Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thought I Told Ya

From a dance competition, where people dance to "Crank That" by Soulja Boy. The winners get to dance on stage with Soulja Boy during Bayfest this weekend. I would have entered, but I have to work Saturday. The song is actually pretty popular. I've heard it before, but didn't know there was a dance that went along with it. A lot of stepping and bouncing and jumping. As one of the other photographers described it "It's kind of like a line dance, but cooler."
And in the song you do the "Superman," which meant I had to shoot the little 2-year-old dancing in a Superman costume.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fall of 69

I had to hear all about the University of Arkansas' fabled 1964 National Championship during my stint in Fayetteville, which often came with a sufficient amount of Texas bashing. Well today, I finally got to hear a different national championship story.

Former University of Texas quarterback James Street was speaking at a fundraising event in Corpus Christi, where he talked all about the Longhorn's 1969 national championship and their stomping of Arkansas. They played highlights from the game, accompanied by an old-fashioned announcer and newsreel music. Here were some of the quotes I found entertaining:

"Arkansas takes the lead as the Porkers go for their 16th straight victory."

Texas gets some key blocks, and James Street "waltzes 42 yards to score."

And when Texas closed out the game the announcer proclaimed "The Arkansas dream is shattered and Texas wins!"

I kind of expected the room to burst in applause, mostly because that would have been the response if I was watching 1964 highlights back in Arkansas. But the room was silent. In the lobby I was talking with a woman who has family in Arkansas. She seemed pretty neutral when it came to sports, but she didn't hesitate to say that Arkansas fans were much more crazy about football then any Texas fan. I'm definitely starting to get that impression.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Dog-Gone Summer

Today is the last day of summer, so that meant it was time for the city's annual Dog-A-Poolooza. Dogs and their owners are invited to the public pool for a season-ending dip before the pool is drained and cleaned. It was actually kind of cool, but I don't envy the guy that has to pull all the dog hair out of the pool filter.

I had actually planned on getting in the water, and wore my swim trunks under my pants all day. It was hot, but I thought it would be worth it. When I got there, though I had second thoughts. I've already broken one camera in my brief month of employment here. The last thing I wanted was to have some dog knock my camera into the pool. And by some dog, I mean me.

And just for Will, a little wide-angle dog photos.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hector P. Garcia Day

It's not really a surprise to me, but apparently there is a lot I don't know about Hispanic History in Texas. But in his home town of Corpus Christi, Texas, Dr. Hector P. Garcia is a big deal.
The late Mexican-American civil rights leaders was celebrated today in the first state-wide Dr. Hector P. Garcia Holiday. From what I gathered, Garcia lead the way for Mexican American veterans, and was a big advocate for Hispanics and education. These were from a local elementary school's assembly. Photo wise, that meant tons of color and cute kids wearing little paper G.I. hats.
And I just loved this guy. Johnny Canales, the flashy Tejano star of the Spanish-language "Johnny Canales Show," hosted a banquet for the American G.I. Forum. I wanted to get photos of the guy before the event stated, but when I lifted my camera to take a photo he declined. "Wait til I put on my jacket," he said. I was a little turned off, until I saw the jacket. Best jacket ever.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

High Society

OK, so the new job is great and all, but there is one aspect that I'll admit I'm less than thrilled about. Society events. I didn't have to shoot them at my last newspaper, so it's a bit new and weird to me.

It's not that I mind going to these events, but I feel kinda dirty taking "party pics" and shooting the grip and grins they want for the society section. But I do always enjoy shooting famous people.

Above is Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight, standing near palm trees that I am still fascinated by and include in just about every outdoor photo I take. Below, legendary NASCAR driver Terry Labonte. I didn't really know who he was until today. They showed me an archive photo of him before I left. In the photo he had a mustache, so naturally I didn't recognize him and had to have someone point him out once I got to the party. I'll never make it as a paparazzi, apparently.

And Ronald McDonald totally ruined my photo. I saw this shot about to happen and rushed into position. Unfortunately as soon as I lifted my camera, Ronald went from sitting like a normal human being, to putting his feet up on the table and staring right at me. As if that wasn't enough, he refused to break character when I went to get the clown's name. After a series of questions that went no where I finally asked if he was from around here.

"No, they flew me in especially for this," he said excitedly. From where, I inquired, thinking he was finally going to give me a real answer. Ronald paused, then said very matter-of-factly "McDonanldland, of course." A mischievous smile beamed from his face. I give up, I thought, and walked away.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 Prayers

There was a lot of praying going on by the bay today. I went out thinking it was a Sept. 11 memorial service, but it was actually a Sept. 11 prayer gathering. A small distinction, I suppose, but it made for different photos than I expected. Less flags and tears, more prayer and praise. Here are some of the photos I came up with.

Friday, September 07, 2007


I was jazzed about the great light at the start of the football game. Then I remembered that football games start at 7:30, not 7 like in Northwest Arkansas. It also didn't help that the offense started out heading away from the sun, making them back lit until the sun finally went down.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


(Above) Alex Gonzalez waits outside the audition room Thursday during tryouts for the Gulf Coast Children's Choir at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. (Right) Ouida Richardson strikes a note on the piano during Alex's audition.

There wasn't a lot to be seen at the children's choir auditions tonight, but I liked the top photo of the kid waiting outside the audition room. While the page designer didn't disagree, there was a consensus that the photo didn't say enough about what was going on. Even when paired with the random hand/keyboard detail shot it was still "confusing." I can see that. So in its place, another photo will lead the local section tomorrow. Here, though, no one can stand in the way of my odd photo pairings and questionable judgement calls.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Current Mood: RED

I'm not sure what that means.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Friday Night in Texas

It's a lot like Friday night in Arkansas, but with better players, bands and cheerleaders (yes I said it). I can't say I was looking forward to it, but I actually really enjoyed shooting my first night of high school football.
I do love the marching bands.Stalking cheerleaders
And there was a game as well

Once I got over the initial shock of "Oh my God I forgot how to shoot football!" I did OK. Hopefully next week I will turn in some great action rather than just the action that was in focus.

By the way, over on Digital Light, Brian Cassella has a great series of football player portraits called Beyond the Game. Definitely check it out.