Posts tagged Lumix GH-4
Sugarcane Festival at Durst-Taylor Museum

Shelby and I took our grandparents downtown this weekend to the annual Sugarcane Festival at the Durst-Taylor Museum.

I got a few good shots with the Lumix GH4 that I’m using right now, but I’m growing more and more unhappy with it. A coworker was there taking photos with his now-dated Canon 60D and the colors were just…better.

Trey was doing another blacksmithing demonstration and our local news station, KTRE, even did a feature on him. We also got to watch them boil a batch of cane syrup. It smelled pretty good, but boy was it hot.

 
 

Photos taken: 49
Photos kept: 7

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

Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden

I was pretty tired today, but I really didn’t want to miss the golden hour. So, I headed over to my favorite park. As always, some are okay, some made me pleasantly surprised.

Also, I noticed a few black spot on the photos. I’ve never known how to clean a camera sensor but I think it’s time to learn.

 
 
Blacksmithing at Durst-Taylor Museum

A few photos of my friend Trey practicing blacksmithing at the Durst-Taylor Museum during their Lost Arts and Forgotten Skills Fair. A girl named Alexis was very interested in learning so Trey spent a lot of the time showing her around the forge. He’s a very patient teacher. I’ve attached some notes from him on the photos below.

 
 
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

Texas Blueberry Festival

Today was the 29th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches, TX. The festival is hosted in and around the historic downtown area. Shelby and I have both grown up in Nacogdoches and it’s interesting to see how the festival changes the town for the weekend. The attendance estimate I saw was 20,000 people, a lot for a town of only 32,000.

All photos were taken on a Lumix GH4 with a Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

 
 

There’s always lots to do. I really enjoyed watching one of the pie eating contests this year.

 
 

I got some video of it too!

 
 

I haven’t been to many car shows, so I’m not the best judge, but this one seemed pretty nice. I just wish I had gotten a few more few photos while I was there.

 
 

We even ran into one my favorite college professors doing a cooking demonstration on healthy eating and meal planning. (I probably should’ve listened more closely 😉)

 
 

Finally, we closed out the day watching some friends perform with their blues band. Good day.