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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.

 
 
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

 
 
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

 
 
Flower Photography Field Trip
 
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Nacogdoches Photography Club Field Trip

 

The Nacogdoches Photography Club had a workshop/field trip led by one of our members, Ron Thill. The focus for the morning was flower photography. We met at the Gayla Mize Gardens and were there for about 2.5 hours. (there was a lot of talking 😜)

Flower/macro photography is not one of my strengths, but I learned a lot. Frankly, I’m not that happy with any of the photos.

 
 

Photos taken: 65
Photos kept: 8

Frame Within a Frame Attempt #1

This month’s photography challenge is “Frame Within a Frame,” so Shelby and I headed to the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden near sunset.

 
 

They didn’t have as many places as I’d hoped, so we took a few regular portraits too.

 
 

And a few other random photos.

 
 

Photos taken: 53
Photos kept: 10

Abandoned House on Cason Street

Shelby and I went adventuring yesterday looking for some good photo opportunities. I passed a dilapidated house on my way to Pecan Park on Wednesday, so I wanted to check it later. Shelby and I both love abandoned spaces, so we’ll be looking for more. FYI, r/abandoned and r/urbanexploration are both great places to see more stuff like this.

I took 100+ photos yesterday at several different locations, so I’ll be spreading these photos out over a couple of posts. Enjoy

 
 

Photos taken: 13
Photos kept: 9

Leading Lines Attempt #2

I wasn’t thrilled with my first attempt to get a good photo for our photography club’s monthly challenge. Thankfully, my mother-in-law let me borrow a subject (doggo) to get a few photos on the historic Goodman Bridge, towards the back of Pecan Park.

Princess wasn’t the most cooperative model, but she’s a good girl. I’m happy with the results.

 
 

Photos taken: 67
Photos kept: 4

Leading Lines Attempt #1

Shelby and I joined the Nacogdoches Photographic Association last month. Part of the monthly meetings includes a friendly competition based around a certain theme. (e.g. colors, portraits, macro, etc.) This month’s theme is Leading Lines. Here’s my first with the help of my little brother Philip:

 
 

I’m not super happy with the results in terms of leading lines, but they good photos overall. We also took some portraits, just for fun. 😜

 
 

Photos taken: 125
Photos kept: 10