Silent solstice, but for the padding of feet on the path.

You never know where candids will take you. I was trying out some new-to-me lenses on my Canon F1 at Menil Park, and I saw these two men playing some fabulous standards on guitar. We started talking, and one of them offered up that the instruments were made by his friend, Michael. At that point I knew I had just met someone perfect for the Meet Your Maker Monday series, and told him about covering Houston makers in the profiles.

Here's a link to the final post on Houston Makerspace:

It's not about planning.

I'd been up with my girlfriend and her friend visiting from Chicago since 3am shooting a bike race that started at 4am. Our visitor Diana wanted to see the sunrise in Houston. We had regrouped back at the house and it hit me that seeing James Turrell's Skyspace at Rice University would be a unique way to experience first light.

Fog had been rolling around overnight, and it was still there when we arrived at Twilight Epiphany. I was able to capture the mist wrapping around the installation from a few angles while we walked around and inside the space.

Back to planning and serendipity. If we had gone straight to Rice after the race, we probably would have had issues getting in. A Campus Police officer saw us when we arrived, and let us know that there was an active alarm in the space. They were able to let someone know we were there, and we had a good view inside watching the light show without incident.

The golden hour is a wonderful time to shoot. But that light that comes when rain clears and the sun returns, bouncing off all of the water on the streets and buildings can be pretty magic as well. Shot with a Canon 5D MkIII and 85mm f/1.2L II at f/2.0.
Testing lens focus on a dragonfly while holding 4.5 pounds worth of camera and glass with a Canon 5D mkIII and 85mm f/1.2L II. Luckily the insect was a patient subject.

Sometimes crunch just calls to me. I saw this number on a cracked curb and the next thing I knew I was sitting in the street taking a picture of it.

I took this shot of Patrick Renner working on his Funnel Tunnel sculpture in Houston with a 90mm tilt-shift. There's something about the colors of the work reflected in his glasses that caught my eye.

Distillation of an event down to one photo.

2:12 brought a detailed piece of work for the "Street Smarts" show, along with a QR tag that linked to a time lapse video of the production of that work. My friend Marisa had pulled up the video to watch on her phone, and I peeked over her shoulder to catch this image.

Canon EOS 1v, 50mm f/1.4, Kodak Gold 200

After hanging forty photos and fourteen works of original art, the space at East End Studio Gallery was ready for the show. We had a good turnout that night, and managed to find homes for some of the work. Seeing everyone attend made the effort of pulling everything together worthwhile.

Thank you to all the artists who participated. It's your work featured in some of these photos, and it seemed like a good fit to pair off the photos with those originals in the show.

I wanted to slow down at the opening with my picture taking, so I brought my Canon EOS 1v with me to capture candids. The film was Kodak Gold 200 and Ilford Delta 3200. A friend saw the 1v I was using and thought it looked brand new; the body is in amazing condition. I'm glad someone brought it in to Camera Co-Op, where I picked it up.

You can view all the images from the opening on Flickr.

I used my first gen Canon F1 recently with a roll of Kodak Ektar 100. The lenses abused on this tour were a 50mm f/1.2 and a 28mm f/2.8. I've had the camera for at least twenty years now, and the controls still feel natural like they did the first time I picked it up. I haven't serviced or cleaned the camera in years and everything still works rather well. I should be nice to the rig and bring it in for some work so it lasts me another twenty years.

View the set of pix from this camera on Flickr.