Friday, January 22, 2010

Littlefield Fountain - Austin, TX

This is a close up of the Littlefield Fountain that is on the south side of the UT Tower. It was built as a World War I memorial comprised of a bronze prow of a ship (the Boat of America) The ship bears a personification of Columbia (the Spirit of Independence), holding aloft two torches (the Flame of Freedom) and flanked by two military figures (Army on the proper left; Navy on the proper right). Ahead of this arrangement are three plunging, finned sea-horses (symbolizing mob hysteria), only the two outer ones mounted by merman (man's discipline). It is a wonderful work of art and is probably the most photographed fountain in Austin. There is a local legend told by college students about the Sea Horses that is quite funny but to hear it you probably need to ask a UT alum. Almost everyone I know knows the legend but I will leave it off the blog here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

University of Texas Tower - Austin, TX

Everyone I have no excuses for the lack of post. It was just plain and simple lack of motivation. Every now and again it hits and I am going to try and shake it off and get back to regular updates and more photographs. This is a good way to get back on track. I was in downtown Austin last night for the Austin SMUGMUG gathering. This is a brand new photography group and last night was our second meeting. We had a great guest speaker in Kevin Vandivier who shared some great stories and inspiration as he talked about his career and what photography is about to him. I encourage you all to visit Kevin's website here and go visit with him at his gallery Alpha Omega downtown. Not only is Kevin a great photographer but he gives himself unselfishly to help those who want to learn. If you are serious about getting better with your photography events such as this and other speaker series are a great way to learn. What is great is you learn without your camera simply by soaking in the wisdom of those who excel at the craft. It is almost a learning by osmosis. The next meeting is Feb 17th and I hope you all can join us. you can RSVP at this link: www.meetup.com/austinsmug
This photo of the Univeristy of Texas tower was shot after our meeting. It was a nice night and while downtown I decided to take advantage and capture this photo. This Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in all of Austin and has a storied history at the University. Talk to you all soon!

Monday, January 11, 2010

The BCS National Championship - Pasadena, CA

While the game did not end up how I would have wished the trip was a memorable one. From Disneyland with my daughter to the pregame tailgate on the golf course and all the way to the end where we proudly sung the eyes of Texas this was a great trip. It was amazing at how crowded the stadium was almost an hour before kickoff. I have never seen a stadium this full this early at any event I have been to. If you look closely you will see this photo inside the Rose Bowl was shot 49:53 seconds before kickoff and not an empty seat! Talk about anticipation! I felt horrible for Colt McCoy having to leave early due to an injury. I'm positive the outcome would have been much different had McCoy not been injured. That's football though. The future for the longhorns does look pretty good with Gilbert though. He came into his own in the 4th quarter. By the way today the Texas Longhorn Basketball team reached number 1 in the country for the first time in their history today!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome 2010 - Dallas, TX

I enjoyed a great night last night as we celebrated with friends in Dallas and rang in the new year. This is an HDR photograph of the celebration in downtown Dallas as the clock struck midnight. We were at The W hotel looking down on the party in Victory Plaza. It was a pretty cool view and the party was pretty good as well. It was going strong well into 2010 and we finally called it a night around 3AM. Thanks to all those who helped put this together and including us in the event. It was a blast!