Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Alcy had a couple of days off so we headed to Galveston with the intentions of possibly shooting inside St Mary's Basilica and hopefully the white church across from the Bishop's Palace, Scared Heart.  The Basilica was not open so we shot a few photos of the outside even though the light was not particularly good.

We skipped Scared Heart but did stop briefly at St Patrick's on Broadway.


Moving on, we found a colorful mural at the Hula Hut and then went back to a colorful restaurant on Broadway that Alcy had spotted. Decided to eat at El Gusto and would recommend it. The enchiladas were extremely good and reasonably priced. The staff was very friendly. We generally eat at Salsa's when we want Mexican but this is much more reasonable and might become our favorite. It was a good choice.

Stopped at a Black History Museum for some shots of the murals. Alcy stayed in the car where it was cool. It also provided, if needed, a faster escape mechanism from the two guys standing in their lawn across the street watching me take photographs. They were much more curious than threatening.

Both sunset and sunrise were pretty much non-events. After shooting so many of each in Galveston it is difficult to find a new POV especially when the event will not carry the image.

We met a man from Amarillo who was also on the beach photographing the sunrise. I mentioned that it was pretty unspectacular he commented that the people up north would never know the difference and kept right on shooting. I suppose he was right.

I almost forgot to include my best shot of the day. After we shot the Hula Hut we walked down the alley. Galveston's alleys are full of photo ops. Anyway around the corner we found this commode sitting in an open door--needless to say, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
And this shot of Alcy taking a break from processing photos when she would much rather have been out walking along the beach. We did not fall for the "room with ocean view this time" and we did get back from shooting in time for me to have waffles. So, in all it was a successful trip even if it was very short.
Alcy had ordered a couple of flowers from a florist that we needed to pick up. They didn't have what she ordered so we got a Calla Lily and a Ginger. Went to the studio and ended the day shooting flowers for her portfolio. Of course after she left I snuck in a few shots of the Calla...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Painting New Backgrounds and Flowers

Painted three new backgrounds for the flower photographs; a red, a green and a gray. Still to go a brown one.


Alcy and I stopped at a florist that she knows and the florist gave us this rose that she was about to toss out.

Friday Debi Beauregard came over. She brought a vase that had belonged to her mother and one that she had specially made for her sister. I let her do most of the photographs but after she left I did a few of some of the roses that she left.

This vase belonged to Debi's Mother. It was hand painted by one of her aunts.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Weekend

Saturday morning Alcy and I met with Northwest Houston Photo Club for breakfast and then a photoshoot at Glenwood Cemetery...

Hill Angel No. 2

Hill Angel (Grieving Angel) No. 1


Schulmann Angel

Dickson Angel

Lucas Angel

Donavant Angel

Urn at Lee Family Marker

Hughes Family Plot - Howard Hughes Burial Site

Gravestone Gene Tierney Lee

Applewhite Bronze

On the way back to the studio we stopped at one of my favorite 'walls' to do a tribute to Aaron Suskind which I haven't had a chance to process yet.
 We were up at 3am the next morning to drive to Galveston to do a sunrise photoshoot on the Strand with Houston Photowalks. This was one of the two times during the year when the sun rises in alignment with the main business street in Galveston, the Strand. Rain prevented seeing the alignment but there is next year.

Early Morning Standoff--we both wanted the same side of the street

As close at it came to happening

Last Shot--finally giving up
 Alcy had to have a ride on the ferry. We planned to immediately turn around and come back on the next ferry to grab breakfast but the line on the Boliver side was at least a mile long. We decided to drive the extra fifty miles and come back to Houston via High Island. We stopped in Winnie for breakfast where I grabbed a tribute to Irving Penn.

We downloaded the cards, grabbed a couple of hours nap time and then we ended the day with a photoshoot at Pundt Park with Shabby Chic Meetup. Sorry, I grew up swimming in cow tanks so I have a pretty good tolerance for water pollution--cows do not have proper toilet training. But this place smelled and looked like raw sewage so we didn't stay long or do many photos.

And another weekend draws to a close.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Glow and Tulips

Spent the afternoon with Paula Powers working on Topaz Glow. Paula is doing some amazing work but wanted to run through some of what I have been doing in Glow. This is my favorite from the session. It is one of Paula’s photos that she did at a recent photoshoot with the Binders.

  On the way I stopped by the studio and as usual couldn’t resist taking a couple of shots of dying tulips.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Continuing With Painting Backgrounds...

Got Ixfinity installed this morning so AT&T is out of my life. Don't know how I am going to make up for the call every other day to sell me Uverse.

While I was waiting for the installation to be completed I added another coat of paint to the two backgrounds I started yesterday. May still apply another coat but first I am going to start two new ones that will be mostly dark gray and dark brown.Then I may switch to spray paint. Got some ideas there that I want to try. These I wanted to be dark but with the spray I may try some really bright colors.  Just might make a career out of painting backgrounds for flower photos--any takers?

The installer asked me if I was an artist. I would have thought from looking at the work he would have realized that I wasn't. I mean, I am using a brush intended for painting houses--that should be a clue.

The poor tulips have just about bit the dust. I know how they feel.