April has been a very busy month.
Processing over 2,000 images from our trip to Asia has taken a lot of time. Finishing the big skyline for Delta Airlines was also a substantial effort.
Over the last two days I loaded up 20 large pieces of art, delivered them to the Addison Conference Center and hung them all, finishing up at close to 9:00 last night. Most of these are limited editions. All are signed and available for sale. If you would like to see our entire inventory, follow this link.
Feel free to drop by and look over some of my work if you’re in the Addison area. There are a total of twenty prints in a variety of genres and sizes.
Below is the gallery in chronological order:
The Saga of the Dallas Fort Worth Skyline Triptych
My most recent project is the result of a commission by Delta Airlines for a 24 foot wide by 6 foot high mural of Dallas and Fort Worth combined.
I had done a similar combination for KTXD TV in 2013, but theirs was 208″ wide by around 96″ high. It could not be repurposed to the new dimensions of 288″ x 73″ – so… Back to the drawing board, so to speak.
I could re-use only a couple of the original elements in the original skyline, which meant going out to re-shoot lots of buildings and add some images from recent shoots of both cities. The most complicated elements were the Calatrava bridge (cutting it out of the background took the better part of an entire day) and Reunion Tower. Reunion Tower is a composite of two images. First, I shot it from the south side on a parking garage at sunset so I could get the detail of the column itself and the reflective blue-green of the outer walls. Then I shot the entire structure at night from the levee with a 400mm lens to get a tight high detail shot + the lights in all their glory. Then. And here’s the fun part. I pasted every single light into place over the sunset exposure after cutting the tower out of the sky. That took a very long time, as you might imagine. It’s also pretty tedious work. I love the result, though. Another of my creations that you can never find in nature.
In this incarnation of the DFW Skyline, I added in the most recent Supermoon from 2016. It was the largest Supermoon in decades and the detail of it was superior to the original. I had wanted to include one in the version for KTXD, but London Broadcasting preferred it with the ghosted Texas flag and no moon.
The final image looks like this:
Now, since this composition is so wide and short, it becomes a serious problem to produce, handle, transport and install. As a result, the version I am marketing is a triptych, available in three sizes only. These are Limited Editions, signed and numbered.
A 6′ wide set of 3 panels limited edition of 15 (on aluminum) for $1500
A 12′ wide set of 3 panels limited edition of 15 (on aluminum) for $3250
A 4′ wide single sheet limited edition of 25 (on aluminum) with the legend below it for $995
If you are interested in either one, send me a message or pick up the phone and call me at
The triptych version is rearranged slightly to allow it to be divided:
The single panel 48″ version with legend:
Almost 3 years ago we made the move 20 miles south from Frisco to Dallas. We did this for a long list of reasons, but primarily for the culture. We wanted to be closer to the Arts and Design Districts – and Deep Ellum. Places where creative people congregate. We also like the feel of Dallas in general. We feel like we belong here. In North Dallas we are 15 minutes from almost anything we are interested in and we don’t need toll roads to get there. Surface streets provide excellent, swift access.
For about 10 years now, I have been capturing Texas in all its glory. The minutiae is what fascinates me the most, as is evidenced in my first coffee table book, Texas As I See it. Dallas, on the other hand, does everything on a bigger-than-life scale. As a result, the Dallas skyline was awarded Best International Skyline status in a USA Today poll. And it just keeps getting better as more and more structures add dramatic computer controlled lighting. The addition of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and the completion of the Omni Hotel were the defining moments in the evolution of the skyline in my opinion.
On various occasions since 2010 I have captured this amazing skyline. In 2013 I had a commission to create a backdrop for KTXD TV in Dallas. The concept was a composite Dallas / Fort Worth Skyline, which ended up being a 15 hour editing project after capturing new images around midnight on two different nights. The result is a 204 inch wide sunrise skyline with the Texas Flag ghosted into it.
During this process I also created individual skylines of each city and produced a highly idealized version of the Dallas skyline complete with the Supermoon from 2013. Since then I have re-shot the ever-evolving cityscape of Dallas on several occasions. Naturally, whenever there is a Supermoon, going out to re-shoot is a good idea, as there is no better backdrop for this celestial event than Dallas.
This year I went out to capture the Beaver Moon over the skyline along with several hundred other amateur and professional photographers. The results were fairly dramatic, but the view from the levee does not provide a complete cityscape. Some crucial elements get left out – like the Omni Hotel.
The image below has become very popular in recent months. This is the origin of the combination skyline and I had completely forgotten about it. During an art show where I was exhibiting Oz, a client requested a night sky cityscape. I looked through my Facebook gallery and resurrected this one. As a result I have printed, delivered and installed several of these recently. The largest one measures 86″ wide by 40″ high and is installed in an office building in Dallas.
I do all printing and framing in-house with the exception of aluminum and acrylic prints. These I outsource.
This image is coming in next week (30×45) on aluminum for Northwestern Mutual in Dallas. It was shot in 2015 when the Trinity River was flooded during an interview with the Dallas Observer:
You can see the entire Cityscapes Gallery on my website as well. This includes Fort Worth, NYC and International locations.
In case you missed the event of the decade (almost the century) this last weekend, we had a Supermoon / Beaver Moon that hasn’t happened since 1948 and won’t happen again until 2034. A Supermoon occurs when the orbit of our moon brings it in unusually close proximity to the earth. In this case it appeared 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. This, of course, brought out everyone and their dog (ours wanted to stay at home) with a camera.
I have been wanting to capture a full moon over the Dallas skyline for a couple of years now and this seemed like the perfect time to do it, so Sunday evening just before sunset I headed to the levee. Doing a little preliminary research I determined the moon would rise at 73 degrees, so I parked in my usual obscure location and trudged about a quarter mile along the levee with 3o lbs of camera gear and a tripod to get set up.
There were 5 or 6 other photographers in the general vicinity and we all had our locations staked out for what we thought would be the best shot. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a lot of frenzied activity as all the other photographers were jockeying for position and realized the moon was finally making its appearance, peeking up between the buildings. I also hustled about 20 yards south to get a better vantage point and started shooting.
The problem with shooting the moon at sunset over the skyline is exposure. To get the buildings reflecting sunset colors properly exposed, the moon will be vastly 0ver-exposed. Getting the moon properly exposed renders the skyline totally black. So… This requires multiple exposures for every shot. Also, to get a good close-up of the moon requires a very long lens and getting the skyline requires something more normal (around 50mm).
To shoot the moon in close-up I used a 100-400mm Canon zoomlens with a 1.4x telextender attached. This results in a 560mm lens, which is almost enough. 1000mm is optimal.
All of the images I used are composites. In other words, I shot numerous images with different composition and different lenses. Then I combined them for the effect I wanted. Using a really big lens compresses distance and makes the moon seem larger. But… Cutting this same moon out, enlarging it and tucking it behind the buildings produces and even more remarkable composition.
Another problem with the Dallas skyline is that all of the buildings do not light up at the same time. To get everything illuminated optimally, you have to wait until about 8:00 this time of year. Therefore, I had to combine file photos with new images to create some of these.
So here they are.
Another Brick In The Wall
This is one of the latest in my Vortex series of digital art / photo-manipulation.
What I don’t usually reveal is the source material for these digital abstracts. In many cases I have even forgotten the original image I used to create them. On occasion I have to find the master file and examine the metadata to figure it out if and when the topic comes up.
Since this one is fresh in my mind, I thought I would give y’all a little insight into my process.
The original image is from the inner basement area of the old Sears Building, now known as South Side on Lamar in the heart of Dallas. I explored this area back in December of 2008 with the idea of using it for some edgy modeling photography. There are several images from the research trip that I have used, one of which is in my first coffee table book, Texas As I See It.
This is the original unedited, un-retouched image:
Photoshop manipulation is next.
- The original image is cropped to a square that contains the elements I think will achieve the desired effect.
- The square is resized to a pixel count I feel will hold up to printing up to 42″ wide for my largest editions.
- This image is enhanced to bring up detail, color and shadow / highlight detail.
- Multiple layers are created to work from.
- A master layer is twisted to a degree I think is effective for the elements in the image
- A duplicate layer is created from the new master.
- Both new master layers are edited for exposure, saturation and hue.
- Layers are tweaked for blending effects and then a master file is saved with the layers intact.
In the case of square Vortex editions, this version may be further enhanced, tuned and may have adjustment layers created to produce the final image.
In today’s illustration, I have decided I want this one as a diamond-shaped image.
- This version is then rotated 45 degrees
- It is cropped and resized again
- Brightness, exposure, saturation, dodging and burning are finalized at this point
- This is the master used to print from
- I save it as such and name it accordingly
- A new layer is added below the master and filled with white
- The master is rotated back 45 degrees for purposes of producing the preview you see below
- The preview image has its resolution changed to something appropriate for websites and email
- A drop shadow is added
- In Photoshop the Save to Web and Devices option is employed to create the efficient file size needed for web / email use
The final result is this:
Another Brick in the Wall
The most time-consuming part of this was crafting the 3 dimensional brick and blending it to achieve the effect I was after.
There are right around 370 editions of Vortex images in the collection at this time. Most of them are online to be browsed, but the complete collection is not available in one place at this time. It takes a lot of routine maintenance to keep the website up to date and I just haven’t had the time.
If you want to see more of this series, you can find a fairly complete collection at www.vividpixelz.net
You can send me an email, text or just use the old-fashioned method of picking up the phone if you have questions about this or any of my other work.
The Vortexes are in two different styles. The diamond-shape like this one and square versions. Both are designed to be displayed in a grid. They come in 24, 36 and 48 inch sizes for the square style. The diamond shapes measure 34, 48 and 60 inches when hanging.
Vortex Diamond Grid
These are the 34″ diamond vortexes
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As a lot of people know by now, we have a fulfillment site that takes our images and creates an array of wearables, household items and skins / cases for electronics. Over the last few months we have been building out our offerings with some dramatic new abstract / geometric art images. At the same time, our vendor has been adding some great new items to their library, so I thought I would take some screen grabs and post them here for you to get an idea of what we can provide.
To start with, I have recently been taking some of my newest complex Vortex abstract images and creating repeating patterns. These are painstakingly crafted to create a master image and then resized for their destination products.
See our full selection on our e-commerce site.
We are constantly adding new images and products.
In our wearables we have:
- Pencil Skirts
- Chiffon Tops
- Unisex T-Shirts
- Women’s T-Shirts
- Several Styles of Women’s shirts
- Chiffon Tops
- Graphic T-Shirts
- Zipper Hoodies
- Pullover Hoodies
- Children’s Clothes
- Coffee Mugs
- Travel Mugs
- Throw Pillows
- Duvet Covers
- Tote Bags
- Studio Pouches
- Drawstring Bags
- Spiral Notebooks
- Hardcover Journal
- iPhone Case / Skins
- Galaxy Case / Skins
- Laptop Case / Skins
- iPad Case / Skins
Here are some screenshots:
Today seemed like as good a time as ever to start a Photo Du Jour post. Every day I will post an image, generally something I processed that day.
Today’s classic pinup image is titled “Peek A Boo”. Deanna B. is the model, dressed in classic schoolgirl style featuring a tartan miniskirt and heels. This image was shot in my Plano studio in 2009.
We have made several trips to The Big Apple, so this time I did not capture my usual architectural selection of dramatic skyscraper shots. I’ve done that and have a sizable library of NYC images as a result. This time we focused on showing my son around the City and chose the classics: Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Grand Central Terminal and of course, One World Trade Center – or Freedom Tower as most people seem to call it.
Several new dramatic images are in production, some of which are included in this blog.
I was fascinated by the myriad assortment of bicycles chained, locked, cabled and intertwined with various security anchors throughout the City. Some clearly had been in the same place for a decade or more. Others were obviously in current use – and then there were the in-between and indistinct relics.
I felt a Selective Color approach was perfect for this collection and am working on “Chained” – hopefully to be a coffee table book in the near future.
Top of my list so far is “Freedom”
Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center for those who want to be picky) wrapped in an American flag as viewed from Ellis Island.
The stainless steel wall in the foreground is inscribed on both sides with the names of those who came to this country in search of freedom and opportunity.
The flag is from a 2008 firefighters memorial in Denton, Texas.
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I was recently contracted to produce a graphic piece for Fort Worth.
This is the final edit. Carving a fiddle into the shape of an “S” was fairly time-consuming, but fine-tuning the longhorns and hand-painting them (with a tablet) took by far the longest to get the way I wanted it.
Cowtown – Where the West Begins… To Swing