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Pedernales Star Trails

In Astrophotography, Learning Center, Show and Tell, Tips and tricks, Travel by jfischer1 Comment

While I have been lucky enough to have a couple opportunities to photograph the Milky Way during my photographic travels over the last couple years, there was one type of wide field Astrophotography which I had yet to try.  Capturing the movement of the stars requires more planning and a lot more time to photograph than a still of the Milky Way, though the requirements for equipment can actually be a bit lower.  For the Milky Way, every second that passes causes the undesired effect of star movement, meaning that …

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Dinosaur Valley State Park – Spring Trip Review

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Overview As eluded to in the first post (Cleburne State Park) in this series covering my spring photo trip, Dinosaur Valley State Park was my actual intended target for my first stop along my route through Texas.  Unfortunately I was unable to get a camping site at the park, however I did do a quick drive through the camping area and found the area to be quite nice and certainly on my list for a future weekend or longer camping trip.  If you’re looking for a State Park to visit …

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Cleburne State Park – Spring Trip Review

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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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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is best known as a wildlife destination.  It’s seasonal migrations of birds ranging from thousands of snow geese to flights of song birds are the real reason the Refuge exists.  And for a wildlife photographer in the North Texas area, it is one of the best locations to shoot.  I’ll be the first to admit that I am not much of a wildlife photographer, not that I won’t try when the opportunity comes up, but it is by far not my primary focus nor an area …

Friends of Hagerman Photographer of the Month – Feb. 2015

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Wow where has the last month and a half gone?  I very much intended to post this back in February and here it is nearly the end of March.  So, without further adieu – In February I was honored by the Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Preserve as their February Photographer of the Month.  Joining the ranks of some spectacular wildlife and nature photographers throughout the North Texas (and likely Oklahoma) area, I was invited to submit 12 of my photos taken at Hagerman for inclusion in their online gallery …

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Alliance Airshow 2014

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As anyone who follows my Facebook feed will have noticed, I took a short break from the landscape photography posts a couple of weeks ago and there was a sudden shift to aircraft photography.  The reason for the sudden influx of aircraft related shots was a visit to the Alliance Airshow in Ft. Worth.  The headline performance was the USAF Thunderbirds, who I had been wanting to see fly since a close friend of the family is currently a member of the team.  Always looking for an opportunity to step …

Lavon Shore Road

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January in North Texas isn’t the most beautiful time of the year, so I spent some time this weekend going back through the archives from last year looking for a few hidden gems that I had passed over for processing for one reason or another.  This shot from the shores of Lake Lavon was one of those that I have just recently processed, now six months after the photo was originally taken.  I probably passed over it because I both had a good number of nice shots from this morning’s …

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Bass Performance Hall after Dark – Sci Fi Spectacular

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We all know what a sunset typically looks like, we all know what a grassy meadow is supposed to look like and there are only so many colors that mountains and streams come in before the question is raised if the photo is no longer in the realm of realistic.  However, when you move out of the country and into the city, and when daylight turns to night, nearly all bets are off when it comes to what looks ‘realistic’.  This was the lesson in one of the chapters of a book …

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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 …

Processing Possibilities

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Something a little different for today’s Show and Tell post.  Instead of talking about one specific finished photo, going to do a little compare and contrast for a number of photos of the same subject.  The subject of the discussion is the historic train depot in Paris, Texas.  I visited Paris, Texas on my drive to Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma earlier in the summer.  Sun was high, not exactly the most ideal time for landscape photography, but determined to make the most of my trip.  Thankfully the sky had …