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Tuesday
Aug232011

I'm Back!

I took a break from blogging and posting my images, now I'm back and it feels good so let's get right to it.  

I recently had the privilege of attending the 100th Cass family reunion.  Yes, 100th.  They're a great bunch of folks and I'm proud to have married into the family almost 20 years ago.  So of course, Auntie Fran asks if I would take pictures.  How could I refuse?  I gladly started taking candids here and there as the festivities were going on.  Maggie called the meeting to order and read off the treasurer's report and some meeting minutes and whathaveyou.  Did I mention that this was their 100th reunion?  They are serious about this stuff.  And I was glad I traveled across the country to be here.  Anyway, I'm talking to cousin Denny, whom I had just met, finally, for the first time after emailing back and forth with him for about a decade.  I had no sooner finished introducing myself and shaking his hand that I heard Maggie say "…and next Alex Suarez is going to take our group picture."  

I had a brief flash of panic, as this was the first I'd heard of this and I had a crowd of about 200 suddenly looking at me.  "Denny I gotta go" I said as I let go of his hand.  My head spun on a swivel as I looked for a place to take a cozy picture of 200 of my closest relatives.  We were at a wonderful park and I ran out into the open field.  I had no ladder on which to gain a bird's eye view of the crowd.  I looked to my right and saw a curved sloping hillside facing into the sunlight.  That'll do!  I ran back and switched to my ultra-wide 11-16mm lens, grabbed my tripod and ran back out to the field.  I set up my tripod and pointed my camera at the middle of the hillside.  Relatives started streaming out into the the field and stopped in front of the camera.  So now I had a group forming starting in the middle of where I had envisioned and flowing off to my right.  I asked folks to come around, but there was no directing this crowd and I was going to lose them if I didn't act fast.  I picked up my tripod and moved it to the middle of the crowd that had just formed.  I convinced some folks to fill in the front and got folks in the back to scrunch forward and get closer.  "Like you know each other" I explained.  That got a chuckle or two.  All along, I had been firing off shots to look at the histogram and make sure I was going to get a good exposure.  Right before I was to make the final shots, I shouted out "if you can't see the camera, the camera can't see you!"  Immediately, I saw a few more heads pop up and I began taking a series of exposures.  I had a few other photographers with cameras in tow flanking me.  I directed the crowd to look to my right pointing to one photographer, then to my left.  When they got their shots, I asked them to jump into the scene and I fired off another series of images.  This is what I got.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image for larger version.

There were all sorts of festivities horseback riding, volleyball, horseshoes, a bonfire, you name it.  One thing that caught my eye was the hayrides.  There was a beautifully restored bright red tractor pulling a trailer with hay bails loaded up with kids and parents.  The red tractor against the blue sky really caught my eye.  I hope you enjoy the images I made of the tractor.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image for larger version.Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image for larger version.Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image for larger version.

Tuesday
Apr192011

Seaholm Basement

This was in the first level down at the Seaholm Power Plant.  Andy and I had just walked in from being outside on the roof and started down into the depths of the power plant when this spot of light hitting the red floor caught my eye.  Andy too was drawn to this light.  The light reflected off of the floor threw a red cast over the area.  I should mention that the further down you went into the basement of Seaholm, the spookier it got.  This was only the first level down, but I could hear the chirps of bats in the basement.  It was a much different vibe than the Springtime sound of the birds tweeting in the grand hall above. 

This is an HDR (high dynamic range) photograph.  It is comprised of several exposures, from very light to very dark.  These exposures are combined in software to create an image with the dynamic range to show details in the brightest highlights and the darkest of shadows.  I hope you enjoy viewing this image half as much as I enjoyed making it.  Click the image to view a larger version.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Jun082010

Cool Figure in Warm Light

Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.
Another shot of Alex Suarez from the Cobra Starship concert in Houston on Saturday.
Wednesday
Apr212010

Tuff Canyon in Big Bend National Park


Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.


Another view of the volcanic rock at Tuff Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Amazing sights to be had there.

Friday
Mar262010

Tuff Canyon in Big Bend National Park


Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.


Volcanic rock at Tuff Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Amazing sights to be had there.