Posts by Larry

The Stadium

I was driving home from a shoot in Arlington the other day and happened to drive by the new Cowboys stadium.  All I could say was WOW.  I had to pull over and take a picture. I just kept thinking…. “How did Dallas let this slip away to Arlington?” 
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Gang Tackle

The end of season banquet is this week and they were asking people to send in photos for a slideshow.  As long as I was digging through images, I figured I would go ahead and post one.  Heather took this shot at one of our games this year.  That poor kid on the other team didn’t have a chance.  Go Cowboys!
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Texoma

Monday night, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Texoma Professional Photographers at their November meeting in Wichita Falls.   They meet at a place called the Harrison House Bed and Breakfast.  It was nice to meet in such a warm, intimate environment- especially since the program was on “Optimizing the Home Studio.” The group was very friendly and asked a bunch of great questions.  After the meeting, Heather and I spent the night at bed and breakfast.  It was funny because we stood at the front door as everyone was leaving – just as if we had hosted them in our own home.   It was sooooo nice to be able to just walk upstairs and go to sleep – rather than have to pack up the car and drive home.
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Glimpse of San Fran

This is a painting that I have had on the back-burner for quite a while.  I took this photograph in San Francisco this summer and actually started working on a painting based on it.  I got distracted and never finished it up.  Recently, I came across the incomplete painting and decided to finish it out.  So after “months” of work, here it is: I was trying to capture the fun and motion of life in San Francisco.  It was a beautiful day and the blue sky- with its puffy clouds – gives the composition some balance.  If you look closely, there is a guy at the back of the cable car taking a picture of me.  Kind of funny!
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The King Lives!

I had to roll out of bed early this morning to photograph the boys in their costumes before they left for school.  It was a riot. Check out the hair on Elvis- totally out of control! M.C.Deano was thrilled to get decked out in his rapper getup – from the chains to the grills! We were also fortunate to have The King make an appearance this morning… We bought the white jumpsuit online, but it was very plain.  Heather spent the last week “upgrading” it with a BeDazzler and over 400 rhinestones.  Beau has been practicing his “Thank you… Thank you very much!” for the past couple of weeks – so he is ready to hit the streets tonight!
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The Ozarks

Ok, no more travelling for a while!  We just returned from spending the weekend in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  I was invited to judge the print competition for the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks.   Heather went with me this time and it made for a great weekend getaway! Once the judging was over, we had a chance to visit Downtown Eureka Springs, which is a great little town.  It almost looks like a movie set. I would highly recommend this place if you just want to get a way from it all for a few days.  There are tons of great shops and restaurants.  Best of all, everyone we encountered was incredibly friendly! On our way out of town, we stopped by what used to be the town’s fire station.  There is place where you can pay a dollar and climb a million stairs up to the top of this tower.  It really gives you a great view of the surrounding countryside.  Luckily, we were there at a great time to experience the fall foliage.  From the top of the tower, I took this shot of some of the colorful trees. Aside from the long climb up the steep staircase, the
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Judging

Wisconsin photographer Dan Frievalt sent me these images from the print competition last weekend, so I wanted to add them to the blog.  Here is how this works:  everyone sits in a dark room and the prints come around one at a time under bright lights.  The judges sit at the front of the room and score the prints.  There is usually a good crowd of people sitting in the room watching – most of them are the ones who entered the prints into the competition. Here we are being introduced to the audience. After that, we sat down and got to judging!  It was really a great weekend.  Wisconsin has some very talented photographers!
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Wisconsin

I just returned from judging the print competition at the Wisconsin Prof. Photographers Assoc.  What a cool experience! We stayed at this incredible resort called The Osthoff.  It is about an hour and a half north of Milwaukee. It was the perfect time of year to be there – the weather was cool and the fall colors were all over the place.  The rooms had these little balconies on them and I was determined to have my breakfast out on the balcony the final morning – just to soak up the atmosphere.  Unfortunately, it was about 50 degrees.  I put on 3 or 4 layers, ordered room service and sat down for a chilly – but scenic- breakfast. Once the convention was over, one of the Milwaukee photographers – Paul Owen- drove me back to the airport.  On the way, we stopped by Milwaukee Museum of Art – one of the coolest buildings in the country.  I took this shot in the main foyer. There were all kinds of great photographic locations in this place.  Paul showed me one of his favorite portrait spots and shot this image for me: Pretty cool – huh? I had a wonderful time and
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Love Series

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will remember the painting I posted a few months back. It was an abstract piece, based on the Chinese symbol for Love.  The painting was part of my Art of Wine exhibit last month and was purchased by a collector in Allen, Tx.   When I told her I was planning on doing a series of similar paintings, she told me she would love to get the others and hang them together. I finished the series a couple of weeks ago and the finished grouping is now hanging in her home.    The series is based on four different symbols for the word Love.  Aside from the original Chinese version, the series includes Arabic, Hieroglyphics and the Heart symbol.  I tried to stay more or less with the yellow/red color scheme – but it tended to drift a from piece to piece.  This was a bit more abstract than my usual work – so it was somewhat of an exercise in creativity.  I was quite pleased with the final paintings and even happier to see them hanging together in their new home!
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Riding The Wind

We had our regional photography convention this weekend in Arlington.  It was great to see so many of my photographer friends all in one place.  One of the prints I entered in the competition was an image I created this summer.  I called it “Riding the Wind.” Our family spent a week at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  There is a national park in Kitty Hawk that is covered in giant sand dunes.  I thought it would be great to try and use those in an image, so Heather and I dragged Dean out of bed before dawn and we trekked out to the middle of the dunes.  We brought a kite along and had Dean run along the top of one of the dunes.  It was a grueling morning, but we came away with some great images.  I added some color and a little texture to the image, then printed it out on watercolor paper.  I loved the timeless feel of the image.
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