Thursday, February 26, 2009

Morning Flight - Georgetown, TX

OK this picture has been sitting on my computer for a while and I have been afraid to post it because I am not happy with the details. If you view this picture large you will see I got real sloppy with the selective sharpening. OK I am an idiot why would I point out my errors. Well this post is a reminder to myself to not get lazy, because laziness means sloppiness and sloppiness in return produces bad images. I think this image was a case of taking a so so image and trying to make it better in photoshop. In my opinnion all I acomplished was makign a second so so image. All in all it is nice to look at as a thumbnail image but I would never blow this image up big.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Back to Shooting Some Sports - Round Rock, TX

Well the last two weeks I decided to go back to my roots per say. As I mentioned in my very first blog entry I learned most of what I know today by jumping straight into one of the most difficult photography genres “sports.” I decided I was going to continue to shoot sports if nothing else to keep my skills sharp, it also doesn’t hurt that I get paid to do it. J I also will break my normal one picture a day to include a few shots from the last game I photographed. It was nice being back on the floor chasing the action and getting 1 decent shot forever 50 you shoot. Many people hate shooting sports simply due to the trashcan to keeper ratio. I can remember shooting 400 frames at games and going through every single one only to trash all but 25 right off the bat. Out of those 25 it is narrowed down to another 5-8 and then the sports editor gets really picky and picks just one of those. Check out the Round Rock Leaders latest editions to see which ones the editors picked from Tuesday’s basketball playoff game between the McNeil and Cy-Springs. Did you guess right?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Texas Heat - Cedar Park, TX

We might start seeing more of this if we don’t get some rain. This is the biggest fear right now. This was a small grass fire and no real damage was done. However with everything as dry as it is right now we are in a very high fire danger right now. This shot was a 2 exposure digital blend. One exposure for the foreground and one for the background.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wingspan - St. John USVI

This Pelican was not very cooperative with me. I literally stood still and held my camera on him for about 30 minutes as he was perched on a branch behind some branches and leaves. He finally decided to hop off the branch where I got a clean shot.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Nature's Color - Dallas, TX

This photo was taken of a chameleon at the Dallas World Aquarium. It was a single shot with 5 virtual exposures created in Lightroom blended in Photomatix. Special thanks on this photo goes to my father- in-law who loaned me his camera after mine got left at the door back at home. The Dallas World Aquarium is a beautiful place and I would love to go back and spend some more time in this place doing nothing but photography. This trip was more for my daughter. We had a great time with the family and were joined by my mom and brother along with his wife. If you are in Dallas this is a great place to visit.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Overlook Road - Georgetown, TX

This is the road that runs across the Lake Georgetown dam. This photo was another one taken at Overlook Park in Georgetown. I am quite amazed at the number of photos I took in a few short minutes in a 1 square mile area. I loved the diverging lines of the roads. Tonight I also read a great article by Trey Ratcliff over at a blog by Smashing Magazine. Some great advice for any photographers who want to see more in the photos they take. Talk to you all soon!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sunset at the Dell Diamond - Round Rock, TX

Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training and so in honor of the upcoming baseball season a shot of our local AAA club, The Round Rock Express playing at the Dell Diamond. I am diving back into some sports action beginning tomorrow so hope to be back out at the ball park shooting the Express. This was not an HDR by the way...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Arrow Through My Heart - Georgetown, TX

Happy Valentine's Day. I put this photo together by shooting a 3 shot HDR of this little rocking heart my wife has. I sat it in front of an tin decorative bowl and shot wide open to give the heart the 3d effect. there was a short stem of the heart that I cloned out to give it the floating effect. All in all this shot was really easy and took about 30 minutes.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sky at Overlook Park - Georgetown, TX

For this shot unlike the sunset I missed last Sunday I saw these clouds forming and new that they would be some nice dramatic sky. SO I drove up to Overlook Park and took some shots of the lake. On y way back to the car as I was loading my gear I saw this rock and tree right off the front of my car. To compose the shot I literally laid on the ground and got my camera as low as I could. I liked the way this turned out. A funny side story on this is my wife was sitting on the couch watching me process the photo and for the first time I heard her tell me she didn’t like one of my photos! Oh come on my own wife….Anyways I got a kick out of that and it’s good to know that if she says she likes a photo that means she really does and is not just saying so. She thought it was a little too busy and didn’t like the roots on the rock. So let me hear it do you agree with m wife or do you like the photo?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Water of Trunk Bay - St. John, U.S.V.I.

It’s starting to feel like spring around here. It brings me back to memories of the warm cool water in St. John. This is Trunk Bay probably one of the world’s most famous beaches. The color and clarity of the water is what makes this place a wonderful place to photograph.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Looking West on a Sunday - Georgetown, TX

This Sunday we had an unbelievable sunset and I was not ready to capture it on camera! I had been working in the yard and had just finished when I went to sit down on the front porch. There were some serious clouds rolling in and the wind had really picked up. I thought man it will be cool to watch this storm roll in. Well it turns out I picked the wrong side of the house to sit on that night. You see our back porch faces west and had I been on the back porch I would have seen what was developing coming. I had gotten up to go get something when I saw the sunset. I have never seen one like it. The entire western sky was lit up orange like a gigantic fireball. The clouds were so low that you felt as if your hand may start to burn if you held it up. I told myself I have to get this on camera. I grabbed my camera and told myself I could make it to a hill close by. Well I didn’t. I will have to keep this memory in my head. I did fire off some photos though but you will just have to trust me that this sunset was like nothing I had ever seen. Here is what was left by the time I got to the top of the hill.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Texas Jungle - Trinity, TX

Man I hate when work gets in the way of the fun stuff. I am not going to complain today but this is my excuse for not having a picture up every day over the last few days. Probably 1 or 2 people may have noticed, but I feel better now. The photo below was taking while exploring some land around the Trinity River. I was amazed at how quickly the land changed from wide open pasture land to a thick swamp like jungle. It reminded me of the jungles we saw on a trip to Belize a few years back. The only difference was the pine trees in Trinity. It’s fun to go off the beaten track every now and again. You can quickly be transported to far off places without even going that far at all.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunset over Lake Georgetown - Georgetown, TX

We have had some spectacular sunsets over the weekend. This was taken about an hour before sunset and the clouds low to the horizon produced some great light rays. This was taken at Overlook Park in Georgetown. While the sun and sky are beautiful you can see how low the water is in the lake. At full pool the water would normally be half way up the dam on the left

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Natural Tunnel - Longhorn Cavern State Park, TX

Another shot from Longhorn Cavern. I got so many shots from this park that it has consumed many of my nights in the digital dark room. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Morning Run - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

I guess I must be really missing going out fishing right now because this makes three related fishing photos in a few days. Good news for me is I have a outing planned at the end of this month! This photo was taken before I learned my HDR technique and it is a single exposure, man I see so many possibilities with this photo as an HDR but I think it stands on its own as it is. While my passion is freshwater fishing I do love to go offshore. There is one part of fishing that never gets old and is often my favorite part of the day. It is the morning run! The sun breaking the sky the open air, the smells, everything about it is just very peaceful. I hope you can sense this moment in the photo below.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Disappearing River - Liberty Hill, TX

A quick post today. Here is another view of the San Gabriel River. the drought continues and the river is disappearing. I find this photograph beautiful and sad at the same time.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cranking the Rocks - Lake Travis, TX

A piece of advice, if you pick up a hobby be sure you really love it! Hobbies these days are expensive! My down fall is I like doing too many things and sometimes one thing wins out over the other. Lately my hobby that has been suffering the most is fishing. I think a few unrelated events have all combined to make this hobby take a back seat lately but I am itching to get going at it again. My favorite type of fishing is black bass fishing. If you can stand for hours at a time, manage frustration easily, put your patience to the ultimate test, and put up with rancid smells then you too may want to think about picking up fishing as a hobby. Ok so I listed all the things that can drive you nuts when fishing, but without these it would not be what I have grown to enjoy immensely. You see black bass are not the easiest fish to catch. You cannot just drop a line in the water and expect to catch one. It is the ultimate cat and mouse. This fish are underwater unseen and in their element. The fisherman must understand the environment and predict how the fish will react to it. Putting all he has learned and experienced in deciding where to fish, what to fish with, and how to present it to the fish. If you get all these elements right you may just get a bite. The shows you see on TV just don’t tell the whole story. No one catches a bass on every cast there can be hours on hours with nothing to show. For many fishing is not a sport. I agree sitting on the bank in a chair with a 12 pack of beer and a minnow on the end of the line is not a sport. This type of fishing is enjoyable and fun and I have been known to do it, but fishing as sport requires, artificial lures and a constant situational analysis that I put up against any head football coach or baseball manager. The photo below is one I took during a pro bass tournament on Lake Travis hosted by FLW outdoors. The top anglers in the world came for four days of fishing and I was lucky enough to catch a ride on a chase boat to follow some of them around. The preparation and attention to detail that these guys exhibit is unbelievable. I think it is what separates the average weekend angler from the top pros that pull down a million bucks a year. The fisherman in this photo, Clark Wendlant, happens to be from right here in Leander Texas. I loved how this photo captured the action and conditions. Clark was fishing straight into a head wind along a steep rock bank and the constant wave action breaking over the bow never slowed him down as he kept casting his crank bait out to catch that next fish. This would be like shooting baskets while both the ground and the basket are moving while standing on one foot.