Close up of African violet using extension tubes and Nikon D750 DSLR

Violets and Extension Tubes

Another rainy day and I was itching to do something with my camera. I noticed that my girlfriend’s African violets were really blooming, so I decided get the extension tubes and do some close-up pictures. I have a set of relatively cheap extension tubes by Kenko. They are basically hollow tubes with no optical element of any kind that serve to separate your lens from … Continue reading Violets and Extension Tubes

Austin Texas Downtown wide angle

A New 14mm Lens

I got a new lens! I got a wide angle lens primarily for night sky photography. I wanted something wide and fast so I can get the dim stars across wide sections of the sky. The lens I purchased was the Rokinon SP 14mm f/2.4. There were lenses that are considered better, but they are more expensive. I researched, read reviews, and determined this is … Continue reading A New 14mm Lens

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Hiking at Balcones Canyonlands

Most of my posts are about photography but this one will be about hiking as well. Winter in central Texas is really ideal hiking weather. The temperatures are very mild, usually not getting above 70°F and It doesn’t rain much in January. Contrast this to July and August, during which daytime temperatures can hit well over 100°F in the afternoon, which takes all the fun … Continue reading Hiking at Balcones Canyonlands

Silhouette of a tree at twilight at Inks Lake Texas


I have been in a quest to understand what makes a good landscape photo. One thing that comes up every where I look is simplicity, or a lack of unnecessary objects in the composition. This could be wayward power lines, tree branches, trash, whatever clutters up a photograph and detracts from the composition. I started looking at my landscape photos with this in mind so … Continue reading Simplicity

Inks Lake sunset in HDR

Back to Inks Lake State Park

I set out on an unsuccessful trip to Enchanted Rock State Nature Area for hiking and photography in the late afternoon, but when I got there the sign indicated that the park was full and I wouldn’t be allowed in. This park often fills up on the weekend and I didn’t know if I would get in so I had Inks Lake as my backup … Continue reading Back to Inks Lake State Park