Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bill & Cheryl

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.   -Robert Louis Stevenson

 Bill & Cheryl
St. Patrick's Day 2010
11th Street Cowboy Bar - Bandera, Texas

Safe travels, my friends. See you in January!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today's portrait session

Portraits today of three great kids. I'll post more when I have time but for now, here's a sneak peek...

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Our local camera club held a photo shoot at Silver Oaks Farm just outside of Kerrville. "Challenging" does not even begin to describe how difficult it was. Dark horses in a dark arena with very bright background light makes it nearly impossible to find the right exposure balance. Then, there's the timing challenge: trying to get the horse's legs in the perfect "V" formation. I have new found respect & admiration for dressage photographers!!

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This is one of the few where I captured the 'V' formation of the horse's legs. The front leg closest to the inside of the arena should be forward. Notice the horse's ears are up & facing forward, which is also important to capture according to Deb, our instructor.

There's a huge mirror at the back of the arena so the riders can see themselves & check out their form.

Here you can see how difficult it was to get the proper exposure. Very bright background but shady/dark inside the arena. It was hard to capture any detail/musculature in the horse. I caught the 'V' but there's a darn pole going right through the horse's head!

It took quite a bit of photoshopping to get the exposure to look this good (or bad, depending on your perspective!) - I'm too lazy to photoshop the pole out.

 This is Cindy Dix Weathersbee (the owner of the horse farm) on Unity.

Zusammen could only be bribed (with peppermint) into the perfect portrait pose - head up, ears forward. Disregard that damn pole growing out of her head.

 Cindy walking Unity back to the barn after their workout.

Deb - thanks for arranging this opportunity for us!! And, thanks to Cindy & Silver Oaks Farms for allowing us access. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


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Kerrville, Texas

An eerie scene. The RV park where we were staying had to be evacuated due to flooding. The sun was low in the sky and it was raining when I took this photo.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

More photos from Willow City Loop

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Willow City Loop Panorama

Bluebonnets as far as the eye can see

Bluebonnets & Yucca

Bluebonnets & Big Sky

Roadside Bluebonnets

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Willow City Loop - April 10, 2010

We made an early morning visit to Willow City Loop yesterday. Beautiful scenery. Bluebonnets in full bloom. Here are a couple of my favorites. I'll post more photos later.

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Field of Bluebonnets at Dawn
Willow City Loop, Texas

Canon 5D w/ EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM @ 16mm
ISO 200  -  1/250  -  f/7.1

Classic Texas Hill Country
Willow City Loop, Texas

Canon 5D w/ EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM @ 70mm
ISO 200  -  1/80  -  f/6.3

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker
(Picoides scalaris)
Ingram, Texas

The first time I've seen a Ladder-backed Woodpecker!  He visited the tree right outside my front door.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Storm Over the River

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Storm Over the River
Ingram, Texas

Canon 5D
Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM @16mm
ISO 200  -  1/640  -  f/5.6