Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith

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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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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

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

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.

Austin Aztex vs. Houston Dynamo

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I made the short drive from my house to Nelson Field in Austin, Texas to watch the Austin Aztex take on the Houston Dynamo tonight.
From what I’ve read online and what people in the stands were telling me, Houston, the two-time MLS Cup Champion, would be a hard team to beat. Both teams put up some nice plays (including a few acrobatic saves from Miguel), but the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
A good game to watch…Even better was that I stayed for the entire match, something I usually don’t get to do! Over 4,000 people came out to support their teams, which is very cool.

If light of all the requests I’ve gotten and the number of hits my blog is getting because of the AA, I’ll try to upload a few more photos than I normally would.
If you are interested in using a photo, please contact me via email @ info@meredith-photo.com

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March 8, 2009 at 5:33 am