Saturday, September 25, 2010

Is It Over?

I thought that perhaps our week long monsoon was over...apparently not!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Donations Please

I'm trying to raise a little informal grant so I can get a degree and become a professor of weedology...seriously, don't send me any money but I do seem to be spending a lot of time in the weeds as of late.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Simonized

I was in Fulton today and decided to stop by the gardens at Fulton Mansion...I really like hibiscus and there are lots of varieties. I've never seen one quite like this...very deep red and the petals look like they've been waxed.

 
I really didn't expect to see many flowers this time of year.

Light is everything!
 All these shot with the Sigma 105/2.8 macro.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is It Is Or Is It Ain't?


I've been accused of not knowing the difference between wildflowers and weeds. Hey, if it's wild and it has a bloom...It's a wildflower to me.

The ant doesn't care if it's flower or weed...he just likes it...me too!

My friend, Norma, called me today. She was on her lunch break and she was calling from the harbor. She told me that some of the boats were heading back to the gulf. I went down there a couple of hours later to see what I could see...this shot is from the north end and you can see a boat headed out. Norma has gotten some great shots the last few days, of the harbor and also of some of the flooding we've had. Check her blog out...the easiest way to get to it from here is to click on Norme on the list of followers near the top of the page. There was a little commotion while I was at the harbor...they sent 4 police cars to investigate a dog fight...truth can be stranger than fiction...only in Aransas Pass!! Wish I had known beforehand, I could have pulled off that bank heist I've been planning with no interference at all.

All three of today's shots were with the Sony 30/2.8 macro

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Gloomy Day - Gloomy Photograph

Prairie View Cemetery, Aransas Pass, Texas

Friday, September 17, 2010

Karl Reaches Out


Hurricaine Karl is battering the Mexican coast but he sent a lot of rain our way with more to come over the weekend. He also sent a lot of boats our way...not as many as Hermine but quite a few. This is from the north end of the harbor by the old boat ramps...Sigma 105/2.8 macro

Same location but with the Minolta 50/1.7

I moved on up the harbor...toward the south and switched to the Sony 30/2.8 macro

I found some weedy little characters to shoot with the macro

I moved on closer to the south end and the weather really started  looking nasty

I moved on around to the ICW side and the weather just kept getting worse

I decided it was time to head for the barn but before I got away from the harbor, I caught this boat, the Money Maker, heading for the dock in a pouring, blowing rain. My afternoon was cut a little short but it was interesting.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Give It Up For Ed And Hazel


I'm not sure who Ed and Hazel are...or were...but the public library in Aransas Pass is named for them. During the spring, there is a lot of blooming color around in their flower beds but most of it has gone now until next season.

There are still a few hibiscus in the beds and they're just gorgeous in the afternoon sunlight

As I was leaving, I spotted this little splash of color growing up through a crack in the parking lot. I love it when vibrant color and beauty have the tenacity to survive...even in the most unlikely places.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hummers










Got the chance to shoot a few hummers today...in between rain storms!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day's End on On The Farm


I was back at the wind farm for sunset this evening. I didn't have much time to set up my shot because I turned down the wrong road and almost got stuck! Hermine dropped a lot of rain over there and some of the back roads are still pretty boggy.


Looks like the cotton crop was pretty good this year and the farmers were able to get it out of the fields before the rains. This is just a small part of the cotton stacked at the Taft Gin.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Still Around


Many of the boats that ran from the storm and wound up in our harbor are still here. This one has a peeling paint job...must have gone to Maaco! I took this yesterday (Thursday) but ever since the storm my internet has been wacky so I'm a day late in posting.It's back to Corpus today for more poking and prodding by the doctors so I may not have anything to post tonight...We'll see!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Holiday Visitors

Tropical storm Hermine paid us a little visit. Aransas Pass has always been a good safe harbor for the fishing fleet during stormy times so we had lots of visitors. These boats are from every state on the gulf and a few were from the Atlantic states...looked like old times!























There were boats everywhere...I took far more photos than I can post here but this might give you a picture of what it's like down Conn Brown way.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Ho Hum


Ho hum, another shrimp trawler! I had been planning a "special" project for today's entry...had to wait for the sun to get really low...and to be in a selected location...got almost to the spot and realized I had forgotten my glasses. Oh well, there's always tomorrow, 70% chance of rain though! I was at the harbor earlier today though and caught this boat coming in...she's from Palacios, TX.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ouch


There was a fire a couple of weeks ago at one of the local marinas. About 20 boats were destroyed or damaged...this is one of the semi survivors. I tried to get a few pictures on the day after the fire but the state fire marshals had everything blocked off. There were no injuries (thank God) but a lot of dreams were shattered. No cause has been released to the public, as far as I know.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

HDR


Well, yesterday was filters so today I thought I'd try an HDR. HDR stands for high dynamic range...cameras, both film and digital, just don't have the tonal range of the human eye. This is most noticable on bright days like today. In any exposure ,either the shadows are blocked up or the highlights are blown out...if you expose for midrange you might get loss of detail in both highlights and shadows. The idea of the HDR is to extend that dynamic range so the detail can be seen across the entire spectrum. Two pictures are taken...using a tripod so both will have identical composition...one is exposed to bring out the detail in the highlights and the other to bring out the detail in the shadows. The two are then blended, so to speak, in software. Theoretically, you get the best of both worlds and an image that is closer to what the eye sees. Usually it works pretty well...sometimes not. I don't do a lot of HDR...it's a little tedious and a lot of work. I'd rather be out behind the camera than in front of the computer!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

29 Red and ND 64


I came across my filters today...I've got a pretty good stack of them. Back in my film days, I used them a lot. They don't get much use now that I shoot digital but I thought I'd take a couple of them out for a spin. The black and whites were shot using a 29 red...it's a contrast filter and makes anything blue quite dark. They also make a 25 red which weakens the effect and if you just want to darken the sky a little bit, you can use a yellow.


These red filters really make the clouds pop!


For the color shot, I used an ND64. ND stands for neutral density...it's like putting  really dark sunglasses on your lens...lets you open things up in bright light or slow your shutter speed down. This is what they use in those pictures of waterfalls or rapid water and the effect is like a cloud or blur...pretty cool! Now where can I find a waterfall in south Texas?