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Dallas and the flooded Trinity River

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With rain in the forecast seemingly every day again lately, it might just happen that we come close to the rainfall totals here in Dallas that we experienced last year.  And with the peek of the North Texas rainy season nearly upon us, and a few minutes to kill, decided to sit down and try to quickly put together a few thoughts on where and how to capture the Dallas skyline when the Trinity River is swollen or full on flooded. Most of my visits to the levees along the …

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Show & Tell: Star Trails at Tyler State Park

In Astrophotography, Learning Center, Show and Tell, Texas State Parks by jfischer4 Comments

An usually warm end of January, even by Texas standards, presented me with a unique opportunity in 2016. With clear skies in the forecast a chance to get an early start to both my camping season and astrophotography year was too good to pass up. On a previous trip I had scouted a location along the shore of Tyler State Park which I felt had potential for a star trail sequence, so the race was on to get a camp site as close to the shoot location as possible.  With …

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Show & Tell: Lake Bob Sandlin Sunrise #2

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Lake Bob Sandlin State Park sits nearly 2 hrs east of my home near Dallas Texas. Getting to the park and getting setup for a sunrise shoot was going to require getting up well before sunrise, which even in January meant a 5am departure time. This realization wasn’t helped by the fact the forecast showed a morning temperature several degrees below freezing. However, my friend and fellow photographer Elizabeth Jamison said she was certain it would be a sunrise worth getting up for. So with coffee in hand we hit …

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Cleburne State Park – Spring Trip Review

In General, Learning Center, Texas State Parks, Travel by jfischer1 Comment

On April 9th I departed on my spring photo tour which I discussed in a number of my earlier posts.  During the following 9 days, I visited a half-dozen different State Parks and numerous other photographic locations through the state.  To make the ensure that the review of the trip is as helpful to those who may read it, I’ll be covering them by location instead of by the timeline of the trip.  I will however start with the first park I visited – Cleburne State Park. Overview My first …

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Show and Tell: High-Key Sunflower

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High Resolution Image Sometimes I will head out with the camera for hours on end and come home with only a few decent photos to show for it, and then there are times that I’ll stop by somewhere on the way home from work, or as a quick side stop from another location and I’ll have a dozen photos that seem to just pop once they’re processed. The origins of this photo are firmly in the second category. During the summer several friends contacted me insisting I had to go …

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Show and Tell – Barbed Wire Silhouette

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It was September of 2012, the blistering heat of August had finally started to decline and the evenings still had enough light left for me to sneak out on the bike for a short ride before dark.  On this particular night I slipped my Canon S90 into my jersey pocket and head out down through the Oak Point Nature Preserve and connecting bike trails – sticking to the trails because my wife was out of town and didn’t want to end up getting hit by a car while riding on …