Well this is it - the Texas State House or Representatives Chamber at the Texas State Capital Building in Austin, Texas where each one of the chairs pictured above is filled with the fat rear end of one of our elected officials whenever Congress is in session. Whether you participate or not the House members that occupy this room, along with the Senators in the corresponding Senate Chamber, are making the decisions that impact how you live your lives! As politicians in Washington mull over how to spend a trillion plus dollars to solve a quasi "emergency" in our nations health care system (now where was that in the Constitution?) one of our Texas lawmaker's newest laws goes into effect on Saturday.
Effective September 1, the 61 page document called house bill 1831, gives local law enforcement officials the right to arrest anyone if they refuse to leave the area, should a mandatory evacuation be called. This is a sweet bill that would treat you like your were Branch Davidian David Koresh should you decide to stay home during a storm instead of risking your life on an evacuation. All this in the name of public safety and saving us from ourselves. God protect us from those that would confine us to a cradle for all our lives so that we don't have to be confronted with the challenges of real life!
Apparently one of the things you get for your money when you commission a building for 3 million acres of land in remuneration is lots of details. It seems to me that you can't stand anywhere in the Texas State Capital Building in Austin, Texas where you don't spot some detail in the architecture that is a true work of art. I think a photographer could spend a week there just shooting all the detail work that went into the construction of this great historic building.
Completed in 1888 as the winning design from a national competition, the Capitol's style is Renaissance Revival, based on the architecture of 15th-century Italy and characterized by classical orders, round arches and symmetrical composition. The structural exterior is "sunset red" granite, quarried just 50 miles from the site. Additional structural support is provided by masonry walls and cast iron columns and beams. The foundation is limestone. Texas paid for the construction not in dollars, but in land: some three million acres in the Texas Panhandle that would later become the famous XIT Ranch.
There is a lot of interest along historic Route 66 heading west from Amarillo, but there is also much of the road with this same repeating view. While it's all part of the overall attraction, it's not all exactly a thrill-a-minute. It is the quintessential "open road."
This abandoned grain silo is located on historic Route 66 somewhere between Amarillo, TX and Tucamcari, NM. I like the shot and started thinking of it in terms of fit with the upcoming BAPC Honors Night assignment "Breaking Photographic Rules" after Shirley's comment on yesterdays post. This one has a "slanted horizon," a "centered subject matter," and an "amputated top". I think it would fair well in "applicability" but what about the photo itself? How hard will it be to have a good photo that breaks rules? After all the rules are there to help define a good photo, right?
If I wanted to go back and re-shoot this one I'd be in trouble. Most of the images I take I can remember where I was but on this one I just remember that it was somewhere in New Mexico. I guess it's and example of one of the benefits of geo-tagging.
If your ever in Santa Rosa, NM stop by the "Lake Side Diner" for a nice bistro style meal. The restaurant resides in an early 1900's bank building and the kitchen is accessed through the heavy steel vault door.
My wife and I took a day of vacation Friday to work on a remodeling project we’ve had going on at our house. While we were off we decided to take some time to help honor one of our local law enforcement officials who had be killed in the line of duty on Monday. Chambers County sheriff's deputy Shane Thomas Detwiler was a 31-year-old Baytown man with a wife and three small children 4 years old and younger.
We had read in the paper that citizens were invited to come out and help line Garth Rd. in Baytown from I-10 to Memory Gardens Cemetery along the route the funeral procession would be traveling in route to the deputy’s final resting place. The paper asked that you try and be in place by 10:30 so we arrived about 10:15 to stake out a place.
We new the turn out would be great for an officer killed in the line of duty but we were not prepared for the response we witnessed. When the head of procession arrived, judging by the number of vehicles that passed us, we would estimate that the rear of the line must have been 5 miles down the road! First responders from all over Southeast Texas participated. We saw fireman, policemen, sheriffs, constables, game wardens, EMS, rescue personnel and more in what must have been at least 500 official vehicles. They came from Houston, Baytown, Chambers County, Winnie/Stowell, Beaumont, LaPorte, Pasadena, Orange, Lufkin, Dayton, Liberty, Galveston, and many more cities that I’m sure we missed.
Citizen participation was great as well. Even though the procession didn’t arrive until 12:30, which left us in the heat for about 3 hours, we were glad we had the chance to participate. It was the kind of send-off deputy Detwiler and all our fine law-enforcement agents killed in the line of duty deserve. Although his friends and family have a lot to deal with in the coming years I’m sure they will always remember this day and be comforted by the support they saw.
Well I've recovered my lost vacation photos and all it took was being without my computer for a couple of days and about $45.00. Heck, I may never consider a back-up scheme if that's all it takes!!!
This shot is the second shot I've posted of this old church building located in an old cemetery in Santa Rosa, NM. The place has an historic marker and from it I believe this old church was relocated to the cemetery in recent times, although the wording on the plaque was a little ambiguous. As you can tell the church now consist of only four partial stacked-stone exterior walls.
This is a shot of the Fred Hartman Bridge taken from Evergreen Road on the Baytown, Texas side of the bridge. This was the first shot I took with my Olympus E-3 camera. I took it without much planning or thought - just wanting to take some test pictures to get acquainted with the controls on my new [then] camera. I like the way the shot came out, it just proves that "it's better to be lucky than good!"
I had this photo on file from a trip we took to Garner State Park a year or two ago. The base image was pretty fantastical so I decided to push the image further in that direction. I used Saturation, Brightness and Contrast, Wind Blown Filter, a Solid Color Layer with Clouds filter, and various Blending Modes, Masks, and Opacity's to achieve the look.
I had this shot of a drive-thru menu from a Dairy Queen on file and decided to work it up as an abstract. Out of the ten layers I used in Photoshop the two that probably had the most impact were an "invert" layer to reverse the colors, and a texture layer [using rusted metal and blending modes] to add the grunge effect. The big question here is: Is capturing an image of a menu at Dairy Queen a sign of some photographic sickness?
A slightly altered photo from the archives. I spotted these mailboxes near my home in Baytown, Texas and thought they had an interesting mix of color, textures, and pattern [not to mention orientation!] Hope you like the shot.
My wife and I recently attended the Hood-Butler family reunion in Sweeny, Texas. It's a small town an hour south of Houston near Old Ocean where my wife has had family for years. On the way we stopped long enough to take a few pictures in the area including this water tower located near downtown. We circled it a couple of times looking for the best composition and this is what I came up with.
I didn't like any of the fireworks shots I took this weekend so I thought I would post this macro instead. It's a shot from the Baytown Nature Center yesterday morning and it reminds me of some of the fireworks I tried to shoot!
From yesterdays San Jacinto Tea Party rally at Houston Raceway Park. We had a pretty good turnout, I would say 1500 or so, with Jim McIngvale [AKA: Mattress Mac] and Congressman Ted Poe on the card as the key note speakers. Another good event by the San Jacinto Tea Party group!
Hello All - I have my home computer in the shop trying to recover some lost files and therefore have no photos to post today. Since I am temporarily photo-challenged I thought I would use today's posting to invite everyone to the San Jacinto Tea Party Rally tonight at the Houston Raceway Park in Baytown. Many of you will be busy on the 4th so this might be your best opportunity to participate in a worthwhile effort. Come out and hear Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, Congressman Ted Poe, and others speak about the important issues facing America today.
I work in the industrial distribution sector as a salesman for a master distributor of valves and fittings in Houston, TX. I am a member of the Bay Area Photo Club which meets at the Art Alliance Center at Clear Lake in Clear Lake Texas on Tuesday nights. I shoot with an Olympus E-3 and my favorite lens in my Zuiko 12-60.