Friday, January 30, 2009

Back To Winter


As they might say on the news......And now we interrupt this spring to take you back to winter..... so after a week of 70 degree plus we had three days of cold and even got an ice storm.

At least for a couple of days it was cold. I did manage to check in on the dandelions and found them frosted over.
Of course, it will be back into the upper 50's today and 60's tomorrow. So 72 hours of winter this year.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Signs of Spring


We had several warm days last week, it was 70-80 degrees already. Not bad for the 3rd week of January. We already had dandelions too. Spring is getting closer.

Texas has such a short winter. Sure we could get sleet from Thanksgiving into early March, but really we get nice weather through most of that time. So winter really is only from Christmas into early Feb. By late Feb we are getting budding trees, and flowers begin to peak out.

But since it is Stockshow time here in Fort Worth I am sure there is an ice storm possible.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Trees By Moonlight

I was looking through some images I had taken around the holidays and found this one.

It was the week the leaves finally fell. We had a great moon and fast moving clouds. When I saw that and the way the leaves were all being lit by the lights in the neighborhood I thought it was great potential for the image.

So I went home to get the camera and tripod and came back to play around with several different compositions.

This was one of the better ones.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Full Moon Setting




The full moon in January was supposed to be the biggest of the year. I had read some buzz about quite a few folks were going to try to make a photograph of it. I am sure most of them were going to go for the long lens look.

I decided to get out too. I even had a place I hoped would work but I really was not sure if it had a view. So out the door I went early one weekend morning down along the Trinity River. There are several places along the river and some of it's side tributaries right here in town that have rock ledges and small waterfalls. It is not what one normally thinks of with Fort Worth, Texas. And that is one of the things I do like is being able to find these little scenes of nature smack dab in the middle of the city.

After photographing some railroad trestles by moonlight, I made my to a side creek just off the river where I knew there was a three foot fall. Sure enough, the moon was just hanging in the western sky right above the trees. Here is the part where I went different from everyone else, as I went to my widest lens to really get the water spilling over the falls and the moon is just a white dot in the sky. Make that a white dot that was 12% bigger this month.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bosque Sky


For my first Saturday of the new year a few buddies decided to drive south of Fort Worth to photograph the hills, towns and churches along the Bosque River country.

Because there was supposed to be a good chance of a meteor shower we decided to leave at 4AM so we could maybe catch some in the dark skies of the countryside. Four AM is not a big deal for me but I was working late on Friday and did not get out of the office until after midnight. So with less that three hours of sleep I even beat the alarm and was up and going.
We made the drive and found that the sky was mostly cloudy. So much for the falling stars. But we were not be deterred so we hoped for a good sunrise. The clouds were moving fast and thick enough to defeat the huge sunrise but the color we got was subtle and very nice. I gave up on thoughts of a falling star and began to think a big sky.

With the widest lens I had I began to frame up the grassy hills and the sweeping clouds of the sky overhead. I added a 2 stop ND grad to help bring in more detail to the grass.

The sky began to clear the clouds were fading fast. I saw a road leading off into some colorful sky and set up another image. A road has great potential for an image. Having a great sky and clouds only makes it better.
We also photographed an old church. Again the sky made the image. With in a short while after that the day was full on the the sky was clear. That was ok, I already had the good stuff when we had the big cloudy sky.

I may have left the house for the stars but I'll take a cloudy day any day with a camera.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

New Years Day 2009. I was out this morning at 5:45am walking through a local park in the dark and waiting for the dawn. It is how I spend every New Years morning, out with the camera waiting to photograph the first day of the year. I started doing it for the millennium in 2000 and have been going out ever since.

This morning was crisp and clear. Temps were about 35 or so. I went to Trinity Park which is along the Trinity River near downtown Fort Worth. The park is fairly heavily wooded in areas and has some spots that are urban wild. One of the features of the park is the Lancaster Street bridge where it crosses the river bottom into downtown. The bridge has some nice steel structure to it and is aesthetically pleasing as a bridge.

I could see the bridge and the street lights on it shining into the trees of the park. I thought it made a good image for city and nature. It might not be Yosemite, but it is closer, and besides there are bridges there too.

As the sun rose I went up onto the bridge and photographed back down into the trees. Here you can see the park and the tiny narrow guage railroad that runs the length of the park.I thought they made a nice combo. The city passing by a bit of nature and then looking back at it.

Did I succeed? What do you think?

Happy New Year!