Barry Armer Photography: Blog http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Barry Armer Photography (Barry Armer Photography) Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:49:00 GMT Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:49:00 GMT http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u262922722-o210671480-50.jpg Barry Armer Photography: Blog http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog 90 120 #1026. Feeding Frenzy http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2016/1/-1026-feeding-frenzy A shrimper throws small fish and shrimp overboard to eagerly awaiting pelicans in a feeding frenzy.  To me this scene illustrates a great example of "gesture" in photography.  "Gesture" in photography as defined by photographer Jay Maisel are "those qualities that distinguish a particular subject from the archetypal."  To me the distinguishing qualities in this image are light, texture, composition, and storytelling.

Title:  "Feeding Frenzy"

  "Feeding Frenzy""Feeding Frenzy"A shrimper throws small fish and shrimp overboard to awaiting Pelicans in a feeding frenzy.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Galveston feeding frenzy pelicans shrimper square square format texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2016/1/-1026-feeding-frenzy Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:48:45 GMT
#1025. The Fixer-Upper http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2016/1/-1025-the-fixer-upper A pier in Rockport, Texas struggles to keep it's head above the Little Bay water line!  There are a little over three zillion piers in the Fulton / Rockport area penetrating the waters of Little Bay, Aransas Bay, and Copono Bay.  Like people there are all different kinds each with their own personality.  They vary in length, width, age, type of construction and in usability.  To me this one tells a tale of survival and I appreciate that it has "fought the good fight" and for the most part still serves it's intended purpose albeit while requiring more determination on the part of the current day user than in days gone by.

Title:  "The Fixer-Upper"

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(Barry Armer Photography) Rockport Rockport, Texas moody pier http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2016/1/-1025-the-fixer-upper Wed, 06 Jan 2016 03:53:01 GMT
#1024. The Dona Celita http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2016/1/-1024-the-dona-celita This is the motor vessel Dona Celita docked at Fulton, Harbor in Fulton, Texas.  To me this photo is all about textures:  The textures in the layers of paint on the shrimp boat, the reflection of those textures in the harbor water, and the texture in the clouds.

Title:  "The Dona Celita"

"Dona Celita""Dona Celita"The shrimp boat "Dona Celita" docked in Fulton Harbor.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Celita Dona Celita Fulton HDR coastal harbor shrimp boat texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2016/1/-1024-the-dona-celita Sat, 02 Jan 2016 17:54:19 GMT
#1023. Breakwater Parking http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1023-breakwater-parking Taken a couple of weekends ago at Fulton Harbor in Fulton, Texas.

I've been commenting lately on why I like each of the images I post.  As much as anything this is an exercise to help me recognize elements of photography that appeal to me in any given photograph.  I hope this eventually helps me to identify a "style" of photography that I can hang my hat on.  It's hard to develop any kind of meaningful personal branding without a recognizable "style".  It also helps me in my effort to grow as a photography judge, a position I hold in the local photo club I belong to (Bay Area Photo Club in Houston, Texas).  It can be difficult in an open critique forum to provide meaningful feedback without this kind of practice.

In this photo I appreciate the color palette and tonality of the texture, and the leading lines and repeating shapes along the horizon.  I also like the circular ripples in the water of the foreground which add interest and implied movement to an otherwise static scene. 

Title:  "Breakwater Parking"

"Breakwater Parking""Breakwater Parking"Shrimp boats docked along the breakwater at Fulton Harbor in Fulton, TX.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Fulton Fulton, Texas HDR boats breakwater shrimp boats texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1023-breakwater-parking Wed, 30 Dec 2015 03:13:10 GMT
#1022. Margie Coming at You http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1022-margie-coming-at-you Taken a few weekends ago at Rockport Harbor in Rockport, Texas.  I find this image interesting because of two main compositional elements:  Symmetry and Tension.  The symmetry is obvious being the left and right hand sides of the boat.  The tension derives from the positioning of the boat within the frame; any movable object pointed at you introduces the idea that the object is moving toward you and restraints of the ropes and the obstacle of the dock provide opposition to create the dynamic tension.

Title:  "Margie Coming at You"

"Margie Coming at You""Margie Coming at You"The shrimp boat Margie at dock in Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Texas.

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(Barry Armer Photography) HDR Margie Rockport Rockport, TX dynamic tension shrimp boat texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1022-margie-coming-at-you Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:24:23 GMT
#1021. A Christmas Stocking as Old as Me http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1021-a-christmas-stocking-as-old-as-me MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BARRY ARMER PHOTOGRAPHY!!

This is a photo of the Christmas stocking my grandmother made for me.  I'm sure she finished it before my first Christmas so I always consider it to be the same age as me which makes it an antique by any standard! :-)  It's very precious of me because it reminds me of her which in turn reminds me of all my grandparents and thinking of them always fills my heart to overflowing!

Title:  "A Christmas Stocking as Old as Me"

"Christmas Stocking""Christmas Stocking"A Christmas stocking.

 

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(Barry Armer Photography) Christmas Christmas stocking http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1021-a-christmas-stocking-as-old-as-me Fri, 25 Dec 2015 14:35:43 GMT
#1020. Emma http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1020-emma I really don't practice portraiture enough which is a shame considering that 1) portraiture is the bread and butter of many photographers and 2) I have a beautiful daughter willing to pose for me.  Time to start practicing again!  We made this image at Goose Island State Park in Lamar, Texas a couple of weekends ago.  I love the lighting and pose and the organic feel of the image.

Title:  "Emma"

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(Barry Armer Photography) Emma Portrait http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1020-emma Thu, 24 Dec 2015 02:15:15 GMT
#1019. Rarin' to Go http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1019-rarin-to-go A pair of shrimp boats docked in Fulton Harbor, Fulton, TX.  To me this image creates some dynamic tension as I imagine the two boats lined up at the starting line of race.  In this instance the "race" is to be the first to find the location with the most shrimp in Aransas Bay.

Title:  "Rarin' to Go"

"Rarin' to Go""Rarin' to Go"Sunrise shot of shrimp boats in Fulton Harbor, Fulton, Texas.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Fulton Fulton, TX HDR Shrimp Boat Shrimper dynamic tension sunrise http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1019-rarin-to-go Mon, 21 Dec 2015 04:44:07 GMT
#1018. Fulton Santa http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1018-fulton-santa Last night to the delight of everyone present Santa visited Fulton, TX as part of the city's two day Christmas celebration.

Title:  "Fulton Santa"

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(Barry Armer Photography) Fulton Fulton, TX Santa http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1018-fulton-santa Sat, 19 Dec 2015 03:08:55 GMT
#1017. Ireshko http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1017-ireshko A sunrise shot of the shrimp boat Ireshko at dock in Fulton Harbor in Fulton, TX.  To me the unexpected hero of this shot is the length of rope in the foreground.  The rope adds interest in the foreground without distracting from the main subject of the image.  More than not distracting it compliments the the image by first in nature by being iconically nautical and second in form by being roughly parallel to the boat.  Or maybe I'm overthinking it? :-)

Title:  "Ireshko"

"Ireshko""Ireshko"The shrimp boat Ireshko at dock in Fulton Harbor in Fulton, TX.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Fulton Fulton Harbor HDR Ireshko texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1017-ireshko Thu, 17 Dec 2015 02:29:54 GMT
#1016. Whooper http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1015-whooper A Whooping Crane in flight.  Taken this morning on 8th street in Lamar, TX with photographer Kelvin Murphy.  This is my first attempt at photographing these rare birds and Kelvin Murphy had us set up is perfect position to get this shot just before heavy cloud cover rolled in and ended our abbreviated photo shoot.

Title:  "Whooper"

"Whooper""Whooper"A Whooping Crane flyover at Lamar, Texas.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Crane Lamar Lamar, TX Whooping Crane http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1015-whooper Wed, 16 Dec 2015 01:37:34 GMT
#1015. Richard Richard http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1015-richard-richard Taken this morning at Fulton Harbor in Fulton, Texas.  It was calm and clear this morning which made for perfect conditions to study reflections.  I positioned my camera along the bulkhead do get a head on view of Richard and Richard's reflection.  Like many of my shots this is an HDR image (a composite of the same image taken at three different exposures) finished off with my new favorite photography software (Topaz Texture Effects).

Title:  "Richard Richard"

"Richard and Richard""Richard and Richard"The shrimp boat Richard at dock in Fulton Harbor on a calm and clear morning made for studying reflections.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Fulton Fulton, TX HDR M/V Richard Richard shrimp boat shrimper texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1015-richard-richard Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:56:39 GMT
#1014. Sunrise Surprise http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1014-sunrise-surprise Taken this morning in Rockport, Texas from Fulton Beach Road across from Rockport Beach.  The surprise was that there was a sunrise at all!  I took this photo and about one minute later clouds rolled in to fill the gap that had allowed some color into my shot!  It feels good to get lucky every once in a while.

Title:  "Sunrise Surprise"

"Sunrise Surprise""Sunrise Surprise"A "surprise" sunrise on an otherwise overcast morning along Fulton Beach Road in Rockport, Texas.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Christmas Christmas Tree HDR Rockport Rockport Beach sunrise texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1014-sunrise-surprise Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:38:16 GMT
#1013. Tropical Christmas http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1013-tropical-christmas Taken last weekend at Rockport's "Tropical" Christmas Festival.  If you've ever tried photographing fireworks you know it takes a combination of luck and skill, mostly luck.  If you decide to try it do not get discouraged:  If you're lucky and have a modicum of Photoshop skills you can create a very successful image.

Title:  "Tropical Christmas"

"Tropical Christmas""Tropical Christmas"A fireworks display over Little Bay in Rockport Texas. This show was one of the events at the Rockport Tropical Christmas Festival.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Christmas Fireworks Rockport night night photography tropical Christmas Festival http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1013-tropical-christmas Fri, 11 Dec 2015 04:09:12 GMT
#1012. Margie http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1012-margie The shrimp boat "Margie" at dock in Rockport Harbor (Rockport, Texas).  Taken on a cloudy morning this image shows how I use HDR (High Dynamic Range) and other post processing techniques to bring out the exact amount of contrast and details needed to end up with wonderful image in spite of less that perfect lighting conditions.  Composition-wise, I love the geometry of this photo (dock and boat angles) and of course the reflections on the water.

Title:  "Margie"

"Margie Too""Margie Too"The shrimp boat "Margie" at dock in Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Texas.

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(Barry Armer Photography) HDR Margie Rockport Rockport, Texas boat shrimp boat texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1012-margie Sat, 05 Dec 2015 19:13:19 GMT
#1011. "Those Eyes" http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1011-those-eyes Whatever the artistic medium, when it comes to portraits the eyes tell the story!  The artist here clearly decided to begin his / her work of art with the all-important eyes!

Title:  "Those Eyes"

"Those Eyes""Those Eyes"An in-progress portrait in chalk at the 2015 Via Colori.festival in downtown Houston.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Houston Houston Arts Via Colori art chalk art http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/-1011-those-eyes Fri, 04 Dec 2015 23:27:01 GMT
#1010. "Mom's and Margie" http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/-1010-moms-and-margie Iconic Rockport, Texas bait shop "Mom's" and the shrimp boat "Margie" at Rockport Harbor.

"Mom's and Margie""Mom's and Margie"Iconic Rockport, Texas bait shop "Mom's" and the shrimp boat "Margie" at Rockport Harbor.

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(Barry Armer Photography) HDR Margie Mom's Bait Shop Rockport Rockport, Texas texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/-1010-moms-and-margie Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:53:29 GMT
#1009. Joined at the Hip http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/-1009-joined-at-the-hip The Marianita and Don Angel shrimp boats at Fulton Harbor, in Fulton, Texas. Presumably for a little extra stability, the two boats are tethered together by a single rope between their outrigger superstructures.

Title:  "Joined at the Hip"

"Joined at the Hip""Joined at the Hip"The Marianita and Don Angel shrimp boats at Fulton Harbor, in Fulton, Texas. Presumably for a little extra stability, the two boats are tethered together by a single rope between their outrigger superstructures.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Fulton Fulton Harbor Fulton, Texas Shrimp Boats texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/-1009-joined-at-the-hip Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:03:37 GMT
#1008. View from City Hall http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/-1008-view-from-city-hall A shot taken from City Hall during the Via Colori event in downtown Houston last weekend.

"View from City Hall""View from City Hall"A shot taken from City Hall during the Via Colori event in downtown Houston.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Downtown Houston Houston Via Colori fisheye street photography texture http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/-1008-view-from-city-hall Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:41:21 GMT
#1007. Via Colori #1 http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/-1007-via-colori-1 A street artist works on a chalk drawing at the Via Colori event in downtown Houston.

Title:  "Via Colori #1"

"Via Colori #1""Via Colori #1"A street artist works on a chalk drawing at the Via Colori event in downtown Houston.

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(Barry Armer Photography) Chalk Chalk drawing Houston Street Artist Via Colori http://www.barryarmerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/-1007-via-colori-1 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:11:48 GMT