Friends and Photowalks

February 14, 2011 2 comments

Knowing I haven’t taken a great deal of pictures in the last year (largely do to my real job) a friend of mine encouraged me to get out more. In fact he said he was going to make it a personal mission to make sure I got out more to shoot. So, this weekend we went into downtown Austin to take some pictures. While we weren’t organized with the “where or what,” we managed to have a good time and get some good shots. There are a ton of very old homes and structures in dowtown Austin. Some we were looking at went back to the 1840’s. In fact this first shot is of a house built in 1846. This is a side window. Oddly, it was the only window for about 40 feet of brick wall. Even more interesting, this was literally the only place in the wall that had a crack. I was drawn to this small architectural detail because it was odd, the texture of the brick was great as was the detail in the wood and leaded glass.

Ancient Portal

Ancient Portal

I took several on the outing but this was my favorite. Because of my Architectural background I enjoy the details of these historic structures. I may add one of a 1960’s power station once I get done doing my conversion. But, for now I am taking pictures and enjoying the mild Texas winter.

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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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Seems like forever…

Its been about a month since I have posted anything here at the FPT blog. It’s been longer since I have actually taken one of my cameras out of the bag and taken a picture. Since I am new to Austin, and don’t know my way around, knowing where to go to take pictures is hard. So, I asked several friends if they would be interested in going out as a group and doing a shoot. Eight of us got together this past Sunday and went to an abandoned Lime Kiln in Austin.

The structure was fascinating and very much overrun with vegetation, bugs and the like lending to its character. I was most drawn to a few of the Architectural details associated with the structure and that is the shot that I am placing here online.

Austin Lime Kiln

Austin Lime Kiln

In this shot is a door way into the Kiln itself. I liked the texture, the brick work and the contrast of the structure and think its well represented here. My son went with me and had a blast. It was REALLY nice getting out with some creative people, talking pictures and walking around discovering things. If we aren’t careful it will become a club as we were already discussing a Flicker Gallery and the next shoot.

Now that I think about it. This is my first shot taken in Austin (Shy of a few models) that I have taken. It’s really been weird not taking more pictures and 2010 has been a OFF year for me in terms of outings. When I started shooting  again back in 2007, I had pictures every week for that year. In 2008, I went out 42 times. This year, I have been out 11 times… ALL YEAR. Its no wonder I had a good time.

Simply put… I need to get out more with my camera.

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New Mexico

A shot taken while on my move from Seattle to Texas.

New Mexico desert

Nothing like a cloudy day in the desert

And that’s all I have to say about that

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Finally….

Finally…. its about time I can get back to the work of making images. After a VERY LONG move from Seattle back home to Texas, I am finally able to get to work again. Its been a long time since I have added anything… even longer since I have taken anything new. This shot was one taken on drive #2 from Seattle to Texas. this is a grain elevator in Lubbock Texas. Generally these are built in a series. Usually the are made of concrete but these were made of steel. I liked the geometry of the steel plates, rivets and seams.

Steel Symetry

Steel Symetry

More to follow… I really need to find something new to shoot here in Texas. The mountains here are more like hills and the trees more like shrubs when compared to the Pacific Northwest, but its nice none the less. I just need to get used to shooting a different landscape and get more familiar with the area.

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The hills of California are a great place to shoot. Like a few of my others, this shot was taken on the way into Yosemite National Park. About 30 miles prior to the park entrance there are some rolling hills with trees and farmland as far as the eye can see. I was caught by the dramatic sky and this lone tree on a hill. This is one of my favorites from the trip

On the way to Yosemite National Park - 2010

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