Friday, July 29, 2011

Deep in the Forest

On a trip to the Florida panhandle earlier this summer I took along my little Panasonic point and shoot camera. It was not a photo trip per se but I I am not one to travel without a camera. I left out the big gear and just packed the Panasonic LX3 and a mini tripod. That combo gives me an outstanding tools to make great images.

I spent a few mornings walking in a forest photographing trees, moss, and a light fog.

Here are a couple of my forest images I made those days. Both really captured the mood of a foggy morning southern forest.

Both also show the excellent b+w images I can get right out of the camera with the LX3. As I call it my "Small Format" camera.

You can see more about Small Format in the article links in my blog and more from Florida in a new gallery of Gulf Coast images on my website

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Clear Fork in the the Forest

Exploring the Clear Fork of the Trinity River over the last several weeks has started taking me to new places and locations.

I am always keen to find new areas for photography near where I live and I have added several places to that list.

As you may have seen in some of my many images of rock ledges and waterfalls the Clear Fork has some interesting geology making it a great river to photograph. These new areas are in the forest and present the river in an whole new way.

Looking at these two images they certainly do not seem like the same river as my post from last week. Yet not only are they the same river, they are only a few miles apart.

I can easily photograph them both on the same day.

What I really like is how these two very different settings will allow me to photograph them in different light and seasons. Depending on conditions I could easily reach either one for a morning or afternoon destination for even just an hour of photography.

Already I am envisioning what kind of potential these locations have for fall color.

Many people tell me there is nothing good to photograph around where they live and I just added two new locations to my list that are only a few minutes from home.

Getting out and looking sure paid off with these two.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Clear Fork at Sunset

The Clear Fork of the Trinity River is not a big river. Over most of it's course it is neither deep nor broad. It is not a long river either. It only runs through two counties, arising in Parker County and running across it and through Tarrant County where it meets the West Fork at downtown Fort Worth.

In the greater scheme of rivers in Texas it is really just a foot note when compared to the Red, Brazos, or mighty Rio Grande.

This small short river, however, is a neat river.

There are sections of wooded areas along it where it works through forests. There are sections of rocky ledges and natural waterfalls.

There is also the fact that several miles of it in Fort Worth are part of the Trinity Trails system of paved and gravel trails making it accessible.

Finally, I live right along the river. It is a five minute walk from my front door to this spot. I think of these ledges and pools to be my backyard. The perfect place to walk, explore, and photograph.

This was the sunset just a few nights ago. The hot summer day was fading and I took the camera to the river to see if the clouds would light up. I got nice light.

Here are two from that evening. The light in the sky went from bright pastels to cool blue. Here is sunset from the best of the color giving the water a warm hue. Then after the glow was gone and just a hint of pink touched distant clouds and the blue of the almost night sky lit the rocks.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fire in the Sky

Sunrise one summer morning on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River here in Fort Worth.

I was out walking a few weeks back and some big clouds were moving through giving me a chance to see some fire in the sky.

We do not see clouds like this much in the morning in the summer but luck and a good front were with us this day making it a great time for a photograph.

Carrying a camera and knowing places nearby really payed off.