I created some unique photos of the Alamo and the Missions of San Antonio. This work can now be seen and purchased at the Alamo Store in San Antonio, and the Missions store at the San José Mission. (see links for directions)
The Collage shown in the photo was created at the request of the Alamo Gift Store, showing the Alamo in the center surrounded by each of the Missions in Black and White. It sells matted or with a beautiful solid-wood frame.
These are all reasonably priced for retail, and can be ordered by calling us or the Alamo.
Phil Collins Collection Donated
Recently, musician Phil Collins has announced that he will turn over his lifelong collection of related artifacts to the Alamo. Fantastic that he worked on this for so many years. Art and History have always benefited from passionate collectors. Here’s a clip of the press conference.
In July of 2014 I started uploading a daily Landscape Photo to my Facebook Business Page. Please visit me on Facebook. No Account or Sign-in is needed.
It may sound like an unlikely topic, but in the business of Landscape photography, transportation is an important consideration. I’ve gone from different size trucks to this final unexpected choice. The Toyota Prius, with fold-down back seats and 50mpg has made it an extremely cost-effective and flexible car.
Even if the money were of no concern I wouldn’t fly all the time. I enjoy seeing the countryside and exploring a bit.
Based in Dallas Texas, I’ve driven the Prius all over Texas, the American Southwest, California, as well as to New Hampshire, Maine, and the Florida Keys. In this article I thought it would be fun to show the experience and some of the statistics, and maybe make a case for the benefits of a hybrid in Outdoor and Landscape Photography. Of course there is at least one downside as well, and I’ll go into that.
Ok, I know I’m late to the party! To make a long story short I thought I could just tough it out. But, as I found out, it wasn’t necessarily possible or even worth it. I’m talking about the load of gear us Photographers take when doing Outdoor Photography. Personally, I do Landscapes, but lots of you do travel, sports, nature, or just family stuff and end up with a 25lb camera bag.
For some quick background, like many I’ve been through numerous camera bags, camera systems, and tripods. The camera system changes are extremely tricky as we are trying to find gear that meets our technical requirements, and unfortunately, most of us love the technology and get sucked into making changes for some pie-in-the-sky solution to all of our problems. I won’t go any further as I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun.
I started with Nikon 35mm stuff, ending up with all kinds of glass, from fisheye to 400mm. Many of you can relate. Not only is the bag heavy with glass and super-duper camera bodies, the tripod and ballhead to hold these things are massive and heavy.
When I finally moved to just doing Landscapes professionally, I sold everything and moved up to Medium Format Digital, specifically Phase One. I bought the 45mm, 80mm, and 150mm lenses. To put this in perspective – just the body, digital back, and those three lenses weighs in at 9 pounds. Add a laptop, camera bag, batteries, Gps, other gadgets, tripod and ballhead and you can see where this is leading. But I wasn’t done.
After a year of lugging these, the idea of traveling 1000+ miles (I’m based in Dallas) with only one camera body seemed foolish, so I invested in a Cambo technical camera with just one lens, the Schneider 35mm. (21mm equivalent) So if anything happened I had the finest wide-angle money could buy. Much slower to operate, but actually the best quality possible, especially at wide angles. Don’t misunderstand, this was no second-place camera. It’s the ultimate with a slower workflow, and I used it all the time.
The Cambo body with lens is 3 pounds, so all total my current full setup is around 30 pounds. (I know some of you are laughing at me… saying ‘Is that all?’)