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.
We have 2015 calendars available in several themes.
This is the time to order if you want them by the end of the year.
They are each individually printed and assembled right here in North Dallas using heavy card stock produced in Texas as well. When we say “Made in the Great State of Texas“, we mean it.
At a paltry $19.95 each, this is quite a bargain. Better order yours quick before we figure out we can’t afford to keep selling them so inexpensively and raise the price!
We have 6 themes in our current lineup and working on a couple more. Visit our website to view our catalog and order direct.
These make great gifts and, in addition to being a useful visual reminder of appointments — they are ART. And some mighty fine art, to boot…
Well it’s been a long three days, but I’m finally finished upgrading all the web galleries to a new slideshow format.
In the past, our online galleries were Flash-based, which meant they were not compatible with Apple’s IOS-based portable devices. The reason I haven’t rectified this issue sooner, is that building the new galleries requires a lot of painstaking manual effort. The Flash galleries are an automated process that takes less than 2 minutes per gallery.
In the process of upgrading the galleries, the home page received a complete makeover which includes a slideshow of images above a grid of large thumbnails for the various disciplines I market.
Stop by and take a look. Let me know what you think.
The next step is to create fully mobile-compliant subdomains for the Smart Phone market. Stay tuned
This is what the new gallery display looks like:
Quick Links to some tertiary galleries:
Freelight (70’s Jazz with Pam Tillis, Jarrett Washington, Tim Timmermans and John Cipollina – 8/23/2013)
John Cipollina and Friends 8/23/2013
Sly Stone 8/23/2013
Oil and Gas 8/23/2013
October 26, 2011
Press Release: Book Signing
Frisco photographer Warren Paul Harris, in conjunction with the release of his first coffee table book, Texas As I See It, will be available to sign copies of the book in several locations over the coming months.
Warren’s view of the Lone Star State is evocative, compelling and insightful. Capturing everyday vignettes from our surroundings and processing them to enhance texture, color and detail, much of his work seems more illustrative than simply photographic.
With a keen eye for composition, Harris brings us the mundane, as well as the unusual with compelling results. From the amusing to the poignant, his combinations of light and shadow, texture and relationships, evoke a visceral response in the viewer.
As a long-time contributor to many local papers and magazines, Warren has captured some amazing events included in this book. But Warren’s love for his adopted home comes from exploring the back roads and small towns of Texas on his Harley and by car, for no other reason than to see what he can discover. A Licensed Texas Investigator, his natural curiosity serves him well in ferreting out the unusual among Texas’ hidden treasures. His experience as an architect, designing and building recording studios for 20 years, gives him a unique appreciation for line, light and shadow – and copious examples punctuate this volume.
While Warren has been best known for his time-exposures taken from unusual locations in the middle of the night, this first volume of three books is entirely daylight-centric. “After creating the prototype for this book in 2009, having the time-exposure work next to my daylight images seemed in conflict” says Harris. “As a result of adding a lot of new material from my library, it seemed best to break up the work into three volumes, which keeps the production costs lower and allowed us to produce a higher quality product.”
Spanning 158 pages with 204 images, the book is hardbound with dust jacket and sells for $34.95.
Published by Brown Books in Dallas, Texas As I See It is endorsed by Ebby Halliday and Terry Box, the Sheriff of Collin County, among others.
Texas As I See It website:
Warren Paul Harris Photography:
- PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
- SEP (Society of Sport and Event Photographers)
- ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)
- NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
- IAAP (International Association of Architectural Photographers)
- PSA (Photographic Society of America)
Book signings for Texas As I See It – a coffee table photography book by Warren Paul Harris
Guests will be able to purchase copies of the book during this event, in addition to Fine Art note cards from the book’s contents. A small selection of very large canvas prints from Texas As I See It will be on display (and for sale) as well.
The first printing of my book arrived in the local warehouse on November 7, 2011 and can now be ordered from the website for immediate delivery. Books can also be ordered from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
November 12, 2-4 pm
Cute Little Shop
3245 w. Main Street, Suite 225
Frisco, TX 75034
November 17, 6-8pm
MarketPlace at Frisco Square
8861 Coleman Boulevard
Frisco, Texas 75034
November 26, 1-3 pm
Bishop Street Market
419 N. Bishop Ave. at W.7th.
Dallas, TX 75208
It’s not every day you are fortunate enough to see – let alone photograph and 1960s vintage Chevy Airport Limo. Lucky me, one of my neighbors has just such a unique item – and it’s been in the family for 26 years.
Doorthy (no, that’s not a typo) is in mint condition, and has all eight side doors in working order. When these rolled off the assembly line in 1962, only the driver’s door and the last door on the street side were operational. The two in the middle were dummies. Well, this wasn’t quite good enough for my friend Joe, so he decided to make Real doors out of the dummies and below is the result.
So on a very hot July morning, Joe and I and my friend Jamie, met in front of the old grain elevators in Old Town Frisco and spent about 30 minutes capturing over 130 images. This is the most recent shoot for my upcoming coffee table book, The Girls and Cars of Texas. Look over the website for more killer combinations of amazing cars and fabulous girls.
When it’s 95 degrees at 11::00 am you don’t want to dawdle…
Click on the photo for a small gallery with the highlights of this shoot.
Ever since it opened, I’ve wanted to photograph Mattito’s Cantina in Frisco. The exterior is brightly painted in fluorescent colors and the marquee is done in vivid neon. I have seen several published images of this edifice over the years and every one has left me entirely underwhelmed. Seeing it at night, the colors are most impressive. You would think a photo of it would virtually jump off the computer screen. Or off the page.
Not until today (actually last weekend…) after I braved 45 degree weather with a 20 mph wind chill to photograph this year’s installment of Jeff Trykoski’s holiday light show spanning all the Frisco Square / Simpson Plaza buildings. Since I was schlepping a 15 pound camera rig through the frigid arctic blast anyway, I figured I might as well get this little project off of my bucket list.
And so, I moseyed on up to Mattito’s and settled into place with an ultra wide-angle lens on a very short tripod, calculated my settings and tripped the shutter. And waited about half a minute for the results. Perfect. And vivid. Just what I wanted. Just to be sure, (not my first rodeo) I decided to take a couple more. I fired the shutter… and the door opens to the restaurant (not what I want) and stays that way. As (I’m not exaggerating) around 20 people exit the premises while a member of their party holds the door. It was like the clown car at the circus — except a LOT slower. I know everything seems like it’s going in slow motion when your freezing in a gale, but this was silly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen people move this slow. Two or three minutes later, the crowd has cleared in time for the third shot. And I’m done now.
I am very happy with the results of all the shots, but I felt the framing on the third was just a bit more to my liking.
And here is is in all it’s glory, soon to grace the pages of my fully-redesigned Nocturnal Visions website.
Click on the photo to see the enlargement
Residential Real Estate Photography
is one of my favorite themes. I enjoy locating dramatic examples of architecture and finding the most profound way to convey the characteristics of the structure to my viewers. My wife is a retired Realtor (Ex-Ebby agent) and has been trying to get me to investigate Newman Village for some time. I finally listened… and this page is the project as it evolves.
As time goes on, more will be added.
Some of these images will be “dynamic” – in that you can see the Before and After results of my technique. What’s the difference? Quite a bit in most cases. When you mouse over each image you will see the “original” compared to the final result after I have processed the image to my standards. The result is high-definition imagery with enhanced texture, detail and colors not found in conventional photography.
Click the following link to see the Newman Village Gallery page.
If you’ve never been to Newman Village, and enjoy upscale living, you should come on out to Frisco and take a look. The overall design, attention to detail and variety of architecture are unique in North Texas.
In a timely article on the 15 Fastest Growing Cities in America, MSN is using one of my images. No surprise to those of us who live in the fastest growing city in the Nation (Frisco, Texas), we’ve been watching our population explode at an amazing rate. It’s an interesting article on the rapid growth of fifteen different cities across this nation, including several from the Lone Star State.
Check out the article for the full story.
Please stop by and visit even if you don’t want to buy anything. The new Discovery Center is an amazing building inside and out. Be the first to explore the new center.
Saturday, October 2nd from 10am to 6pm
I will be exhibiting an assortment from my upcoming book “Texas As I See It”.
In case you can’t open the attachment: click here => http://www.warrenharris.net/FriscoDiscoverCenter.pdf
Hope to see you there.
Click on the image for a full size version
With the latest push of moisture and clashes between cold fronts and masses of wet air coming up from the gulf, our weather has been very interesting – and fortunately providing some beautiful special effects. This enormous double rainbow was seen and captured by residents of both Frisco and Plano toward sunset on September 1st.
My wife had gone out to the car for something, came back in and told me I had to see the double rainbow outside. And was she right! From our vantage point I couldn’t capture the entire 180 degree arc, but I really like the view we had, so here it is!