This photo is from the same location as my post a few days ago. For this one I went with a wider lens for more of a complete landscape. The way the vines and clouds were gathering really pulled me into the image. They seemed to be signaling that something big is on the horizon and that we all most come to the same place to see what it was all about. The vines were clinging to what they could to climb higher and higher to get a better look. The clouds were filling in every empty space to make sure everyone had some room. I hope everyone out there is having a wonderful evening and I will see you all again soon.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Shooting portraits is always great fun and I love capturing everyday people, families and children. Some of the most fun can be had shooting a newborn and it is even more special when it is your own! These are some newborn portraits I shot of our little Maribeth who was born this past Saturday. What a blessing she is! If you or someone you know is expecting and would like some on location newborn portraits pass them my way and I will be happy to touch base with them.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I found this Green Anole standing on a barn post in Burton. I was photographing a barn scene and this guy stopped by to take a look at what I was doing. Since he was standing completely still I thought it would make a great HDR subject with his bright colors against the dull barn.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised today to receive an email letting me know a photograph I submitted back in the spring won 1st place in the Lady Bird Johnson Texas wildflower Center Photo contest. I don't really every shoot for contest or awards and I submitted these photos on a whim to see what would happen. What a great honor. I thought I would share with my blog readers a little bit about how this photo was captured. For this photo I set the subject in an area of sun produced by an open spot in the shade of an oak tree. The sun was to the subjects back and produced some great back light. I had a wireless flash to the subjects front to throw some fill light on the subject, and that is it. No umbrellas no reflectors no hair lights. Just one off camera flash that was it. Let me know if you all have any other questions and I will be happy to answer them.
Monday, September 13, 2010
While walking along the old barns every step I made kicked up a storm of grasshoppers. This meant a smorgasbord of feeding opportunities for the Argiope spiders who had set up their traps among the reeds and fence post. This Argiope made quick work of this grasshopper as he flew unexpectedly into the tangles of the web. It was actually quite fascinating watching how the Argiope made such quick work of subduing the grasshopper as he sprayed more webbing and spun the grasshopper around and around until their was no hope for escape. After the prep work for the meal was over the spider calmly moved back away as to save this meal for later.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I was walking around this old barn photographing it from different angles when I had set up from this position. the main composition was to capture the vine on the fence set in front of the red barn. That is when I noticed the hummingbird come into the frame and the grasshopper that landed on the fence. These two elements were a happy accident that just completed the image. Hope you all enjoy.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sometimes the same place and the same thing can show you something new. That was the case this weekend. I have been through this area many times but this weekend in early September it had a whole new look that I had never seen. After talking to some family who have seen this before they told me this is called by most snow on the prairie. These milkweeds flower and bloom in late August and when in abundance they blanket the pastures in white. It is a beautiful scene and is almost as unique as the early spring bluebonnet bloom. It amazes me the colors that the land produces. This exact same pasture can go from green ( spring grass) to blue (bluebonnets), to red (indian blankets), to purple (bluebells) to white (milkweed) to gold. (dormant grass) Only out away from the city can you truly appreciate the colors mother nature gives you. Happy Labor Day everyone. I hope you are enjoying the day! I am off to go dove hunting probably in this pasture!