Category Archives: Sand

Death Valley National Park

I have the pleasure of living about 2 hours outside of Death Valley National Park. This makes for a great shooting environment all different times of year. So far, within the last 2 months I have gone twice. Here are some of the images that I’ve gotten while in the Californian desert lands.

And here is a shot of me standing on the edge of Dante’s View.

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The Road to Pahrump

This is a series of images taken along Highway 160, and a side road that heads west toward Death Valley National Park.

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Home on the range

Today I photographed a very nice home for an interior decorator boutique in Kingsland, Texas. The home is a waterfront property on Lyndon B. Johnson Lake and is featured in a “Parade of Homes” starting next week.

I love getting to shoot stuff like this, so I jumped on the opportunity when it was brought up. Unfortunately the only shot I didn’t get was a nice exterior shot because the front lawn and landscaping were still in the process of completion. Here are some of the images from today.

Spending a Saturday at Port Aransas, Texas

I just got back from a little road trip to Port Aransas for the day and to spend the night. It was really nice spending the time with my fiance’ and getting to photograph and swim in the gulf. I’ve never seen blue water in the Gulf of Mexico quite like this. Schools of minnow’s swam around our feet, and a few small sand sharks and trout made their way around us. Some fish jumped out of the waves, and we had fun watching the action. We even saw a few jellyfish.

After swimming for a while we took a walk up to a large fishing pier and watched the people fishing and hanging out.

All in all, it was an awesome trip and I can’t wait to go back.

Cheers!

2011 Marble Falls Drag Boat Races

Wow, do these boats move! And I mean fast! This is LakeFest at Marble Falls, Texas.

I’d never had the chance to shoot something like this before, and I wanted to take full advantage of this unique opportunity. I had press credentials from the paper I work for to get a closer view than the rest of the crowd and was able to get right on the edge of the water.

This is just like drag racing on an asphalt track (which I have never been to either), but instead is on an open body of water. This event marked the 20th year for the races to fall upon the city of Marble Falls in central Texas. The boats are put in separate classes and race each other accordingly with the “Top Fuel” class leading the excitement with speeds above 250 mph.

A world record was set while I was there shooting and I got a few nice shots of it happening. The boat “Problem Child” driven by Daryl Ehrlich set the record of going 1,000 feet in 3.39 seconds at a speed of 261mph. Damn.

Here are the images:

Not only does everyone have an interest in fast boats at this event, everyone drives a truck. This is Texas after all.

This is the boat and driver that beat the previous record to make the world record in Top Hydro Fuel category. Daryl Erlich driving “Problem Child.”

Perfect Saturday

The entire week before this weekend has been a long one at work. I just wanted to go for a long ride on the motorcycle and take some pictures. I’ve been working on these ads at work for local home construction and building companies for an upcoming tab, and some of them have very nice photography. It gave me the itch to go out and shoot more than usual to get something good.

I have heard that RM 1431 is a nice ride to take a motorcycle down, and it turns out this is a GREAT road for a motorcycle. There are tons of twists, turns and hills. My camera, bike and myself saddled up and off we went into the Texas countryside. I found this dried creek bed, Cow Creek, and got down into it. These images are all from there.

Just before I started my hike, these bikers took off out of side road where I had parked.

Hole in one

This is a shot from a shoot I did for the newspaper I work for. It was the cover of a weekend features tab we publish. I just like the picture.

No Mas Agua

The water is going away, and fast. For anybody living in central Texas, they can tell you first hand that there has been little to zero rainfall in weeks. Predictions are saying this might be the worst drought since the 1950’s.

Everyday I go to work I cross a large bridge covering the Perdenales River bed. It’s just the bed though, as all but a tiny amount of water trickles down the vast space. These images are from the top of the bridge along highway 71 between Austin and Marble Falls, Texas. It’s a sad sight to see the boat docks sitting in the dirt where they used to float proud in the water. There are large homes lining the river canyon walls that had a great view of a flowing river that now look over a dry bed of rocks and dirt.

It’s only the end of June, and the next few months prove only to expect more heat and dry weather. Hopefully rain will come and the fish and wildlife dependent on the water will have their normal lives returned soon.

The Beauty and the Beach

Last weekend my girlfriend and I went to Galveston, Texas to enjoy the sand and the salty water of the Gulf of Mexico. Some worry went in to whether oil would be in the water or if the ding-dong’s who made the mess had sufficiently cleaned it up. There was no oil, but it was very hazy as ozone levels were very high and the late-August sun shined down on the coast of Texas. We had a good time, and I would recommend going if you have the chance. As we stayed longer through the day, the beach got busier and we decided to leave, but not before I took my camera out a couple of times to get some images to put on here.

I’ve been shooting quite a bit lately, not quite as much as I would like, but I’ve had this desire to make everything black and white. I think that the beach is one environment that people don’t normally see black and white images come from, so here you go.

Stewart Beach, Galveston, Texas

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