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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The Wichita Theatre!

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Had some fun this weekend shooting in Wichita Falls, Texas. We went to the theatre downtown and I was able to snap some pictures since the houselights were on. Rarely does this happen in Wichita Falls when ever I visit. Normally, the lights are off, so this was a big hit to get all the lights on.

We were able to take pictures across and under the Wichita Theatre Performing Arts Centre. The above picture of the theatre was where the entrance used to be, but since it is not used anymore they just turn the lights on when there is a performance. The building right next to the actual theatre has been converted into a theatre itself and combined with the old one. This allows for more space and a bigger crowd.

Wichita Falls Theatre - A J L 3 PhotographyOn the left, you can see an above view of the theatre with the sign slightly cut off. It reads ‘Wichita’ in neon letters that change colors. A lot of this has some LED’s installed giving it a newer look. You can still see where all the old tiles and theatre setting are and what has been retouched. For most part it is still looking like the original theatre.

It was a fun shoot, and I’m glad I’ve finally been able to get the lights with this beautiful theatre. It has been a long waiting game. Let me know what you think of the photos in the comments. Also, below is the last photo of a larger image of what the theatre looks like. Overall this theatre design looks retro, but feels brand new. It’s a great contrast to all the old buildings in the city.

Wichita Falls Theatre - A J L 3 Photography

Football season approaches…

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Football Season is almost here. We have about 50 days left until the pigskin flies. Yesterday night, I was working on some promos for our upcoming tailgate events. These promos will be used for flyers and social media. I’m also going to break down how I did these shots. The main focus point is the ASU Ram helmet. The colors shine great, and I was able to get a nice catch light on the edge of where the yellow meets the blue.

This was not an easy shoot to set up, since I was working on an inclined hill and wanted to get more of the background in rather than the fencing. As you will see in the final shot, I think I managed it with a little help from Adobe Photoshop.

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To illustrate how I made this, I used the Online Lighting Diagram Creator to help create an illustration. First I had the sunset already setting, and I took this around 9 p.m. to get those nice lights. I was lucky to have a lot of cloud coverage that gave a misty tone in the sky. The flower pot is my placeholder for the helmet. I used an Alienbee Flash B800 on the right. It was right next to the helmet angled about three feet above it, but not aimed straight at the helmet, but a little off.

I then used my SB-800 flash and remotely triggered it myself near the helmet. I set my camera on a timer and then ran to fire off the remote flash. The camera was on the bottom of a four-foot hill on a tripod looking up at the helmet. This helped to give me more sky rather than fence. Of course, at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, we have excellent places to stage photo shoots. This rock garden at the top of the hill divides the land from us to the fields. It was the perfect place to give us a West Texas football feel.

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The picture itself was shot at 200 ISO, which I normally like to use around night, to take out as much grain as I can. I set it to one-second and the aperture to F14 to keep that nice dark background in the back. As you see at the top, I had a lot of lighting to work with on my Alienbee Flash which I kept at 1/8th power.

This was a fun shoot, and I really enjoyed the end results. Since the helmet has some dings and looked a little beaten up, I cleaned it up in Photoshop. Also, since the front white part that says “RAMS” was glowing because of the light, I burned it in Photoshop to give it a more natural color. The only major part of Photoshop I used, was just adjusting levels and exposure to give it the natural shine. I will be using this technique for future shoots. Nothing says Texas like a good old-fashion sunset!

Houston Visit for the weekend!

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It has been a long time since I’ve posted. It’s hard to keep up with all the social medias out there. So after a long absence this is my first post and many that will be coming your way. Hopefully I’ll be able to post weekly from now on.

chello guy big with burn fb960Went to Houston for the weekend with my fiance for her first gallery opening. Had a lot of fun and went downtown searching for nice places to take pictures of. I’m a night photographer so the timing was perfect to have that dark blue sky before it turns black. On a corner street we stopped and took a quick image of the Houston Skyline. It was nice to see some buildings that were taller than ten stories like we have in San Angelo. It’s always a wonder to see how these buildings are here. It’s such a large man-made structure.

Next, we wandered around more of downtown and found this giant 36-foot tall cellist called “Virtuoso” by sculptor David Adickes. Apparently he has a few more sculptures around Houston that are also larger than life. The other great thing about this sculpture is that behind him are three other smaller musician sculptures making it a quartet. Music is also playing making this sculpture very life like.

Houston had a lot of different art to offer. The place has changed since I was there when I was younger. I will have to make a trip again to see all the other stuff I know I missed. Houston, you are doing well with your art scene.