Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Old and New

Here's another photo of Old Red. I took photos for about 15 minutes on this particular day, and by coincidence Life Flight just happened to fly over when I was there. I was bracketing 3 frames, so the movement of the helicopter caused some minor artifacting when the images were merged -- even at 11 frames per second. I did some minor clean up in Photoshop. I thought this was interesting though -- the oldest medical building in Texas with modern day medicine (Life Flight) in the same frame.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Old Red Colors

This photo was taken at the same time as the previous post. Interesting because the color palate is nearly identical, but this is the back side of Old Red, where there are lots of pipes and infrastructure of the UTMB campus. Here, the orange and beige colors are reflections in the pipes. Not the most photographed area of campus for sure. Sony A6000, handheld bracketed frames. Merged with Nik HDR Efex.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Old Red

Above is a photo of Old Red, the venerable building on the UTMB campus that was the state of Texas's first medical school. This photo was taken last Friday when it was probably the last time this area has seen the sun and a pretty day. Still tinkering with the Sony A6000. This image is actually a 3-frame HDR merge. It is amazing how simply and how well this camera handles bracketing, and at 11 frames per second, I'm not sure I'd ever need a tripod unless I got into an extremely low light situation.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mardi Gras #2

Photo of Luke Boor performing on the main stage at Saengerfest Park for Mardi Gras Galveston 2015. Kim and I have to constantly ask ourselves: "Wasn't it just yesterday that this young man was the ring bearer at our wedding?" Sony A6000, 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO3200.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mardi Gras #1

A few weeks ago, I found myself at a place I thought I'd never be -- down on the Strand in Galveston for Mardi Gras. Being a long-time Galveston guy I've always resented having to pay to get on the Strand for Mardi Gras. Or maybe I'm just cheap. But on this particular day, Luke Boor -- an old friend -- was performing on the main stage at Saengerfest Park. It was Friday before the large Saturday parade so we ventured down to see him play. Luckily, Kim and I made it into the area before they started charging admission. As we were leaving near dusk I snapped this picture of the Railroad Museum. As you can see, the crowds were thin ... a calm before the storm.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Levitation #2

More experiments with compositing and levitation. This is an image of Alyssa that I took in December in the studio.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Levitation #1

I've been tinkering around with composites for a few years. And recently I've also been tinkering around with a Sony mirrorless camera. Lots of experimentation and learning curves with both ... definitely taking me out of my comfort zone and pushing things pretty hard in Photoshop with the composites. The above composite was inspired by the work of Brooke Shaden, who I've been following for about 6 months -- very conceptual and artistic. And above all it's challenging to put these constructs together -- getting the pieces, masking, color toning and making something that's obviously surreal somehow believable visually. So, lots of hours and layers and megabytes and experimentation here. Photo of April (my model) was taken in the studio; photo of the trees was taken at Frankie Carter Randolph Park. I started this as a personal challenge for myself but as things evolved, ended up entering into the Bay Area Photo Club's February assignment: Out of Context.