Category Archives: Landscape

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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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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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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Deerfield Beach Pier

Sometimes we get to be in the right place and the right time to appreciate the beauty of nature and we were vacationing in Fort Lauderdale Florida and I had wanted to go to the Deerfield Beach Pier for sunrise. I had planned this shoot for almost a month. I got up early to grab a cup of coffee before heading down to the pier. I walked outside and it was pouring the rain! I quickly checked my phone to see how big of a storm had erupted overnight. I was delighted to see that it was just one single cloud raining on my parade and it was about to pass in less than an hour. It was still sprinkling as we made our way to the car and drove down to the pier. We got to the beach just as the glorious sun began to crack through the cloud cover.

Hardware: Canon 5D with 24-105 F4 lens, Promote Control on Benro Tripod.

Edited in Lightroom and Photomatix software

Deerfield Beach Pier at Sunrise in Florida USA

Deerfield Beach Pier at Sunrise in Florida USA

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El Santuario De Chimayo

We visited Santa Fe New Mexico in April and decided to take a drive out to see the El Santuario De Chimayo located in Chimayo, New Mexico. Out in the middle of nowhere, off the beaten path is this amazing church with an abundance of culture and history. It is well worth the drive to be amazed with a National Historic landmark.  Be sure to check out all the history associated with this historic landmark El Santuario De Chimayo Website .    It was built in 1816 and is still an active part of the community.

Chimayo Church

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