Underneath the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge

Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge

Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/18, 3 secs

I’m finally back to blogging. After being away for a while and trying to find my way back into the world of photography, I’m here and promise to put more stuff up. I’m back in the Corpus Christi area. After college, I found a job down here and am having a great time living in a city again. I loved West Texas, but for a night photographer, the city lights are a playground. You will be seeing more stuff from Corpus Christi in future posts. I have two pictures in this post. Hope they satisfy you for now.

The Harbor Bridge is the iconic landmark in Corpus Christi. A couple of years ago they re-lit it with LED lights and now it looks as beautiful as ever. Normally you take shots of it from the front, but I’ve done that so many times, I wanted to try something different. The great thing about this area, is that it has easy access and there isn’t much traffic. If you are in the area, I highly suggest you take a stroll down here and snaps some shots at night.

I used a sturdy tripod and I suggest you put some weights or have something that can block the wind because you feel that good-old Texas breeze here and it’s no joke. Of course I used the clarity tool in post-processing to help out with the little bit of movement I did have. It wasn’t much, but I love the new tool from Lightroom. I did leave some of the light trails from the lighting around, because I liked it and it reflected my own personal style.

Since my tripod has a ball-head, I positioned it horizontal to get a different look. The bridge does change colors and since it is silver, the colors respond differently with the sky. It’s industrial down here, so you have a lot of ambient light that gives an orange glow in the sky. I focused on the pink, purple and blue lighting to bring out the best in the Harbor Bridge. Of course, try different colors, but I found those to work best for me. I also suggest white balancing the bridge with the tungsten setting. It makes it easier to get the natural colors you want.

So next time you are here, try shooting the bridge on a different angle. Until next time, keep shooting!

Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge

Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/18, 3 secs

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Scenic View of January travels…

Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/1000 sec

Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/1000 sec

I have not blogged in over a month. It has been a crazy few months for me, as far as getting ready to move and planning for a wedding. So hopefully a few eye-catching images will make up for my blogging absence.

And per request, I am starting to put my data file on the image. I don’t think you were able to see it before, but now instead of me saying it in the blog and confusing everyone to death, I’ll just put it under the picture.

The Christopher Columbus statue underneath the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge is a gorgeous statue. It’s kind of hidden away in a nice area of Corpus Christi I had never seen. There was a lot of construction in that area for the longest time, so I avoided it. It seems that all of the construction is officially finished and it offers a nice scenic view of the bay and under the Harbor Bridge. If you are in the area, it’s a good place to take some shots of your visit to Corpus Christi. There is plenty of parking and it is right next to the Museum of Science and Natural History.

Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1000 sec

Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1000 sec

Near by, I was also able to take a few pictures of the Heritage Village. I have done a few photo shoots here, including my most recent back in August. This is a nice place for pictures. If you need family portraits or senior portraits, this place offers a number of background options. And if you are not satisfied with those, there are plenty of other places close by that offer just as many backgrounds.

Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/2000 sec

Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/2000 sec

In the midst of all my travels in Corpus Christi, I also payed a visit to Rockport, Texas. Rockport is about a 30 minute drive from Corpus Christi and is a small coastal community that centers around fishing and shrimping. It also has a large art culture. I went there to work on wedding stuff, as our reception will be at the Texas Maritime Museum. This is a beautiful building and I wish I would have taken more photographs, but here is one to check out. Anyone in the area, I urge you to visit this place and admire the gorgeous architecture of the building.

Nikon D90, ISO 800, f/13, 2.5 sec

Nikon D90, ISO 800, f/13, 2.5 sec

And finally, here is an image of the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. I had to take a picture for work, to use in advertisements for an event we are having here in February. I got a great shot on a Sunday evening with the hustle and bustle of people going back and forth from the historic hotel. I was also blessed with a deep blue sky, which are normally my favorite natural backgrounds to use.

Of course the challenge was lighting everything evenly, and it still is darker at the top, but I think I got some great light out of the photo as a whole.

Photography by the Bay…

Rianna - AJL3 PhotographyOver the weekend I was given the opportunity to photograph the lovely Rianna Kristine of Corpus Christi, Texas. I was traveling in the area to visit family and set up a couple of photo shoots. Unfortunately, the other photo shoot was a cosplay, but my friend had an unfortunate illness in his family. We are rescheduling for the winter, because both of us really want to make this photo shoot happen.

But, on to Rianna. She was a brilliant model and knew how to pose herself. She has a keen sense of fashion and a good sense of humor. She was a pleasure to work with and I hope the photos do her justice to how pretty she is in real life. She knows her modeling angles and understands how to be in front of a camera. These are some of her photos.

I will say that Corpus Christi, Texas has a number of great locations to shoot at. We decided to settle in at the Bayfront near the Water Garden and museums. We did some shooting at the Water Garden before the sun became to harsh. Normally I don’t shoot during the day, it’s not my style, but since I had other obligations during the nights I was in town, I had to settle for the light.

The Water Garden is one of the original attractions, Corpus Christi has and it is basically a circular garden with steps scaling down creating a waterfall. I had to yell a good amount to make sure she heard directions over the rushing water. My lovely assistant and fiance, Teresa Miles also helped me out in communicating to her avast the water thundering over the steps.

After the Water Gardens, we moved to the Historic Village. And no, we did not see any ghosts. We did look and some of the houses did look creepy enough to have some around. These houses are over hundreds of years old and they have survived multiple hurricanes. We did two different outfit changes here including a skirt combo and jean short combo. The old style housing gave us a lot of material to use for a photo shoot. We really didn’t have to go to another place, because there was plenty of stuff to keep the creativity juices flowing.

I will say the harsh sun started to pound on us as the photo shoot went on, and we tried to incorporate more shade. Plus, I was using a strobe with a silver umbrella to take out the shadows. It was sure hot on the umbrella. I accidentally touched it while I was backing up and it seared my skin. Didn’t know if was catching that much light on it from the sun. Also, I had Teresa hold a diffusing reflector near her face to keep the sun out of her face, but still have a natural feel. A diffuser is one of the most underrated pieces of equipment a photographer has.

All in all, it was a great shoot, and I enjoyed working with Rianna. I will be shooting again this week, so look for more pictures soon. Of course, this is busy time of the year for me, so you will be seeing more work-related photography from now on. But, I will be squeezing some personal projects when I have the time. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Rianna - AJL3 Photography Rianna - AJL3 Photography