Where Is Gene?

I’ve been absent from this blog for a while, and several of my followers on Facebook have messaged me to ask what’s the deal. So, here’s an update on what’s been going on in my life.

About 2-1/2 years ago, my oldest son and his wife told us that they were planning eventually to quit their jobs in Houston and move to Central Texas to start a business. Since our other son and his wife had careers in Dallas, my wife and I really didn’t have a reason to stay in Houston any longer.

So, we started looking at properties in and around Austin. We finally bought a home in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Over the next 12 months, I supervised the gutting and remodeling of that home. I drove to our new Hill Country home several times each week during that year (3 hours each way, door-to-door) to oversee the work. A year later, after 39 years in Houston, we finally moved to our new Hill Country home. My wife retired as CEO of Encore Health Resources a few months later.

And what did my son and daughter-in-law do? After looking at properties for over a year, they bought a ranch near Wimberley, Texas, 34 miles from our new Hill Country home. They and our little granddaughter moved in with us temporarily while they spent the last year building a beer and wine garden that is truly the jewel of the Texas Hill Country! They opened their business 2 weeks ago to wild crowds and great reviews. You can follow them on Instagram at @theshadyllama.

The Jewel of the Texas Hill Country
The Shady Llama sunsets are the best!

We’ve spent the last year or so spoiling our beautiful little granddaughter (she has named me “Bop” for some reason), helping take care of the 5 llamas and 2 mini-donkeys at The Shady Llama, and traveling.

Odin steals a sunflower from a flower arrangement at our granddaughter’s birthday party. Then he tried for a cupcake!

I’ve also spent time photographing in Iceland, along the Danube, in Italy, and in California.

You may have already noticed some changes in my website. There are more coming soon, as well as some exciting news. Be sure and check in from time to time to see what’s happening!

How I Missed Catching The Wave

One of the gems of The Great American West is a geological formation known as “The Wave.” It’s well-known among hikers and landscape photographers, but not among the general public. Continue reading How I Missed Catching The Wave

“What Camera Should I Buy?”

I get asked this question a lot. Most non-photographers think that it is the camera that takes great photographs. It’s not. It’s the photographer that makes great photographs.

Hang around any group of professional photographers for a while, and sooner or later you’ll hear the apocryphal story about Continue reading “What Camera Should I Buy?”

Color, Texture, And Hopefully A Touch Of Mystery

I was very flattered and honored recently to have been interviewed by Exhibitions Without Walls. EWW is an international organization that showcases the work of select photographers and digital artists.

My interview article, “Color, Texture, And Hopefully A Touch Of Mystery” was featured in Exhibitions Without Walls on February 22. I hope you’ll check it out if you get a chance.

Random Observations About My First ImagingUSA Conference

  • I’m in Atlanta for my first ImagingUSA, the national conference of the Professional Photographers of America. The pre-conference activities began last Thursday, January 7, and the main part of the conference started on Sunday. The conference ends tonight, Tuesday, January 12. I don’t know the estimated attendance, but it’s definitely up in the thousands. There are people here from all over the United States, and probably the world. However, over half of the people I’ve met are from Texas, several of them from within 30 miles of my home. I don’t know why that is. I know they sell cameras in other parts of the country, too.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Take Your Photography To The Next Level In 2016

Like many people, I make resolutions every New Year’s Day. Not the kind like “I’m going to lose 50 pounds this year”—although I definitely should make that one of my resolutions. No, my resolutions are almost always about learning some new skill. Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions: Take Your Photography To The Next Level In 2016

Christmas Photos In RAW Or .jpg?

I’m occasionally asked by friends if they should take photos in RAW or .jpeg formats? It seems this question comes up more often around the holidays. People are getting new cameras, or else they’re pulling out old ones and trying to get up to speed on using them again.

What’s the difference between RAW and .jpg (or .jpeg, as it’s also called), and why should that matter to you? Continue reading Christmas Photos In RAW Or .jpg?