Wednesday, June 30, 2021



For my final shot of this series, I return to the drone. I had received the critically low battery warning and needed to land. I looked down to find my landing spot when I noticed how the paths looked from above. They weren't straight or follow any structure. What you can't tell from this image is just how much mud is on them. You can faintly see the pool of water on the curved path on the left side, but other than that, it looks dry. My shoes and bike said otherwise.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021



For about an hour after sunrise and before sunset is a time called the golden hour. These minutes are when the sun is soft, and the light is very conducive to portraits, landscape, and all types of outdoor photography. For this shoot, I utilized the golden hour to capture some greenery around me. I was initially trying to hide the sun behind some plants but liked how the sun flare looked. I set some tall grass between my lens and the sun and snapped the image.

Monday, June 28, 2021



Minutes before the sun's rays hit this part of the Earth, I sent the drone over towards downtown to capture its awakening. I made sure that the drone took this image before the sun rose so that there was no glare from all the windows. While it would have been nice to have a light yellow glow on the entire image, I decided that not having the glare was more important.

Sunday, June 27, 2021



As the sun continued to rise, I wanted to capture the light along with the park and its surroundings. I had already taken many shots of downtown Fort Worth and wanted something different. I noticed the broadcast pole and made it the subject of my image. The image is simple, a pole dividing the brush. But I like this simplicity and feel it allows the colors in the sky to stand out. 

Saturday, June 26, 2021


To the City

In Tandy Hills Park is one main trail with a few split-offs. It had rained for multiple days before the 26th, and the main trail was caked with two inches of mud. With my shoes five pounds heavier, I pushed on closer to the interstate. I eventually found this little trail that created a perfect leading line towards downtown. I waited for the lighting to be optimal and the sunrise colors to shine, then snapped the image. 

Friday, June 25, 2021


Morning Light

My next step, as I typically do, was to send up the drone. By this point, the clouds were thin, and the sun was shining. When I sent it up, I was fascinated by the cars, shadows, and soft light on the ground. If I were to retake this picture, I would add an ND filter to the drone to allow for a longer shutter speed and make the cars a blur. Regardless, I still really enjoy this image and its simplicity. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021


Urban Nature

As the sun continued to rise, the clouds finally began to dissipate. Unfortunately, the eclipse ended at 6:22 am, and the clouds decreased well after then. While the clouds were blocking the eclipse, I pivoted and used them as a smooth, solid backdrop to allow the buildings to stand out. Also, I combined two shots to make this image, one focused on the flowers and one on the buildings. I felt the shots individually weren't the strongest, but together and with everything in focus, they create something great. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Cloudy Mornings

Finally getting back to posting, I return to the morning of May 26 and the lunar eclipse. The eclipse itself was difficult to see due to clouds, but they didn't block my view of downtown Fort Worth. I set up my camera on a tripod, used my variable ND filter to darken the image, and tried to maximize the shutter length. After numerous attempts, I really like how it turned out; the crisp skyline, motion in the clouds, and the reflection of the city lights into the night sky all come together perfectly. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021



This image is one of the first Todd Hido emulations that I took. After being introduced to the idea, I set out that night with no intentions other than to follow Hido's ideas. When editing, I debated brightening the image to reveal more of the house or leave it dark and hide it. I ended up leaving it dark to make the image appear more mysterious and vague. More up to interpretation to the viewer.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021



A few days later, I began another adventure to capture life void of human existence. I chose to take images of this house for its structure. There are many sharp corners, angles, and geometric shapes. Unlike yesterday's, this image is the complete opposite. Opposed to the openness of the house, this one is closed and finished. The walls filled, and lights lit. Humans definitely have been living in this house. 

Tuesday, June 08, 2021



For this picture, I continued my nighttime drive through the neighborhood. This house is unique as it is the only one of this series that is unfinished. This uniqueness balances the series appropriately. Many times, we see the finished product. A finished picture, project, or house. But this picture shows the unfinished nature of things. The fact that perfection and completeness aren't instantaneous, rather a culmination of many hours of work. 

Friday, June 04, 2021



Next, I found this house with an American flag flying on its porch. It was illuminated by two lights, and I wanted to make it the subject of the image. I carefully positioned myself such that the pole didn't block the flag, and I could capture the reflection of the flag on the front door. The next challenge was finding the balance in light between the bright flag and dark sky. I made the priority the flag, since it is the subject, but made the overall composition slightly above the brightness I typically shoot at to compensate for the sky. 

Thursday, June 03, 2021



After a short drive, I showed up at this second house. Many of Hido's images appear during a storm. But when you can't produce a storm on demand, it makes emulating a little difficult. To compensate, I used a trick Hido himself uses, water. I fill a spray bottle with water then spray it onto the lens. This action blurs the image and adds an interesting element to it. There is a possibility of the water getting into the camera from this process, but most modern cameras are water-resistant, and I made sure to avoid spraying the body. 

Wednesday, June 02, 2021



As I mentioned a few days ago, the next series will be one about the images I created during my school photography class. In early January, I received an email from my teacher with a link to a Youtube video. The video describes the work of Todd Hido. Hido photographs manmade structures, typically during the night or a storm, void of human figures. The idea is to create an image that has a different meaning to each viewer. For this reason, he doesn't title his images. Instead, he uses the number given by the camera. Over the next nine days, I will be posting my emulations of his work.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021



A few days later, I went on another adventure. This one was back at a park I venture to frequently. But that was not the focus of the image. The focus was the highrises of downtown Dallas. I lined up as best I could on the road leading to downtown, adjusted the settings to capture the dark subjects, and took the image. It was cloudy that day, which meant that all the lights in the city reflected off them. This made the clouds appear in two different colors, violet from the night and orange from the incandescent bulbs.