Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Street Time Forgot - Dime Box, TX

This photograph was shot in Dime Box Texas on a drive back to Georgetown. The street is abandoned except for an old automechanic shop on the corner. The owner of this shop fixes up classic cars and parks them along the street. Seeing these cars on the street makes this scene look as if time just simply stopped in this town. To add to the overall feeling of this image I added some grain and other artistic renderings to make this photo look older then it really is. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

New Father - Georgetown, TX

Happy Fathers day to all the fathers out there. Whether it is your first fathers day or another of many. What you have instilled in your children will be with them forever so make the most of every day and cherish everyone. This father redbird started his new family this spring inside a chandelier that hangs on our back porch and I was lucky to capture this photo as dad came back to the nest to check on his new babies. Red Birds carry a special place in the hearts of my wife and her family. Her grandfather Oliver Whitener was always fond of the Redbirds that lived in the trees outside his house and loved to sit and watch them fly about. When he passed away most of the family agrees that his spirit is still very alive in these birds and every time we see one it is hard not to think of him. So when this Redbird family decided to make there home right on our back door step it was very special and I could not think of a better photograph to post today on fathers day.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

On Top - Deer Valley, UT

Driving home from work today the gauge in my car read 104 degrees! Even for Texas that is hot on June 16th! After seeing this I had to think cooler thoughts so decided to go with a landscape from this winter. I don't convert alot of my photos to black and white but when I looked at this photo it screamed put me in black and white. Why? The huge contrast of lights and darks from shooting directly into the sun. The dark sky, the white snow, the dark trees, the amazing white clouds. I put this photo into my Nik Software and produced this great black and white photo from atop the mountains in Deer Valley Utah. I am quite happy with the result. So here is to cooler temps in Texas!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Family Gathering - Dallas, TX

Man how time gets away from me. I know that if I continue to go long stretches without updating my blog those who visit regularly will move on else where. So I am going to try my best to get on here and update more often. The good news is I have a nice size collection of images that are just waiting to go up. Last month I took a trip with the family to the Dallas Zoo. I always get just as excited as my 5 year old daughter about a trip to the zoo. I know any trip to the zoo will be a photographic bonanza! This trip did not disappoint. The challenge is balancing my need to stay and wait for just the right image and the families desire to move on to the next part of the zoo. This was the case at the chimpanzee exhibit at the newwy opened Wilds of Afica Exhibit. I could of stayed here all day photographing these guys hanging out and playing. When you go to a zoo and want to photograph patience is key. The key is to set up from a position that has a nice clean background and then wait for the scene to come to you. In this photograph I had to wait a good while to get the juvenile to show its face from up out of the grass while also waiting for one of the adults to turn their head. Of about 25 frames this is the only one in which 2 of the 3 faces were visible. I would have stayed longer but with a 5 year old it was time to go see the elephants!