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Night

One of our photography challenges this summer was to take some nighttime photos. I took these over a period of months and I think I had some good improvement in my skill.

 
 
Sunset Attempt #1

This month’s photography challenge from my photography club is sunsets. I don’t have any particular ideas/inspiration for this challenge, so this will be a little tricky.

Last night I had a few minutes spare minutes during a family outing in Denton and got my first swing at this challenge.

 
 

Photos taken: 74
Photos kept: 1

Lazy Dogs on a Saturday

Shelby and I are house/dog-sitting for a client during the next few weeks. They have a full-size Dachshund and a very small Maltese. Teenie, the Maltese, is one of the only dogs we’ve seen that’s even smaller than Princess. Both of them are sweet dogs, and they let me take a few photos on a lazy Saturday morning.

Photos taken: 18
Photos kept: 2

 
 
My Toothbrush

Shelby and I do a weekly podcast and I always create custom show art. I usually use one of my recent photos, but I already used my fireworks photos, and I haven’t taken more since.

In the episode, we talk about going to the dentist. So, that inspired me to shoot something special, just for the podcast.

P.S. I don’t usually use quite that much toothpaste.

 
 
Independence Day Fireworks in Nacogdoches

My family didn’t have any big plans for Independence Day, so I decided to dedicate myself to just taking photos of the fireworks show in downtown Nacogdoches. I spent several days driving around trying to find the best spot. I finally decided on this five story parking garage on the east side of SFA. I wasn’t sure how if the lights from the building would mess up my shot or not, so I decided to take a chance. There’s already a million “traditional” firework shots, so I wanted to make something a little more unique.

Unfortunately, I recently damaged my Tamron 28-75mm and it was still being repaired. Thankfully, a friend generously offered to lend me his Canon EOS 60D, along with a couple of lenses. (a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II)

Now, sometimes I struggle to keep things simple…so I started wondering if there was a way to use both the loaner Canon 60D and my Sony a7 II. So, I ordered a Fotodiox lens adapter to use one of his Canon lenses with my Sony camera. The downside is that it’s a “dumb” adapter, so it doesn’t allow the camera and the lens to communicate. So, the aperture will stay all the way open and it won’t have autofocus. Also, some of the EXIF data will be missing, since that lens-to-camera communicate is broken. I knew this wouldn’t be a big deal, because I was going to have to use manual mode for the fireworks anyways. They do make “smart adapters”, like this one, but they’re 6X the price. I don’t know how much use I’ll get out of it, so it didn’t make sense to drop a lot of money on it.

All in all, I’m pleased with the results. Enjoy!

 
 
Summertime Challenge: Shelby

Nate and I were discussing potential spots to use for our photography club’s monthly challenge, Summertime. This week, I happen to be dog-sitting at a lovely home in the Central Heights area of Nacogdoches. They have a great pool and their property backs up against a big, undeveloped field. I went to scope it out for Nate, but I decided to take my own photos as well. For once I think I should actually enter the contest. I was pretty surprised that I actually liked a few of the photos!

You can view Nate’s photo here.

 
 
Summertime Challenge: Nate

If you listen to our podcast, you may have heard that I recently broke my beloved Tamron 28-75mm. I only have one lens for my Sony a7 II, so while it’s in the…lens hospital, Shelby has been letting me borrow her iPhone Xr. My iPhone 7’s camera is much older and much worse.

I took a few photos near a pool and almost all of them were bad, but I got one keeper that I’ll be submitting to our photography club’s monthly challenge, “Summertime”.

You can view Shelby’s photos here.

Photos taken: 23
Photos kept: 1

 
 
Nacogdoches Photographic Association Annual Gallery Show: Colors

Some of you probably know that I’m an active member of the Nacogdoches Photographic Association. I recently had 5 of my photos chosen to exhibit in their gallery show this year. I’m very proud of the photos I entered, but I already feel like I’ve grown since then and I’m ready to take some better ones!

I didn’t place, but I did get an honorable mention, which I’m very proud of. I’m looking forward to next year.

The gallery is being hosted at the SFA Cole Art Center downtown, June 21 — July 20.

 
 
Memorial Day at the Zoo

Today, my family went to the zoo. Weather was unusually bearable and it was a lot of fun. A few a those photos are good but most are just showing you the experience.

Camera: Sony α7 II
Lens: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

 
 
Fiction Challenge

Our May challenge in the Nacogdoches Photography Association was to create “fiction” in a photograph. The theme a purposefully a bit broad so we could really go in any direction we wanted.

Olivia, my little little sister, is in Lamp-Lite Theatre’s production of “Talking Pictures”, which is set in the 1930’s. I thought it would be fun to mix the past and present, so I had Olivia dress get in costume and borrowed an old-looking phone from my parents bed & breakfast and I was set.

I didn't like them in black and white or color, so I decided to go with an in-between look. Of course that could just mean they suck. 😜