Where to See the Best Bluebonnets in 2018

Where to See the Best Bluebonnets in 2018

2017 was an interesting year for Texas Bluebonnets. Overall, it was a good but not great season. An early onset to spring brought on two distinct blooms. If you knew where to look, there were excellent fields for about 6 weeks, from early March through mid-April. Northern Texas still had blooms hanging around in late April. The roadsides were good in spots but levels of coverage were below what we had seen over the last several seasons.

How to Photograph Auroras

How to Photograph Auroras

Photographing Northern Lights can seem like a daunting task. Planning to shoot this phenomenon can require combining a little bit of astronomy with meteorology. You will need some clear skies. Looking at a basic local forecast, you wouldn't want to see more than 50% cloud coverage. If the forecast looks clear, get an aurora map and you will be good to go. 

2017 Through My Lens

2017 Through My Lens

2017 was an absolutely incredible year. I was fortunate enough to witness some unbelievable storms, stunning landscapes, and even crossed a few phenomenon off my list including the Total Solar Eclipse and Northern Lights!

Chasing Killer Tornadoes in East Texas

Chasing Killer Tornadoes in East Texas

On  April 29, 2017, I was chasing supercells through Van Zandt County with my wife, Savannah Weingart and friend, Matt Phelps. We saw the storm in its initial stages south of the town of Malakov. The environment was so heavily sheared it immediately began rotating and quickly had a tornado warning issued for it.

Torando sirens blared as we followed the wall cloud through town. We drove northeast reposition as the storm was moving quickly.

Where to See the Best Bluebonnets in 2017

Where to See the Best Bluebonnets in 2017

Current signs are pointing to an above average bluebonnet season for the Texas Hill Country. As we transitioned from El Nino to La Nina, winter temperatures returned to a more seasonably cooler normal, with a few weeks of very cold temperatures. We have also seen some precipitation over the last few weeks with many areas receiving three to four inches.

Meet the World's Youngest Storm Chaser

Meet the World's Youngest Storm Chaser

Being face to face with an EF-3 tornado is all in a days work for second grader Chase.  At age 7, he has already witnessed a dozen tornadoes on storm chases in Texas, Florida and Kansas

Ten New Year's Resolutions to Make You a Better Photographer

Ten New Year's Resolutions to Make You a Better Photographer

2016 was by far the most successful year for my career in photography, which should be expected as each year you gain knowledge and confidence. The jump I saw in my income from my photography was astronomical.  This was the first year that I didn't have to work a side job to make ends meet, all income came directly from my photographic work. One of my biggest issues was that I used to wait to be inspired, but now I find inspiration in my progress.

Best of 2016

Best of 2016

2016 was an exceptional year for my career and photographic work. For the first time, I focused my entire year on creating timelapses (see video below).

My first book, The Anatomy of Severe Weather was released in February. After spending much of 2015 working on the book, it was nice to get out and shoot more often.

How to Photograph the Moon

How to Photograph the Moon

On November 14, 2016 the moon will be at its closest point to Earth since 1948. This will cause the moon to appear bigger and brighter than it typically does. 

Photographers of any skill level can capture the moon. It just takes some planning and the proper equipment

Ten Most Terrifying Abandoned Places in Texas

Ten Most Terrifying Abandoned Places in Texas

Texas is home to many fantasticly frightening places. If you're looking for a Halloween scare that also makes a great photo op, here are ten of my favorite abandoned places I have photographed during my time exploring the state. 

How to Photograph Meteors

How to Photograph Meteors

Everything You Need to Know to Photograph the Prolific 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

The 2016 Perseid Meteor shower peaks this weekend and astronomers believe it could be a shower for the ages with rates up to 200 meteors per hour. Perseid meteors are small pieces of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Usually Earth grazes the edge of this debris, but thanks to the gravitational pull of Jupiter, this year we will plow straight through the middle of it. 

Severe Weather Safety in the Lone Star State

Severe Weather Safety in the Lone Star State

As April wears on we are getting deeper into the heart of severe weather season in the state of Texas. This state is no stranger to violent weather systems causing scores of fatalities. In 2015, 24 Texans perished during the Memorial Day Floods, while 11 lost their lives in tornadoes on December 26th (8 in Garland alone). 

Twelve Tips for Taking Perfect Bluebonnet Pictures

Twelve Tips for Taking Perfect Bluebonnet Pictures

Bluebonnet season is here and the roadsides and fields are quickly filling in with wildflowers! Whether you decide to make your own images or hire a professional (ahem,) these tips will help you be sure your bluebonnet family photos will be the best they can be. 

When History Dies

When History Dies

One thing about photography that I find interesting is its ability to cause us to become emotionally invested in places that we would otherwise have no connection to. Locations where we take images become important to us through the resulting photography.

The Ten Best Stargazing Spots in Texas

The Ten Best Stargazing Spots in Texas

The stars at night, shine big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. But where do they shine the biggest and brightest? Here is my list of the top spots in the state to take in the night sky. 

The Complete Guide to Shooting the Milky Way

The Complete Guide to Shooting the Milky Way

The galactic center of the Milky Way is beginning to be visible in the Northern Hemisphere before dawn, as it rises on the southeast horizon. It will retroactively be visible for longer durations as the year wears on through October, when it aligns closer with the sun and is no longer visible.

Shooting the Milky Way can be very challenging, yet rewarding. The following will teach you everything you need to know to go out and capture your own view of our galaxy. 

The Ten Best Spots in Texas to See Bluebonnets in 2016.

The Ten Best Spots in Texas to See Bluebonnets in 2016.

During Spring, fields of bluebonnets can be spotted throughout central, southeast and east Texas. Many of the state's major highways are lined with bluebonnets and other wildflowers during this time of year, making for some incredibly scenic drives. Over the years, the wild population has been supplemented with planted parcels of bluebonnets. So, if you're looking to see blooming bluebonnets in Texas, what's the best spot to look?

RAW vs. JPEG. Why your photos NEED to be shot in RAW.

RAW vs. JPEG. Why your photos NEED to be shot in RAW.

New photographers often question which shooting format better fits their needs. There are a ton of articles out there that delve deep into the technical aspects of the two, but I have found that photographers learn best by seeing actual examples of subjects they are interested in shooting. 

Yes, As a Matter of Fact, You ARE in My Shot

Yes, As a Matter of Fact, You ARE in My Shot

I'm a pretty easy going guy. I see people do really stupid things all the time, but I usually just let it go. One thing has been irritating me for years though and I'm finally about to go off on it: people walking into my frame while I'm shooting. This is an incredibly rude and inconsiderate thing to do. There's nothing quite as infuriating as somebody walking straight in front of my camera and it happens constantly.

Win a FREE signed, first edition of The Anatomy of Severe Weather

Win a FREE signed, first edition of The Anatomy of Severe Weather

2,000 copies are currently being unloaded from a cargo ship in Los Angeles. First shipments of the book will be rolling out beginning mid February. You can order from Weathersnapshot. It retails for $99.99 (plus tax and shipping, but you can win your very own FREE signed, first edition copy right here! Simply follow the two steps below and you're registered. The winner will be announced Monday, February 1st at 7pm CST.