“Blue Field” – Ennis, Texas – Jeff Clow – Featured Photographer
Spring is in full swing in most parts of the U.S. and Jeff allows us to celebrate with a giant blue field of flowers. The new blossoms work great with the old rusting farm equipment. From the technical side you will notice the day is a bit overcast which is a great time for photographing flowers.
Jeff has recently written a photography book about where and when to stand in Grand Teton National Park that is available as a printed book (Click HERE) as well as an eBook (Click HERE). I just bought the hard copy and used it in the park this week. A must for any die hard photographer entering the park.
He also leads inexpensive tours to Grand Teton National Park for fellow photographers through his company:
and some of his best work is seen at this site:
In Texas – especially North Texas – there is little in terms of landscape photo opportunities. The land is generally flat with little in the way of hills or valleys. But for two to three weeks each year, the rural countryside if filled with hundreds of thousands of wild bluebonnet flowers that cover the land like a blanket.
The bluebonnet capital of Texas is the area around Ennis, Texas – about 40 miles south of Dallas. I was driving the back roads in search of the bluebonnet fields and came across this magnificent meadow with the ancient farm equipment in the midst of the color. It was a still day – a rarity in Texas where the wind is normally one’s constant companion – and I was able to use a slower shutter speed and still get no noticeable flower movement.
I’m a self-taught professional photographer who used to take simple family photos of my children and upload them to an online web site as a backup. One day, some kind soul commented on one of my images and I didn’t even know that the website hosting my photos had that capability. I decided that I needed to get better at photography if people were actually going to be looking at my work. Five years later I’ve sold thousands of images to companies like Disney, Time, Discover, Carnival Cruise Lines, etc. I’ve had lots of fun accolades – but the best thing that was ever said to me was a simple statement.
A fellow photographer from the southwest said: “Boy, you can shoot”. It struck me as genuine and is still my favorite comment.
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