Monday, December 14, 2009

Innocence - PhotoQuest 2009


Innocence
Kerrville, Texas

My fourth and final entries in the PhotoQuest 2009 show. It was taken on July 14, 2009 at La Lomita Ranch near Kerrville, Texas. This little guy was so well camouflaged by his white spots I nearly stepped on him. He was so still - obviously, he didn't hear me approach. Thinking he might be dead, I instinctively said aloud, "Awww," (as in, "Awwww, poor thing!"). The fawn immediately sat up, momentarily frozen in fear. I don't know who was more startled - him or me! I managed to snap just one photo before he ran away. It's one of my favorites.

Technical details...
Canon EOS 5D camera with an EF 70-200mm /2.8L IS USM lens. Focal length: 78mm. Exposure: ISO 100, 1/100,/3.5. Minimal processing in Photoshop. Professionally printed on Kodak Endura Ultra Glossy paper. Size: 16" (H) by 20" (L).

If you are in the Kerrville area this month please stop by the museum and visit the show. (Click here for more details) 

This print is also available in my etsy.com shop

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Texas Savannah - PhotoQuest 2009

Texas Savannah
Ingram, Texas

My third entry to PhotoQuest 2009. This photo was taken at a beautiful spot in Ingram, Texas - By The River RV Park & Campground. I spent many hours wandering the 40+ acres of nature trails where Cypress and Oak trees line the banks of the Upper Guadalupe River. This is just one of the many beautiful and varied landscapes of the Texas Hill Country.

Everyone knows that I almost always have a camera with me. After all, you never know when you'll come across something extraordinary. But, there are times (like the day I took this photo) when I get tired of lugging the big camera around. Luckily I had my "just-in-case" camera with me when I was out walking and this remarkable scene appeared.

Technical details...

Taken with my "just-in-case" point-and-shoot camera, a Canon PowerShot S2 IS. Focal length: 6.0mm. Exposure: ISO 100, 1/60, f / 4.0. The image was heavily processed in Photoshop using tone mapping techniques to increase the dynamic range. These techniques bring out the highlight and shadows so it more closely resembles the scene as I actually saw it. The finished photograph was professionally printed on Kodak Endura Ultra Metallic finish paper, chosen to accentuate the setting sun highlighting the canopy and the late evening sky. The finished print is 6"(H) by 9"(W).

If you are in the Kerrville area this month please stop by the museum and visit the show. (Click here for more details ) See my Honorable Mention entry here.

This print is also available in my etsy.com shop 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Purple Passion - PhotoQuest 2009


Purple Passion
Fredericksburg, Texas

This is my second entry in the PhotoQuest 2009 show. Like Summer's End, it was also taken at Wildseed Farms near Fredericksburg, Texas.

Technical details...

Canon EOS 5D camera with an EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens. Exposure: ISO 100, 1/500, f/5.6. The image was processed in Photoshop. Professionally printed on Kodak Endura Ultra Metallic finish paper, chosen to highlight the luscious purple hues. The finish print dimensions are 12" x 12".

The Legend of the Passion Flower...

The passion flower, also called La Flor de las Cinco Llagas (The Flower with the Five Wounds) is rich in Christian symbolism.

Early missionaries used these beautifully intricate flowers to help tell the story of the Passion of Christ to Native Americans.

The flower's three bracts symbolize the Holy Trinity. It's radial filaments represent Christ's Crown of Thorns. The tendrils are reminiscent of the whips used in the flagellation of Christ. The three stigma represent the three nails and the column at which Christ was scourged. The five anthers below the stigma represent the five wounds (four by nails, one by lance). The pointed tips of the leaves resemble the shape of St. Longinus' spear and their undersides bear round spots signifying the thirty pieces of silver for which Christ was betrayed by Judas.

In 1610 a monk named Jacomo Bosio was visited in Rome by an Augustinian friar named Emmanuel de Villegas from Mexico. Bosio was writing a treatise on the Passion of Christ so the Augustinian friar brought him drawings of La Flor de las Cinco Llagas.

At first, Bosio was hesitant to include the drawings in his treatise. They were so strange he thought they must surely be exaggerated. He received more drawings as confirmation and other visiting Mexican Jesuits assured him the flowers were quite real and accurately depicted.

This print is also available in my etsy.com shop.

If you are in the Kerrville area this month please stop by the museum and visit the show. (Click HERE for more info) See my Honorable Mention photo HERE.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Honorable Mention - PhotoQuest 2009


Summer's End
Fredericksburg, Texas

I entered four photographs in the the PhotoQuest 2009 show and this one won an Honorable Mention! 

A little about the photo...

This was taken on location at Wildseed Farms (near Fredericksburg, Texas) in late summer, just before the harvest. Wildseed Farms is the largest working wildflower farm in the country. Acres and acres of flowers (and more) offer endless opportunities for nature photography. 

The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 5D camera with an EF 85mm /1.8 USM lens. Exposure: ISO 100, 1/500, f /5.0. The digital image was processed in Photoshop. I chose Kodak Endura Ultra Metallic paper to subtly highlight the brilliant golden yellows, deep greens, and rust color of the sunflower.

If you are in the Kerrville area please stop by the museum and visit the show. (Click here for more details.

This print is also for sale in my etsy.com shop

Monday, December 7, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009