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Texas Stars Hockey

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I can honestly say I had never watched a hockey game in person or on tv, let alone photographed a game until this past weekend.  I got the opportunity to snap a few shots of the Texas Stars hockey team during their opening game at the Cedar Park Center on Saturday.

Aaron Gagnon moves the puck during the Texas Stars opening game against San Antonio Rampage at the Cedar Park Center.

Aaron Gagnon moves the puck during the Texas Stars opening game against San Antonio Rampage at the Cedar Park Center.

It was absolutly awesome…The stands were packed, the lights are bright and the action was good.  It was pretty great seeing a couple of guys go toe-to-toe in the middle of the rink as everyone cheered.  If I’m not working their next home game, I plan on going as a fan.  Tickets are only $9!

I’ve got a ton of photos from the game, along with multiple portraits, football games and other stuff I plan on updating with soon….

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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

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

Thursday Night Lights

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Lake Travis running back Andy Erickson carries the ball for a touchdown against Cedar Park

Lake Travis running back Andy Erickson carries the ball for a touchdown against Cedar Park

I had the opportunity to see Lake Travis extend their winning streak to 33 games (the longest in the state of Texas) as they rolled over Cedar Park in Leander last night at the renovated Bible Memorial Stadium in Leander.

The ‘new’ stadium is a really treat to us photographers on the sidelines…They installed new light banks, 8 total, (including 4 for JUST the end zones) and made a new press box complete with wifi.  Now the old lights weren’t terrible by any means (ISO 3200 @ 1/400th f2.8 for darker uniforms – according to my rolladex of Texas stadiums I keep), but the new lights were just as bright if not brighter than the ‘Palace’ in Round Rock.  I’m talking ISO 2000 @ 1/640th-800th f2.8…But maybe I’m crazy for caring about a few stops of light…

Lake Travis Head Coach Chad Morris reacts to a Cavalier touchdown during their game against Cedar park.

Lake Travis Head Coach Chad Morris reacts to a Cavalier touchdown during their game against Cedar park.

One of the only things that I don’t like about such bright lights are the big shadows they cast under players helmets and people wearing hats, like Lake Travis Head Coach Chad Morris above.  The trick is to get low enough on the ground, either by kneeling, sitting or laying down (AAS photographer Jay Janner’s time tested technique) so you are shooting up into the helmet/hat so you can see their face.  A lot of people try to correct for this by just dodging in post, but it always makes your subject look like…well, you dodged their face (above).

Cody Cloud (#31) breaks up a pass intended for Andy Erickson in the first quarter.

Cody Cloud (#31) breaks up a pass intended for Andy Erickson in the first quarter.

Anyhow, the action was good and it was nice seeing a good team of kids playing some football.  Heck, it is always a good time watching some football.

Lake Travis quarterback Michael Brewer throws for positive yardage

Lake Travis quarterback Michael Brewer throws for positive yardage

And speaking of watching some football, it was cool watching Michael Brewer, who replaced Garrett Gilbert at quarterback when he graduated and joined the Texas Longhorns, live up to all the hype I’ve heard and read about on the internet.

Speaking of the Longhorns, I also recently purchased an entire lot of Texas Longhorn photos and films from 1960-1973.  The gentleman was a photographer in Austin that shot and filmed a large number of Longhorn games…I’ve been meaning to give them to the university, but I haven’t had the time to get over there.  Here are a couple of photos from a game in 1960.  If you can find a roster from 1960, please let me know.  I can’t find anything online…

The band plays at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in 1960.

The band plays at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in 1960.

One thing that really got me is that I was told this was the view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium looking East, where I-35 looms today.  From what I found on the internet, I-35 was built through Austin in 1962.  I’m kind of jealous of everyone that got to see Austin then…

A Texas Longhorn battles for yardage against a defender during a game in 1960.

A Texas Longhorn battles for yardage against a defender during a game in 1960.

And try to imagine a Texas Longhorn football game with that many empty seats and NO ONE on the sidelines today!  Kind of crazy really…

Colt McCoy eyes up James Kirkendoll in the end zone during a game against Baylor last season.

Colt McCoy eyes up James Kirkendoll in the end zone during a game against Baylor last season.

Kind of amazing just what a few years can do….

Friday Night Lights tonight!  Hopefully the rain will stay away, as I lost my AquaTech Sport Shield at a game last week.  So if you see a blue rain cover made for a camera and a 300mm lens, please let me know! 🙂

Aztex fall 1-0 to Portland Timbers

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Austin goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo reacts after Portland's Stephen Keel scored a goal in the 85th minute during the Aztex v Timbers game in Austin on Monday.

Austin goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo reacts after Portland's Stephen Keel scored a goal in the 85th minute during the Aztex v Timbers game in Austin on Monday.

Today has been a pretty interesting day…I started it off with my truck breaking down right in front of my house right before I had a photo assignment.  With the help of my girlfriend who had the day off, I was off to shoot the final game of the Round Rock Express.  It was nice shooting in the daytime and the game was soon over.  I’ll post some shots from the game tomorrow.

After the baseball game, I almost immediately went to my next assignment, the last home game of the Austin Aztex soccer match against the Portland Timbers.  It was a great game with a lot of action.  Pretty awesome seeing the guys play so well.  It was almost heart breaking seeing them lose with just minutes left.  They held their own against the number one ranked USL-1 team…I guess I shouldn’t have said the ‘last’ home game, as the Aztex will be hosting an exhibition game against Club de Futbol Monterrey in early October.

  • Portland's Stephen Keel jumps into the arms of his teammate Mamadou Danso after scoring the go ahead goal in the 85th minute during their soccer match against the Austin Aztex on Monday.
  • Portland’s Stephen Keel jumps into the arms of his teammate Mamadou Danso after scoring the go ahead goal in the 85th minute during their soccer match against the Austin Aztex on Monday.
  • A few new ones…

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    Dell Diamond at sunset Round Rock Express

    It has been a hot minute since I last updated (literally one of the hottest summers in history), but here we go.  As I mentioned on a previous update, I shot the Round Rock Express‘ last home game against Nashville Sounds a couple nights ago.  Pretty fun shooting some baseball again.  They are ending their season this weekend/Monday, so you should get out there and watch some baseball while you still can.

    Nashville Sounds Chris Cody

    The action was pretty good, including a small collision with the pitcher and the catcher of the Sounds…

    Reggie Abercrombie Round Rock Express

    Despite having a couple of bad at bats, Reggie Abercrombie came through with 2 RBIs and a couple of nice catches near center field.

    Round Rock Express

    I also grabbed a bunch of detail shots (kind of like the one above) and some panoramas from just about every angle I could find…

    A view from the stands at the Dell Diamond during a Round Rock Express baseball game in Round Rock.

    A view from the stands at the Dell Diamond during a Round Rock Express baseball game in Round Rock.

    I also shot the second to last home game of the Austin Aztex.  Pretty fun night as usual, but the lights kill me over at Nelson Field.  Thankfully they are moving to House Park (on Lamar/15th)  next season…The lights aren’t any better, but it is a short walk from my house.

    Jamie Watson Austin Aztex soccer

    Joining the Aztex again was Jamie Watson, who played in Austin last season.  The kid was the top scorer in the USL-2 with 12 goals and 6 assists.  He didn’t score any of the goals in the 1-0 win over Miami, but he took a couple of shots at the goal when he was put in towards the end of the game.

     Eddie Johnson Austin Aztex

    Eddie Johnson scored the sole goal, which was enough for the win…The first win in 10 games, dating back to early July.  Always good to see our   take the win.  The last game of the season is on the 7th.  If you haven’t been, it is a lot of fun.  Any why wait until next year when you can do it now?

    I also shot my first ‘real’ high school football game on Friday, the Taco Shack Bowl.  I say ‘real’ as in Friday Night Lights.  It was a lot of fun being on the sidelines again and I can’t wait until the season gets into full swing…

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    House Park Austin Tx

    Above is House Park on Lamar and 15th street, the new home of the Austin Aztex.  Check out that view!  You can see the Capitol Building from the stands too.  The stadium, which seats around 5,000 people, should be a better venue for the Aztex.  The sidelines aren’t big and there is no track running around the field, making it less dangerous for players and allowing the fans to sit almost on top of the action.  All they need to do is install some new lights and everyone (me) will be happy.

    In other news, VOLLEYBALL HAS JUST BEGUN!!!!!  I’m very excited about this.  Volleyball has got to be one of the hardest sports to shoot.  Granted anyone can shoot a serve and the players standing around, but only really talented photographers can make great images at a game.  Most venues are dimly lit, the action is really fast and the ball can go in any direction.  In any event, it is one of my favorite sports to shoot, even though I’ve only shot 3 or 4 games.  Hopefully this season will change those numbers a bit and yield a couple images for me to post.  Here are two from last season that I enjoyed…..

    Caldwell High School Volleyball

    Volleyball

    And that is it for the moment.

    Pedernales Park Johnson City TXHank at Pedernales Falls near Johnson City, TX

    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.