Art & Soul: photography. artfully.: Blog en-us (C) Art & Soul: photography. artfully. [email protected] (Art & Soul: photography. artfully.) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:26:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:26:00 GMT Art & Soul: photography. artfully.: Blog 120 120 Fort Worth Zoo The sister and I went on a photo adventure last week- ending up at the Fort Worth Zoo.  I rented the Canon 300mm 2.8 just to try it out.  (Thanks @DallasCamera!) Almost too heavy for my puny arms, I was glad to have brought along my monopod.  But wow, definitely worth the workout.  Beautiful lens- awesome shots straight out of the camera, and enough vibration reduction to hand hold despite the extra shakiness.  Other than the turtle mating we witnessed [not-pictured for the sake of their privacy:) ] Here's the highlights:

This was a big fat hornet of some kind trying to stuff a cicada in a hole. Bugs are cool.

It blows my mind how big this guy's head is.  I mean, look at that head!!!

These animals were ready for their Senior Portraits!

This was taken through a fence, but turned out pretty neat. 

This was taken through a fence too, actually! 

The orangutan looked to be scheming. I wish it had been less hot, cause these guys are cute when they're active!

Which one's your favorite?? I can't decide.

And though it's not a great photo, it was a great moment when this spunky chimp jumped from Grandpa's back to Grandma's as Grandpa chuckled to himself.

A great day!  And If I had an extra $8,000 laying around, and wanted to pump up my arm muscles while shooting, I would buy this lens in a heartbeat!

[email protected] (Art & Soul: photography. artfully.) Fort Worth Zoo chimpanzee monkeys orangutan parrot photographs pictures Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:44:32 GMT



I had a BLAST camping with my buddies this weekend on a much needed get-away to beautiful Lake Whitney, TX.  It was the perfect distance to feel like a vacation without having to drive for hours and hours.










We rented an insane 400mm lens with a 2x extender and a super-duty tripod in hopes of snapping some cool Super-Moon photos.  The heavy-as-all-get-out equipment was definitely worth the experience, and the enjoyment I got out of experimenting with it. Craig snapped a few iPhone pics of the setup.  (That's me in yellow!).






During the day, we relaxed and fished, and found a few cool bugs to photograph.


Super-Moon went into hiding for the night after about 20 minutes, behind a cloud covered sky, leaving me looking at the sky in disbelief all night.  But we still managed to get some really cool shots in my opinion!!

I am blown away by the amount of detail you can see in that one.  As were the people at my go-to lens rental shop, Dallas Camera.  They said it was the best moon shot they've seen with their 400mm! (Had to brag!) The craters! So amazing! Space is fascinating!! I've got a few different exposures of it so I'm going to attempt an HDR, and experiment with focus stacking when time allows.   Here's a pic Craig snapped with his iPhone at the same time, for comparison.
Those were actually from Friday night when sky conditions were perfectly clear.  The following are from Super Moon Saturday.

Though the moon was awesome, I have to say that my favorite shot from the whole weekend was this group shot.  Everyone has authentic and natural smiles, and it really speaks to how much fun we all had together. Not to mention the awesome bokeh from the 400mm lens.  And it has a great story!  To my knowledge, the 10 second delay only works when you press the shutter on camera.  And to get everyone in the shot, the camera was about 50 meters away.  So, Craig took one for the team- pressed the shutter, and sprinted his fastest 50 yard dash just in time for the shutter to open; with his rump barely hitting the bench.  His flip-flops flew off of his feet in the process, and we all had a good laugh. 

[email protected] (Art & Soul: photography. artfully.) 400mm biglens camping moon night photo photography supermoon texas Fri, 11 May 2012 04:35:53 GMT
Bluebonnets in Texas Bluebonnets have taken over the North Texas landscape, and they are beautiful!  I find myself full of joy riding down the highway, enjoying these patches of blue accompanied by a rainbow of other texas wildflowers.  It is a nice break in this construction heavy landscape.  My dad is back in the hospital, and not doing very well.  Craig and I ventured out last night to get our minds off of it all, and had a much needed happy and peaceful time!


[email protected] (Art & Soul: photography. artfully.) blue bluebonnets field grapevine love texas wildflowers Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:57:16 GMT
The First Day of Spring {break} What a beautiful day! I celebrated my first day of Spring Break with a breezy 85 degree day amongst the flower gardens of the Arboretum.  I challenged myself to shoot Full Manual for the whole day, and was on the lookout for light.  I was happy with a lot of the results, and proud to have come out with almost an entire card full of pleasing exposures. If you are particularly fond of one of these, or have any favorites, please leave a comment and tell me!  I may just choose some of these for a future Art Show.

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