Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Houston Cistern

Deceivingly Bright Entrance
West Wall View 
Sunday I joined the HCP on a field trip to a very historic place in Houston.  We were 17 photographers going into the old Houston Cistern.  We had an hour to photograph to our hearts content.  Well, in a cistern there is not a lot to see and you starting getting REAL creative, looking for something, anything, to photograph.  The staff was very organized, moving the group from wall to wall so that "people" were not in our captures.  We started out in awe!!  Then, as a photographer, you had to become more and more creative to get something besides columns and dark water.  Here are six photos as I progressed around the 4 walls.  First the entrance!
South Wall Walk Way

South Wall Exit Ladder
East Wall Ceiling & Post




West Wall Stairway to the Pool

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friday evening Barbara, Saundra and I went into Houston to work on our sunset and on-camera flash skills.  We were standing on a bridge when a drone came over in front of us, wagging its "wings", moving around and then taking direction from Saundra to move into our pictures.  We finally spotted the pilot and waved at him over by the skate park.  In a few minutes the drone was right behind us!  WHAT?  Then we realized that Pedro, the pilot, was standing right next to us.  It was really a cool experience that added joy and fun to our photo shoot.  Thank you Pedro.
First Sighting - Drone at Dusk

Hovering before Liftoff

Pedro - Our Pilot for the Evening

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mission San Jose: San Antonio, Texas

San Jose Mission is beautiful!  The "layers" of arches makes it particularly interesting, and a challenge, to photograph.  We had a cloudy, early morning, sunrise field trip.  I like focusing on the skies for sunrise and sunset pictures.  But, really there was nothing really there.  That doesn't mean that I don't have other options.  Here are a few attempts to save the early rise and shine.
Arches in Silhouette

 Dismal Sunrise

Arch Upon Arch Upon Arch



Potted Plant

Grain Mill

Monday, April 3, 2017

San Antonio Mission Field Trip

March 31-April 2, 2017 I went to San Antonio, Texas for a photo field trip to see and take pictures in and around the missions.  Here are three completely different takes on three completely different missions.
Light Show at San Fernando Cathedral

Reflections at Mission Concepcion
San Jose Mission at Sunrise

Monday, March 27, 2017

Inner City Living - Houston, Texas

Saturday morning, March 25, 2017, a photo group I belong to set out to photography a very eclectic neighborhood in downtown Houston.  I loved the area, a mixture of old, new, decay, growth and beauty.  You judge for yourself.
Inner City 1

Inner City 2

Inner City 3

Inner City 4

Friday, March 24, 2017

Aly O'Brien
Last night I attended a Photo Walk workshop lead by Jason Lanier.  It was a three hour workshop and he had three beautiful models to pose for the 15 photographers that participated in the event.  Here are the three models.  It was fun, I learned a lot and got to meet photographers I didn't know before.
Jordan Dulaney


Carolyn Knepper

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sugar Land Exploration

Yesterday I was able to photograph wildlife in Sugar Land, Texas.  These are a few of the animals I was able to capture in my camera.  The little frog was made the facebook page of a group called Color in Life Photography.  It will probably be there only a day or two, but it's an honor to have this photo chosen to represent the group, even for a couple of days.  The other posted photos will be identified under there respective post.  Click on the photo to see it larger.  You can see all the texture on the frog.
Tree Frog

Anhinga Drying it's Wings

American Coot