I photographed this Osprey at the Baytown Nature Center this morning using my Olympus EP-1, Sigma 50-500, and flash with extender. I photograph Osprey at lot at the nature center but I really like this shot.
I entered this shot in the "open" category of December's of the Bay Area Photo Club's "Honor's Night" program and received a silver award from the judges. This show was taken at my wife's 2014 family reunion in Sweeny, TX. and it just struck me a as a slice of Americana.
This shot is looking down a set of abandoned railroad tracks leading to a trestle over Cedar Bayou in Baytown, TX. On the left of the shot is an old maintenance and operations building that was used to support trestle operations back in the day. I think it's been close to a decade now since a train last crossed here and the trestle is slated for demolition to make room for an additional bridge crossing as part of the Hwy 99 Grand Parkway project that will circle Houston.
I took this shot a couple of week ago while driving through the Baytown Nature Center with Dianne and Kale. It was my second shot entered in the "BOKEH" assignment for the BAPC Honors Night program and the judges awarded it a silver award.
Here's a shot of my grandson Kale taken a couple of months ago at an Astros game at NRG field. This was another candidate I was considering for Thursday night's Honor's Night program under the assignment of "Bokeh." In a couple of days I'll have a better idea about whether my choices were good ones!
Our November photo assignment for the Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake Honor's Night program is Bokeh, which roughly refers to the quality of the out of focus background in an image. I had my choice narrowed down to five shots and, while I like this shot, it is one that I will not be using on Thursday night. You never know how the images you chose will be received by the judging panel so the best way to approach your selections is go with your gut!
This was one of my shots for the Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake October Honor's Night assignment of "HANDS". It's a composite of two images that I combined in Photoshop. The base image is a shot of my hands that I warped slightly using a Topaz Lens Effects filter preset for a fish eye lens effect and then added the colors in Topaz Adjust 5/Stylized/Solarized Dreams preset. The second image was a shot of the full moon with some fog effect added from Topaz Lens Effects. The judges awarded the image a Silver award and 153 points, which was the second highest score for the night.
I spotted this old Ford pickup truck in a field in Round Top Texas while shopping at an antique mart on the last day of the fall antique weekend. I don't normally use in-camera filters but I did use the Olympus "Sepia" art filter on my OMD EM-1 for this shot and liked the results.
I photographed this deer off Cade's Cove Loop Road in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in early June of this year. I entered it in the Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake's Honor's Night program under the September topic of "Wildlife" and was awarded a bronze award.
I took this shot of a deer relaxing on the grounds of Rock City in
Chattanooga, Tennessee back in early June. I used Olympus' native software to
apply a “diorama" effect that helps exaggerate the high POV the shot was
This shot was taken along the trail at Deep Creek in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park just outside of Bryson City, NC. I shot the low POV off hand at 1/30th of a second at f11 with a 22mm focal length [44mm equivalent] and ISO200.
This shot of Jake's Creek was taken from a wooden bridge that crosses it near the Elkmont campground in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. I set up my tripod here hoping to capture some shots of the annual firefly show but it turned out to be better bug viewing down the trail.
This shot was taken in woods off Cades Cove Loop Road in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in the first week of June this year. I liked the lighting through the trees and the slightly surreal look of the scene, which I added to in post processing.
This was my second shot submitted under the "Missing" assignment at the BAPC's "Honors Night" on Thursday. The "Missing" connection I was going for was a "time gone by". Dianne and I were walking down the street in Bryson City, NC when we came to this old single chair barber shop. It was closed and I took this shot through the plate glass window in front.
This is a seven shot composite, six stitched together for the background, taken on a cloudy early morning at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Tennessee. I entered it in the BAPC "Honor's Night" competition under the assignment of "Missing" and received a bronze award.
This shot was taken in the first week of June in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. This foot bridge crosses Deep Creek just a short distance from the trail head of the Deep Creek hike outside of Bryson City, NC.
This shot was taken at the Baytown Nature Center and was recently awarded "Gold" by the judges at June's Bay Area Photo Club in the "Open" category. This shot was taken with my Olympus OM-D camera fitted with a 60MM macro lens.
I shot this macro of a toad Dianne spotted in the backyard with my 60MM macro lens. The toad was swimming a an aluminum bucket and was perched on a quartz rock giving the scene a distinctively "high key" look.
This shot was entered in last night's Bay Area Photo Club Honor's Night under the assignment of "One Light Portrait." It was lit with a flash reflected from a white umbrella and received a Bronze award from the judges.
This was one of my entries in last Thursday nights Bay Area Photo Club Honors Night under the assignment of "Intersection". It's a take on a classic "crossroads" shot with a humorous twist that is kind of an insider joke. The names on the signs are all Honors Night topisc for 2014 and the idea behind "The Ultimate Field Trip" is finding one spot with multiple assignment topics readily available - much harder than you might think!
In the past I've used my 50-200 lens and a 1" extension tube to shoot macros but I finally broke down and bought my first macro lens, an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8. On my E-M1 camera the lens functions as a 120mm [35mm equivalent] focal length and should make a nice portrait lens as well. I've just taken a few test shots with it and so far I'm pretty happy with it.
This shot of the Fred Hartman Bridge was one of my entries in the Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake's Honors Night assignment "After Dark". The image was well reviewed by the judges and was given a Gold award.
This was one of my entries in last nights Bay Area Photo Club Honors Night program under the assignment of "complementary colors". I like the shot as a pop art graphic abstract but the judges considered it as "too busy" and "poorly framed" - no award. Such is the subjective nature of art and one of the difficulties of succeeding in contest.
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.