Sunrise on Driftwood Beach

Sunrise on Driftwood Beach  – On Jekyll Island in Georgia you find these wonderful beaches with these driftwood and dead trees that somehow have managed to stay upright in the sands. What was neat was this beach looked like some foreign landscape.  With all the driftwood and the deadwood trees still upright in the sand it look unworldly.  I guess it was kind of like you were on a different planet.  Jekyll island is know for its driftwood beach with these fabulous dead trees as the tide rolls in they become part of the ocean landscape. We did long exposures on several shot so that the water would get this smooth texture. There isn’t a lot of surf here so that helps. Before sunrise we made our way to the beach but the water greeted us almost as soon as we step on the beach. Yes the tide had come in. We took photos in the water but our tripod kept sinking which made it difficult. We like the way this capture the gnarly twisted tree with the deadwood at it base and the surf swirling around the tree. The sky was just lighting up on Jekyll island at the driftwood beach sunrise began and the color was just starting to show in the morning sky with some yellow, oranges, blues and purples. Driftwood beach was why we came to this area we had seen some wonderful images and wanted to come and take some ourselves but four days is not enough. Jekyll island is part of the Golden Isles barrier islands on the Alantic Coast of Georgia. The barrier islands are Jekyll island, St. Simon island, Little St. Simon island, Sea Island, and Brunswic Georgia. This area is known for its driftwood beach and salt marshes.

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Sunrise on Driftwood Beach – On Jekyll Island in Georgia you find these wonderful beaches with these dead trees along with driftwood that somehow have managed to stay upright in the sands. What was neat was this beach looked like some foreign landscape with all the driftwood and the deadwood trees upright. it was kind of like you were on a different planet. Jekyll island has one section callled driftwood beach with these fabulous dead trees as the tide rolls in they are part of the ocean landscape. We did long exposures on several shot so that the water would get this smooth texture. There isn’t a lot of surf here so that helps. Before sunrise we made our way to the beach but the water greeted us almost as soon as we step on the beach. Yes the tide had come in. We took photos in the water but our tripod kept sinking which made it difficult sometimes. We like the way this capture the gnarly twisted tree with the deadwood at it base and the surf swirling around the tree. The sky was just lightingin up on Jekyll island at the driftwood beach when we got there and the color was just starting to show for the morning sunrise. Driftwood beach was why we came here we had seen some wonderful images and wanted to come and take some ourselves but four days is not enough. Jekyll island is part of the Golden Isles barrier islands on the Alantic Coast of Georgia. The barrier islands are Jekyll island, St. Simon island, Little St. Simon island, Sea Island, and Brunswic Georgia. This area is known for its driftwood beach and salt marshes.

Red Umbrellas at Pensacola Beach

Red Umbrellas at Pensacola Beach – Pensacola beach Florida has this beautiful white sand and emerald green waters and the red beach umbrellas and chairs popped against this backdrop with the blue sky this morning. To me it what you think of when you want to relax at a beach resort. In the distance you can see the pensacola beach gulf pier out over the emerald green waters. Pensacola beach is know for it white-sand beaches, emeral water and is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops, eateries, nearby, and the Pensacola Beach Pier stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a top destination for travel in the southern USA.

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Red Umbrellas at Pensacola Beach – Pensacola beach Florida has this beautiful white sand and emerald green waters and the red beach umbrellas and chairs popped against this backdrop with the blue sky this morning. To me it what you think of when you want to relax at a beach resort. In the distance you can see the pensacola beach gulf pier out over the emerald green waters. Pensacola beach is know for it white-sand beaches, emeral water and is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops, eateries, nearby, and the Pensacola Beach Pier stretches into the Gulf of Mexico.

Scenic Fall Frio River

Scenic Fall Frio River – We captured this scenic fall frio river on one of our many trips this year into the hill country to capture the autumn season in Garner State Park and nearby areas. The image of the bald cypress which were turning different shades of orange, to rusty red color for the fall season and gave some nice reflections in the water we thought gave the feeling of serenity. I think this is one of my many favorites fall landscape from here from this location in the texas hill country, This fall landscape image of these wonderful cypress tree was the winning part of this image. In the Texas hill country. we don’t have a big fall season, but this year turn out very nice for the Texas Hill country. It is alway dependent on weather condition not being too hot or dry then we can get see some nice autumn colors in the area. In Texas we go from drought to floods not to mention the temperature can affect the color changes. So if our summers not too bad and we get a little more rain then we can see some fall colors changes on some years. If not then the leave will fall off before they change colors. Always a delicate dance with mother nature. Luckily for us this year looks like we are getting some nice color. Getting to the park when it open was the best time to capture the best light. The light was soft, and with no wind the water was still and we captured some excellent reflections of the bald cypress up the Frio River in the Garner with nice blue skies and whispy clouds. Cypress trees turn a golden shade and then turn a rusty red right before they go brown and fall off. Garner State Park is a popular park and it visited year round by many people in some cases they close the park before noon for day visiters especially in the summer time because as usual it is loved to death. Still it worth a visit to the Texas Hill country no matter what time of year it is.

 

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Scenic Fall Frio River – We captured this scenic fall frio river on one of our many trips this year into the hill country to capture the autumn season in Garner State Park and nearby areas. The image of the bald cypress which were turning different shades of orange, to rusty red color for the fall season and gave some nice reflections in the water and this is one of my many favorites fall landscape from here ‘I think’. This fall landscape image of these wonderful cypress tree was the winning part of this image. In the Texas hill country. we don’t have a big fall season, but this year turn out very nice for the Texas Hill country. It is alway dependent on weather condition not being too hot or dry then we can get see some nice autumn colors in the area. In Texas we go from drought to floods not to mention the temperature can affect the color changes. So if our summers not too bad and we get a little rain then we can see some colors changes on some years. If not then the leave will fall off before they change colors. Always a delicate dance with mother nature. Luckily for us this year looks like we are getting some nice color. Getting to the park when it open was the best time to capture the best light. I had waded out into the cold Frio River to get this image of the cypress along the Frio river and old baldy with these great reflections. So I got my bathing suit on and waded into the cold Frio river to capture this image it was in the 40s, I got a few looks but hey it the best way to capture the shot. The light was soft, and with no wind the water was still and we captured some excellent reflections of the bald cypress up the Frio River in the Garner with nice blue skies and whispy clouds. Cypress trees turn a golden shade and then turn a rusty red right before they go brown and fall off. Garner State Park is a popular park and it visited year round by many people in some cases they close the park before noon for day visiters especially in the summer time because as usual it is loved to death. Still it worth a visit to the Texas Hill country no matter what time of year it is.

Sunrise at Port Isabel Lighthouse

Sunrise at Port Isabel Lighthouse – Port Isabel lighthouse was built in 1852 for the sea captains to help them navigate the Texas coastal waters. While this lighthouse is no long needed as technology improve navigation it sit as a reminder of the past and a historical landmark for the city. Now the lighthouse acts as a museum with its reconstructed lighthouse keeper’s cottage which sit below. The Port Isabel’s 72-foot lighthouse is open to the public where you can the winding stairs case and enter the outside area where you can take in the view. From this site you can see the Port Isabel and beyond along with South Padre Island with the Queen Isabella Causeway in view and the coastal beach. Port Isabel is located in south Texas or as the locals call it the valley which stands for the Texas Rio Grande Valley. We loved this capture of this wonderful Port Isabel lighthouse right before the sun came up with these wonderful pastel color in the sky showing the Queen Isabella Causeway along with the down town historic district. This is a historic site and located across the street is a museum with the past history of the island.  The Port Isabel Lighthouse is the last light house that is still open to the public. Port Isabel has a lot to offer for tourist, and locals from the beach, to some wonderful restaurant with great fresh seafood to all kinds of activities for all ages.

 

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Sunrise at Port Isabel Lighthouse – Port isabel lighthouse was built in 1852 for the sea capitains to help them navigate the Texas coastal waters. While this lighthouse is no long needed as technology improve navigation it sit as a reminder of the past and a landmark for the city. Now the lighhouse acts as a museum with its reconstructed lighthouse keeper’s cottage which sit below. The Port Isabel’s 72-foot lighthouse is open to the public where you can climb the winding stairs case and enter the outside area where you can take in the 360 degree views of the area. From this site you can see the Port Isabel and beyond along with South Padre Island with the Queen Isabela Causeway in view and the coastal beach. Port Isabel is located in south texas or as the locals call it the valley which stands for the Texas Rio Grande Valley. We loved this capture this of of the Port Isabel lighthouse right before the sun came up with these wonderful pastel color in the sky showing the Queen Isabela Causeway along with the down town historic district. This is a historic site and across the street they have a wonderful museum where you can get tickets to go into the lighthouse which is the last light house that is still open to the public.

 

 

Do you need a large wall mural image?

Do you need an high resolution image for a really large print for your office or space.  We have high quality high resolution images that can go big for wall mural prints.

This is one of the latest wall mural prints of one of our recent image of San Antonio skyline that was installed in a office of one of our clients in San Antonio.

This is the base image that was used, it is a 4 to 1 panorama and was sized up to be printed at 40 foot by 9 ft for the client to be installed as a wall mural.  The customer overlaid some text and added a blue color gradient to the final image before printing, See client provided images of the wall mural after it was installed below.

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Black and White twilight Skyline of San Antonio – Another capture of a twilight San Antonio skyline in Black and White panorama just after the sun went down in the sky. We have been trying different angles to capture the city skyline with the new Frost Tower in view. The Frost sits at 300 feet in height, it is the 11th tallest in the city. In this image is historic Tower Life building, along with the tallest building in the city the Tower of America a city landmark since it was built for the Hemisphere in the late 1960

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Wall mural 40’x9′ installed at client office.

Do you need a high resolution image for a large print / wall mural please contact us we would be glad to help.

 

 

 

Sunrise at St. Simon Lighthouse Pano

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Sunrise at St. Simon Lighthouse Pano – St. Simon island light house at sunrise along the Georgia coast in a panorama. This pano shows the lighthouse at sunrise with the alantic ocean in view. The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is located near the village and pier area. The Lighthouse along with keeper’s dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 after it was destroy by the confederate. Now the lighthouse and keepers dwelling are part of the Lighthouse museum. You can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and over the Alantic ocean and Jekyll island. It is still an active lighthouse and it light can go 23 miles out to sea and warns ship of the many sandbars and nearby hazards along the coast.

– St. Simon island light house at sunrise along the Georgia coast in a panorama. This pano shows the lighthouse at sunrise with the alantic ocean in view. The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is located near the village and pier area. The Lighthouse along with keeper’s dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 after it was destroy by the confederate. Now the lighthouse and keepers dwelling are part of the Lighthouse museum. You can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and over the Alantic ocean and Jekyll island. It is still an active lighthouse and it light can go 23 miles out to sea and warns ship of the many sandbars and nearby hazards along the coast.

Sunrise Driftwood Beach

Sunrise at Driftwood Beach  – This is Driftwood beach at Jekyll Island with dead trees in the sand at sunrise as a 2 to 1 panorama. It was a beautiful morning sunrise with these fablous dead trees that seem to magically grow from the sands along driftwood beach at Jekyll island. This look almost un-worldly in the early morning at the beach. This has been a location we have wanted to go to for some time now. Driftwood beach or boneyard beach as some have coined the phase because of all the trees and limbs that seem to magically grow from the sands along the beach. This view of this tree is silouette at sunrise which looks out over the Altantic Ocean something we never get to see here in Texas. This skeleton tree that is still planted in the sand gave some nice reflections as a silouette along the wet sand at sunrise reflecting back the wonderful colors from the sky. Jekyll Island is part of the Golden Isles of Georgia barrier islands.  This golden isles barrier islands got their name from the gold color that the salt marshes grasses turn in winter that surround this group of island.

 

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Sunrise at Driftwood Beach – Jekyll Island driftwood beach with trees in the sand at sunrise. It was a beautiful morning sunrise with these fablous trees that seem to magicly grow from the sands along driftwood beach at Jekyll island. This has been a location we have wanted to go to for some time now. Driftwood beach or boneyard beach as some have coined the phase because of all the trees and limbs that seem to magically grow from the sands along the beach in this tree graveyard. This view of this tree at sunrise looks out over the Altantic Ocean something we never get to see. This old deadwoodtree that is still planted in the sand gave some nice reflections along the wet sand at sunrise reflecting back the wonderful colors from the sky. Jekyll island is part of the Golden Isles of the Gerogia coast. The island gets its name from a short-lived Yamassee Indian village known as San Simon, which was established near Fort Frederica during the late 1660s to 1684. The English shorten the name later.

 

 

What is the best Sony Mirrorless camera

This is a loaded question, the short answer is it depends. The question should be “What is the best Sony Mirrorless camera for me?” What do you want to use the camera for would be one of the first questions I would ask when some one ask me this question. Do you need a high end high resolution professional camera? Do you plan to mainly take photos of your kids sports and family stuff? Do you do need to take video? Do you blog? What is your budget? While technically the top end Sony A7R III, A7R IV that just came out or the A9 are the “best” Sony mirrorless cameras out there are they over kill for what you need.

Here is some back ground on a few of the Sony mirrorless cameras and the best uses for each model. Sony makes cameras for beginners, travel photographers, enthusiasts and professionals. They come in two main types: Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras which take interchangeable lenses, and Sony Cyber-Shot compact cameras with fixed lenses for all kinds of users and all kinds of budget. We’ll help you decide which type you need and which Sony cameras are the best (and the best value) right now.

Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras are designed for more advanced or enthusiastic photographers who need the versatility of interchangeable lenses and don’t mind a little extra size and weight. They’re the best choice for hobbyists and enthusiasts and pretty much the only choice for professionals.

Sony Cyber-shot cameras don’t take interchangeable lenses – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re limited. There are some simple point and shoot models in the range which make great low-cost family cameras, but there are also more advanced Cyber-shot cameras for keen photographers who need a powerful camera that fits in a pocket, or for sports fans and videographers who need a longer zoom range than they can get with an Alpha model.

Lets take a look at some of the top Sony Alpha cameras that are available with either APS-C or full-frame sensors. The APS-C models are smaller and more affordable and designed more like traditional rectangular ‘rangefinder’ cameras – but they still pack plenty of power. Sony’s full frame Alpha cameras are more like mini DSLRs, with a conventionally placed electronic viewfinder on the top. These are larger and more expensive and more orientated towards expert and professional users – though there are still bargains to be had for enthusiasts.

Although it’s now over four years old, the A6000 is still one of Sony’s best cameras. Moreover, it significantly undercuts the newer A6400 and A6500 models for price. Indeed, it’s currently little more than a third of the price of the A6500. With its APS-C format compact camera styling, and access to Sony’s range of interchangeable lenses, it’s a small body that packs a big punch. Resolution is good in every area, from the 24.3MP image sensor to the 1,440k-dot electronic viewfinder and 921k-dot tilting screen. It lacks the ability to record 4K movies but overall performance and image quality are very impressive, and it’s terrific value for money too and would make a good lower cost entry level video camera for bloggers.

The Sony A6400 is effectively Sony’s ‘middle’ A6000-series camera, fitting in above the A6000 and below the top-of-the-range A6500. But it’s newer than both, packs a super-fast, super-high-tech auto-focus system, and great 4K video capabilities. Its still image quality is very good, but really this camera’s strength is as a blogging/vlogging tool for single-handed content creation. Its 180-degree screen is the key here, flipping up and over to face you to help your framing, facial expressions and delivery as you present video pieces to camera.

It might not have the glamour of Sony’s top-flight A9 and ultra-high-resolution A7R III and IV bodies but the A7 III camera grabs most of the best bits from both pricier models and delivers them in a more affordable package for most users. It features include highly effective 696-point AF system and a 5-axis image stabilization system that promises 5EV of compensation.There’s a new 24.2MP back-illuminated image sensor, coupled with the latest generation of image processor, and the two deliver amazing tonal range and make super-high-ISO settings possible. Handling is excellent, with a design that combines easy access to important camera settings with a typically compact and lightweight Alpha build. For top performance at a sensible price, it’s the best Sony camera out there for the average user.

The Sony A7R III, there are 42.4 million reasons why this camera is so popular. The ultra-high megapixel count enables you to capture the finest detail and texture in images, which makes the A7R III excellent for everything from architectural and landscape shooting to high-end portraiture and fashion photography. Even the view through the electronic viewfinder is deliciously detailed, thanks to the camera having the same EVF as the range-topping A9. Indeed, some of the image sensor technology is taken from the A9 too.Highly effective 5-axis image stabilization helps you to retain ultimate sharpness in handheld shooting, and the camera is no slouch either, with fast-reacting auto-focus and a speedy 10fps maximum drive rate.

If ever there was a camera to prove that you can get professional-grade performance and image quality without the need for a reflex mirror, this is it. Sony’s flagship A9 has the same megapixel count as the A7 III, but it boasts a higher-resolution electronic viewfinder and tilting touchscreen, both of which are beauties. As well as being a fabulous all-rounder, the A9 is a properly sporty camera, its stacked sensor design enabling a blistering 20fps continuous drive rate, while a cavernous memory buffer can keep you going for up to 241 Raw shots. This camera costs twice the price of the (also excellent) A7 III, but for professionals it’s a no-brainer.

Last but not least is the new flagship 60 megapixel A7R IV. The Sony A7R IV is a slightly higher-resolution evolution of the A7R III, which makes it the world’s highest-resolution consumer camera. It boast improved battery life up to 670 shots w/LCD, 10 FPS with a 68 frame buffer, 567 phase-detect AF points full-frame, real time Eye-AF for both people and animals, Dual UHS-II SD slots just to name a few.

So as you see there are several great options to choose from the Sony line up for the “what is the best mirrorless camera” out there.

Flying Pegasus and Reunion Tower BW

Flying Pegasus and Reunion Tower BW- We captured these  two iconic landmark features of downtown Dallas the Flying Pegasus and Reunion Tower in black and white. The Flying Pegasus sit on top of a oil derick in front of the Omni hotel in downtown Dallas. This Pegasus had been on top of the Magnolia Hotel for more than half of a century till it was so rusted and  damaged that it had to be taken down. The city of Dallas replace it with a new pegasus on top of the building for a cost of around 600,000. The orginal pegaus sat in a warehouse for years until a group of nostagic people came together and started the process of bringing it back to life, this city of dallas artistans came together and started to help bring it back.  It was no small feat as no one seem to know where it was at first.  Finally the orginal pegasus was found and then it needed a home and it was placed on an oil derrick in front of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.  From this location you can see two landmark for the city of Dallas with the Flying Pegasus and the Reunion Tower in view.

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Flying Pegasus and Reunion Tower Night B W – We captured these two iconic landmark features of downtown Dallas with the Flying Pegasus and Reunion Tower  on top of a oil derick in black and white. This Pegasus had been on top of the Magnolia Hotel for more than half of a century in the city of Dallas until it was damaged so sever it had to be taken down and replace with a different pegasus. It sat in a warehouse for many years until a group of artist decided to bring it back and refurbished the orginal pegasus which was in bad shape, but after a period of time it was finally repair to its previous glory. It was place on top of an oil derrick in front of the  Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.  Tourist flock to downtown Dallas to see the pegasus in front of the Omni Hotel. In this image we capture the two Downtown Dallas landmarks together with the pegasus and the Reunion Tower at night in black and white.  We have many Dallas skyline images many with the pegasus and reunion tower in color and black and white.

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Fall Along Frio River Mural

Fall Along Frio River Mural – This capture is our latest wall mural that was just installed at a San Antonio car dealer on the wall in their waiting room of an fall scene along the Frio river located in the Texas hill country.  As soon as you walk in you can see this large mural on canvas. We had many photos here but the one we wanted to show was the one the large mural 15 by 12 foot installation.  We were excited and thrilled to see it on the wall.  We have two even larger murals in the works so we hope to show those after they are installed.  We had previously shown how the image was printed out on a large printer and this is the final results from that. Thanks for looking.  To see more images like this click here

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This image is not for sale it to show what is possible. This 15 x 12 wall mural installed at a car dealer in San Antonio. For more images like this please check out our Texas hill country landscapes gallery.

Here is the Mural being printed.