When Science is Art

Eugène Atget is one of my favorite photographers. Read more about him here if you don’t know of him or are familiar with his work. He was famous for his photography during an eclipse but not for photographing the eclipse itself. Eugène Atget decided to forgo photographing the rare astronomical eclipse in Paris in 1912 and instead performed the unthinkable. He turned the camera to the crowd bearing witness!

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Ranunculus and Grapes

I walked into the flower store the other day where they had these beautiful burgundy ranunculus flowers which I had to purchase. My first inclination was ranunculus flowers in a wine glass, but I couldn’t compel myself to damage the petals. Then I was thinking a still life scene of some sort, but I didn’t want to purchase any additional flowers to upstage the ranunculus. Should I deviate from flowers entirely?

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Spring colors

Spring has arrived to my household early this year. The flowers sprouting forth endured one of the hottest summers and coolest cold snaps on record.

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Florida Textures

My wife and I visited Florida this past weekend to visit the in-laws and it RAINED for the entire duration of our stay — a rare event, I am told. Undeterred, the family embarked to a few ‘scenic’ locations in Homosassa Florida. We had a blast having created some magical, memorable moments.

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Japanese infused roses

I tried to duplicate my latest floral collection, you may view it here with various textured backdrops and colors (or lack there of), but felt as if I fell a bit flat. I learned a tremendous amount about my camera, light balance, still-life setup, and macro in the process however. So not all was lost. And refusing to keep the photography stored on a drive somewhere I decided to share nonetheless.

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A Foggy Morning

Fog very seldom settles into North Texas, but when it does, I make sure I carry my camera. Yesterday, I made sure I had my medium format camera in hand as I traveled to work photographing my commute along the way. I only had one fujifilm recipe, Kodak Portra 400 v2, programmed into my camera which accentuated the greens but muted the browns. The effect turns out to be quite rad.

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Day of the Dead Parade

I thought I knew a thing or two about the comings and goings in my hometown of Fort Worth Texas having lived in the area off and on for thirty years. However, I proved myself wrong venturing out to the Day of the Dead Parade in North Fort Worth with my friend Tim Smith, a marketing director and fellow photographer. I sought out the parade needing to get out of the house so my wife could have some R&R. What I discovered in the process was a city as diverse as my photography portfolio.

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Phalaenopsis Orchid

I wanted to photograph some new flowers this coming Labor Day holiday weekend. So I went to my home improvement store and purchased this lovely Orchid. For this journal entry I experiment with form, texture, and lighting in color and black and white to capture the essense of the flower.

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San Antonio Historic Market Square

I have always called San Antonio home due to the preservation of its buildings, culture, and natural spaces during the time I had lived there many years ago. I have many fond memories of the city where I learned to paint, and discovered the computer and comic books. I was not interested in photography at the time. To be honest, I had no idea the field even existed. My interests resided with illustration and painting.

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There was an old bridge

Those new to Texas may not be aware that most of the state’s infrastructure from the past one hundred years are still intact and preserved – all one needs to know is where to look. That is where Apple Maps is your friend as most markers appear in a traditional search. A simple query of “bridge” on my iPhone highlighted that the Old Alton Bridge was nearby. I have grown a fondness for Texas architecture cruising the Texas backroads, and having never surveyed the area before thought the bridge was worth checking out!

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