Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith

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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.