Posts tagged Landscape
Frame Within in a Frame Attempt #2

I always try to get at least two good photos that I can submit to our photography club’s monthly challenge. This weekend was my last chance to make that happen. While I did spend a long time walking around downtown, I didn’t really get as many shots as I wanted. Hopefully these will be quality over quantity.

 
 

Photos taken: 37
Photos kept: 6

Cypress Waters

I was very excited to visit Shelby this weekend while she was on a business trip in the DFW area. I had some extra time for a shoot but I ran into a new problem: I didn’t know where to go.

I’ve spent a lot of time around Dallas over the years, so I had a few places in mind, but they were all at least a 30 minute drive. (an eternity for a small town hick like me 😉) I tried to google some spots, but all the results were oriented around portrait photography. Instead, I browsed Google maps for nearby bodies of water. (I figured that’d be a starting place) I visited a few different spots, but they were all private ponds (with cameras) or gated neighborhoods. I finally found decent spot, a new development called Cypress Waters.

From their website:

Cypress Waters is a lush 1,000 acre master-planned development, perfectly placed in the heart of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex and just five minutes from DFW International Airport. Centered around a serene 290 acre lake, this office, multi-family and retail waterfront development is DFW’s newest master-planned community.

The first thing a I noticed was the pretty large business park at the front of the property.

 
 

That first photo is probably the best one of the day. I was there around 5 PM on a Saturday, so the place was basically a ghost town. That was just fine with me, since I’m a little shy about taking photos with lots of people around.

On the east side of the property was a very nice middle school surround by a field of sunflowers. I assume the flowers were supposed to soften the area or make it look natural, but they just looked out of place somehow.

 
 

Lastly, I wandered to the back and found the residential area. There were a ton of apartment complexes, all in different stages of being built.

 
 

My overall impression of the area: sterile.

Obviously it’s not finished yet, but it felt deeply lifeless. It was too perfect, it lacked any inkling of spirit or character.

One note about all the photos, the lighting was really weird today and I really struggled in my edits. Ominous is the only word that comes to mind. I eventually decided to let Jesus take the wheel...or in this case, Adobe photoshop.

I don’t have anything profound to say, it was just a very different world than what I’m accustomed to.

Photos taken: 103
Photos kept: 8

I Won 2nd Place in the "Capturing Nacogdoches" Photography Contest!

The title pretty much says it all. The contest was hosted by the Nacogdoches CVB. Interestingly, I’m more proud of myself than I would’ve guessed. The $100 cash prize is nice too! ☺️

I look forward to competing next year.

 
A Feathery Float

A Feathery Float

 
Ag Pond

It's been a long time since I've pursued photography, but I'm ready to pick it up again.

It's always interesting to come back to something, especially a hobby, and see how it's changed and how you've changed. One difference I've noticed is that I used to shoot JPGs. I was just using the built in photo editor on our Windows XP desktop, so RAWs were literally useless to me at the time. Now I shoot in JPG and RAW, and it's already making a big difference. If you look at the last couple of photos, you can see the ducks were fairly backlit, so I had to make some adjustments to correct the problem. I don't know that it was 100% successful, but it's an improvement.

Also, big shoutout to Grandma, Dan Dan, and Uncle Jim for gifting me a Nikon D60 when I was in high school! I'm sure I didn't write a thank you note, or even send photos, but it did make a big impact on my life.

Also also, note that one of the ducks is not like the others...(living)

 
 

Photos taken: 175
Photos kept: 7

Sandia Peak Tramway
 
 

This was filmed during a family vacation to New Mexico. The Sandia Mountains are just East of Albuquerque and crest at 10,678 feet. Once you’re at the top it’s about 30° cooler, but it’s worth the 11,000 square-mile view.

The Sandia Peak Tramway was constructed in 1966 and is the second longest in the world. It’s 2.7 miles long and climbs over 4,000 feet in about 15 minutes.