Week 10: Night-time

4 05 2010

I had quite the touristy day in Austin.  I went to Mount Bonnell(the highest point in Austin, 775ft.), walked around the capitol building(constructed from 1882-88) and watched the bats fly out from under the Congress St. bridge(1.5 million bats to be exact).  After the bats were done, the crowd began to disperse and I was left with the Austin skyline, perfect for my night-time assignment.  I decided to play around this time.  I experimented with long exposures and the zoom effect.  The results were interesting…can’t wait to try it out again.

Zoom out effect:

Zoom in effect:

 Which do you prefer, in or out??

Week 3: Window

19 01 2010

This week’s picture is the drive in window at the old Walton’s Package/Liquor Store.

I decided to photograph a building downtown I have admired for quite a while, Walton’s on 7th St.   I had made my way around the building taking pictures at every angle when God decided to intervene.  I just love when he sends people your way.  I looked up to see an older gentlemen walking toward me.  He said, “it’s a little cold to be taking pictures don’t you think?”  I agreed and we began to talk.  He had been riding by on his motorcycle, when he saw my car and decided to stop.  His name was Bob Walton Jr. and as it turned out he owned the building.   He offered to let me take a look at the inside.    I’ve always been so curious about the building so of course I said yes. 

Bob was a very gentle soul and quite informative.  The building hadn’t be used in years except for storage.  It’s actually two buildings adjacent to each other.  One, a two story building that used to have a school on the second floor and a pawn shop on the first. The other was a package/liquor store.  He said the building was over 100 years old and he had owned it since the 70’s.  I really enjoyed the building’s history.  Although the City of Fort Worth has a different view.  With all of the new construction/renovations creeping up 7th Street, the city sees Walton’s as an eye sore.   Sadly, he said he was being fined every day the building remained standing so he was trying to sell the property.  I hate to see the building, along with its history, be torn down but it seems inevitable.  I think most photographers would agree, to find a building with old school charm in the middle of the city is refreshing.  I hope to use the location as much as possible before it’s gone.

Val + Andrea | Mother + Daughter

9 12 2009

Andrea and I have been friends since our freshmen year of college.  We both went potluck and the good Lord above put us together.  I really do feel blessed to have her in my life; not  only is she smart and beautiful, she’s also caring and awkwardly hilarious.  I love her and her family dearly.  So when she asked if I could help out with her Mom’s surprise party, I jumped at the chance. 

“The Plan:” Mother, daughter photo shoot/ practice for me

The Actual Plan: Keep Val distracted until 5:45p.m. for her surprise birthday party being set up at her own house. 🙂

We had a fun time playing decoy.  Luckily during their outfit selection Val suggested Andrea and I come over for dinner since her husband, Mike, had been making so much food earlier that day (gee I wonder why he was doing that 😉 ).   So we didn’t even have to make anything up!  She invited us to her own party!   Once we got downtown we only had about an hour or two before Andrea and I had to start “acting hungry” so we made good use of our time.  We were able to test a couple of different spots and we even found a hillside straight out of Ireland right here in downtown Fort Worth.  Greatness, definitely using that site again!

Special thanks to these ladies and Happy Birthday to them both!!!   They did a fantastic job and I was very grateful for the opportunity, decoy or not.



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