Tagged: Austin

Isaiah The Mosaic, The Beginning

April 20th, 2011 Permalink

There’s a new band in Austin with an awesome psychedelic folk sound. You may not have heard of them, but you will. Their name is Isaiah The Mosaic. White Hot Phoenix recently had an opportunity to capture them in their most raw, honest state. Check out the pics below!

There’s a new band in Austin with an awesome psychedelic folk sound. You may not have heard of them, but you will. Their name is Isaiah The Mosaic. White Hot Phoenix recently had an opportunity to capture them in their most raw, honest state. Check out the pics below!

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Hunting Season | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

Three young ladies and a skeleton ride in the back of an El Camino down Sixth Street in Austin, Texas for the 27th annual Viva La Vida Dia de los Muertos Festival and Parade.

La Calavera Catrina | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

Chalk art of La Calavera Catrina at the Dia de los Muertos prefestivites at Saltillo Plaza on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX.

Have some candy! | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A group of children in the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX toss candy to spectators from a float.

Daughter of Mexico | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A participant in Frida Kahlo calavera makeup at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

A giant papier maiche likeness of Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa at the 2010 Viva La Vida fest.

Bejeweled Calavera | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A participant in calavera makeup at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

Ay Chihuahua!! | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

An adorable long-haired chihuahua poses for us at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX.

Green Head | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A papier-maiche skull used as a prop in the 2010 Dia de los Muertos Viva La Vida parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

Death’s Celebration | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

Children throw candy from their float at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

BP You KILL Me | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A parade participant representing codepink.org expresses her opinion on British Petroleum and the Gulf Oil spill at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX.

Catrina Alive | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010
A participant dressed as la Calavera Catrina at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

Pancho | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

Uniquely Dead | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

Participants from all walks of life gather for the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

An El Camino in the Dia De Los Muertos parade on October 23, 2010 in Austin, Texas


Cherry Blossom Calavera | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010
A participant dressed as la Calavera Catrina at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX


Frida! | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A giant papier-mache likeness of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo used as a prop for the 2010 Viva La Vida parade on October 23, 2010.


The Dead Just Wanna Have Fun | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A hula-hooping participant at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX.

Remembrance | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010
Two young girls in calavera makeup carry a photo of their grandfather in Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

Azteca | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

People young and old came to celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Mexic-Arte museum’s Viva La Vida Fest and parade on October 23, 2010 in Austin, Tx.

Flower Girl | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A participant dressed as la Calavera Catrina at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

The Rainbow Kid | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

A young participant dressed as la Calavera at the Dia de los Muertos parade on 10/23/2010 in Austin, TX

Caballero | Dia de los Muertos Austin 2010

Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl performs a narrative dance, La Danza de los Viejitos (dance of the old men), during the festivites of Viva La Vida Fest, Austin’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration and parade on October 23, 2010 at Saltillo Plaza in Austin’s east side.

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. :)

Toy Joy | Austin, Texas Toy Store | 4 HDR Photos

September 22nd, 2010 Permalink

We rented a Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye Nikon mount lens for our D300 back in August from the fantastic folks over at BorrowLenses.com. Amazingly fast shipping and above & beyond customer service. Highly recommended! These are some photos of the awesome Austin toy store, Toy Joy!  This store was one of the first things that enticed […]

We rented a Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye Nikon mount lens for our D300 back in August from the fantastic folks over at BorrowLenses.com. Amazingly fast shipping and above & beyond customer service. Highly recommended! These are some photos of the awesome Austin toy store, Toy Joy!  This store was one of the first things that enticed me to migrate to Austin and remains one of my favourite places in the city to visit. It’s on the corner of Guadalupe and West 29th St on the edge of the UT campus. Please check out their website over at http://www.toyjoy.com! I know you’ll have fun!

Almost Home | Austin, Texas Landscape HDR Photo

June 30th, 2010 Permalink

While traveling to my home, a place I draw great inspiration and comfort from, this is the vista that you see as you near the end of your journey. Always a delightful sight near sunset, the misty hills of West Austin and Bee Caves are still in this photo. This was taken just after a […]

While traveling to my home, a place I draw great inspiration and comfort from, this is the vista that you see as you near the end of your journey. Always a delightful sight near sunset, the misty hills of West Austin and Bee Caves are still in this photo. This was taken just after a storm system made it’s way across central Texas yesterday and dumped 11 inches of rain.

Emerald City | Austin, Texas Rainbow HDR Photograph

June 29th, 2010 Permalink

Buy Print We had massive storms in Austin today. It rained all day long and I walked around downtown all day with my socks soaked. Have I ever mentioned how much I love having dry socks? I do. It’s fantastic. Anyway, it rained. Hard. I had to work late too and that’s never fun. I’m […]


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We had massive storms in Austin today. It rained all day long and I walked around downtown all day with my socks soaked. Have I ever mentioned how much I love having dry socks? I do. It’s fantastic. Anyway, it rained. Hard. I had to work late too and that’s never fun. I’m glad I did today though because had I rushed home the way I normally do, I would have never gotten the glimpse of a rainbow on my way home as the clouds were breaking. When I first saw it I thought “oh cool, a rainbow.” I wasn’t particularly thrilled about it and wasn’t planning to photograph it. However, I kept watching as I drove further south on Mopac and watched in amazement as the rainbow grew brighter and changed position with my perspective as I traveled. I knew that I couldn’t pass up the shot when I approached an overpass reaching over the highway. I exited and impatiently hurried the unreasonably slow driver in front of me out of my way and made it to a place where I could park my car. Grabbed the camera and tripod and started shooting away at what turned out to be a double rainbow reaching directly into the city. I took a few shots and I guess people saw me on the road below because more and more people started coming up to the overpass to take photos with point and shoots and camera phones. On my way home I stopped and grabbed a few photos out on Southwest Parkway that I plan to publish in the next few days. :) Hope you like it!

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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Sunday at the Zilker Botanical Gardens | Austin, TX | 6 Photos

June 21st, 2010 Permalink

This weekend Gabe and I (yes, this is Amanda speaking for the first time!) went to the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, TX. We got up nice and early and made it there when the morning air was still cool and refreshing. Here are some of the shots we got! I’m going to start off […]

This weekend Gabe and I (yes, this is Amanda speaking for the first time!) went to the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, TX. We got up nice and early and made it there when the morning air was still cool and refreshing. Here are some of the shots we got!

I’m going to start off with my personal favorite of the set of photos we edited. This image is two separate edited images cropped and arranged together in such a way as to highlight the striking similarities between them. The top image features a butterfly dining on a lovely Echinacea, while the bottom image shows a brilliantly blue dragonfly resting on a water lily. If you know the exact species of any of these insects or plants, please let us know in the comments!

This next picture was something we captured as we first entered the garden. This Kapok tree was situated in the parking lot just outside of the entrance, and its spiky bark caught my eye. The colors are slightly enhanced, but the bark was truly a greenish-blue color. Really wicked looking.

This next one just takes my breath away. The lotus is such an amazing flower! That seed pod in the middle is like something out of a fairy tale, and you can just barely see a little bee hiding in the back. This beautiful flower was part of the prehistoric garden, definitely one of my faves.

These little guys were also in the prehistoric garden, right next to the huge waterfall. I really loved the brightness of the pollen in these flowers. I could imagine what an easy target that would make for a bee on the lookout.

Several of these beautiful Easter lilies lined the pathway into the prehistoric garden. I love the flecks of yellow pollen on the white petals. And check out the awesome spider web in the upper right corner! That’s some cool shit!

Last but certainly not least, this pseudo (one image) HDR of the pond in the zen garden is tough competition for my favorite photo of this set. I only wish more of the water lilies had been in bloom.

We also took several time-lapse videos of the gardens, for your viewing pleasure. We hope you enjoyed joining us on our visit to the Zilker Botanical Gardens!

Zilker Zen Garden from White Hot Phoenix on Vimeo.

Leslie Cochran

June 19th, 2010 Permalink

Famous Austinite Leslie Cochran on 6th Street during the 2010 Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally. June 11, 2010. He’s Austin’s resident homeless, cross-dressing mayoral candidate. He invited me to his birthday party while I was talking with him. Great fun!

Famous Austinite Leslie Cochran on 6th Street during the 2010 Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally. June 11, 2010. He’s Austin’s resident homeless, cross-dressing mayoral candidate. He invited me to his birthday party while I was talking with him. Great fun!