Jun 092012
 

Ruibal's Plants of Texas

I took this photo about a year ago with my friend Cliff Baise who was kind enough to show me around Dallas. I revisited it recently and decided to have some fun with a bit of overprocessing.

Michael Ruibal began selling bedding plants with a small truck and a 10’x20’daily rental space at the Dallas Farmers Market. One truck load at a time, one customer at a time, and the desire to satisfy every customer earned a reputation that the best plants could be found at Ruibal’s.

Two decades later, the entire Ruibal family works to expand that reputation for excellence, both in service and in the quality of plants and products we offer.

Dad’s small daily space has grown into an entire city block where multiple trucks unload daily. Our own plant farm now covers nearly thirty acres, growing the highest quality plants, and last year we opened and a second garden center near White Rock Lake .

Jun 012012
 

Austin Skyline on Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake is a major recreation area for the city of Austin. Its banks are bounded by the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, and businesses offer recreational watercraft services along the lakefront portion of the trails. Austin’s largest downtown park, Zilker Park, is adjacent to the lake, and Barton Springs, a major attraction for swimmers, flows into the lake. Much of the landscaped beauty of the parks surrounding Lady Bird Lake can be credited to the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who, in the 1970s, focused her attention on the Town Lake Beautification Project.

The City of Austin prohibits operation of most motorized watercraft on Lady Bird Lake. As a result, the lake serves as a popular recreational area for kayaks, canoes, dragon boats, and rowing shells. Austin’s warm climate and the river’s calm waters, nearly 6 miles (9.7 km) length and straight courses are especially popular with crew teams and clubs.

May 122012
 

Uncommon Objects at Night

On our recent trip to San Francisco we revisited the waterfront at the Embarcadero. There is a walkway that goes quite a distance out into the water where you can look back at the city. They sky was alive as the sun was setting. San Francisco is one of our favorite cities and has a special place in our hearts.

Apr 272012
 

View from the cliffs above Pennybacker Bridge in Austin Texas. This view is a fairly popular view that requires hiking up the side of a roadside cliff. I had not been courageous enough to try the hike before, but it is quite beautiful once you get to the top. If you are ever in Austin, this is one of those spots you should try to visit. Although much of my work is HDR, this image is just one frame with a long exposure of 30 seconds.

Apr 122012
 

Living in Austin gives you the opportunity to capture a wide range of images. One very iconic image is that of the Capitol. I like to revisit the location from time to time to try and get a new take on its beauty. As I set up and waited for the sun to set, the clouds started rolling in with a very ominous tone. This image shows the office area under the building where most of the offices are.

Jul 132011
 

The beaches all over Maui were beautiful. The sunsets added a surreal mood to their beauty. This shot was taken from a public beach and if you look closely, you can see fishermen on the rocks. They would have had to swim to get there.

Wailea Beach Fishermen

Jul 112011
 

We went to Dallas this last weekend to explore the photo possibilities. I wrote my friend Cliff Baise for some pointers, and fortunately for me, he offered to show me around personally. I really like Cliff’s work and was very excited to see what cool places he had in store for us. This first shot was our first stop on the tour. It is of a statue series in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas. The statue is titled “The Travelling Man.” Here is an interesting article about the project.

I processed this as a nine exposure raw bracket using Nik HDR Efex Pro and On One Software’s Photo Tools 2.5. If you haven’t tried Photo Tools, there is a free version of 2.5 now.

Travelling Man Sitting

Jul 072011
 

We went to Dallas this last weekend to explore the photo possibilities. I wrote my friend Cliff Baise for some pointers, and fortunately for me, he offered to show me around personally. I really like Cliff’s work and was very excited to see what cool places he had in store for us. This shot was our Third stop on the tour.It is a small pool in front of the Dallas City Hall Plaza.

I processed this as a nine exposure raw bracket using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro and On One Software’s Photo Tools 2.5. If you haven’t tried Photo Tools, there is a free version of 2.5 now.

Travelling Man