"And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:8-12
This shot of the Gaillard-Mitchell Family Cemetery was taken on today's BPC field trip. It's a single shot "pseudo" HDR conversion in Photomatix taken with a fish eye lens on my Olympus E-5. The wall around the cemetery is actually square, the perspective distortion is a result of the fish eye optics.
This concrete structure is located in the old Evergreen oilfield in Baytown, TX. As for I am aware no one knows for sure what it's purpose was. This shot was taken Saturday morning on a Baytown Photo Club field trip.
Another bird from the Texas Renaissance Festival in Magnolia, TX. I remember the commentator saying this was the rarest bird in the show, and that it is a hawk, but unfortunately I do not remember the breed.
This shot is straight out of the camera with my new E-5 Oly using an "art filter" called "Dramatic Tone." I didn't originally think much of this feature, but in RAW + JPEG mode it only applies the filter to the JPEG leaving you RAW unaffected. I still working with the different filters but so far I'm thinking they are sort of fun, but I'll have to wait and see how useful they are.
A stilt walking jester from the Texas Renaissance Festival a couple of weekends ago. I guess being photographed a lot leads to learning about photography. As soon as he saw I was using a fisheye lens he reached towards me to help enhance the distortion!
This shot is from the Texas Renaissance Festival's "Fire Whip" show, a show that I thought was surprisingly entertaining. This gentleman, the "Worlds Fastest Whip Cracker" as certified by Guinness, put together a great show based on his skill with the whip.
By popular demand - here is a cropped version of yesterday's post. I am always concerned that I might be cropping away to much of the "environment" from an "environmental photo" when I do this. What do you think?
I took this photo of an Osprey at the Baytown Nature Center on Sunday morning. As we were watching it on the branch of a tree it took off, flew below the tree line, and then returned to another tree with a fish.
This was my second entry in Tuesday night's Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake's Honor's Night Program. This shot is of the same small creek off West Bay Road in Chambers County, TX I posted two days ago. This effort resulted in a Silver award.
The Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake had their Honor's Night program last night and the shooting assignment was "Blue". In spite of the three month window to shoot the assignment I ended up taking this shot the morning of the meeting and printing it an hour before the deadline! One of the judges didn't like the glaring light which was of course my favorite aspect of the shot and something I actually emphasized in post-processing. Oh well, you pay you money and takes your chances!
Saturday the North Houston Tea Party Patriots held a Tea [Taxed Enough Already] Party at the Sam Houston Race Park. Great weather played a role as thousands [no attendance numbers yet but I'm thinking easily over 10,000] came early and stayed late to the hear the speakers talk about conservative issues. Not on the list of featured speakers, this Uncle Sam character was on hand in costume to work the crowd.
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.