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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
With social media being the primary outlet for photographers, it has become common practice for pages, accounts, and websites with large followings to post photographer's images without permission. If an image of yours goes viral it is basically guaranteed it's going to be used in some form without your permission.
I encourage people to experiment with their editing. Post processing software is essential in bringing life to digital images. One thing I see way too much of from people though is oversaturating the heck out of their pictures.
Photography is art and colors are pretty. I get it. When first learning photography I had a brief period where my images were way over edited. It can be tempting to slide those vibrance and saturation levels up, but at what point is it too much?
Having a baby early is the most frightening experience I have been through . Nothing else has even come close.
August 22, 2015 felt like a normal day. Savannah, Chase, and I were at the grocery store that evening when Savannah felt a "pop", her water broke. I feared we had lost our daughter, she wasn't due for 10 more weeks.
I feel pretty stupid. I guess I got tunnel vision. I've always thought seeing twin tornadoes would be incredible. I never imagined it would happen in the month of December. I especially never imagined I wouldn't realize it until 14 days after seeing them, while writing this blog post.
Storm chasers Zach Roberts, Savannah Williams, and Jason Weingart launched a Kickstarter at the beginning of January in an attempt to help fund their new book, which breaks down the dynamics that drive severe weather. With 3 days remaining in the 30 day campaign, the trio has managed to raise just under $40,000.
We've all seen the pictures that look like the sky is short circuiting. Some people hate them, but I get a crazy response when I create these. It seems like every time I post one, I get several messages from people asking how to do this process. I've been promising to put this tutorial together forever, so here goes.
Ever wonder how to get that perfect image of lightning exploding from the sky? Read this comprehensive guide to photographing lightning, and you will be ready to take shocking images of lightning in no time.
In May 2014, Savannah and I decided to spend the weekend in Marfa, Texas. She had always wanted to visit the town, and I was curious about the Marfa Mystery Lights. Coincidentally, the only chance for decent storms that weekend happened to be in southwest Texas. We got up in the morning, packed the car, and hit the road for Marfa.
Happy Independence Day! Taking photos of fireworks is a lot like shooting lightning. Both require a long exposure, change quickly, and are very bright. They both can also make EXTREMELY BORING images if not handled properly. There are millions of images of fireworks floating around online, what are you going to do to make yours different?
I've always been a big fan of horror movies, and one of my favorite series is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so when I discovered the house from the 2003 Michael Bay film was just one county away, I had to go see it. After a few minutes on Google, I found the exact location of the house and a few blog posts and videos from people that had already gone. The first thing that caught my attention was a sign that read, " PRIVATE PROPERTY & ROAD. KEEP OUT OR GO TO JAIL OR WORSE. REST IN PEACE"