My first love is still life and food. I really do love food photography and partly because I love baking, and also due to having married a foodie. Also, who doesn’t look at the food magazines when you’re checking out at the grocery store? Therefore #10 and #9 are on my list appropriately and reflect my favorite part of a meal: dessert.
9. Cupcakes and Sprinkles
#8 is one of my favorite captures from a nature walk with Kathy Adams Clark and her husband Gary Clark at Mercer Arboreum in Spring, TX. What an amazing couple who compliment each other well. Click here for their website. Kathy Adams Clark teaches photography and her husband writes the weekly “Wonders of Nature” column for the Houston Chronicle. You can visit the rest of the pictures from this set here.
8. Butterfly Among Flowers
#7 “In Color!” is a capture from a performance at Discovery Green in Houston from Strange Fruit, a Melbourne based performing arts company. I try to pay attention more to what’s going on locally; however, I probably would have missed the show if Houston Photowalks didn’t add it to their events.
7. In Color!
#5 & #6 was from another photowalk with Houston Photowalks at Glenwood Cemetary. The cemetary was very serene and an interesting place to take photos.
6. Angel and Rainbow
#4 “Artists’ Tools” was taken at Via Colori, a street painting festival in Houston. Loved how the pavement was transformed into works of art.
4. Artists’ Tools
#3 “Food Chain” is one of my favorite captures from a meetup at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I followed a link to the HMNS flickr discussion board that I found via Assignment Houston. It was a really well-organized event and a real privilege to be able to photograph some wonderful exhibits. “Food Chain was actually one of my last photos of the night. Thank you Assignment Houston for keeping us in the loop and Houston Museum of Natural Science for your hospitality!
3. Food Chain
#2, “Fountains & Bird in Flight” is one of my faves from 2009 that was inspired by Assignment Houston’s August 2009 assignment “Fountains” shot with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. For 2010 I plan on getting some B&W film and using the Yashica FX-3 camera my mom let me have. It was the camera she toted around taking pictures of me as a kid. There’s a 50mm in my mom’s camera bag that I found and I could shoot with that lens all day.
2. Fountains & Bird in Flight
#1 “Empress Josephine Tiara” was another capture from the flickr meetup at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. My favorite exhibit was the Faberge exhibit. LOVED it.
This actually was a long exposure shot. I went to one of the meetups for the Houston Photography Group earlier in 2009 and learned about night photography and long exposure from photographer Dan Zientek. I’ve taken a camera basics class at the Houston Center for Photography a while back which helped me to learn ISO, Aperture, and shutterspeed, which I think is very helpful when you start out. Dan Zientek’s lecture gave me a very hands-on approach to low light/night photography. It was very straightforward, clear, concise, and he had lots of examples from his own work. I was able to apply these techniques to this long exposure shot taken with a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.
1. Empress Josephine Tiara
For 2010 I do want to move more into portraits and event photography while doing some creative projects on the side, but I do plan to still go on going photowalks, whether in my free time or with the Houston or Katy photography groups. As much as I would love to be able to make a living out of the craft, I think what drives me to try to shoot almost every day is the learning experience. I take lunch breaks and just walk around taking photos, but since participating in local photography groups and Scott Kelby’s 2009 Worldwide Photowalk, I enjoy being part of the photography community in Houston and Katy as well. For this Chicago girl, Houston has become more like home.