Love This Land

September 04, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Well it's been awhile since I've wrote a new blog, so long that I've missed it! I must say that this year has been filled with some surprises! Recently I took a trip to Houston. I've always wanted to visit Reliant Park and catch a Texan's game. I am by no means a football fanatic. As a matter of fact I don't really know much about it other than how it's played and how they keep score. Anyhow, I decided it was time to take that trip and catch a game. A friend of mine has a place on the 25th floor of the Houston House, a former hotel that was converted to condos located right downtown. It was a great location because we were able to walk across the street and take a train to Reliant Park. Getting to the park was a breeze, but before going over we walked over to The Flying Saucer and had a couple drinks prior to getting on the train. Once we got to the park we only walked about 10 minutes to get inside the stadium. We took our seats and I was pleased that we had such a great view of the whole stadium. Although the seats were cheap I thought they were great. Here is an image from where we were sitting. I shot this on my trusty little Sony Nex 5N. It's been a great little point and shoot when I can't lug anything with larger lenses around. This one was also processed in Nik Software Color EFX Pro using the high key preset. I also shot it in shutter priority mode so that you could see motion of the players moving about on the field.

So Texan's WIN! 28-24 against the Vikings! So what? LOL. We left about 5 minutes before the game ended. As we walked out of the stadium I noticed that the sky was really looking cool and there were all sorts of statues of an old western theme, horses and stuff like that. This one was rendered in Nik Software HDR EFX Pro with the default preset. 

Well it's time to get on the train and head back towards the Houston House. We decided that we wanted to check out this place that we saw on the way to the stadium that looked cool. We got off the train and I saw the sign for The Continental Club! It's the same as the one in Austin. Cool! There was a band playing but I didn't want to pay cover so they had a band in the back that was playing for free. It was some Beach Boys cover band. It was cool we had a drink and after a few songs the band quit. It was still early so we headed out and ended up in some other bar that was next to the Continental Club. This place was cool we stayed and had a drink and then decided that we wanted to head out and try and grab some food. We walked by the Continental Club again and the dude working the front asked if we wanted to come in for free, we went in and there was this really cool band (Los Straitjackets) playing rockabilly and they all had these Mexican wrestling masks on. It was a killer show. Now I kinda feel bad for not paying cover :( 

Well all good things must come to an end. It was time to head out and catch the train back to the Houston House. As we got to the station we had just missed the last train by 5 minutes! Crap. Well I guess it's time to take a hike. I think we were at least a couple miles away. We were kinda hungry but the only place to eat was the Greyhound station and a Jack in the Box but that was out of the way. Gotta crash!

 

So in the morning I awoke to the sound of jackhammers and the bustle of downtown Houston. I decided that it was time to capture this incredible view I was getting of downtown from this apartment. I decided that this was definitely one of those HDR moments. I fired off about 8 clicks at varying exposures. When I left I couldn't wait until I could process these. I was really pleased with what I got. I didn't like the color version but I loved the black and white one! 

Having spent less than 24 hours in Houston I must say that there seemed to be so much more to see and do and shoot! We really enjoyed the game and hope we can visit again soon!

- Rich

 


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