Have You Tried Bing?

Bing Image Saves
Bing Image Saves

Bing Gives Away Prizes

I used to use that other popular search engine to do everything and ever since Microsoft released Bing, it has been great. It has such an artistic design that makes it almost Beautiful. Then Bing started to give away points so that you can earn points just by searching for stuff on the web. I figure, why not make points for doing stuff I am going to do when I am online. They let you take those points and use them for prizes, drawings and even donating to your favorite Organization.

How To Make Points

If you are like me, then you search for stuff all the time. Why not make points for every search you do? You can also make points by referring people to join the program. Once the person makes enough points then you and them get some extra points.
I like to search for Black and White photos and especially portraits. I am always looking for ideas when I am shooting photos. With Bing, it allows you to save pictures in certain categories and look at them later. Almost like Pinterest, but you do all the searching and saving and don’t have to depend on anyone else to give you ideas. For every search you do, you get 2 points. You can max out at about 600 points per day with the questions of the day and other ways to make quick points.

Conclusion

I have used my points to buy Amazon Gift Cards, Microsoft Gift Cards and even pay for my XBOX Live Membership for the past couple of years. If you haven’t tried the program I strongly recommend you give it a try. I only use Google for their maps. If you have any feedback about the program, please chime in.

Thank you for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

 

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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

Flowers Outside The Doorway

 

Flowers Outside The Doorway
Flowers Outside The Doorway

At Peace

I have only been to Mexico a few times in my life and I must say, I always seem to enjoy the beauty that it has to offer.  This old abandoned house inside a small village reminds me of my travels as a young boy to Durango.  This photo was taken in a village outside of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez
Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez

This is near the place where my mother-in-law grew up.  The name of the town is San Bernardo.  This town seemed to put you at peace.  Even the old abandoned school – Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez was almost scary but peaceful.  By using Google Maps, you can now see that the town has been growing and even the village area seems to have Street Views.  Give it a gander.

Thanks for reading!

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

St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary's Church
St. Mary’s Church

Architecture

When I was a kid I always dreamed of being an Architect. I always thought it was amazing to put a passion inside your work that everyone would be able to see it in a building or structure. I took this photo at my sister’s wedding while in Alton, Illinois. It is from inside of St. Mary’s Church. I looked up at the ceiling and saw this amazing piece of work and thought, I had to share.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed the photo and the small story. If you are interested in more of my Architecture work, be sure to click on the Architecture Tag below.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Flower In The Light

Flower In The Light
Flower In The Light

Vallejo

I thought I would just share an old photo from Vallejo. I took this photo while at Six Flags Vallejo. They have a very amazing Butterfly Exhibit that has so many butterflies, but also flowers. I was walking through the exhibit and almost missed this one. I shot it with my Sigma 300mm lens.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Old Photos

The Spider
The Spider

Older Photos

I was looking for some photos to post and thought I would go back to the days when I used my Canon Digital Rebel XT. The camera was truly a game changer for me as before I was using the Minolta Dimage 5 which was only 3 Megapixels at the time. I had taken so many photos with both my Rebel and the Dimage that I wondered what they would look like if I was able to enlarge them.

The Spider

Was an old photo that I shot with the Rebel XT and using just the standard 18-55mm lens. I know this lens is garbage, but it does some good work for the entry level photographer just trying to get familiar with their gear/camera. I recall trying to capture this shot and having trouble focusing because of it being night and the flash firing.

Conclusion

Don’t be afraid to get out there and work with your gear. I know a friend of mine by the name of Justin Keys has been out there taking some amazing shots. I know another friend of mine that she mentioned she goes over to a local camera store and rents out larger lenses for her camera for only $20/day. This is amazing that they would do something like that. This allows amateur photographers to work with equipment that they might want to purchase ahead of time and get familiar with it.
Thank you for reading.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Google Sheets Not Working

Any Google Sheets Experts Out There

I got a call from someone trying to get a chart to show up correctly. I am no expert in Google Sheets but I am sure to find my way around. I looked at what she was trying to do and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working.

Google Sheets Data
Google Sheets Data

We have the data that you see above. (All Data is just a bunch of sample numbers I put in.) I highlight the entire section and then clicked on the Chart Icon.

Google Sheets Chart Editor
Google Sheets Chart Editor

I go through the Google Sheets Chart Editor and customize the Chart to what I like and after I click Insert, I get the one below.

Google Sheets Chart
Google Sheets Chart

I have done everything and still can’t get the percentages to show up.
I even recreated the same thing in Microsoft Excel and had no issues. It showed up correctly and works fine.

Does anyone know what is wrong? Is there something wrong with Google? Just another reason to move away from Google.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

The Elegance of Black and White

Long Exposure Water
Long Exposure Water

The Depth of Vision

As most of you know that have followed me over the years, know that I have a passion for photographs when they are in Black and White. There is just something about them that keep my eye on the photo and look for all the details. Sure, color can do wonders for so many photos, but for me it is the Black and White that has an Elegance that can’t be explained. It almost gives the photo a sense of pride and belonging.

Mirror Lake

I traveled with my daughter a few months ago to Yosemite, California and I came across this shot of a stream that flowed down from Mirror Lake. I have been experimenting with my ND Filter and came to the scene of this stream flowing. I thought it would be great to capture this moment in Black and White. The photo almost looks like mountains of sand in the Sahara Desert.

Conclusion

It was one of my favorites that I caught over that weekend. I wanted to share it with you all. I hope you all enjoyed it.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Long Exposure

Long Water Exposure
Long Water Exposure

The Long Exposure

I took this photo of a creek that flows into Bass Lake, CA, while I was traveling with the Yearbook class. We drove up to this side area and hiked down to the river. We found this really amazing location to photograph some waterfalls. With so much snow melting up there it makes so much more water flowing into all of these rivers.
I found this opportunity to mess with my ND filter. I hadn’t had time to mess with it too much and I really wanted to experiment with it. I should have brought my tripod because the shot is a little blurry. I think I left the aperture open for about 2 seconds.

Conclusion

Just like everything else, I plan to play with the ND filter some more so that I can get a better grip on it and share more shots with you. If you have any feedback or advice about how to use the ND filter please do so. I would love to hear about some other people’s experience with ND.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez