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