Supermoon

Super Moon | Veritas Photography

I have always been obsessed with astronomy.

I’ll never forgot the first time I saw a comet through my grandpa’s telescope. Or the first time I saw a meteor shower sitting near them and a campfire in the Texas Hill Country. Looking up to see dozens of stars flying across the sky is an experience everyone should have. 

After many failed attempts at astrophotography, I researched settings, lenses and more for months and months. The result of which was a post-it that I carried around for about 8 months. 

Then finally- the stars aligned. A “supermoon” on the way, I used the SkyView app to plan out my camera setup. I was ready as soon as the moon hit the roof above my apartment balcony. 

Super Moon & Clouds | Veritas Photography

Cloudy Super Moon | Veritas Photography

I’d say there is now an exciting possibility of astrophotography shots in my future. Stay Tuned!

Black and White Challenge

It’s great to go out of your comfort zone, but it’s easier said than done. After being nominated for the Five Day Black and White Challenge, I decided this was a great way to do just that. You can read more about the origins of the challenge on USA Today, but the version my friend explained was to post a black and white photo on Instagram every day for five days. He’s a great black and white photographer and had no problem. I, on the other hand, had to really think. I love and appreciate black and white photography especially in portraits, but I love color more. If my photography has any style or reoccurring theme at all it would be featuring bright, vibrant colors. This was going to be a challenge to say the least.

Black and white challenge withVeritas PhotographyMy strategy was to take shots of things I’d love in color and see what happened when I processed them in black and white. Since it seemed within the rules, I also posted two photos old photos.  I tried to edit them all on Photoshop for a higher quality feel, but one of the days my program was acting up and I had to use my Galaxy S4 to shoot and edit. It’s also pretty obvious which that photo that is, but it was still a blast!

I was even so inspired, I made a collage inspired by my finding a career search in my new city (oh yea, we moved states :D) and black and white! Once again, collages are something I do in bright colors, so this was a unique way to incorporate some of the lessons I learned in the Instagram challenge.

Check them out below and see more on my Instagram!

 

Black and white challenge snow in dallas |Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge snow in dallas |Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge brewery|Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge chandelier in new orleans|Veritas Photography

And here’s the collage! It’s black and white AND inspiring. Black and white challenge collage| Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie: In the Studio

Some time ago, a friend of mine was doing a video series on interesting characters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For his first assignment it was a local illusionist who performs at burlesque shows at the House of Blues. It’s no wonder when he then asked if I’d like to tag along to take some photos, I said yes immediately.

Since there were so many great photos to share, I decided to turn this two-day shoot into a three-part blog. So scroll down, enjoy and stay tuned!

Deep Ellum, Dallas, dinosaur | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie, Dallas | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie interview | Veritas Photography

Magic Book | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie Deandre Upshaw interview | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie studio | Veritas Photography

magic trunk | Veritas Photography

skeleton | VeritasPhotog

I was amazed to learn that using his creativity and engineering skills, he makes all of his own props and magic contraptions.

Confetti Eddie | VeritasPhotog

magic props | Veritas Photog

In case you didn’t already think an illusionist was an artist, Eddie has tons of works of art throughout the space. I was so inspired by all the paintings and sculptures. He even had a few cameras he made himself!

Edward Ruiz | Veritas Photography

magic art | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie art | Veritas Photography

skeleton painting | Veritas Photography

DIY homemade camera | Veritas Photography

diy photo, sculpture | Veritas Photography

 

We even got to see the dress rehearsal!

Confetti Eddie show | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie sword trick | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie finale | Veritas Photography

Want to learn more about Confetti Eddie? View the video below!

Be sure to stay tuned to my blog to see more in the series and Veritas Photography on Facebook for some exclusive shots, as well!

Baby, it’s really cold outside

As you may or may not know, it’s been REAL cold here in Dallas, Texas lately. Growing up in Texas, there have been many moments of exaggeration when it comes to the weather. This was not one of those moments. Parades and marathons were cancelled for the first time ever, entire highway systems shut down, icemageddon 2013 was in full swing. I haven’t seen snow too many times in my life, but I have a few times since living in Dallas. What was interesting about this storm, besides the fact that it was named Cleon, was the ice on the road was made from sleet. Not snow or rain that froze later on the ground. Sleet.

Friday, I was able to work from home which means I was also able to play a little after 5 p.m. Check out some of the shots I was able to get before I my fingers and toes went numb below:

Just in case it isn’t obvious, I really loved the way these trees look:

House framing ice trees | via @veritasphotog

Dallas tree icemageddon | via @veritasphotog

frozen tree oak cliff veritas photography | via @veritasphotog

IMG_2138frozen yellow leaf Veritas Photography | via @veritasphotog

frozen tree dallas | via @veritasphotog

frozen brown leaf Veritas Photography | via @veritasphotog

Here is a few fun icicle shots

car bumper icicles dallas | via @veritasphotog

Roof icicles | via @veritasphotog

Frozen Christmas Candy Cane | via @veritasphotog

dallas Frozen plants | Via Veritas Photography

Also, check out the Hi-larious blog from The Observer about the storm of the century…