Update

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Water Street, Aransas Bay, Sunrise

East of Water Street

I’m going to be up here in Houston most of this week. The weather continues to be a little too dynamic around the Texas Photo Ranch for photography, so I’ll take care of some personal business up here.

This old house in the Houston Heights is starting to look great! The exterior has been painted and the landscape freshened up. The interior is almost finished being painted. We are close to getting this place listed…

Sharon and I spent three or four hours yesterday in the garage. It’s still a mess, but a somewhat more organized mess. She has sold a lot of our stuff recently. We inventoried everything, and what we didn’t want to move to Rockport is gone. I’m heading over to our storage unit today and will bring a bunch of stuff back here to the house. We’ll have a garage sale maybe next weekend and then this old house goes on the market.

Sorry to bore everyone to death with this, but it’s whats happening in my life. I’m really looking forward to literally moving on. My photography and our hearts are in Rockport. Soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Latitude 28 02

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Marinas, Boats, Night

The Safe Harbor

It feels so good to have the luxury to focus on my art again. I’m glad to feel that way because I have a LOT of positive things going on!

My gallery sales have been so good lately…and I’m very thankful. I waited a long time to get into Latitude 28 02 in Rockport. It’s where I wanted my art to hang along side some of the finest “coastal art” artists anywhere. Latitudes is one of the premier fine dining restaurants in Rockport. One of the things that makes it so unique…besides the great food and service…is the art gallery. Patrons can view the art from their tables as they dine. After dinner, many stroll through the restaurant enjoying the art.

Well…I love seeing my art there! Rockport is where I live and work…and now it’s my hometown. If you come to Rockport to visit, I hope you’ll go to Latitude 28 02 and enjoy a good meal and see some fine coastal art.

 

 

 

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Big Exhale

Stephen Fisher Photography, Northern Cardinal, Texas Photo RanchOK…One down and several more “projects” to go! But at least the “biggie” for me is in the mail…

I’ve been dealing with “a three letter Federal agency that starts with an I” for almost three months now. I finished up my response late yesterday…and it’s been placed in the care of FedEx for delivery. I was old before this started, but this has caused me to seemingly age exponentially. Now that THATS over, I can get back to the things that make me happy! Good riddance…

Last night I took some time to review my to-date Wildlife In Focus portfolio. Even with the limited number of shooting days because of the rain, I’m pretty pleased with what I have. Actually…pleasantly surprised! I have a long way to go…actually 2 more months…so I’m hoping to be able to pull together 100 images that the judges MIGHT like. You just never know what that is…

More later…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Weather

Stephen Fisher Photography, Northern Cardinal, Texas Photo RanchOK…It looks like we’re in for a run of rainy weather again here on the Coastal Bend. That’s kind of alright with me right now…

I’m close to finishing up a BIG non-photography personal project that has had me preoccupied for way too long. I plan to give it ALL of my attention today, and hopefully I can move on.

I think I’ll head up to Houston in the morning. Sharon has been managing the Houston house painting project mostly on her own. The painters should be finishing up the interior in a day or two. I hope to have it on the market in a week or so. We’ll see…

I was able to get several very productive days in at the Texas Photo Ranch this week. The wildlife activity out there is really impressive. I’ve been seeing increased bird numbers every day. Even the Green Jays have started to move out of the deeply forested areas of the ranch and are visiting the blinds. All in all, the contest is going fine for me…

I’m posting this handsome male Northern Cardinal for several reasons. Here’s what I like…and a thing or two I don’t;

 

  1. I really like the pose this bird offered.
  2. The diagonal element of his tail feathers and body running from lower left to upper right of the image is pleasing to my eye.
  3. This background works for me.
  4. But…the perch is WAY out of scale for this bird. It wasn’t my primary perch, but of course thats where they’ll go!
  5. I struggled (not very long with that perch) on managing the highly saturated reds here. Cardinals can be hard to color correct.

So thats my critique of this photo. Nice image, but it stops here…

 

 

 

 

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Big Day

Stephen Fisher Photography, Green Jay, Texas Photo RanchYesterday was a big day for me at the Texas Photo Ranch!

I was on the ranch early hoping to catch a decent sunrise. It just didn’t happen. The morning started overcast and foggy, and stayed pretty cloudy most of the day. I drove the ranch until mid-morning photographing wildflowers. Yes…wildflowers are a contest category…

At about 9:30 AM I set up in the Cactus Blind. It was one of those “birds all over the place” kind of day. At 2:00 PM I left the blind with over 3200 images! I’ve made a “first pass” cull of them and have over a 1000 images left for more review.

This handsome Green Jay won’t survive the next cut for several reasons;

 

  1. I have MUCH better Green Jays images from yesterday!
  2. I’m just not crazy with the tail feathers being covered with the leaves.
  3. My perch had dried out a bit and the colors just didn’t pop.
  4. A couple of bright spots in the background bother me.

Other than that, I think this is a pretty good example of a Green Jay. They are beautiful birds…with a REAL attitude! They’re always pretty cautious, and don’t stay on the perch too long. On of my favorite species…

 

 

 

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Back At It

Stephen Fisher Photography, Red-Winged Blackbird, Texas Photo RanchOK…I’m back in to win it!

All of the rainy weather issues seem over and the sun actually shines some days. There’s enough light to TRY and make some contest-quality images. I’m finally able to get back to work…

Mother Nature is also contributing by having the birds starting to get very active. I’m not seeing EVERY species at the Texas Photo Ranch yet, but it’s definitely getting better every day. Even the Green Jays are starting to come out of the deep woods and visiting the blinds!

I was worried there for a while. Not any more…

 

 

 

 

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More Rain

Stephen Fisher Photography, Texas Photo Ranch, Sunrise, LandscapeOK…So when is enough…enough? I woke this morning to a familiar sound lately. It’s raining here again…hard! Having said that, I’m not going back on my promise to NEVER complain about rain again. Years of drought conditions have left Texas still needing more of the stuff…

I made the most of the “free time” I had yesterday because of the weather to get caught up on some studio and personal projects. I’m in the process of building a bunch of new 11×14 matted prints to take to the galleries. I send my files to Miller’s Lab and have them make the 8×10 prints. Next I hinge mount them to an 11×14 mat and place foam core on the back. They get hand signed and named on the front bottom of  the mat. Then I drop it in a clear plastic sleeve. It’s a pretty labor intensive process. I even spent some time in the studio getting organized and catching up on correspondence.

Since it looks like this morning is a wash out, I think I’ll give all my gear a good cleaning.  My gear gets used…and used hard. It seems like everything always has a coating of dust on it. And maybe if I get REAL energetic this morning I’ll organize the back of my Jeep. It got washed yesterday…went from brown back to black! We’ll see what happens…

 

 

 

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Back In The Zone

Stephen Fisher Photography, Texas Photo Ranch, Redheads, WaterfowlSo…Things were getting a little hectic there for a while! I’ve had a lot of distractors to my photography over the last couple of months. But now, I feel like I’m back on track. I hate it when “life” gets in the way of what I want to do…

Having some decent weather has helped a LOT. That long stretch of cold and rainy days was tough. It looks like spring will finally get here…maybe it’s already here. Sometimes in Texas spring is a day or two between winter and summer. I can do hot a LOT better than cold…

The Houston house is coming along just fine. After months of trying to find a painting contractor, we finally succeeded! These guys are real pros, and the old 90+ year old Heights house is looking good. The exterior is almost finished, and they’ll start on the inside right away. Our realtor met with Sharon yesterday and loved the progress!

My situation with the “unnamed three-letter starting with an I federal agency” is coming to a close…I hope! I’ve collected EVERYTHING they’ve requested, and it’s looking even better for me. One more meeting at the end of this month and I hope this will just be a bad memory.

So why am I boring everyone to death with this mundane personal stuff? I have a life in addition to trying to make meaningful photographs most days…and it directly affects my art. Sometimes it affects it in a good way. and sometimes it doesn’t. Some of these things I can control…others I just have to manage. Just like you…

 

 

 

 

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That Felt Good

Stephen Fisher Photographer, Texas Photo Ranch, Black Crested TitmouseOK…It was so good to get back to work yesterday!

Yesterday was almost perfect for me…a little bit of everything. Wade and I took care of a few chores at the Texas Photo Ranch. That included pulling the ranch truck out of the mud with one of the tractors. We also made sure all of the feeders were full. Later in the afternoon we jumped in one of the John Deere Gators and toured most of the ranch. It’s so good to see the resaca full of water!

I set my pop-up blind up at the Cactus Blind yesterday afternoon. It felt great to get behind the camera again and shoot some birds.The Cardinals, Blackbirds, and Titmice were very active and readily coming in to my setup. Nothing great…but a lot of fun working the gear!

I really like making photographs of titmice. These little dynamos seem to have so much character. You’d better be fast to catch these guys sitting still…

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Here We Go…

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Aransas Bay, Sunrise, It’s Monday…and this is going to be a BUSY week!

I have an appointment here in Rockport this morning, and then it’s back up to Houston for a couple of days. While this rain is keeping me from getting out on the ranch to shoot, it is allowing me to catch up on everything else needing some attention.

I’ll be back down here probably on Wednesday. I spent a big part of the weekend building some new 11×14 matted prints. I need to get over to the Treehouse Art Collective in Corpus Christi and get them delivered. My print bin there is getting low…a nice problem!

It looks like the next decent weather window starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend. I’ll be ready when Mother Nature decides we need a break from the rain…

This is an image of Aransas Bay just off Water Street. It’s captures that special time before dawn when you can see both night and day in the sky…

 

 

 

 

 

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