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Guest Post on “Light as Magic”

by on Mar.23, 2011, under Photography

Justin Balog recently asked me if I would contribute a guest post to his “Light as Magic” blog to be part of the “Outside Their Front Door” series. The idea here is that photographers provide a set of images taken within easy striking distance of their home so I did my bit for Austin tourism and joined in. You can see the results here.

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Talk at CapMac Photo SIG this Thursday

by on Feb.20, 2011, under Photography

I’ll be giving a talk on HDR photography this coming Thursday evening at the Austin CapMac Advanced Photography SIG meeting. Come along to the parish hall of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection at 6:30pm and join the fun.

My plan was to revamp the talk and update it so that anyone who had previously heard it at Hill Country Photography Club or Austin Shutterbugs would find new material to listen to and new pictures to see but my laptop hard disk decided to die yesterday so I may be dragging pictures from Flickr and winging it if Dell doesn’t come through on their “next business day” service promise or I don’t manage to get my backup restored in time. My fingers are crossed!

As another upshot of this failure, the photoblog is going to be quiet for the next few days. The failure occurred as I was exporting a batch of images for the next week’s posts so, unfortunately, they will be delayed until I get everything back up and running too.

I can’t help noticing the irony of me having a catastrophic PC hardware failure (in a 1 year old drive – I’ve never had a hard disk fail in less than 5 years before) the very week I’m supposed to be speaking to a Mac user group. Oh well…

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Austin Workshops with David Nightingale

by on Dec.03, 2010, under Photography

A couple of months ago, I mentioned that David Nightingale of Chromasia fame was looking into coming to Austin to give a couple of workshops early next year. I’m delighted to report that the planning is now complete and the workshops are definitely on.

David will be teaching a 1 day “HDR Crash Course” on Friday, February 4th followed by a 2 day “Creating Dramatic Images” on Saturday & Sunday, February 5th and 6th. Both classes are at Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale.

For more details, check out my workshops page. The classes are both filling very fast so please let me know as soon as possible if you want to take part.

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Photography Power Lunch

by on Sep.03, 2010, under Photography

I just wanted to give a shout out to some local HDR photographer buddies after a very enjoyable lunch at Chuy’s on Barton Springs Road yesterday. Austin has a thriving community of HDR enthusiasts and we manage to get together reasonably often to shoot (though I think it’s true to say that we’ve never managed to get all the “core crowd” together in one place yet – maybe this year?). Yesterday, though, it was purely social as Jim Nix invited us to get together for a lunch and geekfest. It was a great success and I’m sure we’ll do it again soon.

Yesterday’s attendees were:

You will find these guys and many others in my newly revamped blogroll over on the photoblog. By the way, if you’re new here, you may not realise that I post different material here and on the photoblog. The photoblog is strictly for image posting but I tend to include random articles and news here which I don’t have over there. Just to make life really difficult for myself, I also post different pictures to Flickr too so you may also want to take a look over there every now and then.

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Austin Chromasia Workshop?

by on Aug.28, 2010, under Photography

I’ve been a fan of David Nightingale’s work and his inspirational Chromasia photoblog for years so am very excited at the possibility of having him come to Austin to give a workshop on advanced post-processing techniques some time in early 2011. This would likely be a a couple of classes – a 1 day intro to HDR on a Friday followed by a 2 day class on advanced post processing. The class would be limited to 16-20 photographers. The numbers suggest we can do this for somewhere in the region of $350 per person for the 2 day class and $180 or so for the one day workshop.

Although nothing is finalised yet,I’m keen to gauge the level of interest to get an idea of how feasible this is. Would you be interested and do you feel this price is reasonable? I’m not asking for a commitment just now, merely an idea of how popular such a workshop would be.

If you’ve not seen David’s work, I strongly encourage you to take a look at his blog and portfolio. His post-processing techniques are the stuff of legend in the digital photography community and his use of HDR is superb. He is the author of “Practical HDR” and winner of many international awards.

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Exhibition Report

by on Jun.20, 2010, under Photography

Dave Wilson at Dragonfly Gallery
Image (c) Rusty Jackson. Used by permission.

The first part of my exhibition at Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale is almost over. On Monday, part of the show will be taken down to be replaced by student photos from April’s workshop led by Raul Touzon. This was my first serious, themed show in a “real” gallery and it was a great pleasure and honour to hang my pictures in such a wonderful space. Thanks to owner Nina Mihm for the opportunity!

The top image here was taken by local photographer friend Rusty Jackson who arrived with a camera and kindly took a few shots. I also had my camera there so I grabbed an image of Rusty in return but this was one of only about 4 exposures I took that evening since I was rather busy talking to guests instead. By the way, if you have not seen Rusty’s work, I would strongly recommend a trip to his site where you will find some of the best examples of travel photography you are likely to find anywhere.

To all who came to see the show over the last couple of weeks, many thanks. If you’ve not seen it yet, please drop by the gallery between now and July 8th since you will still be able to view the best images along with a collection of other outstanding pictures from the workshop.
Rusty Jackson

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Impromptu Austin Photo Walk

by on May.01, 2010, under Photography

Austin photowalk gets underway.#photo on TwitpicAfter a last minute call on the Austin Photography Group message board a couple of days ago, a group of about a dozen photographers gathered at the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue on Lady Bird Lake for a photowalk in downtown Austin yesterday evening. We spent a very enjoyable 3 hours wandering up Congress Avenue to the Capitol then back down to the lake in time to shoot some dusk skylines.

I spent more time chatting than shooting though I did manage to take both the shots I was looking for – panoramas of the Capitol rotunda interior and the downtown skyline with reflections in the lake.

One of the best aspect of the evening for me was a chance to meet three photographers I’ve known from various online groups but never actually met in person. Evan Gearing is an Austin photographer whose HDR images are among the best around. Brian Matiash is another well known HDR photographer based in Boston but, coincidentally, was in Austin for the weekend. Brian was shooting with Jack Hollingsworth, known to most photographers who use Twitter as @photojack. It was great to meet these guys and I’m very interested to see what they post as a result of the evening.

Given the success of the jaunt, I suspect there will be more of these gatherings in future. Would anyone like to suggest possible routes?

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The Austin HDR Mafia

by on Jan.21, 2010, under Photography


Austin Skyline

Practically everyone who reads this blog has heard of Austin photographer Trey Ratcliff, owner of the Stuck In Customs blog and author of the much publicised new book “A World In HDR“. What you may not know, however, is that there is quite a collection of other excellent HDR photographers in Austin. Here are a few of the guys that I enjoy shooting with and whose blogs (if they have a blog) I read regularly. In case anyone gets miffed, these are listed in alphabetical order by last name. I’ve linked to both their Flickr profiles and their blogs or Flickr streams.

If you are a fellow Austin HDR enthusiast, leave a comment with your contact details below.

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Great Photography in the Austin American-Statesman

by on Nov.13, 2009, under Photography

I have huge respect for the great work done by the photography staff of our local daily, the Austin American-Statesman. Their images are of consistently high quality and creativity. This is shown beautifully in a video posted today on the paper’s photoblog, Collective Vision. This piece shows images taken at Fort Hood following last week’s terrible shooting and is narrated by the three photojournalists assigned to cover the story. Their pictures are powerful, sensitive and very touching. Congratulations Jay Janner, Rodolfo Gonzalez and Ricardo Brazziell on another job very well done!

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Hunger In Guatemala

by on Oct.31, 2009, under Photography

Hunger is a huge problem in Guatemala this year following a record drought and the international economic crisis. Please watch the video. If you are near Austin and want to help out, please consider coming along to the concert on the afternoon of November 22nd. Leave a comment if you have any questions or contact organiser Kathi Thomas.


Hunger in Guatemala from Dave Wilson on Vimeo.

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