Graffiti Park

I found these photos in the bucket of “things I need to post and haven’t posted yet.”

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Last year I found myself at the Graffiti Park in Austin on the morning of Mother’s Day, doing a High School Senior photo shoot.

Afterwards I spent some quality time exploring this gem of an art zone, in the heart of Austin.

Enjoy the results —

Night Trails

Several weeks ago there was also a small, but unknown meteor shower. So small, in fact, that I’ve forgotten which meteor was causing the shower.

However, I did capture some stellar night photographs, with some beautiful (and well-timed) trails, both from stars and other objects….

Night Sky

Night Sky

I think this was 5 minutes or so, aimed at the sky behind my truck.

Trails - Red

Trails – Red

I upped the exposure duration to 15 minutes, and in the last 30 seconds, a car drove by. I like how it turned out, though.

Trails - White

Trails – White

So having gotten the car in the last photograph, I figured I’d try again – to see if I could get a photo without people-interference. This time about a minute before the exposure ended, a truck drove through in the other direction.

In the end, I still think the photographs are amazing. :)

Nature

A few weeks ago I started photographing on a regular basis again, and wouldn’t you know it, I found myself in nature more than once photographing one of my favorite things….

Hut

Hut

Trail

Trail

Tunnel

Tunnel

Jungle

Jungle

Red

Red

DETOUR

DETOUR

Tree Snake

Tree Snake

Stone Face

Stone Face

Moonrise

Moonrise

I shot the last of these photos the day I happened to dislocate my knee cap, which is an adventure for an entirely different post….

Retreating to Art

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Early last spring my friend Kevin told me to set aside a weekend in October for this big artist retreat that happens in the hill country.

A few weekends ago was that weekend, I went – and it was great to have a weekend to decompress, and to focus on the artist in me. It was truly refreshing, being in the middle of nowhere – with no pressure, no rush, hugely supporting friends (even if we just met hours ago), and an all-around atmosphere of art, and creativity.

I think I will have further words on the retreat as I process through it, but for now I leave you with the photographic evidence of the weekend….