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Monday, May 22, 2017

Fifteenth Van Cliburn Piano Competition

  With the site of three Steinways lined up on the Bass Performance Hall stage, it all begins again. The contestants in one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world begin by selecting the piano that they will use in their performances. The options are two pianos made in the Hamburg factory and one constructed in New York. For those in the know the sounds are distinct and those playing can certainly feel the differences. Some of it is personal preference but in a competition like this every little bit counts. Good luck to all of the pianists in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn Piano Competition over the next couple of weeks.
Rachel Cheung tries out the New York Steinway. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Donate Life Day

  The national organ donation group Donate Life celebrates organ donation every year with events that draws attention to the need for registering to support organ donation and in Fort Worth the attention was through lighting public spaces. The Pier 1 building and the Allen Saxe Waterfall on the downtown campus of the Tarrant County College were lit in the indicative blue and green colors of the movement. A rather stunning and beautiful sight.
The Allen Saxe Waterfall

The fountains and Pier 1 Building in the background.

Up light led's allow great colors.

The Fort Worth City Skyline with Pier 1 building. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Blustery Spring Winds

  With the full flow of spring weather in Texas, the atmosphere starts to change. The days get warm with the strong on shore flow of breezes coming from the gulf of Mexico. Preceding cold fronts those winds become really powerful, trees loose limbs, sheds jettison roofs but I tend to run to the nearest body of water to get a few thrills on either a kite or with my old standby windsurfer. Yesterday made for a really good day of it, gusts to near 50 miles an hour and warm temperatures so I opted for the windsurfer. No work to interfere so I got a chance to try out a boom mount for a camera while I blasted a quick ride. Now that is what I call a board meeting.
Checking the alignment.

Lucky sun flare timing a big wave.

Timing a jump with a five second timer takes luck.

Still have a blast just making turns at speed.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Food for Thought

   I travel around the world almost weekly, but it is exclusively with my palate. A lot of my days are spent taking pictures of different dishes for a lot of clients. It allows me to get a taste of cuisine from around the globe. This week I had a tart from a really exclusive restaurant in the area named Le Cep, a couple of brightly colored dishes from the new M bistro and some lentle empanadas from an Ethiopian cafe. I love the diversity of flavors that cultures around the world have created to feast their appetites.
A cherry tart with homemade ice-cream at Le Cep

Beef Carpaccio at M Bistro

Tempura fried prawns at M Bistro

Gentle Empanadas at Sampson's

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Splashing for Spring

  The weather has been a bit unseasonably warm as of late which really starts the thought of spring. Today we got a little rain on top of it so now all the plants are really getting prepared. Peering in the garden, the first bolts of color are already making their appearances. A new day and a new dawn is obviously here with a cluster of daffodils shining brightly.
The first blooms are already here.

Blooms in clusters of droplets.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gator Eat World

  The natural world can move at what seems like a snails pace. Lounging in the sun, absorbing a little of the solar radiation to loosen limbs. Or possibly it is a slow soak in the thick growth of a tranquil pond. In the Big Cypress National Wildlife Refuge, the American Alligators take full advantage of looking like they are even more stoic than your average tree sloth. they do not even blink in their frozen state, until there is an explosion with the equivalent of a ton of high explosives. As you scour the spot where there once was a ten foot reptile looking all the more like an over sized spiney rock there is now just a few feathers floating on the surface,

An American Alligator rests on the bank of a swamp.
Not a lot to see of an eight foot monster as you approach a pond.
or a couple of scales swirling in a whirlpool, or a  few drops of blood on a leafy bank.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Couple of Favorites

At the start of the new year as a photographer I always end up cleaning out hard drives and come across pictures that I like, forget about, or just look different after a little bit of time and distance. So here are just a few really random examples of things I saw this year.
My favorite model shot of the year.
The logistics of getting this shot make it stand out. 

Up close of a baseball during a high school game.

Karim Jamail, proud owner of a really cool Ferrari 468.
Birds surf too, like this seagull in Port Aransas.
Rizzo, one of the funniest bulldog pups I have had a chance to meet.

Sunsets and pump jacks just go with West Texas.

A bowl of really green pea soup.

Wildflowers in a different light.