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2010: The Emergence Of The Phoenix | A Year In Photos | Part 1 of 3

February 20th, 2011 Permalink

2010 has been an amazing year. There has been so much love, so much fun, and so many photos. Friends and loved ones have come and gone. Seasons have run their courses. We took a plethora of photos. To give you an idea of the scale of the amount of work we did, our camera […]

2010 has been an amazing year. There has been so much love, so much fun, and so many photos. Friends and loved ones have come and gone. Seasons have run their courses. We took a plethora of photos. To give you an idea of the scale of the amount of work we did, our camera was clicked over 130,000 times! We also created over 400 gigabytes of digital image data. We’d like to take you on a month by month recap of our work this year and wethink it might take a while, so let’s get started. :) To avoid confusion, I’ll tell you now that descriptions will be posted under the relevant photo.

January

January was tough month for us. Just settling in after a difficult and expensive move, photography was not entirely in our focus. Still fresh on the scene, we had a lot to learn about our selves and our gear.

January 31 2010 – One of our favourite bands, The Blue Hit, played at Stubb’s BBQ indoor stage. The show was great and although there wasn’t much light, we managed to get a few good shots. This one is from the balcony. The Blue Hit was playing in support of their new album Move In. Amanda’s mom had just come to stay with us for a while and the content of the album seemed eerily relevant.

January 18, 2010 – This image was the first image we’d ever sold. The Ballet Austin sign you see in the center of the photo was manufactured by our dear friends at Building Image Group. Charlie Jones, President of Building Image Group has been of immeasurable support to us. He probably is one of the single most important reasons we’ve been able to achieve the success that we have achieved so quickly. He’s given us indispensable advice, paid us generously for our work, introduced us to tons of important contacts, and welcomed us into his family. Thanks Charlie. :) The photo is a High Dynamic Range image of the Ballet Austin building with very dramatic clouds over a yellow and blue sunset. You can also see a waning moon in the upper right corner of the image.

January 24, 2100 – We helped our lifelong friend Erika celebrate her 24th birthday by having a party on her and Kyle’s apartment deck, then dancing the night away at The Highball!

February

February, the month of Love and one of our favourite months. We began work on developing our scented candle company, Lit Candles in February of 2010 and thus we didn’t do much photography. Attempting to start two businesses at once proved to be extremely challenging but we somehow muddled through and gained notoriety in both the candle and photography fields.

February 12, 2010 – We purchased our first macro lens, the Tokina 35mm F2.8 Nikon Mount and promptly took close up pictures of everything we could find. This is a UV spectrum CFL bulb otherwise known as a blacklight. Blacklights are a key component in our studio work.

February 13, 2010 – Continuing the exploration of the capabilities of our macro lens, we ventured into the neighborhood. Behind our house there is a large abandoned, rusting earth mover. Normally people would consider it an eye-sore but it has become, in our minds, an irreplaceable monument. When we first moved to this house, we went to examine this hulking, lifeless piece of construction equipment and we found life all around it and even inside of it. There is a pretty good size tree growing right through the middle of it! We decided it needed a name and thus we dubbed it Brutus. And so it was. This shot is a closeup of some of the scratches in Brutus’ metal body. It’s titled Ancient Wounds.

We also experimented with infared photography in the early part of 2010, a style we will surely explore further in 2011.

Where there’s white light, there’s also a rainbow. :)

This one is titled Life On The Edge Of A Canyon

By the end of February, Spring was just beginning to peek out from the dull browns of Winter and things were notably calmer.

March

March is when things really began picking up for us in regards to photography. The weather got warmer and things got greener and we spent more time outside. We began experimenting with time lapse video and made a short clip of us working in the garden, along with some other scenes. Unique flowers and plants are things we enjoy photographing and there were lots of them to be seen in the spring of 2010.

March 1, 2010 – Gabe began working in downtown Austin every day in this month and architecture became a much more prominent component of his life. This image is of the J. J. Jake Pickle building on 8th street in downtown Austin.

We love to explore the detail of nature!

4 PM on 7th Street, Austin, Texas

In March, we were delighted to find that we had a mature peach tree that was preparing to fruit! Peach blossoms are absolutely breathtaking.

April

April was a pretty quiet month but there were a few fun birthdays! We continued focusing on Lit Candles development in April and even began producing production units with laser etched labels!

Further Down The River | Zilker Botanical Gardens HD Timelapse Preview

October 13th, 2010 Permalink

This video is comprised of around 6,000 still images taken in June and September of 2010. This stubborn video has been in production since June 2010 and I finally got it all stitched together and looking good. I had a lot of trouble rendering this puppy correctly but I think that I learned enough about […]

This video is comprised of around 6,000 still images taken in June and September of 2010.

This stubborn video has been in production since June 2010 and I finally got it all stitched together and looking good. I had a lot of trouble rendering this puppy correctly but I think that I learned enough about the inner workings of the software to counteract my anger about it.

Making these time lapses are some of the most enjoyable things we’ve ever done. To sit alone or with your special someone in the garden early in the soft morning light with the company of a still pond and lotus blossoms makes everything feel right in the world.

We had this song, Aqueous Transmission, in mind while we planned and captured the time lapse sequences. Just listening to it with your eyes closed makes you feel so peaceful. We wanted to convey that feeling in the video and create a tribute to one of our favourite songs.

So as for the video: My computer at home sucks so bad that I wasn’t able to fully preview it. I’m not that happy with the quality in this version but meh, when I finish the whole thing it will be better. :) If anyone has any tips for using Adobe Media Enocoder, I’d be delighted to get some tips.

Environmental Musical City | Panoramic Austin Photograph with Rainbow

September 25th, 2010 Permalink

So, I was having a pretty rough day yesterday. A lot of things didn’t go right at work and otherwise. I had to work late and I was driving from a client’s office back to my office through the roundabout on Riverside in front of the Palmer Center. As I circled the large tree in […]

So, I was having a pretty rough day yesterday. A lot of things didn’t go right at work and otherwise. I had to work late and I was driving from a client’s office back to my office through the roundabout on Riverside in front of the Palmer Center. As I circled the large tree in the roundabout the city came into view and a bold, beautiful rainbow appeared right inbetween two of the main sky scrapers in Austin. I thought to myself, “I wish I had time to stop for that!” and continued driving. When I reached the stoplight, an overwhelming feeling told me I was going to really regret it if I didn’t go back to get this shot. I whipped the car around and there was a single parking space waiting for me right in front of the vantage point I wanted. I grabbed my camera and tripod and rushed out to the middle of the field. I triple checked my settings and started shooting. 17 shots later, this baby was born.

I walked around the trail awhile longer and stopped to take some HDRs. Some joggers came by and a man asked “Did you set that shot up?” and I said “Yeah, I uh, called my friend… God?”. He replied “Well, he’s a good one to know.”

Editing this guy was extremely challenging. At 22377 x 3851 pixels, my computer had a terrible time handling the 776 MB PSD file. Photoshop crashed a million times and of course, I didn’t save often enough. Alas, it finally made it through for the most part and now here it is, ready for you.

The name is taken from a The Go Find song “Sky Window”. Listen here http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/s/Sky+Window/1RBkbh
I think about Austin when I hear those lyrics and I definitely had it in my head when I was shooting this. :)

White Hot 4th of July

July 6th, 2010 Permalink

This year’s summer has been the mildest in my current memory. It’s been dreamlike and fleeting way too fast. This footage was taken on July 4th, 2009 and it is comprised of over 15,000 still images. We used a Nikon D300 shooting continuously at ISO 3200, f/10, 1/50 shutter speed. The film covers about 7 […]

This year’s summer has been the mildest in my current memory. It’s been dreamlike and fleeting way too fast. This footage was taken on July 4th, 2009 and it is comprised of over 15,000 still images. We used a Nikon D300 shooting continuously at ISO 3200, f/10, 1/50 shutter speed. The film covers about 7 hours of time. The music is from The Books. It’s called Be Good To Them Always, from the album Lost And Safe. You should totally check out more of their music. It’s mind-blowing.

Fireworks Party at Mountain Shadows

June 29th, 2010 Permalink

We bought a bunch of sparklers and got a great deal from http://www.halfofffireworks.com in Dripping Springs. Ugh… I’m not really sure why the video quality sucks so bad. I’m working on getting it in HD.

We bought a bunch of sparklers and got a great deal from http://www.halfofffireworks.com in Dripping Springs.

Ugh… I’m not really sure why the video quality sucks so bad. I’m working on getting it in HD. :(

I Am The Highway | ROT Rally 2010 | Austin, Texas

June 26th, 2010 Permalink

Buy Print I started working on this image about two weeks ago. It was one of the first ones I chose to edit from the Republic Of Texas Motorcycle Rally set. I toyed with it for a while and couldn’t really settle on a style that I liked. When I’m first choosing a shot to […]


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I started working on this image about two weeks ago. It was one of the first ones I chose to edit from the Republic Of Texas Motorcycle Rally set. I toyed with it for a while and couldn’t really settle on a style that I liked. When I’m first choosing a shot to morph into a final photographic piece I try several different styles until I find a treatment that really speaks to me. This can be a difficult process and can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several weeks, as is the case with this piece. I finally came back to it this morning and decided to publish it on the blog. I finished the minor editing and loaded into WordPress, but kept struggling with a title for the piece.

As I was writing this blurb I was listening to Audioslave’s self-titled album and then it hit me. I Am The Highway
played and I knew what to name this piece. It was taken on June 11, 2010 on Southwest Parkway in South Austin, Texas.
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Dekay

June 24th, 2010 Permalink

Buy Print Hello everyone, Amanda here again! So, Gabe has been talking lately about how it irritates him when people claim to hate HDR because it isn’t ‘pure’ photography or some nonsense. I’ve been thinking about it more and more as he brings it up, and I still can’t understand their viewpoint. These photography ‘purists’ […]


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Hello everyone, Amanda here again! So, Gabe has been talking lately about how it irritates him when people claim to hate HDR because it isn’t ‘pure’ photography or some nonsense. I’ve been thinking about it more and more as he brings it up, and I still can’t understand their viewpoint. These photography ‘purists’ as they are called have quite a negative view towards the post-processing of photographs. There seems to be some sense that a truly great photographer should be able to take pictures that are absolutely amazing straight out of the camera, with no need for post-processing. This is the purist’s opinion. But the problem with having an opinion about an art form (which photography most certainly is), is that no two people will be the same artist or share the same vision of ‘art’. No two photographers will take the same picture, even if it is of the same subject. Because photography is an art form, the question is not how immaculate of a photo you can create with a single click, but rather, what kind of amazing final image can you present to the viewer after extra work in the dark room (or nowadays, the computer)? Without post-processing, HDR images would not even be possible, as they require a program to stitch together multiple different exposures. The sorts of things that an HDR image can capture, that a normal lighting photograph can not, make a huge difference in the overall light quality of the photograph. HDR lighting is more ethereal and glowing. It provides a more magical feeling, giving reality a surreal edge. As a photographer, having this kind of power over light in a given photograph is exhilarating, and really enables the artist to create his own, personal and unique art. Below is the unedited (no post-processing) version of the above photograph. Which one do you like better?

Mystic Turquoise

June 21st, 2010 Permalink

This horse lives just down the road from us in a nice green pasture with a couple of cows. I saw him standing under a tree one day last week on my way to work and I had to stop and shoot a few frames. I followed him around the outside of the pasture and […]

This horse lives just down the road from us in a nice green pasture with a couple of cows. I saw him standing under a tree one day last week on my way to work and I had to stop and shoot a few frames. I followed him around the outside of the pasture and finally got a clear shot near some trees. I feel like all he’s missing is a horn to look like a unicorn! Amanda put these awesome colours together on the edit.


 

Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset

June 6th, 2010 Permalink

Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset Originally uploaded by whitehotphoenix Blanketed opinions that I’ll probably regret soon… April 26, 2010. Bee Cave, Tx source: http://www.whitehotphoenix.com


Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset

Originally uploaded by whitehotphoenix

Blanketed opinions that I’ll probably regret soon…

April 26, 2010. Bee Cave, Tx

source: http://www.whitehotphoenix.com

In Another Castle

May 27th, 2010 Permalink

Sorry Mario.

Sorry Mario.