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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

Exploring Fairway Farm Country Club

A few years back, some friends and I had the opportunity to go poke around an old golf course in San Augustine, Fairway Farm Counter Club. It only took me three years, but I finally got it edited.

Looking back, I’m a little embarrassed by our dumb jokes, silly commentary, and poor videography. However, I still really like this video. I love exploring old abandoned places and this definitely fits the bill.

 
 
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.

 
 
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. 😜

 
 
Views of Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Shelby and I got to spend a few days at the house of one of her dog-sitting client’s. They live on the northwest corner of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir, near Etoile. I like to tag along when I can since it’s basically a mini-vacation (for free!)

I didn’t have any specific purpose for these photos, but I did submit end up submitting two of them to our photography club’s annual gallery show at the Cole Art Center.

 
 
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

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