brewing [Day 2342]

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Thanks to a long series of events that started last night, I ended up going over to Filipponi Ranch Cellers today for some wine tasting and to see a friend start brewing up a batch of beer. I got to learn much more about the process and checked out some of the raw ingredients. In the shot below, we see the malt being added in.

beer brewing | photograph by Brian J. Matis

brewing [Day 2342]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 151 – Total Days: 2,342
Fuji X100s | ISO 200 | 23mm | f/2.8 | 1/1250 sec

And here are the hops:

hops | photograph by Brian J. Matis

hops
Fuji X100s | ISO 200 | 23mm | f/2.8 | 1/1250 sec

And since this was all happening at a winery, I figured I shouldn’t let the beer steal the show — here are some of the wine barrels:

wine barrels | photograph by Brian J. Matis

wine barrels
Fuji X100s | ISO 200 | 23mm | f/2.8 | 1/1250 sec

iFixit headquarters [Day 2341]

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My work, Experts Exchange, was one of the sponsors for a pretty cool local event this evening: the SLO County Bike Coalition’s Bikes and Beauty Fashion Show. It was held downtown at the headquarter’s for iFixit, which has a pretty cool building. Great event, and so glad that we were a sponsor for it!

iFixit headquarters | photograph by Brian J. Matis

iFixit headquarters [Day 2341]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 150 – Total Days: 2,341
iPhone 5s | ISO 400 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/15 sec

bouquet [Day 2340]

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Some nice flowers spotted on an evening photo walk. Not sure what this flower is, but it’s like a naturally occurring bouquet.

flowers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

bouquet [Day 2340]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 149 – Total Days: 2,340
Canon 6D | ISO 400 | 35mm | f/3.5 | 1/80 sec

planter box and ivy [Day 2339]

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Spotted this planter box on an ivy covered wall next to Splash Cafe and thought it was interesting.

planter box and ivy | photograph by Brian J. Matis

planter box and ivy [Day 2339]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 148 – Total Days: 2,339
iPhone 5s | ISO 40 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/120 sec

wish you were here [Day 2338]

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Playing a little GTA V this evening on the PC and messing around with the in-game Snapmatic camera mode.

GTA V Ferris wheel | photograph by Brian J. Matis

wish you were here [Day 2338]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 147 – Total Days: 2,338
GTA V Snapmatic | PC Version

parking garage [Day 2337]

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Heading to the car after dinner and looking for some light sources to take a photo with. The parking garage — yeah, that’ll do!

parking garage | photograph by Brian J. Matis

parking garage [Day 2337]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 146 – Total Days: 2,337
iPhone 5s | ISO 125 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/30 sec

stella artois [Day 2336]

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Had some friends over for a BBQ. Enjoyed a nice cold beer. Took a photo of it.

stella artois | photograph by Brian J. Matis

stella artois [Day 2336]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 145 – Total Days: 2,336
Canon 6D | ISO 125 | 24mm | f/4.0 | 1/125 sec

PC tower [Day 2335]

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This is my PC. I call it Phantom, after the name of its case, which is by NZXT. Although Stormtrooper might be a nice name for it too…

computer case | photograph by Brian J. Matis

PC tower [Day 2335]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 144 – Total Days: 2,335
Fuji X100s | ISO 4000 | 23mm | f/2.0 | 1/100 sec

Benat Serat @ Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival 2015

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Went out to the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival with the Benat Serat bellydance troupe today, where they unveiled a new dance involving these silk covered fans. The silk would trail out, catching on the air and breeze, creating a gorgeous stream of color.

bellydancer | photograph by Brian J. Matis

new dance [Day 2334]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 143 – Total Days: 2,334
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 96mm | f/4.0 | 1/500 sec

While photo of the day is above, there’s really too much good stuff to not share, so plenty of bonus shots below:

bellydancers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

bellydancers @ Strawberry Festival 2015
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 105mm | f/4.0 | 1/500 sec

 

bellydancers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

bellydancers @ Strawberry Festival 2015
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 105mm | f/4.0 | 1/800 sec

 

bellydancers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

bellydancers @ Strawberry Festival 2015
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 24mm | f/4.0 | 1/800 sec

 

bellydancers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

sword dance @ Strawberry Festival 2015
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 73mm | f/4.0 | 1/4000 sec

 

bellydancers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

sword dance @ Strawberry Festival 2015
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 35mm | f/4.0 | 1/1250 sec

 

bellydancers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

bellydancers @ Strawberry Festival 2015
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 105mm | f/5.0 | 1/640 sec

 

bellydancers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

bellydancers @ Strawberry Festival 2015
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 75mm | f/4.0 | 1/800 sec

The uni-cyclist juggler was also pretty fun to watch.

juggler | photograph by Brian J. Matis

juggler @ Strawberry Festival 2015
Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 105mm | f/4.0 | 1/500 sec

Witcher 3 [Day 2333]

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While I’ve only been able to get in a bit of game time with the Witcher 3, I can already attest to the fact that this game is phenomenal. The graphics, the combat, the crafting, the world, the voice acting, the writing (especially the writing) — all amazing. It’s got some tremendous complexity to it, but it wasn’t that hard to get the basic hang of it, and once you do it’s truly remarkable. It’s like they took all the different systems and best aspects from games like Skyrim, Dragon Age, Dark Souls and GTA and blended them all together into one incredible whole.

It was also extra cool that the developers included a little thank you note for buying their game.

Plus, I was able to fight a pack of wolves while on horseback. 10 out of 10.

Witcher 3 | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Witcher 3 [Day 2333]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 142 – Total Days: 2,333
Canon 6D | ISO 400 | 35mm | f/2.8 | 1/80 sec

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