Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Down the Stairs

Getting just about 30 hours until Christmas morning and I have another Christmas picture for ya'll. I really enjoyed this one, mostly because it kind of gives the feeling of coming down the stairs on Christmas morning. This is a 3 shot HDR and I really love how it captures the warmth of Christmas morning. If I don't get a chance to post another before Christmas, I hope everybody is safe and has a Merry Christmas.

Down the Stairs, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Carol of Lights

As some may know, I went to Lubbock this last weekend for the Texas Tech graduation. We got into Lubbock at about 11:30PM and I instantly wanted to get to the campus to see the Carol of Lights again. It has been over a year since I graduated from Texas Tech and this is definitely one part of the school I really miss. Every year in the beginning of December, they hold a ceremony and light up a good portion of the campus with white, red, and orange Christmas lights. It is quite a sight and is something you really have to see.

This photo is one of many I took in my brief visit to the campus last weekend. A view of the science building with the natural sciences building in the background. It is a 3 shot HDR and I really like how it brings out the detail of the bricks and the surrounding environment. Enjoy!

Carol of Lights, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas in Friendswood

Its the week of Christmas and all of my shopping is done. This gives me way to much free time and with that I have been able to take some awesome pictures in the last few days. Just recently I went up to Lubbock for a Texas Tech graduation and was able to take some good pictures of the campus with all of its lights.

This picture was taken at Stevenson Park in Friendswood and the way that they light up the gazebo is really nice. It is a HDR photo, with 3 shots, and I decided to make it black and white because I thought it helped the lights stand out a little more.

Christmas in Friendswood, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Project

On January 1st, I am going to attempt to complete Project 365. This consists of me taking at least one picture every day for 365 days and posting the one or my favorite of the day to my blog. I heard that it is really hard to finish and that even making it a few weeks was hard, but I thought it would be a fun way to challenge my look at photography and possibly make me better in the process.

There are many different ways groups do this on flickr, but the one group I seem to like the best is and their rules are right on the front page. I will be following those to get started. If anybody wants to try this with me let me know so I can keep track of your days. Over at they have tons of others who participate in this every day, and I also noticed they post themes every once and a while for you to try out if you run out of ideas.

Just a fun picture I took a while back to share with you:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

Taking a break from finals preparation and thought I would share a picture that I took this weekend. I had recently read about using a long exposure time and zooming into/away from your subject while the shutter is still open. So while at my friend Matt's, I decided to give this technique a try.

I was really surprised how well the results turned out, especially since I was trying this without a tripod to help keep it steady. The specs for this are 1/4 sec, ISO 800, 22mm, and f/ 5.6

Oh Christmas Tree, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fall Leaf

Its a very cold and rainy first day of December. The cold is very nice, but the rain I could do without. It makes going outside not worth it at all, if it would just dip below 30 maybe some snow would be possible. Anyway, just outside my front door is a small tree that I park my truck next to and it has been showing the colors of fall since possibly October.

Just the other day, the colors were really beginning to show really well and I pulled out my camera and started shooting. This one is one of my favorites, especially with the way the veins of the leaf showing off the small details.

Fall Leaf, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

If you ever get a chance go by UHCL and on the 2nd floor you can find one of my photographs on display until the 22nd of December. I was part of an Aids Awareness art contest and yesterday they put up all of the pieces for display.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Via Colori

Today was day two of Via Colori in downtown Houston. The weather this time around was wonderful and could not have been better for the event. There were many very talented artists displaying their talent and it was hard to narrow down what to pay attention to the most.

This picture, is actually the first one I took of the day. It was done by Kelly Faltemayer (as best as i can tell from the name in another picture) and as far as I know it has no name. It is funny that among all the colorful pieces that were filling the streets, a black and white one is the first to grab my attention.

Via Colori, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Nature's Reflection Pool

Well, today's session of Via Colori was about rained out. I showed up at around 11:30 this morning to find the streets soaked from the rain from the past few hours. Either way, it made for some great photographs even without the artists decorating the streets. Hopefully tomorrow I will have better luck at Via Colori and the weather will allow for some awesome street art.

This photo is a 3 shot HDR taken just inside of Tranquility Park facing south east towards downtown.

Nature's Reflection Pool, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Bike Rack

When I was in Austin the last time, I was testing out my HDR capabilities on a various amount of different items. While walking through the campus of UT, for some reason, a bike rack caught my attention and screamed to be photographed. I really liked how the red and blue seemed to just pop from behind the chrome spokes of the bike.

This is a 3 exposure HDR taken with my Canon 40D at f/5.6, ISO 200, and 17-85mm lens.

Bike Rack

Coming up this weekend is Via Colori, in downtown Houston. A friend of mine, Roberto, will be out there showing off his artistry skills. So if you get a chance go and check it out. For more information go check out the Houston Via Colori website at:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Friday Night Lights

On Friday, I was able to get down on the field and shoot a Texas high school football playoff game between Friendswood and Lamar Consolidated. I have never shot sports at any level besides my little brother and for the most part I cant say I was happy with everything that I took. At about half time the auto-focus on my lens stopped working and it showed me how nice it was to really have it when its around.

Learning to photograph sports is something that I have been wanting to learn to do and I figure the best place to learn is at my local high school. It will definitely be a learning experience and hopefully with time I will be able to provide better pictures. All of these were taken with my Canon 40D on Manual Settings and a Sigma 70-200mm @ f/2.8 and have been cropped.

ISO-1600 @ 1/400 sec

ISO-1600 @ 1/400 sec

ISO-3200 @ 1/800 sec
I tried out my 40Ds ISO at 3200 on this shot and it turned out to be way to noisy.

ISO-1600 @ 1/400 sec

ISO-1600 @ 1/400 sec
One of the hardest lessons I learned Friday was about lighting. Shooting from the endzone provides very poor lighting and half the time you can't even see the players faces.

ISO-1600 @ 1/320 sec

ISO-1600 @ 1/500 sec

ISO-1600 @ 1/400 sec

ISO-1600 @ 1/400 sec

ISO-1600 @ 1/400 sec
In Photoshop I went ahead an added a little vignetting to see if it helped give the picture anything extra.

ISO-1600 @ 1/400 sec

ISO-1600 @ 1/320 sec

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ties That Bind

While in Austin, I did not spend all of my time wondering around parks and viewing nature, but Catherine also took me to UT's campus to take a look around for interesting photographs. My original plan was to actually focus many of my pictures on the UT tower, but while walking around the plan changed and many opportunities came about.

This picture is an overhang that can be found just outside of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, at the Alumni Center. The way that all of the colors worked together with the lines of the wood, metal and brick just caught my eye. This is a 3 exposure HDR taken at 56mm.

Ties That Bind, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Little Green Left

While in Austin, we went on a short hike to enjoy the beautiful weather. This hike followed a small stream for a good majority of the trail that we walked. Among the trail I came across a small plant that seemed to be growing almost by itself. It was funny to me because fall is almost in full swing and everything is starting to wither away, but all while this small plant was thriving in the rocks on the walking trail.

Original picture was taken at 17mm with f/4 and taken into Photoshop for some fun post processing.

A Little Green Left, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekend in Austin

I recently went to Austin to visit Catherine for the weekend. As always it was a great time and this weekend we spent a majority out and about in a few of the many parks Austin has to offer. One of which I was really excited to see was Bull Creek. I had recently viewed a picture of Catherine and her dog Teddy next to a small waterfall in the area and requested that we go there. I thought it would make for some great shots and captured a great panoramic of the scene while I was there.

This panoramic was composed of 14 individual shots at 17mm.

Bull Creek Panoramic, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The other side of Friendswood

Continuing on the beautiful weather that has been around, I went out to a local park and decided to go on a little nature photo walk. I decided to give nature HDR a go and see how well it went. For the most part, the breeze was a pain to work around, but the overall results came out fairly nice.

This photo is just inside 1776 Park and it is probably a park most people don't even realize exists. Despite the creek being full of crystal clear water, i think it really helps make the park stand out from the rest around the town.

1776 Park, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Golden Fall

On Friday I went out and met some friends as they were fishing in a pond near one of their houses. There was quite a bit of good photography and this is one of my favorites from the day. I am heading off to Austin here this next weekend and hope that it brings just as many opportunities as these last few days have for some more great photo's.

Golden Fall, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Flowers in High Grass

Catherine came in town this last weekend and we spent a bit of time at my grandmother's house. She has a vast array of garden scenery for me to photograph and I took the opportunity to try some HDR with it. I really like how the green's just pop in this photo, but at the same time I wish the flowers were brought out just a bit more.

I am also trying out the Blog feature that is available at So excuse the untidyness at the moment if everything seems to be a little crazy.

Flowers in High Grass, originally uploaded by griffithgreg.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Photo Walk - The Real Pictures

On Monday I went on a photo walk with Jena. I posted a couple pictures before that were quazi-HDR style, but here are some real ones without all the special effects added.

Those are my favorites for the day and hopefully if the weather remains nice I will get to go on another walk real soon.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Downtown Photo Walk - HDR Attempt

I found HDR photography on Sunday and I really enjoyed the style. So yesterday I went on a architectural based photo walk in downtown Houston to see what kind of results I could get. Here are two of the better results:

Thursday, September 3, 2009 just can't stop

Just when I thought I could stop myself from wanting a new lens, Canon had to go and scream NO! On Sept. 1, Canon announced their newest addition the the L series line-up: the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L USM Macro Lens. One of the biggest features that Canon is pushing with this lens is the new Hybrid IS technology, which is supposed to make handheld macro photography much easier.

Canon has said that it will be released near the end of October with the suggested retail price of $1,049.00. It is the fourth true macro lens by Canon, joining the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, and the EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM. Maybe, if all else fails, this will drop the price of the non L 100mm Macro for the rest of us!

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

It's time for some FOOTBALL!!

It's been a long time since the last post, but the other day I went out to my brothers football scrimmage. This gave me a good chance to test out my daylight sports photography skills. I went ahead and posted a few of the pictures that I seemed to like the most, its hard to narrow it down from over 600 photo's.

Earlier last week I was hoping to grab Canons 100mm 2.8 macro, but as of today it is back to being out of stock. It seems to be a pretty hard to get lens. Next time I will be sure to grab it as soon as I find it.

Onto the photos!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Images from months past...

Well, a few things that I have almost forgotten about until now. Up first was for a movie poster project for one of my classes last semester. We were told to create three original movie posters and this was considered to be my "funny" poster of the bunch. I think it pretty much explains itself...

Following, is another poster design I presented to the Siggraph Conference, in their annual poster contest. This one has been in hiding mostly because I was waiting to hear back from the Siggraph judges. Sadly, I was not successful in making it to the finals of judging, there is always next year. The theme of this contest was "Network Your Senses." Since the Siggraph conference is all about technology, they encourage the theme to portray technology as much as possible. Overall my idea was to incorporate Binary Code in the shape of a face, to represent the senses. The Binary Code itself says "Wellcome to Siggraph 2009 in New Orleans! Network your senses."

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rocko's Modern Life...

Don't ask me why, but that song is stuck in my head. I have not seen an episode of that in years and it randomly just popped up while I was trying to break down my designers block. With summer school officially over as of 9:00PM tonight, hopefully I will have more time to actually enjoy part of my summer. Well, the part that does not involve me sitting in my freezing cold office 8 ours a day. I have a few things I would like to accomplish before this summer is complete:

Design and Publish Personal Design Website
Enter Multiple Design/Photography/Photoshop Contests on
Find out more information about becoming an ACE (Adobe Certified Expert)

Doesn't seem like to long of a list...but I am sure it will grow as the summer, or even this week, goes on. About time to call it a night so I can get up bright and early for work!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Well, er....5th I guess now. I just wanted to drop by and give a quick photo of the day from the fireworks. I know its not the best picture, but it will do for now.

There are others, I just have not had a chance to go through and find the better ones yet...until next time!

Friday, May 22, 2009

"Time has stopped before us..."

I received my new DSLR today! I went with the Canon 40D and a Canon EFS 17-85mm lens. I am about to head out for Austin for Catherine's graduation, so as soon as I get back (or possibly while I am there) I will be sure to post some pictures.

Actually here is one picture I have of my newest model...Teddy. Off to Austin!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Kind of bored today, so I thought I would go back and work on a little project I had going during the semester.

It is almost entirely 100% original from Photoshop tools alone, except for a picture or two that I used from my library. Creating this was just something fun I had wanted to do, but never really had the time. Living back in the Houston area, right next to JSC, has really brought my space nerd back out. I had originally planned on putting together a whole solar system of planets and even mess with the space that Earth is in. 

Onto other news, my camera is now out of commission and I have heard a few bad things about the Rebel series from Canon. I went browsing yesterday (oh by the way, why doesn't Fry's have Nikon's???) and narrowed it down to four choices. Well, really three, the Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D90, and the Nikon D5000. The Canon 50D was on the list, but do I really need 15.1MP? Seems like a waste of and extra $500 to me. All come strapped with a CMOS sensor, but what really has been attracting me is the speed of the 40D. It shoots 6.5 frames per second while the two Nikon's are barley hitting 4 fps. Other than the speed the Nikon's seem like better Cameras to me, so I didnt know which route I want to take. 

Well, time to get started on some real work...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


About to head to bed for the night and thought I would post a picture of something themed around one of my current projects. Hopefully I will have a website with a real gallery by mid summer. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I caved....

Despite my best efforts, I have...joined twitter. 

I did some thinking about it and I thought that it would be in the best interest of my future to join and have more possible ways for future business (i hope) to find me and my work.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Never than Late Better

Wow, that title was Yogafied. Anyway, here are some pictures that I took or was taken of me by my camera. Just in case the info is missing, I went to Steamboat Colorado over my spring break with my old roommate Matt. Here they be:

Group shot before the n00bs learned to snowboard.

We went to a tubing hill. Pretty fun the first few times, then Matt had to go beat me in a race.

Matt's "signature pose" or as he would say "chunkin' the deuce"

Full view of Steamboat from the tubing grounds.
One of my bus drivers during my trip. His name is Bulldog and this was taken on St. Patricks Day. The guy was awesome, had a Scottish accent and wore a kilt.

The Condo we used to lay our heads

And finally two shots of me bored on the plane with my approved electrical device.

Well, that was my spring break in a nut shell. I am starting to save up for a new camera and I really hope to get it before I head off to NJ for Taylors wedding. As of right now I am shooting for (no pun intended) a Canon EOS Rebel XSI, but I will see what happens. If you know anything about camera's and have any tips or ideas please let me know, I would be happy to hear them.

Oh, one last bit of news for this little spot. I am building a new page that will (hopefully) take the place of this one. It will also serve as my online portfolio as well as my freelancing based business site. I am trying to think of a domain name that isn't taken, so far the best I have been able to find is, but I will have to see if I can think of anything better.