Friday, April 30, 2010


My wife and I strike a classic pose in a Brenham field before we head back to towards Baytown following our BAPC field trip a couple of weekends ago.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Brenham Windmill

Another shot from the BAPC field trip to the Brenham area two weekends ago.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Herd of Three

I caught these three hard at what cows do best two weeks ago on the BAPC field trip to the Brenham area.

Tech: Oly E-3 @ F7.1, 1/250, ISO 400, "Bigma" 50-500 @ 192MM, Adobe Camera Raw, CS3, Topaz Adjust

Water Buffalo Calf

A six month old water buffalo calf from a small ranch near Brenham.

Tractor Pull at the Festival

I will be continuing with shots from the recent BAPC field trip to the Benham area this week. Today's shot is of a tractor pull event at the Old Cotton Gin Festival held two weekends ago in Burton, Texas.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Water Buffalo 2

Another Brenham area water buffalo shot! These guys are interesting to watch. What stood out to me is there quickness and agility. These are no cows.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Brenham Water Buffalo 1

Yes that's right it's a water buffalo standing in a field of Texas wildflowers! Some shots you just can't plan.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bluebonnet Fence Line

A fence line bordering a field of bluebonnets outside of Brenham, TX.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Horse in Bluebonnets

Another shot from this past weekends BAPC field trip to the Brenham, TX area. This shot was taken near Chappell Hill with my Oly E-3 and "Bigma" 50-500 lens.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Brenham Calf in Bluebonnets

This weekend the Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake had a field trip to the Chappell Hill - Brenham area to take advantage of the wild flowers the area is famous for. I confirmed on the trip that for the most part cows make excellent and patient posers!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BNC Vignette

This shot is looking across a field of grass located at the North East corner of the Baytown Nature Center off Bayway Dr. in Baytown, TX. It is a three shot composite HDR that also includes a dose of Topaz Adjust "Portrait Smooth" preset.

Tax Day 2010

Well it's Tax Day once again so I hope everyone has their "voluntary" federal taxes in the mail by now! The first United States income tax was imposed in July 1861, at 3% of all incomes over 800 dollars in order to help pay for the war effort in the American Civil War. It's hard to believe that this simple act would evolve into the ridiculous tax code that we have today. A tax code designed to be complicated enough that tax professionals interpret it differently and "commoners" can't begin to understand it. Hopefully some form of "flat" or "fair" tax will replace the current tax code soon at a level that is closer to original intent.

This photo is from the San Jacinto Tea [Taxed Enough Already!] Party Rally yesterday evening at the Bridge Water Event Center at the foot of the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, TX.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Trinity Bay Pier

This is the shot that I ended up submitting as my "A" shot for last nights BAPC Honors Night Assignment "Less is More." My shorebird silhouette post of a few days ago was my "B" shot and rounded out my entries for the night. I had fairly high hopes for both but at the end of the day this one earned a Bronze mark from the 3 judge panel and the other shot was a "no award". I remain steadfastly committed to my quest for Gold! I am convinced the "secret" for me is not so much the technical aspect of turning in a well composed and executed shot but is more of a search for the elusive "wow-factor."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Houston Raceway Park @ Baytown

This shot is of Houston Raceway Park in Baytown on Sunday morning ahead of the finals for the biggest NHRA drag racing event of the year for the park. This event brings 100,000 people to Baytown every year. This is a six shot composite taken from the overpass at 99 & 565.

Monday, April 12, 2010

BNC Flock

Another shot under consideration for Tuesday night's BAPC assignment "Less is More". This shot was taken Sunday morning at the Baytown Nature Center. I know - it's a flock of birds!, but to me it seems to have an "aquarium like" sense of tranquility to it.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Crawfish Time Again

Last weekend my stepson and his friend held their 3rd annual crawfish boil at his home in Humble. I didn't take many shots this year

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pearce Street Door

This old door is attached to an old building on Pearce Street one block off historic Texas Ave in Baytown, Texas.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

BNC Bird Silhouette

Another candidate for the BAPC assignment "Less is More", or minimalism.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tackle Box Nightmare

From the Walisville Bird Sanctuary a month ago or so, this is a shot I've been considering for the upcoming BAPC assignment "Less is More" - an exercise in minimalism.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

CRCU Wildflower 2

Another wildflower shot taken in a field across from my bank in Baytown last weekend. Once again going to all corners of the globe [or end of my street] in pursuit of photographic opportunities!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Extreme Makeover Home Editition

Last night the episode of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" filmed in Kemah 10 or 12 weeks ago aired on a two hour special. During the week long filming we went out and watched for probably 8-10 hours. It was very interesting to watch the swarm of volunteers put the house up and last night's show kind of wrapped up the whole experience. I'm sure the cynical among us could find issues with the philanthropic aspect of the show but, as for me, I would like to see them go on for a long time.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Back-lit Bluebonnet

I took this shot of a back lit bluebonnet early yesterday morning [before fog completely burned off] in a field across from my bank in Baytown.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Cupola

We had the roofing contractor install this cupola on our house while they were putting the new roof on yesterday. My wife and I had purchased it online about 5 1/2 years ago. Like most of my projects - I get right on them!