Joshua Tree HDR

Joshua Tree HDR
Joshua Tree HDR

One Of My Favorites

I was traveling for work and just coming back home from a long drive. I was traveling with a close friend. We had been driving all day and stopping off at certain locations along the way taking photos. We would stop and get a few shots in as we weren’t in a hurry to get home. The above photo was one of the last places we stopped at as we came up towards Tehachapi, California. I had set my camera up for the bracketed exposures and put three photos together to get the above shot. I love how the details are in the Joshua Tree and the ground and in the background mountains.

Thank you for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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Long Exposure – Orlando

Long Exposure - Orlando
Long Exposure – Orlando

Experimenting

A few years ago, I was dabbling in Astrophotography and wanted to try out long exposures of certain areas. While working for my previous company, I was given an opportunity of a lifetime. I was asked to book my flight and hotel to Orlando, Florida to attend an exhibit show at the Orlando park. I knew I had an opportunity to get some time to catch some fireworks and some other HDR shots. When I first arrived, I spent some time exploring outside and seeing the atmosphere. I knew that because of the extreme lights nearby that I wouldn’t get any Astrophotography shots. So, I thought about some HDR and Long Exposures. I got the above shot using my Tripod and set my camera for a 30 second exposure. I thought it was great since I was just dabbling. I love the way the lights came out from across the lake.

HDR - Dolphin Resort
HDR – Dolphin Resort

High Definition

The above shot, I set my camera up for a bracketed exposure to get three different exposures. I then took the three photos and stitched them together in Adobe Lightroom. I have a Plugin called Photomatix that allows me to take the three photos and create an HDR photo with some effects.

Thank you for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Review – Wayback Burgers

 

Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers

The Location

I haven’t been out to Panoche for quite a few years now, and when I arrived, I was surprised to see this Burger Place.  We have all seen those sandwich chains inside of Gas Stations, but this was something different.  I must admit, the location is probably at sometimes, great on weekends because of the travelers along Interstate 5.  Then I realized how close it was to Oro Loma and imagine, that a lot of workers probably stop here for lunch during the day.

The Service

When we walked into the restaurant and looked at the menu, we were looking trying to figure out what to order.  The lady that took our order could have been a little friendlier or at least happy to see customers.  She didn’t bother to ask us anything about the way we wanted our order.  I even walked away without getting my cups and she didn’t even bother to remind me.  When the burgers were done, the another person from behind the counter came and delivered them to our table, which was great.  I went over after we were done to ask for a bag and saw how amazing the grill looked with all the meat on it being cooked.  I asked the chef if I could take a picture and he said sure.

Wayback Burger Grill
Wayback Burger Grill

The Atmosphere

The restaurant was nice, it had a diner look and feel to it.  They even had bottles of ketchup on every table.  And if you need extra mustard, they have bottles of those too by the soda fountain.  They have televisions which kept my son occupied as he watched one of his favorite movies.

The Negatives

I myself am a Veteran and do Honor our Nation and the Flag.  I didn’t like that the flag was sitting outside the door next to the trash can.  I don’t see why they haven’t just hung it up somewhere.

The girl behind the counter was the other piece but I imagine, she was probably just having a bad day or was not looking forward to the shift to start.

Double Bacon Burger from Wayback Burgers
Double Bacon Burger

Overall

I enjoyed the trip out to Wayback Burgers and the food was good.  The pictures look a little bigger than the actual food, but the taste was right on.  My family and I will definitely be going again and try out some other menu items.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

El Capitan In HDR

 

El-Capitan-In-HDR
El Capital In HDR

A Different Angle

I never noticed this side of El Capitan before. Every time someone drives to Yosemite they see the beauty of El Capitan from the south side but when I seen it from this angle, it was amazing, and then from this close. I was traveling with my daughter’s yearbook class and we stopped for lunch at this picnic area. There had been so much water due to the heavy rain. The river was high and moving super fast. I set my camera for the 3 brackets and then edited the photo using Photomatix.
Thanks for reading.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez