Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Star Trails over The Woodlands, Texas - Woodlands photographer

This is the night sky over my backyard facing north in The Woodlands, Texas!  

After many days of overcast skies, we finally had a crisp cloudless night here in The Woodlands.
These are star trails and it shows the movement of the stars in the sky from about 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Tuesday, February 12th.  That center point star down near the bottom of the images is the north star.  

The cool things is this was just a practice test to be sure I have my settings correct, for when we visit Utah.  Utah has several official dark sky locations and there are a million more stars visible out there.    As you can see here my next door neighbor's chimney and own own chimney on the left, and our trees and woods on the right.  I also hope to be able to get a pretty lake or just a better composition in my image from Utah. So fingers crossed for a crisp cloudless night in Utah!

A couple of years back,  I tried to get some star images from our old driveway in Allen, Texas, but that was all for naught.  So to get this in my own backyard is so impressive to me.

A thing I so love about the FUJI XT2 is the built in intervalometer - so no need for batteries and to attach an external intervalometer.  I just set the camera up, put the kids to bed, watched This Is Us, then went out to grab the camera - so easy.

The most difficult part was pulling together 181 20 second exposures into Photoshop.  That took almost as long as it took to to make the 181 images, so I'll have to find another way that works faster.

Enjoy!


 

This is the image after I combined all the 181 images, and you can see the clear plane path of the plants on their way in or out of the George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas.



More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas.  Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure. 

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy.  She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures.  Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, February 4, 2019

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Top Nine January 2018 - Allen Texas, photographer

Here we are one month into 2019, and all kinds of yearly photo challenge pop up. A 365 challenge - that is where you take 1 image every day and post it - is too much for me. And the Color Challenge I love, but never seem to be able to find enough time to get wonderful color images that I'd want to share. With my babies now into middle schools I don't have sweet little baby feet to photograph all day long, nor do they want my camera in their face as much. SO I decided to share my top 9 images per month on my own 9 square grid. If you'd like to join, please let me know and I can share the psd file with you! This January we had the Super Blood Wolf Moon, the Bald Eagle of The Woodlands, some cows on a foggy sunrise morning, and a few Food Network meals that I snapped with my iPhone! Enjoy!



More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas.  Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure. 

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy.  She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures.  Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Bringing Style Home with The Woodlands Style House - personal branding photographer The Woodlands

In 2018 -

One day while scrolling facebook back in December, I saw this beautiful decorated tree that had been cut down from The Old Time Christmas Tree farm.   First I must say that this tree farm had been so kind as to donate to our local photography holiday gathering a 1 hour photo session for a photographer to use by the end of 2019 for a tree farm mini session, so I wanted to know more about this tree.

So there I am and I see this tree that has been beautiful decorated by the Woodlands Style House, and I thought it could be a perfect setting for one of my tree light sessions.  So long story short is I end up photographing these two sweet girls in their home, and the owner of Woodlands Style House posts it to instagram and tags Kirklands.  See those sweet light up presents under the tree are from Kirkands this year, and amazingly Kirklands shares this image on Christmas morning!!

And oh my I have never had so many LIKEs on an image ever in all my years . . .  so thank you!!




In 2019

So moving right along into 2019, last week I met up again with the wonderful ladies of Woodlands Style House to do a personal branding session with them in one the homes they have designed and decorated.  It is so beautiful, the colors and decor just all come together perfectly.

Woodlands Style House is a home design business specializing in redecorating & renovating. We are passionate about refreshing ANY space, in ANY style with beautiful and accessible design.


Take a look ya'll!



More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas.  Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure. 

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy.  She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures.  Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, January 21, 2019

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Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse of 2019 over The Woodlands Texas



The moon, the earth and the sun lined up last night!

According to space.com, the super blood wolf moon is a combination of three lunar events a once.  A supermen - the first of 2019 - is when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit during its full phase, making it appear bigger and brighter.  Wolf Moon is a Native American name for the first full moon of the year. A blood moon occurs with a total lunar eclipse when the sun, Earth and moon all l one up and the shadow of the Earth casts a reddish glow on it's lone natural satellite.

Y'all might have heard about the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse that occurred last evening on a crisp cool night.  It looks to be me as a lot of America had a clear night for which to view this amazing occurrence.

Although not as perfect as I would like, here is my very first and only, Super Blood Wolf Moon of 2019 over The Woodlands, Texas.    Both images are handheld (eek) taken with my Canon 5DIII. I do have a tripod but it is quite old, part of a kit, and I found out a leg or two would not stay in position last night.  Soo,  it was handheld or nothing!

Enjoy!




One day I'd love to try the stages of the lunar eclipse over a lovely landscape setting.  This image was taken about 9:40 pm as the moon in the beginning of the eclipse:


More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas.  Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure. 

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy.  She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures.  Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, January 14, 2019

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A foggy sunrise in Tomball, Texas - woodlands professional photographer

Ya'll must know how much I do love me some foggy sunrises.  Just, ahhhh, a dream to photograph.

It's of my favorite thing see and photograph as it usually happens on my way to drop my boys off at school from The Woodlands to Tomball, Texas!  On this particular morning last week, I will admit we were in carline and I was looking at the sky thinking - okay guys get your stuff together and hop on out - mama's go to go see about a sunrise!

These sweet cows were watching me as I was watching them.  It was truly beautiful to behold!


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To show you how much I love these mornings - just take a look at this foggy sunrise with cows from September 2017 in Tomball, Texas.

And I must not forget  my very first foggy sunrise ever is from way back in January of 2013 when my oldest was just 6 was in 1st grade.   I had just dropped him off at his elementary school in Allen Texas, hopped out of the car to capture the sunrise.   This particular image did require a bit of editing out a playground, and I did print it to 30 x 20 and it's hanging in my living room!

Should I print the one of the cows looking at me?


More info you say?  Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) is specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas.  Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure. 

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy.  She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures.  Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local faint, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

The Bald Eagle of The Woodlands - Woodlands family photographer

Finally, after quite a few visits to the Bald Eagle nest of the Woodlands this fall, whereupon I was the only person there, and did not see one eagle just a bare nest way up high in the trees, yesterday was a lucky day.


After chatting with other bird photographer for a couple hours,  (makes the time waiting much more enjoyable)  the eagle swooped into the nest to bring his newly born babies and mama some food.  One baby was born December 24th, and the other on December 25th.  Christmas eagle babies!  It was truly amazing to see this eagle's wing span and his his little feet he was carrying a treat for his babies.  Do you want to guess what it was?

These images were taken with a friend's borrow 500 mm lens. It is a great lens to capture these birds!


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The below images were taken back in the fall, once I had seen NOTHING at the next, and decided to trek around Lake Woodlands to capture a few other birds.   I did love the way the white egret choose to post for me near some white flowers - guess he knows how much I love the wildflowers!




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Great blue heron of the woodlands texas

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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A Treelight Sessions in The Woodlands

These treelight sessions truly have my heart. There's just that littleness to the children, the excited ness, and magicalness to Christmas that brings such a smile to everyone's faces. These two sweet sibling were no exception!   It really is such a honor to capture these moments for families, as soon these little kiddos will be as big as mine!

 Remember in this  Our Christmas Photo Traditions , I explained what I do with these images - print and make them part of your holiday decor!

Now I have one boy that is almost as tall as a Christmas Tree and what am I do to!! Is it time to get a 10 - 12 foot Christmas tree? Would that even fit in my home?

 A few more will becoming you way soon . . .

 
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