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Old Jul 24, 2010, 6:13 PM   #1
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All shot with the E30 and either the 9-18, 12-60 or 50-200 SWD Zuikos.

I started out this morning at White Rock Lake north of downtown Dallas with a Photo group working on Panoramas when I spotted something I never considered seeing in the wild in Dallas, Texas...



He/she took off to a power sub-station where it turns out there's a whole community of these guys living. I had to add the EC20 and do some subsequent cropping to get these..

Love on the line..



A family that works one minute..



...then fights the next minute...sound/look familiar?



Then I decided to see what kind of dynamic range I could achieve shooting RAW and processing in ACR/CS5 and did a series on this lovely building in Fair Park that was built in 1936 to celebrate Texas' Centennial..

http://www.dallashistory.org/tour/DHS_Tour.html

I've shot this before...I know....you've seen it already(!), but tried to go a little more extreme with this sample, Exposing for the sky, then raised the building detail using the fill light slider..



Then recorded some of the cool art-deco detail inside..

The Great Hall.



A great painting in the East Texas Library room. See if you can pick out all the hidden figures in this. Like all the other images here, you can click on the hyperlink and open up the full-sized image to see it closer. Additional information about this and all the other murals pictured here is included in the Hall of State site linked at the top of this post.



Other paintings in this wing..







More in Part 2...

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Excellent shots, Greg. (The bird shots look more like Florida than Texas!)
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Hi Greg,

Parrots eh? As Steven mentioned, looks more like a photo from Florida than Texas.

Thanks for pointing out that there were hidden figures in some of the murals on the walls of the library. I didn't notice them 'till you mentioned it. Very dramatic effect.

As usual, I very much enjoy seeing the images you post.

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Great shots, Greg.

There are many populations of parrots now living in the wild in the U.S. They were released by owners who decided they were too much trouble.

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There are many populations of parrots now living in the wild in the U.S. They were released by owners who decided they were too much trouble.

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Sounds somewhat familiar!
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Sounds somewhat familiar!
Not sure what you mean by that, but it's amazing that these non-native tropical birds seem to do fine in US climates, including the east coast seaboard which gets freezing norwesters in the winter.

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See Edge's post "A Snake" and look at my second response... I thought you might have read that!

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See Edge's post "A Snake" and look at my second response... I thought you might have read that!
I did but forgot. Got it. I used to remember things better...

My family and I are in a motel, hoping our house can get power back soon. PEPCO has crews here from Delaware and Pennsylvania trying to fix all the damage from the Sunday storm, which left a quarter million people without power.

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I did but forgot. Got it. I used to remember things better...

My family and I are in a motel, hoping our house can get power back soon. PEPCO has crews here from Delaware and Pennsylvania trying to fix all the damage from the Sunday storm, which left a quarter million people without power.

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Hi Ted,

I must be living under a rock as I didn't know anything about the storm that hit your area.

Sorry to hear about your situation. Hope you and your family can get back into your home soon.

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Excellent shots, Greg! Things that seem to thrive even in harsh winters continue to amaze me. Things like alligators, piranha, oscars, even MONKEYS! All let loose by people that thought they were sentencing them to death. Yet, they survive, adapt, and somehow breed.
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