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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
I work in the industrial distribution sector as a salesman for a master distributor of valves and fittings in Houston, TX. I am a member of the Bay Area Photo Club which meets at the Art Alliance Center at Clear Lake in Clear Lake Texas on Tuesday nights. I shoot with an Olympus E-3 and my favorite lens in my Zuiko 12-60.