I like sports, but I can get bored sitting still all game. Having my camera gives me the excuse to get and and roam around. At my last Sugar Land Skeeters baseball game at Constellation Field, I found this view along the third baseline. For a view a little later in the evening, click here.
Walk through the French Quarter in New Orleans and you are bound to find street performers. Jazz is the predominate stye, but don’t be surprised to her everything from country to zydeco. This young lady and her banjo entertained many with her bluegrass arrangements. What surprised me was the quality of the performers. All the musicians we heard were really great performers. Most do not mind photographers shooting away, as long as you tip them well when you are done. I don’t shoot a lot of people photos, but I do enjoy environmental portraits; images of people in their workplace or doing something that gives a hint of their personality.
Almost two years ago, I went to my first Skeeters baseball gave at Constellation Field. I have only been back once or twice since then. I like baseball, but there always seems something else to do, other than go watch a game. I went for the first time this season, only a few nights ago. Though a big storm had just rolled through town, it missed the field and the game went off without a hitch. I spent much of the time walking around, really just waiting for the shot below. The sunset wasn’t bad, but the sky grew more dramatic several minutes after the sun had fallen.
Car shows are perhaps the worst place to try and take a decent photo of a beautiful car. But sometimes, it’s the only place you can run across such cars, unless you know people in those circles. The crowds and the typical close placement of the parked cars also make it hard. At a recent show in Katy, TX, this Ford Fairlane Victoria was sitting at the end of a row and, after several minutes of waiting, found a small window of opportunity. I think it was worth the wait.
While the summer here has not been as dry and hot as some previous years, it can still get hot. Feeling a bit guilty that I haven’t spent enough time with our dog, we packed up the car and headed for the local dog park. I wanted to go to a new one we found, but my wife mentioned that we could grab a cold milkshake on the way, if we went to the “old” park. Done deal. So off to the “old” dog park we go.
Our border collie, Misty, loves people and likes dogs, just not in large quantities. She says hi to all the people and stays away from the large packs of dogs playing together. For some reason, she loves little dogs though. She loves the pond too, but does not have the courage to swim in the middle. Instead she either lays in the shallows, or dives her face into it, as if she is looking for something. Either way, she has fun and goes home tired. We had fun watching her have fun and were tired too. Mission accomplished.
On the last trip or two, I’ve taken my camera and find it challenging to grab a good image. These dogs do not sit still and the backgrounds are very distracting, so you shoot a lot and come away with only a few you like.
If you want to see more of Misty and her friends, visit HERE.
Most car shows happen during the day, usually in the morning hours before it gets too hot. This recent hotrod show in Katy, TX was during the late afternoon and evening hours. I went with the hope of capturing a sunset shot. As my luck would have it, some kind folks started up a conversation just as the sun was setting. Well, I didn’t want to be rude and ignore them. After we finished visiting, I only had a few moments to grab a quick image before the sun disappeared. I only had a moment between people walking by to grab a single shot without someone standing in front of the cars.
Earlier this month, my friend David and I went hunting for a photo to shoot. We had no target in mind, other than head toward downtown. We started talking about getting high for a downtown shot and we ventured to an upper level of the Toyota Center parking lot, with permission and a guard escort. Check out David’s photo here too. I shot almost the same image, so thought I would publish this version, as it is a bit different.
The side note to this image is that we went for a bite to eat right after this and spent the rest evening talking and catching up. It was the only subject we shot all night. Over all, a great evening.