South Padre 2016 Part 6

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South Padre 2016 Part 6

Postby Roanoker » Tue May 09, 2017 6:56 pm

It is a new day (2/4/16) and we are in San Antonio. I always take a picture before we leave the hotel to make sure the camera is working.
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Wandering around on the riverwalk.
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Boarding boats.
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Starting out.
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Where are we?
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Bridges be everywhere.
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Watery road.
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Flowers are a must.
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Watch out for the ducks!
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We must be on a boat now.
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Impressive water.
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Lots to see.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 6

Postby Roanoker » Sat May 20, 2017 12:47 pm

We are meandering along the waterway in a rectangular boat that holds a bunch of people.
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Almost around the corner.
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We’ll keep to the right as we pass by.
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Good thing we don’t have a mast.
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Nice steeple off to the side.
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Flowers happen to grow in these rock walls.
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They are even prettier close up.
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Side view.
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Boats and a bridge. Notice the two people on the bridge.
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Here they are again. Young lovers.
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Trees try to hide the tower.
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The many bridges add to the charm.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 6

Postby Roanoker » Thu May 25, 2017 2:17 pm

Lots to see on the San Antonio Riverwalk. We’re still in a boat.
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Others enjoy the walkway.
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It was difficult to get a good picture of this wonderful sculpture, especially while moving by in a boat.
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Sometimes, just bare tree branches and a few nests will do. Not to mention a nice blue sky.
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The addition of a tower doesn’t hurt.
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Ducks find shelter under the bridge.
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This man has no idea of what someone did with his image.
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Ducks love this place. So do I.
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Almost like a tunnel. Maybe it is.
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Watery roads do not stop businesses.
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At first, I thought this was the same “tower” shown in the fifth picture. (I rounded off the pole on top so it didn’t appear to be chopped off.) But now, I don’t think so. The two buildings do sport the same style. See the gargoyles? I didn’t notice them until
I fussed with this picture. I’m guessing that they do serve a purpose in diverting water away from masonry. Many gargoyles can
also be seen in the fifth picture.
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Easy way to move from one street level to another.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 6

Postby Roanoker » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:36 pm

Sort of looks like duck pizza.
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Another building and more gargoyles.
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Cute couple.
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I guess we’ll have to turn right or left at the next “intersection.”
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This is a different building from the one above, but they all have the same architectural style. With gargoyles.
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I guess the red-brick archway caught my eye.
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Side view of the flower convention.
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I’m not terribly sure what I did with this picture myself.
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Looks like a normal business district, if you don’t mind the wet road.
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Attack of the tree monster.
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Just another tunnel.
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Bicycle parking lot.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 6

Postby Roanoker » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:54 pm

New building encroaches upon the old.
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I approve of flower pots on stair railings.
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I cloned out an ugly air conditioner and lightened the statue head. Whatever.
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Almost European.
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Had to do something to change the appearance of the basically same scene.
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Same area, more to the right. But it was such a nice area.
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Closeup of the tower seen in the two pictures immediately above. Nice tower.
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Many places to dine.
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Great streetlight.
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I rotated the image so that the pretty strip of ornamentation would align at the bottom. Then I plopped the image on top.
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If a building must be painted red, this was a good shade to pick.
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The sun is trying to set.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 6

Postby Roanoker » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:06 pm

In case Hilton needs a brochure. You do realize that I rotated my picture and plopped it on top of an image of a blank brochure I found online.
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You can eat outside and not get wet.
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Catching up to our boat.
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I’d like to see these at night.
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I used Photoshop’s “Note Paper” filter on the background.
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Steeple among trees.
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I had no idea what these things were, so I did some research and found this: “When their roots are submerged in water, Bald Cypress shoot up knobby, above-ground ‘knees,’ a signature of the species. Knees are a reaction to the root function of taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide. They can’t do that if they’re under water, thus they push up ‘knees’ above ground, accomplishing the gas exchange with the adaptation.”
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Not so old buildings loom.
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Nobody hangs wet towels on these balcony railings.
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What might we be approaching?
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Ahh! A convention center.
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Another modern building.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 6

Postby Roanoker » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:31 pm

I assume this building, which crosses over the waterway, is covered with mirrors.
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Here, I plopped the image on top of a larger version of itself. I don’t remember how I concocted the pipe-like frame.
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Just for fun, and a lot of not-worth-it trouble, I forced four pictures together. I took them as our boat floated underneath.
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Close-up of the mirrored walls.
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I’m thinking we’ll have to make a left turn ahead.
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I don’t care for the way this one turned out, but then, I don’t get paid for doing it.
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The Marriott hotel demands that you take a picture of it.
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The picture looked just fine without the ridiculous frame, but I have to experiment on occasion.
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Roses can hold their own.
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Boat ride must be over. Now what?
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The next two pictures were just black rectangles, until I applied Levels in Photoshop. What a surprise.
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Another black beauty.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 6

Postby Roanoker » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:05 pm

All of my pictures from this point on were very dark because the sun was going down. I applied Photoshop Levels on parts or all of each of the following pictures.
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A saint.
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It’s like opening a Christmas present. Black picture. Levels. Boom! Bright color.
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I applied Levels to just the small center of this picture, with a large feather radius.
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I didn’t know that some flowers have antlers.
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Happy pansy.
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Picture within an enlarged section of itself with portions cut away to show part of the picture underneath.
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From black to “Hey, look at me!"
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White is nice in this case.
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Photoshop Levels applied to a circular selection with heavy feathering.
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Similar treatment here, coupled with a Crosshatch filter.
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Same treatment with this one.
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