Monday, June 29, 2009

Before They Were Stars - Round Rock, TX

A photo from a couple years back when I was shooting the Round Rock Express games. One of the cool things about shooting minor league baseball is the chance to photograph a superstar before they are a superstar. This photo is of Houston Astros starting outfielder Hunter pence as he played for the Express.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Waterfall in Dogwood Canyon - Dogwood Canyon, MO

With 100+ degree temperatures everyday with no end in sight this photo cools me off just a bit! This is a waterfall in the Dogwood Canyon park near Table Rock Lake in Missouri. I am looking forward to tonight as we head off to a pro rodeo that is held right here in Georgetown Texas. I am going to take the camera with me so who knows what will show up on my blog in the next few days.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Racing the Sun - Port Arthur, TX

Outside of photography my other hobby is fishing. My favorite part, the morning run. This was the morning run a few years back as I headed out with some friends from Port Arthur Texas. On mornings like this catching fish is just a bonus. You race the sunrise to get to the fishing grounds as early as you can and then just sit back relax and hope the day brings good fortune!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Tower - Austin, TX

I was hoping to head out and see this tower lit up bright orange with a giant #1 lit in the windows but for that to happen we need a miracle. Texas is down 10-4 in the top of the 8th as I write this. The University of Texas has a tradition of lighting the tower for special acomplishments from the University. The most popular light show is when a sporting team wins a national title and they light the entire tower orange and turn on the lights in the windows to form a number 1. Don't give up Horns!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sacred Ground - Pea Rdge, AK

One of my place to visit on my all time wish list was a civil war battlefield. On our drive into Missouri we drove through Pea Ridge where you pass the Pea Ridge National Military Park. I convinced the family that we should leave early on the way home so we can visit the park. They agreed. Even though I knew we had a long drive ahead of us back to Georgetown the almost two hours we spent at Pea Ridge were quite moving. We stopped in the welcome building and toured the museum that is full of artifacts recovered from the battlefield as well as some unbelievable oil paintings by artist Andy Thomas. The park then allows you to drive through the park stopping at points along the 7 mile route of historic importance. The Battle of Pea Ridge was an extremely important battle. It decided the fate of Missouri and with the Northern Victory. the North assured Missouri would not fall to the confederacy. Missouri, by most counts however, stayed neutral for most of the war. Without the victory by the North most historians agree that the South would have controlled Missouri giving them vital resources and supply lines. The digital art below was created from a photo I shot standing on the cannon line that the south held until General Curtis and his troops drove the confederacy into retreat. On this ground I was standing on over 2000 Americans gave their life. On each side those who fought, fought bravely and, and fought for their family, homes, and beliefs. If you were a soldier for the confederacy at this spot on March 8th 1862 you would have been looking across this great field and seen 10,000 union soldiers standing in battle lines stretched across the field for almost a mile, but you stood your post followed orders and fought valiantly. A visit to a civil war battlefield should be on everyone's to do list because after you visit you walk away humbled, grateful, honored and just proud to live in this country.
The post processing I did on this work was done in a way to evoke feeling and emotion, everything down to the red filtering and brushing I used had a purpose in the final look. I hope by viewing this photo you are taken back to March 8th 1862 as opposed to seeing a photo shot in June of 2009.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Covered Bridge on Indian Creek - Dogwood Canyon, MO

Little Indian Creek flows gently through Dogwood Canyon. As you slowly walk along the bank you pass several rock steps as the creek flows down from the Ozark Mountains. If you look closely you will see the trout waving their tails as they steady themselves into the current as they wait for some food or an unsuspecting fly to pass in front of them. Here, it is easy to forget about the busy weekdays at work and become totally immersed in the calming tranquility that surrounds you. On this day if you sat quietly the sound of the stream was joined by the pattering of rain on the leaves and the occasional bird singing for the sun to come back out.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Standing Tall - Table Rock, MO

This was the view from the house we stayed at in MO. A big thank you to my sister in law for welcoming us to their family lake house. It was a really great time had by all. Their deck is the perfect place for a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. I think we at dinner every night out on the deck and each evening the view was wonderful. The most interesting part of the view was this one tree that stood above all the others. I learned that my sister-and-laws father kept the other trees trimmed down as to not block there view. I guess there was something this tree told him that said "not me my friend I plan on standing tall."

Saturday, June 20, 2009

True Texas Models - Trinty, TX

Ahh cows you just have to love them. My favorite cows to photograph are the ones that can be found on this family farm in Trinity Texas. They always know how to pose for my photographs. I have another photograph of cows from this farm at an older post if you want to check it out here. For this photo the planing was relatively easy. The cows were fed every morning over in front of this old shed and they hang out there quite frequently. So I walked out and set up and waited for just the right models to come out and pose for my camera. Well these two did just that and they are now part of my photographic collection and they did it just for the exposure :) (Inside joke for photographers). By the way no HDR just some simple single exposure work here. Talk to everyone soon!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tranquil Falls - Dogwood Canyon, MO

So here is the first photo post from our trip out to Missouri. This was shot just outside Table Rock which is go figure on Table Rock Lake. The place is called Dogwood Canyon and is a wonderful place to spend the day. While the family was a little disappointed about the drizzly, cloudy gloomy weather it made for perfect light to shoot this wonderful stream that flows through the canyon. The clouds cut out all the harsh shadows and slowed my shutter speed to just the right speed without having to even use a filter. The wet weather also created some cool fog that would rise off the water. This shot was taken around 2PM which if sunny, would have made this an impossible capture. Anyways I filled up an entire memory card here and wish we could have stayed longer. We only made it about 1 mile along the 7 mile trail. There is so much more to tell about this place but I think I will hold some back for what I think may be quite a few more post from here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Heron Reflection - Georgetown, TX

Here is another photo from Blue Hole Early in the morning. The heron is a green heron and is pretty abundant along the San Gabriel River. I have always seen these great photos of birds reflected on the water but have never been able to capture this myself. So this was a first for me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Early Morning at the Swimming Hole - Georgetown, TX

Sorry for not posting in a while. I think this was the longest hiatus to date. I was however busy taking photos I just did not have any Internet access where I was. Be on the look out for a bunch of new photos coming soon from some beautiful places in northeast Arkansas ans Southwest Missouri. I spent a long weekend out there with family and managed to capture some wonderful photos. So until then I will keep it local with this new photo of a place in Georgetown called Blue Hole. It is a little slice of heaven right outside downtown Georgetown. If you get there early the deer will lift their heads from their morning graze to see who has come to visit and the birds will greet you with beautiful welcoming tones as you walk the banks of the peaceful pool on the San Gabriel River. By Early afternoon the sounds of nature are replaced by the sounds of people milling around and kids splashing in the water as they escape the Texas heat. If you visit Georgetown be sure to leave enough time in your trip to swing by Blue Hole.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Yellow Crowned Night Heron - Georgetown, TX

I was out early this Saturday and ventured down to a local park right in the middle of Georgetown called Blue Hole. I was amazed at the abundance of nature I saw. This Heron was just one of the many birds I saw while there. I liked how the background filled the entire frame as the cliffs were reflected onto the water below. All in all it was a quick photo trip with some great results. I finished it off by heading downtown to have some breakfast tacos and some coffee at our favorite restaurant Dos Salsas.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Grab a Seat, The View is Free - Florence, TX

How is this for a place to enjoy a nice day outside? This is the Vineyard at Florence and is a new winery in Central Texas. It is a great place to spend the afternoon and enjoy the ever changing Texas weather. The storm clouds provided the perfect cooling breeze as we were there and the rain just skirted around us providing nothing more than just a great view and a cool breeze. If you come visit let me know and I'll make sure these seats remain open for us.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Coolest Place in Texas - Austin, TX

This is an oldie but goody. One of my very first HDR photos. This was accomplished by some very manual techniques of blending and manipulating in photoshop. The final result was this great photo of a well known Central Texas watering hole, Hamilton Pool. As temperatures in central Texas creep into the upper nineties, just looking at this photo cools me off. I think there may a trip back there in the near future! What a place to escape the heat! A true Texas Treasure!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Boys of Summer - Round Rock, TX

This was actually shot last year but thought I should post during the appropriate season. I was lucky to get to shoot a feature of the Round Rock High school baseball team and this shot never made it to print and was simply a byproduct of the shot that did run in the paper. I always look for something other than the "run shot" when on an assignment because you never know what else you can capture. I really liked this photo and earned a spot in my favorites. The weekend is almost here!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The River Runs Yellow - Georgetown, TX

The San Gabriel River has many colors this is a landscape photo of the San Gabriel as it transitions from spring to summer. During this time the yellows are the dominant color along the banks. Standing in places it as if the river has replaced the water with a flow of yellow. The flowers follow the contours of the river and disappear around the bend. As I post this blog I am watching a show on PBS called Craft in America. A wonderful show on how people and groups make art from their surroundings. To see the river in the winter visit this photo