An actual white Christmas

Looking Out

I am as shocked as anyone else here in North Texas, but it actually snowed on Christmas day. It wasn’t a sleeting or an instantly melting winter mix either. There was a good couple of inches of snow on the ground. Thankfully I had my Long Johns, camera, and an adorable Husky to help me survive this elusive thing called “cold.”

The weather on Christmas day also reminded me how incredibly beautiful and breathtaking nature can be. It’s easy to forget if you’re someone like me that is driving around more concrete and pavement than grass and trees. Sometimes it’s just nice to take a minute (or 30) and admire the natural world that surrounds us.

I hope everyone has a great New Year’s, and remember to take some quiet time for yourself in this fast-paced world we live in.

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500XPO at 500X Gallery

Starting February 18, an exhibition titled 500XPO will be at 500X Gallery in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas. My photograph titled The Shock of It All will be included.

Photograph that will be featured at 500X Gallery

The juror is Aaron Parazette, whose work has been seen recently at the Dallas Comtemporary. I’m very honored to be a part of this great show that more than 70 artists will be a part of. The last day to see the show is March 4. Come by and have a look!

Etsy shop is up!

After several months of wondering whether I should or not, I have finally opened up an Etsy shop!

Available on Etsy guys!

Right now, the only item listed is my Golden Gate Bridge photo, but I’m hoping to add more items soon. Hopefully some paintings will be available too. I have a few that are almost complete. I’ll be starting a Florence Welch painting in a few days, so maybe that will be for sale in the near future.

Have a good week everyone, and please stop by my shop and let me know what you think! This is all very new to me. so if anyone has any ideas as to which photos I should put up for sale, that would be very helpful.

Favorite photos of 2011 (part 2)

(Part 1)

Here is the second (and final) post about my favorite photos that I took last year.

6. Through the Trees

It’s amazing what a simple 35mm film camera can do. This was taken with my dinky little Olympus Trip 200. I’ve had it since I was a kid (back in the ancient days of compact digital cameras being expensive and less popular).

The camera is only used when I feel its lower quality but charming film style fits the occasion- and the outdoors seems like the best fit. This shot was taken in my backyard. I was basically in the dirt getting poked by branches when I took it, but such are the occasional trials of a good photo. This photo was also in my second art show in Grand Prairie, Texas at a library. Hey, it’s a start!

7. Curiosity in the Sand

Stinson Beach, California was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen (besides Costa Rica). The roaring waves and the calming, vivid colors of sky’s reflection on the sand was breathtaking. When I saw a kid playing the sand, I knew it would give the image an emotional quality to the already aesthetically pleasing image of nature.

8. Shining Bright

This was one of the first instances in which I realized the great visual treat of bright colors against a black background, and that my bathroom is a great place for photo shoots (who needs a studio when you have a bathroom?). My fiber optic lamp was placed in the bathroom, and then it was simply a matter of patience. Since it rotates and turns colors, I stayed in one place and waited for my preferred colors. This picture is also one of my favorites from that day.

9. Hand Invasion

My Canon 35mm Elan 7NE has been a wonderful film camera. I bought it for my film photography class, and it doesn’t disappoint (plus it has the awesome eye control feature). This photo sparked my interest in silhouettes, and made me realize that even just some bricks in the backyard and sunlight can creating a striking image.

10. Life & Death of a Palm Tree

This image paved the way for the realization of composition being very important, my Discoveries collection of photos, and especially for the increased usage of film. The poor dead palm tree is still in the backyard, but without branches (if that’s what you call them). 

There are other photos that I’d like to share, so here are a few honorable mentions (links will lead to Flickr):

Linkin Park- American Airlines Center

Creepy Hallway

Soundgarden- Verizon Theatre

Looking Closely

Flowers in the Morning

I also made a short montage video of my northern California using my DSLR.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAeQ7FvoKAI


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Favorite Photos of 2011 (part 1)

To put it lightly, I took a lot of photos this year. Some were good, some were okay, and others were laughably awful. But no matter what the outcome, each image has taught me something- whether it’s how to improve, or keep making the consistently interesting photos.

2011 was a year of exploration where photography is concerned. I expect this year to be more about experimentation. There’s a drive for me to push the boundaries a bit, and  actually start photographing people that aren’t just on a stage (gasp!). I would also like to be involved in more art exhibits in 2012, with both photography and painting as mediums. Hopefully more fun and amusing moments will be ahead!

Here are several of my shots from 2011 that I consider my favorites. Each has a story or emotion that I connect it with. They are not in any particular order. Clicking on the images will direct you to the larger and higher quality version of the photo on Flickr. Let me know what you think!

1. Golden Gate Bridge

During Christmas break I joined the family for a trip to Northern California, and most of the vacation time was spent in San Francisco. This picture of the bridge reminds of the beautiful views from the harbor and Marin Headlands.

Lately I have been obsessed with capturing unique angles and perspectives, and this is (in my opinion) one of the best this year. The bridge’s bright orange color and the perfectly blue sky really makes the photo pop.

2. Modern Trees

This photo was taken in the “backyard” of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. I was there to volunteer for the local independent radio station KXT 91.7, but because they didn’t need help, I ended up sitting on a hill watching local bands play (including my buddies in Novaak) by a reflecting pool at sunset. Not a bad way to end a day! I have a few cameras with me, so no one was safe from my obsessive hobby.

3. Sleigh Bells @ La Zona Rosa, Austin

Even though I had just seen CSS and Sleigh Bells perform in Dallas, I drove out to Austin after CSS’ lead singer Lovefoxxx kindly gave me a photo pass for the show. The crowd was crazy, but it was worth enduring stinky beer sloshed on me to get some great photos.

Sleigh Bells are difficult to shoot since there’s often strobe lights in use, and they’re not ones to play staring at their feet. Thankfully for me, that made for some interesting shots. This one in particular is a favorite of mine because of vocalist Alexis Krauss’ expression and her interaction with the crowd (she even stage dived!).

Click here for all of the images from the show in Austin.

4. Up We Go

This one is quite simple, but I think that’s what makes it so effective. Black and white allows for striking images, and the contrast of the blind’s shadow with the incoming light came together perfectly. You never know when something as simple as a few windows can produce an interesting photo.

5. What a Tangled Web It Weaves

Depth of field is a technique that I’ve always enjoyed. When I saw a spider’s web outside, I knew that the perfect moment was there. I hurriedly grabbed a spray bottle and lightly misted the web,  and then set the camera to flash. The result is a sparkling web and a not too happy spider (but don’t worry, I didn’t destroy the web). Another photo of this web was featured in December at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

(Continue to part 2)

 

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