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A day off work….

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Is there a better way to spend a free day than riding bikes to get tacos/coffee/bagels and spending some time photographing those said bikes?  Tough call…

Peugeot road bike

I set up my background, packed in the lights and got to work photographing my trusty steeds.  When not taking photographs or eating tacos, you can usually find me out rolling on the streets on one of my bikes.

The Peugeot is my main cruiser…I haven’t done a lot of work to it, as I got it in the condition I wanted.  Took the front brakes off, left all 12 gears, put some fly grips on and rebuilt the wheels, headset, bottom bracket and everything else that moved.

Take Ivy bmx

Above is my Take Ivy bmx bike.  Yadda yadda custom this and custom that.  People that ride bmx bikes know that these are built from the ground up to handle all the abuse that these bikes take…Although mine takes hardly any abuse these days…That is because of this bike here:

Origin8 mountain bike

This bike is so much fun to ride.  It is basically a grown up bmx bike on steroids.  No front brakes, single speed, dropped seat and 26inch wheels.  This thing is almost bombproof.  Perfect for flying down the trails and hitting small jumps.

WTP Metric bmx bike

And last but not least is the newest addition to my bike family…A WeThePeople Metric flatland bike.  I haven’t had a chance to put on front brakes or hit up the OG yet, but hopefully that will change this Saturday.

I wish I could photograph all the bikes I have ever owned (I would say over 30 easily)…I think it would be a pretty cool gallery.  I promise I’ll get some more Texas Stars hockey up by tomorrow.  I’m just feeling this day off….

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October 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm

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Some new shots…

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The Rockdale cheer squad lines up for the national anthem in Rockdale.

The Rockdale cheer squad lines up for the national anthem in Rockdale.

The weather here in Austin is finally cooling down and I’ve been keeping busy photographing football, portraits and all the lunches I’ve been eating.  🙂  Here are a couple of shots from this week…  And don’t forget about the Austin Aztex hosting Club de Futbol Monterrey on the 7th in Round Rock.

The King Sandwich at Avenue B Deli, complete with a Peach Sweet Leaf Tea.

Austin Locals: The King Sandwich at Avenue B Grocery, complete with a Peach Sweet Leaf Tea.

I’ll be honest….I am addicted to the sandwiches at Avenue B Grocery by my house in Hyde Park in Austin.  I ride by it a few times a week on my bike and I can’t help from stopping in and saying hello while grabbing a sandwich.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for a sandwich in the area…

I also rode my bike down to my favorite taco place on the planet…the Tamale House on Airport Blvd. near 51st.  I just happened to be behind a guy who ordered 6 tacos but didn’t have enough money to pay for them…So he walked out on his bill and I got his tacos for $3.  A grab bag!

Local Fare:  El Cheapo tacos at the Tamale House on Airport Blvd. in Austin.

Local Fare: El Cheapo tacos at the Tamale House on Airport Blvd. in Austin.

The Tamale House sign outside of the restaurant is a lighthouse for hungry travelers.

The Tamale House sign outside of the restaurant is a lighthouse for hungry travelers.

When not photographing my lunch, I’ve been trudging around on a football field…For the most recent and more images, keep an eye on the Austin American Statesman print edition (GO BUY A NEWSPAPER) or take a look online.

Cayleb Jones and Thomas Coffman celebrate Jones' touchdown reception in the second quarter during their game against Akins on Thursday.

Cayleb Jones and Thomas Coffman celebrate Jones' touchdown reception in the second quarter during their game against Akins on Thursday.

Ben Bejil (#20) recovers a fumble from Austin High's Jacob to score Akins only touchdown in the first half.

Ben Bejil (#20) recovers a fumble from Austin High's Jacob to score Akins only touchdown in the first half.

Austin High's Cayleb Jones catches a pass over Scott Hall in the second quarter.

Austin High's Cayleb Jones catches a pass over Scott Hall in the second quarter.

I also got back my first roll of film from my Rolleiflex 120 film camera this afternoon.  The photos dated back to the Texas Relays when I started the roll all the way back to just last week.  The film was expired and (accidently) left in the trunk of a rental car for two days in the California sun…At least that is the only explanation I can come up with for the results being all over the place…

A horse jockey stands on the weight scale for a 1 second portrait after winning a race in Santa Ana, California.  Rolleiflex 75mm f5.6

A horse jockey stands on the weight scale for a 1 second portrait after winning a race in Santa Anita, California. Rolleiflex 75mm f5.6

Rocks on a beach somewhere in California.  Rolleiflex 75mm f3.5

Rocks on a beach somewhere in California. Rolleiflex 75mm f3.5

Whoops.  Hank x2 and the Texas Relays

Whoops. Hank x2 and the Texas Relays

Volleyball – Lone Star Showdown

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I got to shoot my first volleyball game of the season tonight.  I got to witness the Longhorns advance to 10-0 for the season in a very close 3-0 win over Texas A&M.  For more images check out the Austin American Statesman.

Destinee Hooker (#21) and Ashley Engle (#10) celebrate a point against Texas A&M.

Destinee Hooker (#21) and Ashley Engle (#10) celebrate a point against Texas A&M.

I’ve shot a number of University of Texas volleyball matches, but this one was the best by far.  Over 4,000 people in attendance….Which I was told it was the fourth largest crowd in history.

A crowd of 4229 fans pack into Gregory Gymnasium in Austin to watch the Texas Longhorn volleyball team take on Texas A&M on Wednesday.

A crowd of 4229 fans pack into Gregory Gymnasium in Austin to watch the Texas Longhorn volleyball team take on Texas A&M on Wednesday.

There were so many people there even the swim team made an appearance.  Ha!  Every time  the Longhorns scored a point on Texas A&M, they would take off an article of clothing…Pretty funny stuff.

The University of Texas swim team celebrates on the court after the Longhorn volleyball team closes out the second set win over Texas A&M

The University of Texas swim team celebrates on the court after the Longhorn volleyball team closes out the second set win over Texas A&M

I snapped a bunch more, so look for the Thursday edition of the Austin American Statesman.

Dog days of summer are over….

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Hank poses for a portrait at Red Bud Dog Park in Austin on the last day of summer.  Photos by Austin photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com

Hank poses for a portrait at Red Bud Dog Park in Austin on the last day of summer. Photos by Austin photographer Patrick Meredith http://www.meredith-photo.com

The summer of 2009 was the hottest summer in recorded history here in Austin, Texas.  It was pretty fun swimming, biking, drinking Dos Equis XX, twittering, taking photos, and playing Tecmo Baseball on my down time all while trying to beat the 104 degree heat.

I thought it would be fitting to celebrate the last day of summer at the dog park, swimming with my two dogs (one of which didn’t want his photo taken today).

I’ve got a bunch of shots I’ve been meaning to put up, but I can’t seem to find the energy.  Look for some photos soon.

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September 21, 2009 at 11:31 pm

ESPN GameDay in Austin tomorrow

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Some of the best things about being a photojournalist in Austin is all the unusual things I get to see, the people I get to meet and the places I get to go.  Combine any of those and it is usually a good time …

exas Longhorns fans crowd the front row during broadcasting of ESPN's "College GameDay" at the University of Texas.

Texas Longhorns fans crowd the front row during broadcasting of ESPN's "College GameDay" at the University of Texas.

Take last years ESPN College GameDay coverage at the University of Texas before they kicked off against Missouri.  It was a blast photographing around so many excited people…Everyone was screaming the entire time, trying to get on TV for that split second.  I’m guessing many more people will show up this time around, as the Longhorns are hosting Texas Tech…

ESPN's Lee Corso dons a giant Bevo head after picking the Longhorns to win over MissouriESPN’s Lee Corso dons a giant Bevo head after picking the Longhorns to win over Missouri.

The broadcast is slated to begin at 9am at the University of Texas and you can find some more info HERE.

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September 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm

up all night and driving all day

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I got the chance to photograph some live music for the first time since SXSW just the other night here in Austin, Texas.  It got me thinking that maybe I should take advantage of being in the ‘live music capitol of the world’ and shoot some more music real soon.  This concert was at Stubb’s Amphitheater in the Red River Music District in downtown Austin, which always leads to some good times.

Asher Roth performs at Stubb's in downtown Austin

Asher Roth performs at Stubb's in downtown Austin

Kid Cudi performs at Stubb's

Kid Cudi performs at Stubb's

Austin based musician Phranchyze performs at Stubb'sAustin based musician Phranchyze performs at Stubb’s

I ended up getting to bed around 3A.M. that morning after transmitting photos, only to wake up at 7A.M. for another assignment that would eventually take me on a 12 hour drive through Johnson City, Lakeway and New Braunfels.  I was assigned the task of documenting the drought that is currently gripping Texas (and other states), and it was quite a task to do in one day.

I picked up a reporter and began the drive out to Pedernales Falls near Johnson City, where I hiked down to what was once a flowing river that is now just a trickle, barely running over the ‘falls’.  After climbing dry river channels that had been cut out from giant boulders for a good hour or so (carrying way to much camera gear), we made the trip out to Lakeway to see Lake Travis.  Acting on a tip from fellow photographer Erich Schlegel, we headed to Hurst Creek Cove to take a look at the water levels there…

Hurst Creek Cove

Hurst Creek Cove

It was pretty crazy to see really, as the entire cove was completely dry!  We took a path down to the bottom of the cove to walk around down there to see what we could find…And we found a guy by the name of Bill Cosby, who was doing the exact same thing as us, poking around to see what was down there.  Old bikes, fans, boats and more trash than you would picture was at the bottom…I thought it was pretty wild that people just left boats out in the middle of the cove.

Hurst Creek Cove

Hurst Creek Cove

I wanted to go out right next to the boat and grab a wide angle shot of it next to the dock, but once you went about 5 feet out where the water was stood (over 30 feet in some spots), you would start to sink.  I nearly lost a shoe at one point….

After nearly being consumed by quicksand mud, we accidentally went the wrong way on HWY 71 and came to Spicewood, where the drought is pretty evident as well.

Pedernales River at Highway 71

Pedernales River at Highway 71

From there we went back to Johnson City after a voice recorder was left on the counter and then made our way to New Braunfels to see how the water levels were doing down there.  Although down over a foot in some places we visited, the water is still flowing nicely (I went tubing there last week!).  I shot a couple photos of people having fun in the water and eventually made our way back to Austin.

New Braunfels City Tube Chute

New Braunfels City Tube Chute

It was a pretty exhausting day (as I said earlier, nearly 12 hours), but the results were worth it.  I nabbed the cover of the Houston Chronicle last Sunday.

One short month to go…

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Colt McCoy directs his offensive line during the University of Texas Spring Jamboree.

Colt McCoy directs his offensive line during the University of Texas Spring Jamboree.

Sunday September 5th.   Sunday September 13th.  Sunday September 5th.  Sunday September 13th.  Repeat with me.

I can’t wait until the football season is in full swing.  The Texas heat *starts* to cool down, everyone is usually in a good mood (unless you are a Chiefs fan) and there is always a game to photograph here in Austin.  High school football kicks off right around that time as well, so my hands should be pretty full.  Not that I’m complaining.

I actually got my first two ‘games’ of the season under my belt a few months ago and just last week.  I went to the UT Spring Jamboree and the Texas High School All-Star game at Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium.  Even though I had a huge hit list (2 players I had didn’t play, so that only left 15 or so), it was a lot of fun.  The guys playing looked like they were having a blast as well.

Jelani Johnson, of Hightown, points to the sideline following a play during the 2009 THSCA all-star football game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin on Tuesday.

Jelani Johnson, of Hightown, points to the sideline following a play during the 2009 THSCA all-star football game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin on Tuesday.

And if you’ve been reading my blog at all, you may have noticed that I like to deploy remote cameras at just about every sporting event I’m at.  I was shooting the Texas High School Championships a few weeks ago and had a remote payoff pretty well.

JessiRay Navarrette celebrates after Chandler Geller strikes out to end the 5A State Semi-Final 11-3 in the Bulldogs favor on Friday in Round Rock.

JessiRay Navarrette celebrates after Chandler Geller strikes out to end the 5A State Semi-Final 11-3 in the Bulldogs favor on Friday in Round Rock.

I was shooting the dugout as the final batter struck out, but my remote captured the follow through and celebration.  This photo ran the entire front page of the sports section of the Austin American Statesman.

I also shot my first basketball game in a really, really long time last week.  I had a few photos run in the Houston Chronicle as well as onlinechron

That and a gallery over at TexasSports for the soccer coverage a post down or so.

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I’ve got a concert to shoot tonight and a big feature story tomorrow…Hopefully all goes well.  I’ll be sure to show you all the results after they are published!