Archive for September, 2009
It’s been a busy week or so, with some projects I’ve been planning for a long time out of the way. And a couple of opportunities – as well as the occasional detour or two allowing me to add some new images to my galleries.
Top of my list was the Texas State Fair. We hadn’t been there in 10 years and I wanted a shot of Big Tex for my upcoming book on Texas, so off we went this last Monday night. The fair was everything we’d remembered, but quieter – the advantage of going on a week night instead of a weekend day. If you go, be sure to try the fried Peaches and Cream. Excellent treat. We elected not to try this years headline item, the Deep Fried Butter, as I’d like not to be going in for an arterial roto-rooter procedure any sooner than necessary.
Additionally, we spent the weekend at our friends’ home on Cedar Creek Lake, which gave me the opportunity to photograph the Gun Barrel City sign (seems the classic old billboard is long gone…) and the Crandall Cotton Gin on the way back (one of our favorite stops when we’re out on the Harley.) Check it out when you’re down that way. These images are in the Texas Gallery and one update to the Flora and Fauna Gallery.
Arriving before dawn on the last day of the 2009 Balloon Festival, my intention was to shoot the “glow” and launch. Good fortune was with me, as we had a gorgeous ground fog on arrival, which creates a magical effect in low light photography.
The grass was soaking wet from the accumulation of fog droplets and the Dawn Patrol, a small collection of stalwart balloon crews, started to arrive and set up for the Glow. An enthusiastic crowd of earlybirds greeted the flames and brilliant colors of the glowing, vibrantly-decorated craft in the pre-dawn mist. I hope you enjoy the 2009 Plano Balloon Festival Gallery as much as I enjoyed creating it.
An unrelated collection of updates have been added to several galleries over the last month or so. Just editing and processing some images that have been sitting in the library and I’ve finally gotten around to evaluating them, editing and tweaking a small assortment and finally posting them to a few galleries.
- Flora and Fauna
- Assorted Things