After The Storm
Hello everybody! You might not recognize me, but long ago I actually used to post often! Where have the times gone? Work, school, and travel - and I'm happy to report all are going quite well. I had the opportunity to visit my old haunt in Houston and hook up with flickrite and fello MMA fan Nick Sanford to shoot a bit (and suck down a margarita or two).
Whenever I travel I make a point of using google earth to scout potential locations for going shooting. Once I saw some of the wreckage in Galveston Bay (southeast of Houston) from 2008's Hurricane Ike, I knew it was a place I needed to spend a lot of time. Note, I marked the location on the map - anyone visiting Houston anytime soon should make the 45 minute-ish drive to the Bay . . . the water isn't pleasant, but the stark remains of the hurricane are a photographer's dream.
This is the former 18th Street Pier, a public fishing pier with a nice seafood cookery at its base. About half of the pier has been rebuilt and I shot this 118 second exposure off the end of said rebuilt portion . . amid waves and stomping fisherman shaking the dock. I was surprised that even one of these shots turned out relatively sharp, but luck and timing were with me on this morning. Probably one of my favorite pictures of the year.