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Houston Dynamo Win! 1:0 over DC United

Today at 4pm CST (16:00 hrs) the whistle was blown and the game started.  Houston Dynamo played host to D.C. United for their first home game of the season.  The road to this point has been one of wins, ties, and losses all played on the road away from their beloved fans.  What was so special about today then…

Houston Dynamo Stadium

It was the season opener for the Dynamo’s new very own stadium.  A place the Dynamo can call home and make a firm true footprint in the Houston sports community.  Winning the MLS Cup in their first two season in Houston and making it to the MLS Cup finals last season shows that the Dynamo have the skill and ability to win.  Houston sport fans are some of the loudest, and toughest supporters of their teams.  They will truly let the teams know when they are happy and not.  Today however, was nothing but excitement.

The first half of the match was dominated by Union controlling the ball and pushing the defensive back four of the Dynamo hard.  It wasn’t till the 2nd half tho that the table turned and Dynamo’s own Brad Davis delivered a beautiful ball ending up in the back of the net.  This loan goal wound up being the winning goal of the match giving the Dynamo a 1:0 victory over D.C. Union.

Dynamo #11 Brad Davis celebrates after what became the game winning goal in the 2nd half.

The next home game will be this Tuesday, May 15th as the Dynamo host Portland Timbers. Come out and show your support and Dynamo spirit.

For the full collection of images from this exciting match please CLICK HERE


Magnolia Miles: BP MS150 training ride

This past Saturday (Irish Day) was the B-geO Magnolia Miles Bike Ride.  This ride is one of many around the greater Houston area that are to get riders ready for the upcoming BP MS150 bike ride that goes form Houston, TX to Austin, TX to raise money for MS (Multiple Sclerosis).  Below are a few images from the ride that I thought I would share. To see the full collection you can click here. Enjoy


Texas pride: Flower

So, wasn’t really sure what to put as the title for this post that might have been catchy and entertaining so we just have this.  Today after I got off work I ventured to a spot I found jogging with some blooming bluebonnets (Texas state flower) and took a few snaps.  The rains this year in southeast Texas have been good to us in terms of wild flowers.  I am hoping that this will be a much better year than last year.  Time will tell so until then I will capture what I can. Enjoy.

Pollination II

Texas Bluebonnet

Picking Flowers


Down at the Bend

Brazos Bend State Park also known as the Bend to many local Houston wildlife enthusiasts  is a great place for those interested in bird watching within a reasonable distance from our concrete jungle.  It is also a great excuse to bust out your long glass and see what is hidden in the trees. Yesterday, I had took the opportunity to relax with my camera down at the bend and was rewarded with some great images.  Many local photography clubs frequent the bend during different times of the year depending on the bird activity. Yesterday was probably one of the lowest days of activity I saw around 40 acer lake, but nun the less it was still a good day. Below are just a few of the shots I was able to get including my very first Woodpecker. Enjoy.

Blue Heron | Brazos Bend State Park

White Egret | Brazos Bend State Park

In flight White Ibis | Brazos Bend State Park

For full gallery please visit my collection at my gallery website.


Macro time!

Well… for those of you like me who live in the south I think we can finally say that Winter has poked her head through the clouds and blessed us with beautiful northern air.  Here in Southeast Texas we are enjoying beautiful chilly nights with wonderful clear sky’s and chilly weather.  There is a plus to all this cold tho, and that is it’s the best time for Macro Photography!

Macro Photography is a style of photography that requires patients and a good eye for little crawly dudes.  Macro photography can be done with any lens that has a macro setting but a dedicated macro lens is usually better as if allows a closer focusing range and also most are over 100mm in focal range.  Personally I own the Canon EOS 100mm f/2.8L IS USM and find it to be razor sharp and the IS gives me at least 2-3 stops of image stabilization.  I would recommend anything in the 100mm+ range for a macro lens as it lets you stay far enough away from the subject but still let you get close in and fill the frame even on a full frame camera.  But what does this all have to do with being cold, being a good thing?

Well the reason it’s great to do macro photography when it’s cold is b/c bugs and other little crawly things don’t move very well in the cold.  What does this mean for photographers, well… it means that you have a little more time to compose your shot, and also you don’t have to worry as much about the bug fleeing from the image before you can snap the shot.

Pollination | EF 100mm f/2.8L @ ISO500, f/8, 1/200sec | by:Chris Beveridge Photography

So, strap on your jacks and gloves, grab your camera, find a lens that will work (any lens will work really), and get out there and find those little creepy crawlers and see how photogenic they are.


Dynamo Win game 2!!

Tonight, the Houston Dynamo have once again stopped Philidelphia Union from advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship with a 1:0 win at Robertson stadium.  Houston Dynamo Captain #25 Brian Ching scored the only goal of the night in the 48th min in stoppage time.  The goal was assisted by none other than Houston Dynamo Midfielder #11 Brad Davis.  Brad Davis is the MLS leader for assists to goals beating out LA Galaxies Midfielder #23 David Beckham.

Houston Dynamo starting 11 against Philadelphia Union

The Houston Dynamo go on now to play Sporting K.C. this Sunday, 6 November 2011 @ K.C. for the Eastern Conference Championship.  A win against K.C will send the Dynamo to LA to face the winners of the Western Conference Champions in the MLS cup final match.

Tonight the Dynamo one again showed the US that they belong with the leading teams and that they still have more to prove like their first 2 years in Houston.  Dream, Scream, Believe!! Be Orange.


Dynamo WIN game 1!!!

Yesterday, the Houston Dynamo played Philidelphia Union in game one of two for the first round of playoff games.  The Dynamo came out on top 2:1 with some great shots and even better saves by Dynamos’ #1 Tally Hall.  Union was able to sneak one luck deflection past the Dynamo keeper but it did not get the Dynamo spirits down.  The second half of the game was less than desirable for the Dynamo with Union getting the form and really pressing the Dynamo defense.  Corey Ashe came up with some amazing saves and clearings throughout the entirety of the second half.

The Dynamo hosted a view party at Baker St. Pub off W. Gray in Houston for the fans to come out and enjoy the game together.  There were raffles and other door prizes being handed out along with an appearance of Dynamo Diesel and the Dynamo Girls.  It was a great turn out with not an empty seat in the bar and a great showing of the game.

Houston Dynamo fans celebrating a Dynamo goal at the viewing party hosted at Baker St. Pub off W. Gray

Join us Thursday night at 7:30pm at Robertson Stadium for game two against Philadelphia Union.  The Dynamo must maintain a goal lead in order to move on to the next round of games.  For those interested the MLS cup will be played in LA on 20 November 2011.


Houston Dynamo in the Playoffs!!!

Last Sunday, 23 October 2011 the Houston Dynamo hosted the LA Galaxies here at Robertson Stadium.  Filled with the fire of wanting to solidify a playoff spot the Dynamo came out on top 3:1 with what was probably one of the best performances this season.  With goals from Adam Moffat, Bobby Boswell, and Carlo Costly they Dynamo held off the # 1 MLS team with only conceding one goal to the Galaxies.

Houston Dynamo Forward #29 Carlo Costly celebrates after his goal in the 74th minute of the game takeing the Dynamo up 3:0

With this grand victory the Dynamo will be playing Philadelphia Union this Sunday @ Union and next Thursday, 3 November 2011 here in Houston at Robertson Stadium.  Victory here will move the Dynamo one more step closer to the MLS cup a vision long sought after since their last MLS Championship win in 2007.


Stepping into a new world

This past week on Tuesday evening I ventured into town for what I thought was gonna be a same ole same ole type of digital media workshop.  To my surprise however, I probably learned more and got new/ better ideas than I ever thought I would.  I attended the Get In Motion Tour hosted by Jeff Medford and Ross Hockrow here in Houston, TX.

I’ve attended other workshops and also watched many different training videos for the digital arts but have to say this was by far one of the most enjoyable and beneficial events I have been to.  Jeff and Ross take the world of Filmography (hollywood style shooting of video) and apply it to the new developing world of HDSLR shooting.  They pointed out the difference in camcording (a term they use) and actually shooting video for a client that has meaning and a story behind it.  They use real life examples of footage they have produced for clients showing both what was good and where they should have done better.  Both gentlemen are very helpful if you have questions and show a passion for this industry and want to pass on their knowledge for others to be successful.

For anyone interested in getting into the world of digital video recording using your DSLR camera I would highly recommend attending their class or purchasing their event DVD (DVD to be released later this year).  They were also involved with the shooting of How to Photoshop Everyone and will be releasing later this year the How-To dvd for that production showing their method of shooting and much of the gear they used.

 
I am not affiliated with them or their sponsors, but I do feel that the way they introduce the 
information and the style they are shooting is the next level of HDSLR footage that is going 
to continue to move this industry in to better things.

Wildlife outside Houston

So this past weekend (Sunday) a friend of mine and her visiting cousin took a trip to Brazos Bend State Park.  The park is located off FM 762 about 30 min south of Sugar Land or an hour south of Cypress (where I hold up).  So we took off early about 6am as to get there when the park opened at 7am and to try and beat some of the heat (ya didn’t happen there).  This park is a great place to visit to take pictures of birds and alligators,  however, I strongly believe that the activity this late in the summer is lacking compared to the spring migration time (March/ April).  There was still some birds on the water to photograph and I have included a few examples below but overall it was a lacking day.

So, if you wanna photograph birds and are in the Houston area, Brazos Bend State Park is a great place to start.  The best times are when the park first opens (or before if you have a pass and on the early guest list) or about an hour or so before sunset.  These seem the best times and when birds are most active.  If you are into macro and like taking pictures of the little crawlers, there are great fields to wade through.  Bugs seem to be best to photograph in the morning or on cool days as they don’t move as quick.

So go check it out and be sure to bring your camera.  It’s a great place to go to get out of the city and easily a day or 1/2 day or even less of a trip from Houston.

You can find my full collection of Brazos Bend State Park photos on my site or by clicking HERE. You can also order unmarked prints if interested through my site as well.  Enjoy cheers.