Posts Tagged ‘Photos’

More strolling on Esplanade Ave.

Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of Wisdom

Looking on the downtrodden

Looking on the downtrodden

Easter In November

Easter In November

Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa

Dem Bones

Dem Bones

I cant recommend the fish

I cant recommend the fish

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

Cats and Dogs…Can we have the rain to go with them please?

Saturday, July 16th, 2011






Ducks on Parade

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I saw a lot of ducks on a recent photowalk and was able to capture a couple of decent shots.


Baby Duckling


The Brood


Wild Child


A Watchful Eye

A Day In The Life

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Casting a Tall Shadow - 216/365 - 9 January 2009

Casting A Long Shadow

Self Portrait in Old Mirror

Self Portrait In Mirror

Undersea Coral

The Coral Reef

Natures Fractal

Nature's Fractal

How To Build A Better Butterfly

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Not really…I just liked all the ‘B’s all in a row.  At any rate, we have some HUGE butterflys around here and they love this set of yellow bushes out in the front. I stood in the middle and just started snapping.  These things are gigantic.  I could actually hear the wings flapping in the air as they flew by.

Butterfly - Black, white and blue

Butterfly in Black and White (and Blue)

Butterfly chowing down

Feed Me, Seymour!!!

Nom nom nom nom....

Nom, nom, nom, nom....

Butterfly - 137-365 - 23 October 2009

Where's the Dog?


Some new photos

Friday, October 16th, 2009
Pin Stripe - 130-365 16 October 2009

Pin Stripe


Music maker - 129-365 15 October 2009

Making Music


Heart Shaped Seat - 128-365 14 October 2009

Bike Seat

The Buddha and The Vase

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Day 126 of Project 365

The Buddha and the Vase - 126/365 12 October 2009

The Buddha and The Vase


The Dharma Bum – ridin’ the rails

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

As I was driving around in rural Texas a few days ago, I saw a gorgeous brown field with newly made round bales of hay scattered in it.  I quickly pulled the car off the road, grabbed the camera and made my way across traffic, through the scrub and up onto some railroad tracks to snap what I thought was going to be a few great pictures.  These shots were, to say the least, a disappointment.  As I stood there, lamenting the heat, the poor shots and the trek through the brush to get them, I glanced up and down the railroad tracks and was immediately reminded of the beginning of  ‘The Dharma Bums” where Ray Smith rides the rails, hobo style, all along the west coast, from Mexico to San Francisco.

I love Jack Kerouac book ‘The Dharma Bums‘!  The Dharma Bums stands as one of Kerouac’s most powerful, influential, and bestselling novels. The story focuses on two untrammeled young Americans—mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer—whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from hobo train rides up and down the West coast, marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco’s Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras to Ray’s sixty-day vigil by himself atop Desolation Peak in Washington State.  I’ve read this book several times throughout my life and, while I question Kerouac’s understanding of Buddhism, at least as he portrayed it in the book, I have come to love the story.

So I became fascinated with trying to capture that feeling in some pictures of the tracks.

Ridin the rails

The path of a Dharma bum - 49/365 - 26 July 2009

Keep on trackin

The guitar series

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

For few days, I had no creativity, but I still had to take a picture of SOMETHING for Project 365.   Consequently, some of my guitars agreed to pose for me to help me out.

The Texas Strat - 23/365 - 27 June 2009

Fretless Bass - 22/365 - 26 June 2009

Quilt Top Les Paul - 21/365 - 25 June 2009



There are a few more that I am holding out with for more days that I have no creativity.

Tips for taking pictures at the zoo

Friday, June 26th, 2009

On fathers day, I went to the zoo to take some pictures and I thought I’d share some of the shots and some of the things I have learned about ‘zoo shooting’ that might help you get some great shots at your local zoo.


The first tip is the time of day you go.  The San Antonio Zoo offers early entrance (7:30) to zoo members and I take full advantage of it.  I go early in the morning for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost for me, this is South Texas and it gets really hot really fast.  I don’t do well in the heat so the early start time helps keep me from melting.  Second, and probably a more important reason is that the animals are more alert early in the morning.  They are looking for food and expecting interaction with their keepers.  This is one of those things you might want to contact your zoo about, as there are different schedules for different animals.  For instance, this Cheetah has play time every afternoon and she knows it.  The keeper actually teased her with her toy so I could get this shot on a previous trip.

Attentive Cheetah

Alert Cheetah

By the time I got around to her on this trip, she had already been fed and was just laying around relaxing.


Relaxing Cheetah

I had the same problem with the Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran Tiger

However the Spotted Hyena was still waiting on breakfast which allowed me to get this intent shot

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena


Another thing folks really hate in zoo shots is having the cage bars in the picture.  Most of the time, they really detract from the story you are trying to tell.  But if you’re careful, you can shoot the shot so the bars/ wire don’t show up.  First get as close to the bars as you can and open the camera aperture wide open to get as much depth of field as you can.  For instance:

Black and White Monkey

I shot this one through wire just like you see in the back ground.  Being very close with the wide open aperture makes it disappear.    Some that can add problems to this is if you can’t get close to the bars/wire.  At the San Antonio Zoo, there are often hedges between the shooter and the bars so you are standing back 3-4 ft from the wire.  In this case you can’t get close.  With a little practice, I was able to shoot using a long zoom lens, with the aperture opened wide up and get pretty much the same effect.


Monkey 2

This one and the one after were shot about 4 ft away from the wire and about 6-7 feet away from the monkey.

Monkey 1

And this one was shot about 7 ft away through black cage wire.


Crested Oropendola

Crested Oropendola

Sometimes, however, the bars can actually add to the story, like this.

Jaguar 2



Another problem photographing zoo animals is shooting through glass.  There are two basic issues with glass.  One is dirty glass that’s smudged with finger/nose prints.  I take a small container of wet wipes and, if the smudges are on the outside, simply clean them before I shoot.  If they are on the inside or you don’t have wipes, the only thing I can suggest is to adjust your angle to hit a clean spot.

The other problem with shooting through glass is reflections.  These become even worse if you are having to fire the flash.  The key to getting these shots is to change your angle.  Instead of shooting perpendicular to the glass, adjust your angle to 30-45 degrees and the reflections should diminish.  This may take a little trial and error to find the right angle for the shot, but that’s the great thing about digital.

These were all shot through glass by standing at an angle to the glass.


Monkey 3 in Black and White

Clouded Leopard 1

Clouded Leopard

Jaguar 1


And these were shot through glass with a flash.

Komodo Dragon 2

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon 1

Komodo Dragon


So do a little research, gear up and head out to your local zoo for some great photography!  It’s always a blast.

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