Friday, November 23, 2012

I moved!

I moved to Far West Texas and will no longer be updating this blog.  Follow me HERE on my new blog as I go Wandering West of the Pecos.  See you there!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

PhotoQuest 2012

Hillside Bluebonnets
Honorable Mention at PhotoQuest 2012

PhotoQuest is the Hill Country Camera Club's Annual Judged Exhibit.  Photographers from all over the Texas Hill Country exhibit their work in this competitive event.  The show runs Sept 6th thru Oct 3rd.

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center - 228 Earl Garrett Street, Kerrville, Texas   - 10am-4pm

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Summer 2012 Road Trip: Day 2

Amarillo, Texas to Boulder, Colorado

Stopped in far northeastern New Mexico to see Capulin Volcano.  Capulin rises nearly 1200-feet above the surrounding landscape to form a nearly perfectly shaped cinder cone.   Here's a view from the top:

View From the Rim of Capulin Volcano
near Raton, New Mexico

We were able to drive up to the rim, park, and make a short two-mile hike down into the bottom of the crater. This inactive volcano was formed about 60,000 years ago.  The rim is 8182-ft high and has a circumference of about one mile.  The crater is about 400-ft deep. 

We passed this abandoned house on the road back to Interstate 25 (on our way to Boulder, CO).  Nothing historically significant about it (that I know of).  I just thought it made an interesting image.

Raton, New Mexico

Summer 2012 Road Trip: Day 1

Just got back from a 17 day road trip through parts of Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.  So nice travel with someone else whose main interest is photography.  We spent the first night in Amarillo.  Not much time for sightseeing since we were just there overnight but we did manage to make it out to Cadillac Ranch.

Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, Texas

Painted Cadillacs at Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation just outside of Amarillo on Route 66.  It was created in 1974 by a group of artists known as 'Ant Farm'.  Ten Cadillacs, models ranging from 1949-1963, are half buried, nose-first in the ground at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.  Visitors are welcome to enter the cow pasture and encouraged to spray paint the Cadillacs.  As a result, there are hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of empty spray paint cans that litter the field surrounding the Cadillacs.

Magazine Cover

Cover image I shot for the Sept/Oct 2012 Kerr County People magazine.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Faces of Freedom Photo Exhibition

You are cordially invited to attend the artist reception:
Saturday, July 14, 2012
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Wild About Wildflowers

2012 was an exceptionally great year for wildflowers.  They bloomed early, lingered late, and put on a fantastic show for us in the Texas Hill Country.  Here a few of my favorites.

Early Spring...
Hillside Bluebonnets
Willow City Loop, Texas

Railroad Bluebonnets
near Burnet, Texas

Late Spring...
Firewheel Field
Willow City, Texas

Thursday, May 31, 2012


Here is a recent image of two gentlemen who attended one of our recent "Faces of Freedom" portrait sessions at Dietert Senior Center.  The image is actually a composite.  The background wasn't all that great so I switched it out for something more appropriate.  (Photoshop to the rescue!)
Kerrville, Texas

In case you're interested in a peek behind the curtain... here is the original image:
See, I told you the background wasn't all that great! 

I decided to use this image as the background: 
I took it on a field trip to Willow City Loop.  We stopped in Sandy, Texas and went inside the old schoolhouse and found lots of cool stuff in there including an American Flag hanging on the crackled, old chalkboard.  I wasn't sure what I'd do with the image but I thought it might come in handy someday - and, it did!

I extracted the two men from their bad background and made some minor corrections (color balance, contrast, sharpen).  Then, I plopped them in front of their new and improved background.  To better marry the the two separate images together I added a very subtle texture layer on top - which is one of the 'tricks of the trade' to making believable composites.  I slapped on a vignette and called it done!

Friday, May 25, 2012

New Project: Faces of Freedom

Calling all Texas Hill Country active duty, reserve, and military veterans...

As some of you know, and for those of you who don't, we are working on a photographic project entitled "Faces of Freedom" to honor Texas Hill Country residents who are serving, or have served in the U.S. military.  We are looking for those from any branch of the U.S. military, and any duty status, including active duty, reserve, and retired, whether or not you served in combat.  

Portraits from this project will be exhibited at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center from July 12 - August 5, 2012.

Please stop by during one of our sessions and let us take your picture.  We'd love to have you participate!!

You may wear anything you are comfortable being photographed in.  Service memorabilia is great, including hats, jackets, shirts, etc., but street clothes are perfectly acceptable.  Your portrait session will only take about 10 minutes.  In return, you will receive a digital image file and/or an 8x10 print.  

No appointment is necessary.  There are only two sessions remaining:
Friday, June 1st, Noon - 3pm at Dietert Senior Center
Saturday,  June 2nd,  10am - 3pm at *Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

Please pass this information along to any active duty, reservist, or retired vet you know in the Kerrville area!

If you have any questions please contact us:
Coyne:  (830) 928-2167 or

*Kerr Arts & Cultural Center is located at 228 Earl Garrett Street, Kerrville, TX in the old Post Office building at the corner of Earl Garrett St. & Hwy 27 (Main Street) in downtown Kerrville.  Parking is available in front of the building.  Handicapped parking & ramp are located in the back parking lot (adjacent to Main Street). 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mr. Happy

I used the lighting set up from Scott Kelby's 'Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It' seminar. Two strip lights on each side (slightly behind) and a beauty dish above in front. Processed in LR3 & CS5.  (Thanks to Coyne for being a good sport!)

Monday, May 14, 2012


I stumbled across this little shack on a recent trip to Flatonia, Texas.  I love the contrast of the red canna flowers against the old, rundown little building.  Processed in CS5 & LR3.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Crabapple, Texas

Crabapple, Texas

Once a month the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools open the doors of one the old schools.  These events are made possible by former students and members of the community interested in preserving the traditions of the schools, the community clubs, and the history of Gillespie County, Texas for future generations.  If you like history or old buildings this is a wonderful opportunity.  Check out their website for a schedule of openings and more information. 

St. John's Lutheran Church - Sunday School Building
Crabapple, Texas

St. John's Lutheran Church was also open on the day we visited the old Crabapple School (conveniently located right next door).  This is actually not the main church building but the Sunday School building built in the 1930s.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


The return of rodeo season.  Yay!

Kerrville, Texas

Team Roping
Kerrville, Texas

Barrel Racing
Kerrville, Texas

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dad & Daughter

Took this during one of our camera club's Photographers Open Studio.  Someone grabbed these people off the street and ask them if we could take their picture.  They were in Kerrville for her contest at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center.  Thanks for being such good sports & modeling for us!

Father - Daugher - Funny
Kerrville, Texas

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Class: Travel/Vacation Photography

Oh, my poor neglected little blog... it has been awhile, hasn't it?  We have been busy... so busy with portrait sessions and teaching classes that we have not been updating regularly.  Today we remedy that situation and promise to do better!

Better Vacation Photos!
Tips & Techniques for Improving
Your Travel & Vacation Photography

When:   Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 10am to Noon
Where:  Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St., Kerrville, Texas
Cost:     $15

Improve your vacation/travel photography no matter what kind of camera you own (point-and-shoot or DSLR).  This short seminar is jam-packed with tips and tricks, including:
  • Shooting from planes, trains, automobiles, ships, and tour buses
  • Shooting all types of scene-specific situations (including: beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, cityscapes, cathedrals, museums, architecture, gardens, monuments, wildlife, local culture, & more!)
  • How to tell a story in pictures (great for albums & slideshows)
  • Improving your people shots
  • Equipment/gear
Thirty minute Q&A session after the seminar.  Bring your photography or camera questions.  We are here to help!

Taught by Vicki & Coyne Gibson, a husband & wife team of award-winning photographers who have traveled all over the world for both business and pleasure taking pictures all along the way!

Call or stop by KACC to enroll!  (830) 895-2911