Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose

A handful of pics from the Queen of the Missions in San Antonio, TX - better known as Mission San Jose.

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Blue hour at The Pearl

Blue hour at The Pearl

The Pearly Brewery in San Antonio is quite a spot.  It's been redeveloped and now includes all sorts of shops, restaurants and even a farmer's market.  Oh yeah, and it's beautiful, especially when you get up early and capture it before dawn!

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Morning along The Riverwalk

Morning along The Riverwalk

The Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio is a beautiful part of a beautiful city.  I recently spent some time there and got up early to capture it at sunrise.  It was quiet, still, and empty - perfect for photography.  Here's the shots I captured that morning!

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The first mission in Texas

The first mission in Texas

Mission Espada is the oldest Mission in Texas, and in my opinion, the most beautiful one in San Antonio.  I made a visit there recently and returned with some great shots of this historic structure.  Have a look and let me know your thoughts!

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An evening in downtown San Antonio

An evening in downtown San Antonio

I recently spent a couple of days in San Antonio, Texas and captured quite a few nice photos while I was there.  Today's post is a group of 4 that I am rather fond of, all from downtown.  It covers El Mercado and some spots along The Riverwalk - click on it and enjoy!

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The San Antonio Riverwalk

The San Antonio Riverwalk

Have you ever visited San Antonio, TX?  It's very beautiful, especially the Riverwalk area, and especially at sunrise when there are no tourists in the way.  Have a look...I think you will enjoy these.  Oh, and I toss out a 5 year old sunset photo too, since I had forgotten about it.  No time like the present!

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San Fernando Cathedral

Have you seen this lovely cathedral in San Antonio?

I was in San Antonio a few weeks back, and had a few extra minutes to kill before having to be somewhere (and I was downtown).  Knowing I was only a couple of blocks away from San Fernando Cathedral, I strolled over there to take a few shots.

I first shot this cathedral about 3-4 years ago, and this was my first visit since then.  It's beautiful and reminds me of Notre Dame in Paris.  It's also the oldest cathedral in the United States.  Ain't that something?

Being a big fan of church architecture, I just had to get over here and shoot it again.  There was wonderful golden light since sunset was approaching, and all I had to do was wait a minute for the tourists to clear the scene, and fire my brackets.  Easy living!

The San Antonio skyline

I love to shoot skylines - aren't they beautiful?

I think that given the chance, just about everyone enjoys taking a photo of some city's skyline.  They are just interesting, and beautiful.  I tend to be biased towards things like that because I just love architecture.  But I'm sure others feel the same way.

I was invited down to San Antonio recently to shoot the skyline from atop the roof of a condo building.  The agents in charge of selling the condo opted to go for a social media approach in getting the word out on the condo, and as such invited a bunch of Texas-based photographers down to San Antonio to shoot away.  We did.

It was a great event, with about 20 photographers all hanging out in the condo, and then taking off to the roof around sunset and through blue hour.  We shot like crazy.  I have a load of photos still to process from that night, but wanted to toss out these first two for now.

And by the way, if you want to have a look at the condo, you can do so on its website, which is here: http://lacascada.kuperexclusive.com/  
#SAskyline   #SAcityscape  

The Alamo

My photo library is expanding at a pretty rapid clip.  This is a good thing of course, but it also is a challenge.  It’s a good thing in that I have a lot of photos to process, so even when I am not traveling and have free time, I can find something photo-related to work on.  But the challenge is that I never feel like I am caught up on anything.  I am literally always behind.

Take this photo, for example.  In case you don’t recognize this, it’s The Alamo in San Antonio, TX.  I took this photo about 3 years ago, and am just now posting it.  See what I mean?  I will never catch up.

Honestly though, I don’t want to catch up.  If I catch up, that means I have not been taking photos, which means I am not pursuing my love of photography.  It probably also means that I have not traveled anywhere, and that’s just as bad.

So, here’s to always being behind!  It’s a great place to be! :-)

Light and water

Some photos from The Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, TX today!

On New Year's Eve day, we drove down to San Antonio, TX for lunch with some of the family at the Tower of the Americas.  If you aren't familiar with the Tower, it is 750 feet tall and has a rotating restaurant at the top, giving you commanding views in every direction.  Plus, the food is good.  I had not been there in a really long time, and sadly did not bring all my normal photo gear, just opting only for the 28-300 lens and no tripod.  When we walked up to it and I found all these incredible fountains, I was click happy but regretted the lack of my wide angle lens and tripod.  I did fire off brackets, but ended up just using a single exposure for this one.  I loved the late afternoon light hitting the water, and of course all the little streams of water cascading this way and that.

Heck, while I am at it - here's a shot of the Tower of Americas in San Antonio.  As I said, it's 750 feet tall, so I had to back up pretty good to get this shot!  Like I said at the beginning of this post, it was New Year's Eve day so if you look close enough you can see the 2011 at the top of the Tower.  I'm guessing at midnight they were changing that over to 2012!