Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Fall Color.... and a bit of ORANGE!

Sara and I continued our college tour to Georgia Tech and Clemson last weekend. While we were in South Carolina I got to visit one of the places I loved when I was in graduate school: Whitewater Falls. It's just over the border in North Carolina and I hit it about right for some fall color. Click the photo and it will take you to my SaltForkImages gallery with more shots of the falls.

Whitewater Falls, North Carolina - 411 feet top to bottom!

Saturday afternoon we got a little more Clemson color. ORANGE! We joined about 80,000 like-minded individuals in Death Valley to watch the Tigers beat up on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Our vantage point from high in the nose-bleed section gave us a great view of "the most exciting 25 seconds in College Football." Here's a shot of the team running down the hill after rubbing Howard's Rock.

Go Tigers!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Portrait Season

It's mid-October and the fall portrait season for high school seniors is winding down and the Christmas card portrait season is about to start. E-mail me at if you would like to do some Christmas portraits. I can set you up with flat cards, folded cards, and photos suitable for grandma's mantle!

I took some photos of my daughter, Sara, a few nights ago. Her mom likes the one below the best. I blew the highlights out in Photoshop for a little different look.

Here's another one more to my liking. She got her braces off a few weeks ago and she's a lot more willing to smile now!

Sara and I are headed out over the next few weeks for some college visits. Louisiana Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Baylor and Texas A&M are all on her radar. It should be a fun search! Wish us luck!

I had another fun portrait shoot last week with a young man named Sam. You can see from the two photos below that this was not an ordinary portrait session. View the rest of his gallery here.

Christmas will be here before you know it! Give me a shout.....

Monday, October 4, 2010

Southern Hospitality - an Aledo High School Theatre Production

Those talented kids at Aledo High School were at it again last week!

Their production of Southern Hospitality was outstanding. Once again I was asked to shoot the cast and crew prior to the performance and as always I hung out in the back with the monopod and the big lens.

You can see the entire gallery at this link. The shot below is one of many that made me laugh!

Those kids are SOOOO talented!

Fall Color in Wyoming

If you've visited my galleries before then you know that Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, must be my absolute favorite place in the world to photograph. Last week I was there with a friend chasing the fall colors and we had a great time. The park was pretty quiet except for all THE PHOTOGRAPHERS. It seems that everyone who owns a tripod knows that the last week of September and the first week of October are the best time to catch the aspens as they turn fiery yellow.

We arrived at Schwabacher's Landing about fifteen minutes before sunrise and found 24 cars in the parking lot and at least 30 photographers scattered along this picturesque backwater of the Snake River. Here's a shot of "THE SPOT" right after the sun hit the top of the mountains.

Of course I wanted the same shot they wanted and the sweet pink light on the mountains was not going to last much longer so I got right behind them and raised my tripod as high as it would go. I set my camera to "live-view" and framed the shot and then locked the ballhead of the tripod down tight. I hit the focus button on the back of my camera and cranked off three rapid-fire, bracketed shots. One of the guys on the front line heard my 1DM3 fire off overhead and turned around with a rather stunned look on his face. I just smiled and said, "Sometimes you've just got to improvise."

Here's the result:

We got what we wanted at Schwabacher's and then headed to Oxbow Bend. This is another popular spot with the photogs as there were at least another 20 or so set up here. You can certainly see why:

It was a great trip and the trees did not disappoint. Next year I'm hoping for clouds. And maybe I'll get up a little earlier so that I can be on the frontline. (Nah!)