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…
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.
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
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
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.
Have you ever just laid down at night looking up at the sky wondering what it would be like to step foot on the moon? When you first got your camera did you run outside at night and try to capture the moon or stars? I know that I have and still to both quite often actually. Astrophotography is probably one of the most challenging (in my opinion) and yet rewarding styles of photography there is. Don’t get me wrong, wildlife, sports, macro, and all others have their challenges but where I live it’s hard to find a night sky that isn’t polluted with city lights. Luckily when it comes to the moon city lights don’t play as big of a hinderance as they do with starts.
So what do you have to know to take a picture of the moon. If you run out with your camera set to auto, point it at the moon and focus on it then shoot your image will probably be a solid white circle. Why is this? Well what you have to realize is that the moon, altho not giving off light directly, is being light up by the sun. The human eye accounts for this and adjusts and this is why we can see features of the moon from out eyes, so we need to make these same adjustments in the camera. For me, I find that shooting at F/8 gives the best resolution. Also, cool clear night (especially ones after a rain) are great as the atmospheric pollution is lower. ISO will depend on if you have a tripod or are trying to handhold the shot. For the image below I had my ISO set at 1000 this allowed me to get a decently quick shutter speed to help with vibrations on the longer lens even supported on the tripod (wind was the reason for the vibrations). My shutter speed was set to 1/400th of a second. Something to keep in mind is that if you are hand holding the camera ideally you want a shutter speed to be 3times the focal length. So that means shooting a 600mm lens I would want a shutter speed of 1/1800th sec or faster to prevent shaky images. Glass with an image stabilizer helps with this but it’s still good to have as high a shutter speed as you can within reason. So what did my image come out like… well… like this…
Now, go out and give it a try! go shoot the moon and see what kind of results you can get. Don’t worry about the histogram in this since, it will tell you that your image is badly underexposed when in fact it might not be. You can also add gels to the end of your glass or edit it in post to change the color of the moon. Also observe the moon at different hours of the day, look at it when it’s out during daylight, or moon rise, or moon set. Look at it after a rain or during the summer when the atmosphere is full of smoke of other areas burning things. Now go out and see the moon up close.
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.
For full gallery please visit my collection at my gallery website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was shared to me by another photographer and thought I would post it here as well. This photographer takes pictures not on a flat 2D piece of paper but on 3 dimensional objects. After applying liquid light he uses a special pinhole camera to expose the surface of the object. This just shows that the world of photography is limitless and that the imagination is a key driving force to the next step. Enjoy.