make for a good shooting platform...so when we got to the hotel, I got up and exited the van.  After checking into my room, I wanted to call Diane...as if you haven't guessed yet, the cell phone was still sitting on the seat in the van shuttle...I immediately called the shuttle company and they began the process of calling out to all the drivers...they would call me back...

Luckily I had my iPad with me, and used the VERY handy "find my iPhone" app and watched as the phone headed back to the airport...I remotely locked the phone, and over the next couple hours I frantically watched as the battery slowly drained and got ready to hit the "wipe phone" button should the battery drain too closely to shutting down.  I anxiously waited by the hotel phone hoping the shuttle company would call me and tell me that the driver had found the phone.... By all things graceful, I then watched the phone track back to my location!  I rushed downstairs to find the same shuttle unloading passengers and inquired about the phone....sure enough there it was...whew! Once I was relieved and settled down, I headed out to the streets of downtown Dallas to see what came my way in a mini photo walkabout...

I think this one is my favorite...I've always said, never ignore the corner of your eye...shot in black and white, used Yellow filter and some sharpening...

Definitely, this little Dorothy wasn't in Kansas anymore...iPhone shot (so glad I had it back with me!)..processed in Photoshop Express App on the iPhone.

 Downtown Dallas provides great framing and perspective opportunities...

A gorgeous view from my hotel window of Downtown Dallas at night...placed the camera on the window sill ledge, put the lens right up against the window, wrapped a black sock around the end of the lens to block light around the edges, and set for long exposure...

Until next time:
Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young