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Bay Area Blast

For the weary business traveler, the road often loses its promise of excitement and newness. The camera can reset and shift that jaded perspective. Read More

Red Bull Sound Select Austin

Night Drive, Roger Sellers and Robert Delong played to capacity last night at The Parish in Austin, TX for the Red Bull Sound Select series.

Third annual MotoGP at COTA in Austin, TX, USA on 12 April, 2015.

2015 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

With overcast skies, rain and major storms threatening all weekend, the 2015 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas went off with only a minor hitch (debris on the track prior to start). Just before the race, the skies opened up and the sun broke through, lighting up the brilliant red, white and blue track elements. Red Bull racer, Spaniard Marc Marquez, pulled off the “three-peat” with his third consecutive victory at the annual event held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX.

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Sturgill Simpson ACL Taping

It’s hard not to slip into hyperbole when writing about Sturgill Simpson’s Austin City Limits taping on Wednesday. It was truly something special.

Simpson’s brand of outlaw country is not simply defined, as proven by his cover of When in Rome’s hit single, “The Promise.” His rendition of it Wednesday night was one of the show’s highlights. What was defined was the soaring power of his vocals and the tight performance by his band, punctuated by the outstanding Estonian guitarist Laur Joamets.

The crowd responded with several standing ovations and lingered long after the show, buzzing about what they had just witnessed. Luckily, those that missed the live show can see the magic when it airs on PBS later this year.

Reprinted from original story on Culture Map Austin here

User Report: Sony FE 28mm on the a7S

Last week FedEx delivered a box on loan from Sony containing a couple of much anticipated new FE primes – the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon and the FE 28mm f2. Yes, the FE 35mm Distagon is as good as reported elsewhere, a near perfect balance of center resolution and bokeh, but what about the little FE 28/2?

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