<12/13/2022] 12/18/2022 - Starbright Village [12/19/2022>
In truth Starbright Village is an easy photographic target and something I have seen before but it was an opportunity to test a new process. The traffic gets backed up so I parked at the park early and wondered around until the 6PM opening of the Christmas lights.
Walking along the trail I looked up to see this.
Walking back to the car the sun was already getting low but lit up a scene I wouldn't normally capture, part of being somewhere is often the unexpected along the way.
A sunset is something to appreciate yet rarely seen. Even before my shift to odd hours I didn't seek then out much, so even here partially reflected off my hood and glimpsed in the distance it was nice to see.
Starbright Village 1 of 2.
Starbright Village 2 of 2.
<12/18/2022] 12/19/2022 - Shiloh Baptist Church [12/21/2022>
Perhaps I should say the quest to photograph that church put me in the right place to get the pictures I needed because I changed my target in field. The scene I imagined wasn't working for me once seen but something else caught my eye instead.
Chemjet on Grandview - Those unique structures are what caught my eye some blocks away.
Dobbs Ave & Electric St - The piled up junk had an abtract feel to it.
Dobbs Ave & Pearl St
<12/19/2022] 21/21/2022 - Here and there [12/22/2022>
see also While the city sleeps for 1 more images.
Reflections in the windows of First Baptist Church.
A scene that found me at the Ector County Library that was perfect until the buses starting showing up; however, those elements of life in the city improved it. A faster setup might have got that original scene but glad to have captured it either way.
<12/21/2022] 12/22/2022 - Just getting out [12/24/2022>
Didn't really have a plan but wanted to see where the powerlines and drainage ditch went along 22nd as a starting point. Being around 21 degrees that day added some twist to the adventure.
Alameda & 22nd - Found a place to park and walked over to fence to capture this.
Lola & University - I had intended to go here eventually but driving around aimlessly I ended up here. Someways in along the road the oilfield equipment is found, nothing great but found the "art" on the tank interesting.
<12/22/2022] 12/24/2022 - Here and there [12/26/2022>
Permain High School along 42nd - This corner of the building has caught my eye multiple times so I finally made it my target when the light was right.
Dawn & Buffalo - This huge water tower is hard to photograph due to its size but is easy to spot if driving around to find a new target.
<12/24/2022] 12/26/2022 - Still something to be found [01/04/2023>
See also Gallery for 2022 - 1 image and picture of the day.
The photographer in me isn't as excited about Odessa as I once was but a photograph can be found anywhere if looked for. I started to focus on Odessa out of neccesity and curiousity drove me to see so much more I wouldn't have considered. This session isn't any different but more accidental in natural.
GCC Odessa Plant - I get off on exit 104 of I-20 and this plant is always in the distance but I drove over closer to it and got this shot. I never realized it was in the domain of being in Odessa, TX.
Mercury & University - 1 of 2 - This scene isn't great but I liked the play of shadows.
Mercury & University - 2 of 2 - This pit fills up with water after a rain but something about it catches my eye everytime I drive by. The sun was low and I shot directly into it on purpose, makes for unpredictable results at best. It does match up to what I saw as the bottom of the pit was in shadow but not "stable" and the image captured isn't exactly "right" but is captured correctly. Why it captured this way is the mystery I need to ponder.
<12/26/2022] 01/04/2023 - Explore public places [01/05/2023>
With multiple projects going I never really know where a session may be posted so today with macro photography in mind I went to the Ector County Library to see what I could find. It turned out I found some nice imagery on a slightly larger scale and just went with it.
Light is fleeting and caught in the moments observed because it will change soon and be gone. I found this scene going up the stairs to the second level.
Childrens Department - 1 of 3.
Childrens Department - 2 of 3.
Childrens Department - 3 of 3.
Sometimes I wonder if I compose for shapes or a meaning, hard to say, but I like the framing achieved in it.
A corner view from the third floor.
<01/04/2023] 01/05/2023 - Judkins Dr & Halle Ave [01/06/2023>
Life is interesting sometimes as this day my target was Comanche Trail Park but traffic and lack of patience I detoured and parked at a closed pawn shop. That look around to see if it passed through was enough to see I found my new target here.
Reflections in the glass reveal more even though I didn't in reality. Less is more.
Just an old sign.
Why do people throw shoes up on wires like that? Doesn't matter since I had the sky to help make the image more interesting I suppose.
The camera sees differently than we do, in this case a fixed wide angle because I used a smartphone camera. The dead vegetation between the wall and yellow bar is what I cued in on but in camera the composition used was the compromise of that fixed focal length. Liked this version better anyway.
<01/05/2023] 01/06/2023 - Comanche Trail Park [01/10/2023>
A place visited often and that gives you many photography opportunities is a special place. I walked down the trail for the most part and found these pictures in plain sight.
Many trees along the trail but this one is the one I composed around, the photographers eye is fickle.
Under the overpass of I-20 the trail is bridged over a drainage channel going to a larger pipe.
Just above the pipes entrance is this overview.
Some images are created on a whim and you don't really know why, this applies here but in the digital age of photography it doesn't hurt anything to take it.
<01/06/2023] 01/10/2023 - Time and place [01/11/2023>
Comanche Trail Park after the sunrise and before the people show up is a rare time frame for me to explore but today I was able to. In plain sight is where most of these were found but as time marches on and the sun gets higher up one keeps looking for the next image.
The colors only a sun low on the horizon can create.
The moon was in the sky and I found some interesting framing elements. 1 of 2.
The moon was in the sky and I found some interesting framing elements. 2 of 2.
One of the images I had to seek in the pocket forest along the draw.
The I-20 underpass where the trail goes under is a transition point to another type of park but I got only this far. The light patterns was enough to call the session and go home.