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An Oldie… but

In reviewing some “Old” pictures from 2010, I found a few of the desert. Being from El Paso, I am something of a desert rat. I love the landscape. The mountains and big sky as well as the brush. There is a texture to it, you can breath when you are out in it. When you are in the desert you can see a storm coming for MILES. This particular shot is one taken in New Mexico back in July when I was moving across the country from Seattle to Austin.

The New Mexico Desert

The New Mexico Desert

New Mexico is a great place to get some pictures (I need to go to Santa Fe). I took several just like this along the way and hope to get some more out here soon.

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A New Year and a new focus on my photography

Several of my family and friends have noticed that I have SLOWED down a great deal in updating my blog as well as taking pictures. It’s true, work has beat me to death and its been hard to find anything of substance to take here in Austin. Suffice to say, as a landscape photographer I was indeed very spoiled when it came to beautiful surroundings.

A good friend of mine who recently produced his first photo book as a gift (amazing by the way) has been nagging me to “Just Shoot.” So, with the New Year now in full swing, I decided to make a new years resolution to take more pictures this year than I did in 2007 (the year I started shooting again). In 2007 that was 35 outings or shoots. In 2010 there was only 13. So, I have a TON of work to do.

The following two shots are the first of this new year.

On The Way Home

On The Way Home

I found myself fighting with my cameras. As with any tool the less that you use it, the more painful it is. Never the less, this is the first shot. Since I shot hand held I felt my composition was off, but I was happy with the final look. As most know I am a huge fan of  B&W, so here is the same image after converting it.

On The Way Home - B&W

On The Way Home - B&W

Finally, this last shot was for my daughter. She was involved in an audition with the Joffrey Ballet Company’s summer intensive program. A criteria for being selected in this intensive is very much like model and any other professional performer. You must have a head shot, but in this case it was a select position and pose. After I shot what was required for the audition, my daughter asked if she could copy a pose from a calendar. I had to set up my alien bees (my lighter meter was dead since I haven’t used it in SO LONG) but I winged it with some good guesses and trial and error to get the following:

My Tiny Dancer

My Tiny Dancer

Considering I don’t have a studio and this was shot in my kitchen I am pretty happy with the result.  I want to thank my friends and family who are encouraging me to focus more on my images. I have to admit, I have missed it and playing with my cameras again as well as doing my conversions, updating my web site and more has been fun.

Happy New Year

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