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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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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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Texas Stadium

Well, I’ve gotten a bit behind on the blog entries – so now I’m playing catchup! Both my boys play football in the fall and this year they both played a game at Texas Stadium.  We took this team shot before the game. It was a great watching the kids play in such a huge stadium – especially since it is the last year for the stadium.  Of course, we won the game – which made it even better!
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Opening Night

Last night we had the opening of my fine art show at Vino100 downtown.  It was quite a big undertaking.  In addition to all the printing, matting and framing, the wall layout had to be planned.  I spent 3 hours that morning hanging prints – with the help of my pals Jenina and Mary Anne.  After getting everything just right, we took a second to pose in front of the main wall. If you happen to be downtown, you should stop by (www.vino100dallas.com).  It really is a very cool wine bar – not to mention the fabulous art on the walls!!! (sorry – couldn’t resist) The opening night artist reception was a huge success.  I was so excited by the large crowd – other than when I had to get up in front of them for a short intro speech.  The fine art work has been a hobby of mine for many years and it was great to see all the different pieces hanging on the wall together.  Part of the money from all of the print sales is going to a great charity – InSync.  If you’ve never heard of them, you should check out their website…. www.insyncexotics.com .  I really
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Storming Through Orlando

This weekend, I was in Orlando to judge their state photography convention.  Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Fay was putting a big dent in the weather.  The first day the wind and rain really picked up and the sky looked very ominous.  I only brought my point-and-shoot, so I set it on the table behind me for a shot of the storm. I pulled a chair up to the window and just sat there watching the storm while I was talking on my cell phone.  It was quite a sight to behold – I was certain the trees were all going to blow over. Luckily, most of the weekend was spent inside the hotel, looking at photographs – one of my favorite pasttimes.  I was a on a judging panel with some very talented photographers and we had a great time arguing the finer points of all the entries.  Afterwards,  I spent a couple of hours walking through the exhibit answering questions for some of the people who entered the competition.  I know I’ve asked a million questions during my photo career, so it is nice to have a chance to give back to those who are just starting to enter competition.
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Two Weeks Til Wine

The details are starting to come together for my fine art show at at Vino100 in Dallas (http://www.vino100dallas.com/)  It is exactly two weeks away and I’ve got a TON of stuff to get ready before the event.  This will be the largest exhibit of my work that I’ve ever assembled- we are planning to fill the walls!  There will be several items from the fine art site (www.lourceyfineart.com) as well as a bunch of new pieces – both paintings and photographs.  Of course, this means lots of prep work – several pieces need to be matted, framed, priced….whew.  The good news is there will be plenty of wine in the building that night, so the light at the end of the tunnel is promising!  The reception is Thursday, Aug 28 at 6:00 – please swing by and say hello!
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Outer Banks Adventure

We just got back from a relaxing week in North Carolina at the Outer Banks.   Although I tried my best to not spend my time toting the camera around everywhere – there were a few locations that I just couldn’t resist! Not far from the beach, there is a large national park that is made up of huge sand dunes.   It was almost as if we were in the middle of a desert – very strange. I got up early one morning and go to the park when they opened – then trudged through the sand with all my gear.  It was such an unusual setting that it was worth the trouble!  The shot above was one of my favorite color shots – with an intesting line and very simple composition.  The one below is an infrared black and white of another part of the dunes.
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