Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nature's Best 2012

I am happy to announce that my image of Texas Leafcutter Ants (Atta texana) received a Highly Honored in this Year's Windland Smith Rice International Awards from Nature's Best Photography.

Texas Leafcutter Ants

While photographing in New Braunfels in central Texas, I noticed a trail of leaf cutter ants. I knew Texas had these ants native but I had never seen them here; yet alone in such a great photography location. I soon learned all about Texas Leaf Cutter ants by watching them and reading about them. The ants targeted an evergreen Cherry Laurel tree since it was one of the only source of food during February when this image was taken.  I was amused watching these tiny creatures in all types of weather carrying different shapes and sizes while working amazing well together.

Camera Specs: Nikon D3; AF Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF macro lens; 1/250s at f/16; ISO 400; 3x Nikon SB-800 Flash full flash; Gitzo Tripod; Arca Swiss Ball head.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Texas Parks and Wildlife Covers

I have been very fortunate this year to have twice made the cover of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine. The most recent issue in July featured my Bobwhite image. I was still using film when I took the image near Raymondville in South Texas. The slide film was Sensia 100.  The days of film  seem so long ago. I do miss several  aspects of shooting film, mostly not having to adjust/correct your images.  I also waited with eager anticipation to see how my film developed.  On the other hand, with digital, you have instant gratification and the luxury to shoot many more frames.

Below is the original image.


In April my Texas Horned Lizard was featured. Texans are always happy to see my Horned Lizard images.  It takes them back to their childhood when they were a bit more abundant. This image was taken in Starr County in the Rio Grande Valley in 2002; It was the first Horny Toad I ever photographed.

Below is the original.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Natural Bridge Caverns Workshops

I am proud to partner with Natural Bridge Caverns to offer two exciting workshops during the 2012 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

Natural Bridge Caverns Photography Workshops
In Association with the 2012 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
Natural Bridge Caverns is a wondrous area, both above and below ground. Situated in the beautiful Hill country of Texas, Natural Bridge Caverns has many fantastic photo opportunities.
Two unique 4hr workshops will be offered.  Limited Entry, Only 6 people per workshop

Friday, February 24, 2012:

"In the Field Bird Photography" from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for $95

In this session you will learn how to take great bird images especially in your own backyard. Tips and techniques will be taught on how to attract wildlife, how to approach birds, ensuring pleasing backgrounds, using natural perches, learning to use various angles and utilizing the best light. We will shoot at an existing bird feeder. A tripod and long telephoto lens (300mm or more) will be needed. A flash and teleconverter are recommended.
Saturday, February 25, 2012:

"In the Caverns" from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. $115 (includes entrance fee to caverns)

This session offers a unique opportunity to shoot in one of the most beautiful pristine caves in the world.  How to shoot artistic landscapes will be the main focus. You will also learn how to use flashes for less than optimal light conditions. (LED lighting will be provided). One flash (an in-camera flash will suffice) and a tripod will be needed. A wide angle lens and short zoom lens are recommended.
Both workshops include at least an hour of classroom type training to include a photo presentation, various photography instructions on equipment and techniques, and basic Photoshop work flow.
Participants will meet at the visitor center for Natural Bridge Caverns which is located 30 minutes north of downtown San Antonio, eight miles west of I-35 at exit #175, Natural Bridge Caverns Road/F.M.3009. 
A snack bar with food and drinks is available at the caverns.

To save a spot call Natural Bridge Caverns at : 210 651 6101