Some iphoneography images from the job… Enjoy!
Some iphoneography images from the job… Enjoy!
My wife and daughter were playing with makeup this afternoon, so I snagged a couple quick shots of my princess.
Proof positive that you can get decent shots, just for the fun of it. Continue reading
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Took the family to Enchanted Rock yesterday, and on the way back we took the opportunity to visit the Dahlia Cafe in Liberty Hill TX – it’s been on my “Cafe iPhoneography” list and on our personal list to visit for quite some time, and was worth the wait!
The Dahlia is an old house that was once a garden center and is now obviously a cafe. It was really interesting and it looks like it could be the center of breakfast AND night life in Liberty Hill. The back has a cute playground, a stage, and lots of seating under the trees.
Once you figure out that you go in through the back door (it’s pretty obvious) then you’re in for a treat. The people and service were terrific, and my family declared that the chicken fried chicken was the best we’ve had. That’s saying something, since in that realm of our family, the Dahlia is competing against the likes of Hit the Spot, Texan Cafe, and even the not so small but TV star Monument Cafe (those are listed in order of the family “best chicken fried stack rank,” actually.) Continue reading
My SmugMug subscription is about to expire.
I’ve been with them for four years, have over 6,000 images there.
At this moment, I’m not sure if I’m going to renew for another year. After discussing my journey here when they raised prices and all, I’ve had a lot of time to think. The bottom line for me is UI and design. SmugMug has lots of possibilities, but you have to be a rocket surgeon to really get it right. Zenfolio limits the possibilities, but their prepackaged designs and both user and visitor UI experience trump SmugMug. It’s literally like Apple vs. PC user experiences. At this point in my life, I need to spend less time trying to get my site to do what I want, and more time enjoying life and creating images. I don’t sell a lot of photos, but like the capability. Continue reading
It seems that just about every photo enthusiast has heard of Ansel Adams. Rightfully so. With his trademark Zone System that he developed in 1940 with Fred Archer that divided photos in to eleven tonal zones from Zero (pure black) to X (pure white) and his use of that system to create some of the most stunning landscape images in history, it’s not surprising that most people know him for those images.
Adams was also a very socially conscious person, and in 1943, he went to Manzanar, in the Owens Valley – a remote and almost desolate location on the East side of his beloved Sierra Nevada Mountains. Manzanar, now a National Historic Site, is the location of one of ten Japanese American Incarceration camps of WWII. The camps are a sad reminder of the fear and government of the WWII era. Adams went there to capture life in the incarceration camp, and found that in spite of the circumstances, human spirit prevailed. Continue reading
Ive been trying to figure out what to do here to make it fun for me, and interesting for you. With so many photoblogs out there, you have a lot of choices, and while this is a fun endeavor in itself, it’s more fun when people actually enjoy it and use the information. I recently found a way to put my instagram images in to a sidebar feed here, did a little bit of cleaning house and rearranging, and am happier with the layout – lots of posts sitting in my Evernote drafts, time to get to work on them!
Recently found this HDR essay on a favorite website: Exploring the Remains of England’s Top-Secret Turbine Testing Site.
Ran across this project that was done by Canadian photographer Jeff Friesen that he calls “The Canadian.” Pretty cool concept and looks like a LOT of fun to do. With this inspiration, I might have to break out my own model trains of old and haul them around… Check out his site at the link above for more on the project.
I did a little photo booth with seasonal props for the Church Christmas Party. The frames were a hit… (Click “Continue Reading” for a few additional images.)
With the proliferation of inexpensive DSLRs and the “photographers” that the mass market has spawned, Sony is pushing their latest offerings by making painfully accurate fun of DSLR owners… They have mini vids of each of the caricatures on their website as well. Ouch.
One of the first places we found when we moved to Texas was the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls. We go there a few times a year, and one of those times is ALWAYS when we go to the Sweet Berry Farm hay maze every fall.
To say that it is a popular eating place would be an understatement. Saturday when we got there (around 1230) the line was “down the hall and out the door, around the corner and in to the parking lot…” which is normal, actually. It’s also usually only about a thirty minute wait – the line is deceiving and they really know how to keep it moving.
The Monument Cafe is a long time family favorite. Monument is one of our date night standards and a family weekend breakfast favorite as well. It’s one of those places that has been featured on TV shows and the like, but still keeps its humility and roots. The Monument also tries very hard to keep it fresh and local, so to speak, right down to the amazing herb garden that is part of the front landscaping of the restaurant. Continue reading