An Embarrassment of Riches

The Cleburne Camera Club’s 2017 Photo Contest and Exhibition Sale has an embarrassment of riches with striking photos from a range of photographers, including some very talented youth. And I’m not just saying that because I have 3 pieces in the show.

Awards were announced at the Opening Day reception on April 29th. The show runs through May 26th, and is free and open to the public for viewing from Monday – Saturday during 10am – 4pm daily at the JN Long Cultural Arts Complex located at 425 Granbury Street in Cleburne, Texas.

 

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Spring is in the Air

I’ve been slowly recovering from a knee injury, which has suspended a great deal of my plans for wildflower photography this Spring. Unfortunately, I missed peak bloom down in the Ennis area, but I decided to go there today and try my luck hoping there be a few small vignettes I could work with. More than 95% of the Bluebonnets have gone to seed or have been overtaken by the grass. While there were a few lovely spots with primroses, they were in locations where there was no naturally flattering composition available at that spot. And fields of flowers don’t look like field of flowers unless you can compose them just right.

One of the spots I did have luck, was a small fenced in private pasture on Mach Road, the Bluebonnets there were thick, lush, and tall. If not at peak, they’re just a bit past peak and they were surrounded with some sprinklings of pink, yellow, and even a touch of white from some other wildflowers which intensified the blue of the bluebonnets themselves.

I was working on a composition, when suddenly I noticed a mule/donkey walking towards me. I was like, ok I can work with this. But that meant I was changing from a landscape shot, to a wildlife shot, so I switched out my camera lens accordingly. So I was trying to line up a shot testing my setting on my camera with the new lens, snapping some shots, when I noticed what I had captured. I was just photobombed by a pair of exhibitionists.

The perils of nature photography.

Cleburne Camera Club – 2017 Photo Contest & Exhibition Sale

I have 3 pieces in the Cleburne Camera Club‘s 2017 Photo Contest & Exhibition Sale. For those of you in the Dallas / Fort Worth area I encourage you to come out and support not only myself, but all the other talented local photographers.

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Opening Day Reception & Awards Ceremony on:

  • Saturday, April 29th
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • JN Long Cultural Arts Complex located at 425 Granbury Street in Cleburne, Texas

The Show Runs from:

  • April 29th – May 26th
  • Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
  • JN Long Cultural Arts Complex located at 425 Granbury Street in Cleburne, Texas

 

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Doe, a Deer, a Female Deer

What has slowly become tradition is trekking across the Texas Hillcountry every Spring and Summer, in hopes of finding magical vistas, flora and fauna to snap in my viewfinder. On one of the legs of my recent photography trip, I got lost somewhere between San Saba, Cherokee, and Lampasas on April 6, 2017. So there I was in the Texas Hillcountry near sunset when I came across a large herd of deer. I caught this image of a very pregnant doe, and I adore the painterly effect of this photograph.

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GAP at the Grand Gallery Exhibit in Grapevine Now Open

Tired of seeing my images on your computer screen? Those in the Dallas/Fort Worth area can head on down to the Grapevine Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (636 S Main Street in Grapevine, Texas) to see my work as well as many other talented artists (painters, photographers, jewelry, ceramics and more) at the GAP at the Grand Gallery Exhibit. Peruse the art, and if you’re so inclined you’ll find loads of lovelies for sale.

The Show Runs April 3-April 28

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.

Here’s a modest sampling of what you’ll find.

 

Don’t forget, that Saturday April 8th there’s New Vintage Wine Trail will be taking place on Saturday, April 8th from 11am – 5pm and it looks like members of the Grapevine Art Project will be planning on some artist demos on this day. It only costs money if you decide to purchase a ticket so you can drink while you peruse the historic downtown area, the exhibit area is always free admission during the show.

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GAP at the Grand Gallery Exhibit in Grapevine

I was recently notified that there will be some slight changes to the duration of the upcoming art show I’m participating in held at the Grand Gallery inside the Grapevine Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (636 S Main Street in Grapevine, Texas).

The new dates of the show are from April 3 – April 28, 2017.

Due to this date change, this means the show will not run concurrently with the GADA (Grapevine Art Dealers Association) Art Walk scheduled for May 6. However, the New Vintage Wine Trail will be taking place on Saturday, April 8th from 11am – 5pm and it looks like members of the Grapevine Art Project will be planning on some artist demos on this day.

I hope you’ll come check us out!

 

 

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Winter Wonderlands

As a Texan, I like to tell people that in my part of the state we have three seasons: Baking Drought, Torrential Downpour, and Wind Chill. It is a very rare site indeed for snow to fall in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. We tend to have ice storms, more than snow storms, and even those storms are a rare occurrence. This year in particular we’ve had a very mild winter, even the days around Christmas this year I was wearing summer clothes when the temperature reached into the 80s.

So while I did not get to enjoy a winter in my area this year, one of my guilty pleasures is traveling abroad to the Hudson River Valley and enjoying the sights of winter there. Some of these photos are from a recent trip January 2017, and others are from several years ago.

 

Sunflowers…

There is a je ne sais quoi about sunflowers, they have this ability to just make people smile, to cheer and brighten. They are found scattered all over, some are wild species, and others have been cultivated for agricultural and commercial purposes. They’re also favorites of pollinating species such as butterflies and bees. There’s always a challenge when working with bees in your shot, you either focus on the insect and lose sharpness in the flower, or focus on the flower and lose sharpness on the bee. Also due to their similar color schemes, there can be a lack of sufficient contrast, let alone the challenges brought by objects in motion, sometimes competing objects in motion especially on windy days. But no matter how careful you are, and respectful, sometimes you still have a bee decide to fly up your shirt sleeve and sting you under your arm. They say pain is art, and I suffered for these shots I took on Father’s Day, June 19, 2016.

Location, Location, Location…

Thanks to a tip I found this sunflower field in Waxahachie, Texas. I was mindful not to go onto private property nor jeopardize someone’s livelihood as these are commercially grown sunflowers. So I worked the verge along the road to take these shots.

The first field can be found along the Northbound service road of US-287 between FM-878 (Palmetto) and Meagan Street. Near the Showbiz Movie Theater in Waxahachie.

A few things of note, this main field of flowers are facing away from US-287, so its hard to get shots of the front of the flowers except along the sides. But, if from US-287 you travel within a mile down FM-878 there’s another, smaller field of these sunflowers along the right hand shoulder, and those you can walk around to get front facing shots of the flowers there. And just after that field maybe 100 yards or so down the road is a stone building once used by the local prison system sans roof, doors or windows and you might be able to get some interesting shots from the fence line of the abandoned building.