Mercier Orchards

2014 Garber Geektography Fall Fun Fest Chronicles: Chapter 1 “How about ‘dem Apples?”

In the middle of grading and writing, we did find some time to escape last weekend for our favorite season of the year. Our first stop was at Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia, to get our annual supply of apples. It was a bright, sunny day, which made for some harsh lighting conditions, but I was able to get a couple of environmental shots. I love how the winding paths on the hillside drive you through the whole orchard. We also found out that our favorite apple is the mutsu, or crispin.

Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards in October

I was also grateful to have my Lee Seven5 polariser in my bag to bring out the sky in this shot:

Mercier Orchards in October

Mercier Orchards in early October

Having come home with a plentiful harvest, we rested up for the next day’s adventures, which included getting Sargon back into the groove of agility training at the Canine Ranch.

Sargon's motivation for training is his tennis ball. Really, it is a quite unhealthy obsession.

Sargon’s motivation for training is his tennis ball. Really, it is a quite unhealthy obsession.

We also ran into his pal, Beauregard, training on the A-frame.

Beau strutting his stuff.

Beau strutting his stuff.

We ended the day with Sunday in the Park at Historic Oakland Cemetery. We were overjoyed to learn that I took first and second places in color in the photo contest, and Michelle took second in black and white! The mausoleums were open, so I played with some HDR while we were there.

Mystical mausoleum at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.

Mystical mausoleum at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.

They also had a car show there, and Michelle captured this emaciated passenger. A cool, spooky shot to get us ready for later in the month.

Whew, I'm famished!

Whew, I’m famished!

What are your plans for a great Fall weekend?

A Creepy Thirteen: Bioshock at DragonCon 2014

Elizabeth Leads Parade

Elizabeth leads the parade.

Little Sister, Big Sister

Little Sister and Big Sister walk in tandem.

Little Sister ready to harvest.

One of the creepiest things about the game is the large needle filling the baby bottle with blood.

Little Sister and her Big Daddy.

Little Sister loves her Big Daddy.

Elizabeth is a popular cosplay.

Elizabeth is a popular cosplay.

Peddling Power Ups

Peddling power-ups.

Don't mess with this little sister.

Don’t mess with this little sister.

A decapitated motorized patriot.

A decapitated motorized patriot.

Little Sister Ghost

Don’t look behind you!

Heads

A creepy approach to predestination.

Robert and Rosalind

Robert and Rosalind examine the coin of fate.

The Bioshock Infinite group shot.

The Bioshock Infinite group shot.

A Big Sister spotted at the Atlanta Aquarium

A Big Sister spotted at the Atlanta Aquarium.

Being the Bear: Our First Mercer University Football Game

Last year Mercer University revived its football team, and for the first time since their return, Michelle and I were able to make it down for a home game. The McAfee School of Theology held a tailgate party at the game, so we went with several faculty and staff to show our support.

When we decided to go, I thought it would be a great opportunity to test out the a6000 with the Sony 70-200 FE lens. So, I extended my rental from the past week’s DragonCon and had a blast with it. Unfortunately, the Bears didn’t win, but they showed a lot of heart against Furman.

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Mr. McAfee School of Theology, Barrett, our colleague and friend in admissions.

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An impressive entrance.

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Ready to play.

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I was impressed by the pressure of Mercer’s defense.

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After a punt. I just thought this shot demonstrated the great action freeze of the a6000 and the depth of field of the 70-200.

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A timely QB sack.

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The pressure on the quarterback which led to …

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… this interception.

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More Bears’ defense.

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After a good play.

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More pressure!

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A shot of the band with the flag corps for my niece.

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This guy was a riot!

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And the next two players had a lot of spirit …

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… as they cheered on their teammates.

White Walker

It May be hot Outside, but Winter is Coming: Game of Thrones Photos from DragonCon

Lord Varys

Lord Varys, AKA, the Spider, checking in with his “little birds.”

Shae

An awesome Shae cosplay. Where is Tyrion?

Ygritte

“You know nothing, John Snow.” A fun Ygritte cosplay.

Melisandre

The props often make the cosplay. Love this Melisandre.

Brienne of Tarth

Galacticat does a great Brienne of Tarth. Perfect attitude and a great costume.

White Walker

A white walker in the DragonCon parade. I had a lot of fun with this one!

Trooper Jack Sparrow

Hey, you got your Star Wars in my Disney …

Ariel & Captain Jack

Now I want to hear Ariel sing pirate shanties.

Princess Tiana

Princess Tiana at the Marriot

Ariel Under the Sea

This was an interesting one to shoot at the Atlanta Aquarium with very low light and a flash.

Bambi (1 of 1)

Bambi

HadesMegara (1 of 1)

Hades and Megara having a moment

JediPrincesses (1 of 1)

Sith Snow White, Princess Ariel/Leia, and Jedi Elsa. The force is strong with these princesses.

MadameGothel (1 of 1)

Madame Gothel from Tangled

Steampunk Mad Hatter

Steampunk Mad Hatter (CORRECTION: We found out that this was Caitlyn from League of Legends, though the “Steampunk Mad Hatter” description still works, I think.)

Rapunzel

A happy Rapunzel

Rumpelstiltskin

A spot on Rumpelstiltskin from Once Upon a Time offering a contract

Archer Snow White

This Snow White doesn’t need a huntsman. She’s packing her own bow and arrows.

Trooper Jack Sparrow

Aren’t you a little drunk to be a Stormtrooper?