Sunday, June 26, 2016

Three Days, Three Photoshoots

Friday's shoot was fireworks at the Kemah Boardwalk. Sugarland had a meet up but they were going to shoot from the parking lot at the marina and I wanted to shoot from the railing on the Boardwalk. We ate at the Cadillac Bar and Grill and got to our spaces about an hour early. Turned out that it was not as crowded as I had anticipated until the fireworks actually started. They moved the barge much closer to the Boardwalk so the lens that worked last year didn't work this year. I wanted to get the boats that surround the barge and the reflections of the fireworks in the water but had to settle for shots of the fireworks alone. Used long shutter speed, 5 seconds to 15 seconds to get multiple bursts. In all I was pleased. At least they were in focus. It took me three trips to achieve that last year.

Saturday was West 19th Street with Houston Photowalks. Since I shoot in this area a couple of time a month or more it is difficult to find new subject matter. Went in a shop we don't usually visit, Casa Ramirez. Was pleasantly surprised. The proprietor was a very interesting lady and they had some very unique items. We made a few stops and, as usual, ended up at Eclectic Home, Alcy's favorite store in all of Houston. In all, after an hours the heat got to me but I came away pleased.


Sunday it was a Pixel Party at the Museum of Natural Science to photograph in the Cockrell Butterfly Center. I'm not much of a butterfly photographer and these are not very Darbyesk. Since I lost my last flash in the flood I didn't expect to do much good but was hoping for the best. A lot of people and not a whole lot of butterflies didn't help the situation. Didn't get to bed until after 2:30am after the fireworks shoot, the walking and heat on West 19th then getting up at 5am to make the Party and I was tuckered out before I began. Need to get my flash replaced and go back when there are less people there. In the meantime I will try to rest up cutting the grass or the neighbors are going to ask me to move.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I knew it would come to this but had hoped I would not see it in my lifetime!

I just ordered a Vivitar Point and Shoot...

Friday, June 17, 2016

Consignment Shop Again

Yesterday, Alcy shot some small figures at the consignment shop we were in. She really liked the figures but she didn't like the photos she got so she wanted to go back to reshoot. After breakfast we headed over. It is a good thing that we did because while we were there a fellow picked up a half dozen of the best figures to purchase.

We wandered around the shop and I reshot several of the manikins I had photographed yesterday. Alcy mentioned to the shop owner that they had a interestingly eclectic collection of merchandise and asked where she got it. The owner said that she just got what she found interesting and that she was a little strange.

I thought she was perfectly normal but that is probably because I am a little strange. There is a sizable collection of life size Halloween figures but that is not what I found most interesting.

I have shot unclothed manikins in a number of shops in the past and there is one blue one here that I photographed. But it, because of the color, looks more like a sculpture than a manikin. However, there are three adult manikins that I found more difficult to raise the camera to my eye because they are partially dressed. Yes, I have probably shot partially dressed manikins before but never ones that were dressed only above the waist. 

You feel a little perverted photographing manikins that are totally naked below the waist. Young people can possibly do that but for old people that is almost a Captain Kangaroo No No. Okay, so I am perverted.

The most interesting is a male manikin that is near the entrance, right next to the counter where the lady that checks you out works--that was the most difficult. He is wearing only a military cap and a woman's fringed jacket. He is holding a woman's tote. Yesterday I shot two in the back of the store but today I was determined to shoot the one in the front. None of them are good photographs--or even necessarily interesting. But sometimes you just have to do what you find difficult so in my opinion they are successful.

The male manikin in the back is also wearing a woman's fringed jacket but with the lens I was using I could only show the jacket from the back. This begs the question as to the intended content. Maybe the owner is just being whimsical or maybe it is a comment on her opinion of men. Shortly after we talked with her she left with a man that I assumed to be her husband. They both appeared quite normal. I really wanted to ask but I thought just getting the photographs was stretching so I didn't.



Haven't shot in an antique store in a long time. Hit two today.