Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Dos Hondas en me Sustantivo

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

HDR Honda x2

Originally uploaded by cgancos

I spent the other day polishing and putting various parts on the depressingly naked motorcycle. I managed to get it to the point where it would actually roll. The gas tank that’s sitting on the bike will not be used. The inside of the tank smells like a mix of the gasoline and oil from a 1908 Ford Model T after sitting for 112 years. Also, the tank is so terribly rusted that I’m surprised it holds that rancid liquid. I played around with the height of the headlight and I think I’ll keep it where it sits (see photo). However, I did just pick up the windscreen from a Buell Cyclone that I hope will fit and look alright. That may play a part in the mounting height of the headlight.

It’s almost time to put in the motor!

1978 Honda CB550

Backyard HDR

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

hdrPanorama 1_ dark_ light_tonemapped

Originally uploaded by cgancos

I decided that I’d try my hand at an HDR panorama. It actually didn’t turn out too bad. My lens hood did get in the way but I don’t think it affected the photo all that much. The photo is not a full resolution shot as I used the trial version of Panorama Maker 5 (photo stitch utility).

Blue Angels in Charleston

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

This past weekend I made my way to Charleston, SC to spend some time with a few friends. While there, the Blue Angels were doing an air show over the Charleston Harbor. As I recall, this was one of the photos I snapped by just pointing the camera at the sky without even looking through the viewfinder. It actually turned out to be one of my favorites.

Here are a few other photos I took during the weekend.

UFC Charlotte

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

UFC Charlotte panorama full image

Originally uploaded by cgancos

Here’s a few shots taken with my dinky little point and shoot camera, then merged into one. By “dinky” I mean 12 mega-pixels. This was made with three different shots shortly before the fights started at the Bojangles Colosseum.

Visible from I-85

Friday, February 26th, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

While driving around Greenville I found this new set of office buildings while searching for the entrance to the Hubbell Lighting Headquarters. There were no signs signifying what it was going to be and the parking lot was empty. The buildings can be seen from I-85 near exit 51 (about a quarter of a mile from the Hubbel Lighting building) and consists of two symmetrical buildings with a rather interesting rounded building in the middle. The driveway was centered by a 100-yard water fountain. Again, a nice super-wide angle lens would have done the trick to fit all three of the buildings in the frame… oh well.

On a separate note: comments are now working, so don’t hesitate to compliment or insult me.

Xtreme Kage Fighting

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Xtreme Kage Fighting

Originally uploaded by cgancos

Friday night I got to go to my first cage fight known as ‘Xtreme Kage Fighting’ which was put on by The Fight Party. The event was held in a sectioned-off Bilo Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The crowd primarily consisted of the trash you’d expect to see (most of which having shaved heads and beards). It was the same group of people you would see at any bar during a UFC event. Surprisingly enough, there were even a fair amount of families there with younger children, which might explain why there are so many screwed up kids today. Our seats were on the floor about 7 rows back. I had perfect view of the top of the cage, an occasional fighter’s head, and the big screen that was about 50 feet up in the air.

I managed to snag this picture shortly before losing my ticket and getting chewed out by a member of the event staff for having a “professional” camera. Despite my nitpicking it was a good time, but next time I’ll be sure to either get front row tickets or tickets on the stadium seating.

Added bonus: If you look at the large version of the photo you can see a gentleman in the first or second row of seats at the bottom left side of the cage using a pair of binoculars. Go figure…

Correction: The man I speak of was not in this picture, he’s in the one below. Click for a larger version.

Binoculars at that distance?

Ice Ice Baby

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

This past Friday evening we received the worst weather that we’ll get all winter… 30 degrees with a bit of rain that changed between rain, snow, and sleet. I figured it was my duty, as a 4×4 owner, to go out in the weather and scope things out. After about 30 minutes of warming up the truck and scraping nearly half an inch of ice off the windshield I finally made it out of the driveway.

The roads well traveled seemed to be ice-free, but those seldom driven were a disaster. The latter were the ones I chose to drive, intentionally. Surprisingly, there weren’t any wrecks on the road that I saw. However, there were the usual idiots that think it’s alright to pull out in front of me with only 100 yards to spare, as well as the drivers that feel the need to drive 10mph over the speed limit, despite the conditions.

While driving around, I remembered a building that had caught my eye in the past. I figured this was a great opportunity to drive by and find out what it was. The building (pictured above) was one of the newer offices for the Greenville Hospital System. The windows were what caught my eye before and they proved to be very photogenic (especially after a little doctoring).

The parking lot is like a maze to navigate and was covered in ice. At one point in time I found my back tires traveling faster than the fronts and moving in a completely different direction. No harm done. I even tried to complete the maneuver a 2nd time but was unsuccessful (being that I couldn’t get the rear to slide, not wreck).

Another picture worth mentioning on my trip:

Carlisle, PA Truck Show

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

This past August, a friend of mine and I took a road trip to Carlisle, PA for a huge truck show that my friend had seen in a magazine. After all these months I finally got around to post-processing of pictures, and this is one that I came up with. The picture is of an early 90’s Chevy truck lifted and sitting on 52 inch tires. The owner and another guy were in the process of parking a lowrider truck underneath the superior Chevy. You can see the tailgate of the lowrider as well as the backside of the owner. I don’t care too much for that type of truck which is I why I opted to get a shot from the opposite side. For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the show, but it had everything. The actual show part… vendors… mud racing… monster truck show… burnout competition… bikini competition(!!!)… and even MEGASAURUS, the car eating monster.

For other pictures I uploaded from the trip:

Streetfighter S

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Streetfighter S

Originally uploaded by cgancos

The much desirable 2010 Ducati Streetfighter S. This bike was on display at the 2010 Cycle World International Motorcycle Show. I’m still not sure if I like this more than the Monster, but if you’d like to donate either one to the Make-a-Chris Foundation I certainly won’t be picky. Seriously, for a mere $18,995 you could make me very happy. I’ll totally be your best friend and you can even come to my birthday party. Sleepover!

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Top Cameras According to Flickr

Sunday, January 17th, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

Here are your top-ten lists of both camera models and manufacturers. This list is created by pulling the EXIF data from each image uploaded to the site. Topping the list for models: the camera that I own. Apple sits at #7 for manufacturer uploads and the iPhone itself ranks 13th. I’m surprised that many people upload their photos from a cell phone… granted: they DO own an iPhone, they can’t be too smart…. “It just works!”

The list is updated every Monday.
Full list: