Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

Whenever we go to Las Vegas on vacation we always make an effort to go to Red Rock Canyon. It is a great place for hiking and relaxing. Red Rock Canyon opens early to catch the beautiful desert sunrise and the colors of the rock are just incredible. There is a minimal charge to get into the park that supports the maintenance and up keep of the natural beauty.

512photoz Red Rock Canyon

512photoz Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

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Amanda & Travis Wedding Photos

It was a hot summer day in central Texas on the June 25th, 2016 for Amanda & Travis Wedding. The wedding was held in Waco Texas at the St Paul Lutheran Church.  were tears and laughter during the ceremony and we were all worried that Amanda wasn’t going to stop crying until the Pastor started in with the wedding vows rhyming like Dr Suess! It was then that the entire church was filled with laughter. It was the most entertaining Wedding ceremonies I had ever attended. After the church ceremony close to the reception hall was this very rustic building that we used as a backdrop for some very unique photos. Best of luck to Amanda and Travis as they are quite a beautiful couple. though i am a born and raised Buckeye, I will say this in their honor…. “GIG ‘EM!!!”


Amanda & Travis Wedding Photos - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding Photos - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding Photos - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding Photos - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding - 512photoz.com

Amanda & Travis Wedding - 512photoz.com

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Amanda & Travis Engagement

It was a chilly morning when we shot Amanda and Travis’s engagement photos. Good thing I had brought a jacket as Amanda had chill bumps all over her arms. We got an early start for the best light and a cool front had moved in the day before. We shot these photos in Old Settlers park in Round Rock Texas. Amanda and Travis are both graduates of Texas A&M and the wedding was scheduled for June 25th, 2016 In Waco Texas.

Amanda & Travis Engagement - 512photoz

Amanda & Travis Engagement - 512photoz

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Amanda & Travis Engagement - 512photoz

Amanda & Travis Engagement - 512photoz

Amanda & Travis Engagement - 512photoz

Amanda & Travis Engagement - 512photoz

Amanda & Travis Engagement - 512photoz

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Preacher SXSW 2016

We had went to SXSW 2016 and one of the things I wanted to see was the AMC Preacher display of the upside down church. We found out that there was a twitter contest for a meet and greet with the creators and cast. This would include show creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (executive producers and directors), and Sam Catlin (writer, also wrote Breaking Bad)  and cast members Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun and Ruth Negga.  I tweeted a photo from my wife’s phone with a photo of the both of us in front of the church and hoped for the best. I got up Monday morning and noticed I had missed direct message from AMC Preacher that I had 2 hours to reply to win a pass for the meet and greet with the cast and crew! Well it was 6:30 in the morning so I replied back thinking I had missed my chance. About 8:30 am I received a reply that I had until 10am to get to the #welcometoannville display downtown next to the Austin Convention Center. After a long talk with my wife and arguing with myself I decided to take the chance and head on downtown, this was a once in a lifetime chance! I finally made it downtown through all the traffic and found roof top parking. It was just before 10am when I made it to Annville and there was no one on site and the gate was closed. I kept waiting until a couple of other people showed up and then a line begin to form. Once they opened the gate there Preacher crew checked the twitter message and verified that I had actually won! After standing around and waiting in line…

I hope you enjoy the photos of my meet and greet! Cant wait until May 22 for the premiere of Preacher on AMC.

Preacher Church - 512photoz - Preacher SXSW

Preacher Church from top of parking garage - 512photoz

Preacher Church HDR - 512photoz

Preacher SXSW Cast and Crew - 512photoz

Joe Gilgun - 512photoz Preacher SXSW

Ruth Negga - 512photoz Preacher SXSW

Dominic Cooper - 512photoz Preacher SXSW

Sam Catlin - 512photoz Preacher SXSW

Evan Goldberg - Seth Rogen - 512photoz Preacher SXSW

 

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Lauren Senior Photos

Lauren Senior Photos shoot was my first time shooting senior pictures with additional models. These models included Molly her dog and her horse. It was a so much fun working with her and her friends as she is a young lady with a lot of life and character.  She had picked out a location for her shoot off the beaten path and with some very interesting backgrounds. The cedar bridge made setting up the light stand for the flash quite an adventure. After the first hour we relocated back to the ranch to get the additional photos with two of her best friends.

Best of luck in the up coming years as she has big plans to continue her education in nursing. Thank you for making my work so much fun and exciting!

Camera Information:

Canon 5D MarkII – 70-200 f2.8 – Speedlight 580 EXIIPocketWizard Plus IIIPocketWizard Flex TT5

Lauren Senior Photos - 512photoz

Lauren Senior Photos - 512photoz

Lauren Senior Photos - 512photoz

Lauren Senior Photos - 512photoz

Lauren Senior Photos - 512photoz
Lauren Senior Photos - 512photoz

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University Texas Tower HDR

It isn’t everyday you get a chance to shoot photos of the University Texas Tower HDR with the tower being all orange! So when you get the chance make sure you shoot it right! I shot this photo with a Canon 5D with a 24-105 F4 lens on a Benro Tripod using my Promote control to get 9 exposures. During these times you will find numerous photographers in the area. I am still waiting to get the photo of the Tower in Orange with the number 1 displayed on the tower using each particular window lit up to create the 1.

My typical work flow includes Lightroom, Photomatix to merge all 9 photos and then some Photoshop work.

University Texas Tower HDR - 512photoz

 

Camera Information:

Canon 5D MarkII – Fstop: f/18 – Exposure Time: 3.2 (5th frame) – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 50mm

Fine art prints are available for purchase at Georgetown Antiques and Artisans located on the square in Georgetown Texas.

 

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Texas Capitol HDR

I attended a Precision Camera sponsored photo walk at the Texas Capitol in Austin and was able to meet some local photographers. I finally got to meet Robert Backman and Dave Wilson and both of these guys are very talented photographers. Robert Backman can be found roaming around various sporting events or working behind the counter at Precision Camera. Dave Wilson is now teaching HDR classes at Precision Camera, so if you want to learn how to shoot HDR or want to get better with this style, make sure to sign up for one of his classes. Don’t forget to ask him about his Texas accent!

The HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos that I posted of the Texas Capitol HDR are 2 of my favorites from that shoot. The Capitol building was under some some reconstruction and upgrades as you can tell by the scaffolding around the dome.  I really like how the clouds were that morning and we were all worried if it was going to rain out the event. When doing multiple exposures prefer to use a tripod as it makes editing so much easier and I usually shoot 7-9 exposures using a Promote Control as my Canon 5D MarkII and my Canon 7D MarkI will only shoot a maximum of 3 exposures. If you are going to shoot hand held without a tripod make sure that your shutter speed is fast enough to prevent any photo blur. The hand held technique has worked for me and it just takes some extra editing to align the photos but I only get 3 exposures with my cameras. My typical work flow includes Lightroom, Photomatix and then some Photoshop work.

 

Fine art prints are available for purchase at Georgetown Antiques and Artisans located on the square in Georgetown Texas.

512photoz - Texas Capitol HDR using Canon 7D,

512photoz - Texas Capitol HDR using Canon 7D,

Camera Information:

Canon 7D – F-stop f/22 – exposure time 1/13 sec – ISO 200 – Focal Length 24mm

Tripod – Promote Control – 24-105 f4 lens

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Texas Top Hands Tour Bus

I shot this photo in 2011 in one of my numerous trips to the Broken Spoke in Austin Texas of the Texas Top Hands Tour bus. The Broken Spoke is arguably the greatest Honky – Tonk in central Texas. This bus is no longer on the property and the story that follows is as interesting as the character of the bus itself. Broken Spoke Bus Hauled Away the story is from the Austin Statesman. You can still get free texas Two-step dance lesson every Wednesday to Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, be sure to get there early as they fill up fast! Dont forget to try one of the coldest beers in town and the chicken fried steak before you 2-step the night away to some of the best country music in the world.

Camera Information:

Canon 7D – F-stop f/7.1 – exposure time 1/80 sec – ISO 400 – Focal Length 24mm

Fine art prints are available for purchase at Georgetown Antiques and Artisans located on the square in Georgetown Texas.

Texas top hands tour bus

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Alfredo & Caro Wedding

We were invited to attend Alfredo & Caro’s wedding in El Paso, Texas. It was small ceremony on June 13, 2015  at the Beth El Bible Church located off of Montana Avenue. It was a beautiful ceremony with Pastor Eric Paul performing the services. After the reception at the church we then drove out to the east side of El Paso for the party. It was held at Caro’s relatives house and it was spectacular. this occasion was truly a family affair as everyone pitched in to help provide food and drinks. The cake was as good tasting as it was beautifully decorated. The west Texas sunset provided a spectacular orange glow to completed the wonderful occasion! Best of luck to the newlyweds and Congratulations on the new house!

Alfredo & Caro Wedding - by 512photoz

Alfredo & Caro Wedding - by 512photoz

Alfredo & Caro Wedding - by 512photoz

Alfredo & Caro Wedding - by 512photoz

Alfredo & Caro Wedding - by 512photoz

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Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium

We were headed to the Texas Rangers baseball game and had been sitting in the car waiting for the rain to stop. From the parking lot you can see the Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium and it was enormous. Even from the distance it is larger than life and almost looks like it from another world. I have always been a Dallas Cowboys fan even though I am originally from Ohio. i knew I was going to a Rangers game so I had my Canon 7D with me. So I changed lenses from the 70-200mm to the 24-105 F4. This photo is actually 3 photos that I shot handheld and processed in Photomatix and then back to Lightroom for a few tweeks. With the Dallas Cowboys 2015 season behind us we can tell by the sun peeking through the clouds that the future is bright! GO COWBOYS!

Most of my fine art prints are available for purchase at Georgetown Antiques and Artisans located on the square in Georgetown Texas.

Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium

 

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