Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Heaven's Light - Noack TX

This is a little church off Hwy 12 east of Georgetown in Noack Texas. I drive this route several times a year and I am always inspired as I drive by this church. On a clear day you can see the black steeple from miles away as you meander down a two lane highway between acres and acres of corn fields. From a distance this church appears to be off the highway but soon you round a bend and there it sits. Its not a grand cathedral by any means but the simple beauty goes extremely well with the simple landscape that surrounds it. The church's neighbors are nothing more than corn fields and clouds. I have to assume the community is much like the church and its surroundings, simple and content where they are. I photographed this church about a year ago but decided to make another rendition of the photograph using a new program for my phone. Yep that's right this photo was created on my phone. I downloaded a new app from Trey Ratcliff called 100 cameras in 1 which allows you to apply several textures and effects on top of your photos. On this app you have over 100 different effects you can apply. I have enjoyed this application very much and have even started a new gallery that features nothing but art created from my phone. It has opened up so many more possibilities for my work. The best thing about this program is the price. Unlike your full PC programs that can run you hundreds of dollars, this application cost $1.99. You most likely will see many more photos created with this application on my blog in the near future.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Circus Fun - Cedar Park, TX

It was a cold rainy day this weekend. Perfect weather for a fun filled indoor circus! You are never too old to enjoy a good circus. The laughter, the thrills, and the awe produced by the performers makes young and old alike enjoy the circus! This particular circus is the Ben Hur Shrine Circus performing at the Cedar Park Center. It runs through Monday so you still have time to go see it for yourself.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Barn Rays - Burton, TX

This 1st photo here is a redo. This scene was one of my first HDRs. 2 years later I wanted to take another stab at post processing to see the difference. The first image is my latest take on the subject. Some new tools went into the process such as my new Dell XPS, and Lightroom 3. What do you all think.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reclaimed - Burton, TX

This photograph has been sitting in my archive for a little while but I am glad I came across it today. This turned out to be one of my favorites to date from out and around the ranch. This is an old hay loft that hasn't seen any use for several years now. Quickly the vines and vegetation are starting to overcome the structure and soon it will reclaim it entirely. During post processing I applied some cooling filters to create a starker lonelier mood. I then utilized a 3 image HDR blend to bring out the grain in the hay loft. The final step was to apply some texture using a photo from a brick wall. To me photos are about awakening senses and creating a mood. For me this finished photo does all of the above. I hope it does the same for you.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Buddist Irony- Dallas, TX

First off Happy New Year Everyone! I was recently in Dallas and ventured into the Neiman Marcus Department store. I came across this escalator and the gold hue and the Buddhist statute struck me as a wonderful photograph because of the colors and lines. While thinking of something to write for this post It struck me that their must be some correlation between the Buddhist statue and these escalators. After looking into Buddhism some I realized that one of the main philosophies is that the world must be thought of in procedural terms and not in terms of things and substance. I thought this was quite ironic being that Neiman Marcus is all about things, substance and over indulging. Maybe seeing this Buddha is just supposed to make you feel a little bit better about that $2000 purse you just bought. Again, Happy New Year!