I love the new architecture that is going up in and around Dallas. This is the new Perot Museum just north of Downtown. My family and I took a little day trip there to see all the cool stuff inside. The imagination of the buildings’ designers is out of this world. Every turn held something exciting and new. I would definitely recommend it for out of town friends and family looking for a unique and fun experience. I’m always inspired to create new art after visiting places like this.
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I took this during the Meetup last month at the Chase Tower in downtown Dallas. We were having to shoot through glass in a well lit room, which usually creates horrible reflections. Thankfully, I have a little device called a Lens Skirt, which suction cups to the window and eliminates the unwanted reflections. I think I could have sold them all if I had some extras.
I posted this photo over on Flickr a few days ago and the dang thing blew up. It made their Explore category and it received over 7,000 views in 3 days. I love it when that happens!
Awesome night at the Dallas Arboretum with the Dallas Photography Group. These sculptures were amazing, but when it got dark, they really came to life. If you are a photographer, or even just photography curious, you should join the Dallas Photography Group through meetup.com. The experiences and events are normally something you wouldn’t do on your own, plus it’s great to have someone there if you have questions about camera settings or setup. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
Have you ever been next to awesomeness and didn’t even know it? A few years ago I was really into R/C car racing. It’s a 2 man sport where one guy drives and the other guy “pits” and refuels the car. I usually went by myself and asked around for drivers not in my class to be my “pit guy”. Well, I was asking around one night and saw this dude that looked really cool… so I asked him. He said “sure, if he had time” (which he didn’t). But I found out later that he was this super stud racer with sponsorships and magazine deals (who went on to win the main race that night). I was so embarrassed for even asking. It was like asking Michael Jordan to inflate your basketball, or +Trey Ratcliff to carry your camera bag.
I’m sure we all have had brushes with greatness without realizing it. I’d love to hear your story. Let me hear from ya!
I went to Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival a couple of weeks ago and had a ton of fun shooting the workers and guests. I love catching people in that moment between minding their own business then realizing they are being photographed. It’s like a moment where they are being most natural before unconsciously smiling or posing.
This is one of the last shots I took on last Saturday’s Dallas Photowalk. I usually get started around this time, but the walk began at 3:30, it was really hot, and the family and I were getting pretty spent. It was nice to get to hang out with some other photographers and get a little exercise. This is the first HDR that I’ve posted taken with my new D800. Upgrading is fun, but you soon realize that you have to upgrade other stuff too… like RAM.
I’m sitting at the Art Institute about to listen to Cali Lewis give a talk on how to better effectively use WordPress. I’m trying to get this quick blog post in before she starts! It’s weird being back here. I went to the Art Institute from 1990 to 1992, back when I was just a yute.
I took this photo a while back. I think it’s a lawyer’s office or something. Luckily no one came out while I was sneaking around at dusk. It’s a 7 exposure shot at 100 iso. I ran it through Photomatix and arranged the settings until I was happy with the results. The sky had a horrible halo around the trees, so I used the airbrush, set it to “darken” and painted the halos down. That’s not always the way I do it, but for this circumstance, it worked.