516 Photos - Jul 13, 2011
Photo: Photo: Houston Sunrise

I was in Houston a couple of weeks ago taking Renee Robyn’s beauty lighting and conceptual portraiture class. One morning I snuck on top of the building hosting the workshop. It’s all under construction so I was able to just walk right up to the roof. Oddly, once I arrived, there was a glass dinette table just sitting there. Well you know how much of a sucker I am for reflection shots, so I used it to set this one up.Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - All images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Love on Fire
Amazing art graces the playa at Burning Man 2014. #love #burningman #firePhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images creative commons noncommercialPhoto: New Zealand Adventure - Day 1
After getting settled in a resting for a bit after the long flight, +Trey Ratcliff and I headed up the gondola in Queenstown to capture this amazing view. We then went down to this really old, rustic building which now houses this incredible pizza called "The Cow". There we joined our families for food and fun. I'm so thankful for this time I'm getting to spend here and really excited to bring you along by sharing the photos with you.Photo: by Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.comPhoto: A Visit to Galatea
Mono Lake 2014Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.smugmug.com - all images Creative Commons NonCommercial unless otherwise noted.Photo: From Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.smugmug.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.smugmug.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Riz from the Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival.  #tartanicPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - All images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative CommonsPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.comPhoto: From Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Truth is Beauty
Another magical moment on the Burning Man playa.Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: From Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - All images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Alien Landing
Burning Man 2013Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: The Mothership at Burning Man 2013Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - All images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: From Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Garden of Edin
My good friend +edin chavez took me around to some money photo locations while I was visiting him earlier this year.Photo: Colorful Florida SunrisePhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images creative commons noncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images creative commons noncommercialPhoto: The rEVOLution will not be televised, but it will be photographed.Photo: A Long Slow GoodbyePhoto: Emily the Wallclimber
I don't know if her name is actually Emily, but she does run the Climbing Wall at Scarborough Renaissance Festival, which will be opening soon!Photo: From Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - All images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Photo: WEST 7TH
Fort Worth, TexasPhoto: Kit Kat Faerie
A fun weekend at the Sherwood Forest Renfest. I love shooting all the characters, but especially the faeries.Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images creative commons noncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Space Invaders
Mono Lake - 2013Photo: From Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Big Sur TwilightPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Monumental Pony
I took this as a snowstorm was coming into the valley.Photo: Monolith
From Monument Valley, UtahPhoto: Photo: North Dallas FogPhoto: HAIR CONTEST
I did a shoot yesterday for a hair stylist friend of mine. I was really happy to see the model she had prepared for a contest she's entering.Photo: I guess this is my first time for selfie sunday.

Hosted by (+Jeff Smith  and +Levi Moore  )
#SelfieSundayPhoto: A fun night out at the Day of the Dead festival in Fort Worth. Lots of good music, food, art and people in costume. I continue to be amazed at the low light capability of the Nikon D800 - 50mm 1.4 combo. It's just crazy.Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: THE BLUE MORPHEUS
The Blue Morpheus Camp was full of awesome people. They are based out of Seattle and are really chill. I was introduced to them by a friend I met last year and was glad to get to hang out.
At Burning Man last year, I always wanted to go out on an art car, but it never happened. So when I got the opportunity to go this year, I was really excited. Little did I know what type an adventure we were in for. It started off as normally as Burning Man can be. We went to this party at the Hotel Ashram Galactica, which was this amazing camp decked to the nines. It had a cool meditation dome with bells and chimes and pillows all around. The full bar was a separate 50x100' tent that was absolutely slammed. They had these tents that were more like rooms with antique furniture and decorated very elegantly. Ashram Galactica had it goin' on!
From there we headed toward Opulent Temple and noticed the winds starting to pick up. We didn't stay at Opulent long as the winds were getting stronger and stronger and decided to start to head back to camp. At this point it got really nuts. The temperature was in the low 50's, but the wind was gusting easily at 60mph. And here I was on top of this art car riding the storm like Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump. Visibility was nearly zero. Peds and bikers would dart in front of the headlights then disappear just as quickly. Eventually one of the passengers got off and guided the Morpheus using lasers like runway lights.
When we got back to their camp an hour later, all the passengers were completely covered in dust. It was awesome! I went back to check on my camp, and thankfully it was still there. One of my supports to my shade structure broke, but that was the only damage. I wrapped it in duct tape and it was good to go. All in all, it was a fun and unforgettable night atop the Blue Morpheus. I can't wait to chill with these folks next year!Photo: Hanging Stone
Burning Man 2012
Ticket information was released yesterday for 2013. I can't wait. It's what I live for.Photo: OTIC OASIS
Burning Man 2012Photo: Taurus on the Playa - Burning Man
Since I began traveling for photography, I would be in a beautiful location and wished Cher and Seth could be there to share the experience with me. Up until now, it just wasn't possible. But all that has changed now that we have a sweet new (used) RV. We went on our maiden camping trip this weekend and it was really cool. No more bathing out of a 5 gallon bucket at Burning Man. No more overpriced hotels wondering if the sheets were really changed. And best of all, my family gets to see the amazing places I've been and am planning to go. Let the adventures begin!Photo: Occupy Wall Street
Burning Man 2012
We burned it all to the ground.

Why can't we be more like Iceland? They jailed the bankers and bailed out the people. You'll never hear about it in mainstream media, though. This charade put on by our government surely couldn't last much longer.Photo: The Temple Aura
Burning Man at night is like a big lightpainting session... except you don't have to do any of the work. I got several shots of the Temple of Juno from this angle, but the best one is here when a car drove through the frame.Photo: Disco Shark
Most of the things you see at Burning Man are intended to make you smile. I've still got this silly grin on my face a week later. Reality is trying to creep in and take it away, but I'm blocking its' attacks with flying kung fu kicks.Photo: PINK HEART CAMP
Pink Heart Camp is a Burning Man Beacon. You can glance over from anywhere on the playa and see the gentle pink glow emanating from Pink Heart at 9:00 and Esplanade. The story behind the camp is even cooler. It is run by John Halcyon Styn. I could write an entire book on how awesome this guys is, but just Google him or look up some of his videos on YouTube and you'll see for yourself. He has lots of videos that helped me prepare for Burning Man last year as a virgin, but he also has a show called Hug Nation that is a benefit on so many levels. Don't miss John's TEDx talk either. I wish there were more people like him.Photo: Veiled at Center CampPhoto: Starport 2012 - Burning Man
This sculpture called Starport 2012 graced the entrance to Center Camp. It was so cool. At night it lit up with color changing LEDs. I want to build one over my driveway.Photo: Angel at Center Camp
#burningman2012Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Inside the Temple of Juno at Burning Man 2012. Besides the gentle wind coming through the lattice, you could hear a pin drop.Photo: Spinning fire with El PulpoPhoto: Jens and Gonkirin the Chinese Dragon
This was one of the first nights at Burning Man. The temple had just opened and some of the art cars were coming by to see. This guy jumped into my frame. I didn't mind because he was so cool looking. I asked him to freeze while I got this shot. Just at that time the dragon spewed a huge burst of fire. You would be amazed how this type of magic happens constantly out there... where everything comes together in perfect harmony.
#burningman2012Photo: El Pulpo Mechanico
Burning Man 2012Photo: TORONTO AT NIGHT
I took this on my last night in Canada. I'd definitely like to visit again. Everyone was really chill and friendly.Photo: It's not every day that you get to hang out with supermodels.Photo: I haven't been able to post as many photos recently as I would like. It's really hard to travel and keep up with the social stuff. Right now I'm in Canada and am going to explore Toronto this afternoon.
I took this photo day before yesterday. I had a few hours before my RIMOWA gig and chose to visit Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York. The property is huge and no one but a few groundskeepers were around. I had been there an hour or so, and as I was finishing up, this lady called me over and said "no tripods". I was like, "say what?"
She said I had to get a permit in order to use "professional" equipment. I tried explaining that I was just a tourist and blogger with nice toys. Besides my photos would do nothing but put a positive light on their business and possibly encourage more people to visit. To no avial, she asked me to stop using my tripod or leave. So I left.
If you visit, don't expect to be warmly welcomed as a photographer. You can shoot crappy iPhone photos all day, but if you want something of true quality, you might want to visit someplace else... or try for the permit.Photo: BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
While "on assignment" in Colorado a couple of weeks ago, I went up into the mountains while I had some free time. I found this place on the Stuck on Earth app and decided that Bridal Veil Falls would be my destination.

The parking was VERY limited so I had to wait about an hour before getting out of my car. Now, I have been exercising lately, but it didn't prepare me for the 3.6 mile hike in order to get me to the falls. The mountain air with the rugged terrain, tennis shoes and a heavy camera bag really took it's toll.

By the time I got to the falls, after several rest stops, the thunder had begun to rumble. I was a little quick in getting the photos, my ISO was set too high and I almost slipped and fell on the rocks. I still don't know how I stayed upright.

My feet had already developed blisters on the way there and I knew I didn't want wet shoes all the way back, so I got a few brackets and headed toward the car. The rain came down and I got pretty soaked, but it was actually nice. It cooled things down nicely and made for a relaxing hike back.Photo: LA at NightPhoto: BRIAN ROSE GRAFFITI
While I was in LA shooting an event for Rimowa, I got a little time to wander around. I spotted this graffiti and thought it looked just like +Brian Rose .Photo: BRIAN ROSE GRAFFITI FULL WALLPhoto: Chihuly Courtyard Couple
This is from the Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum. I asked the young couple to hold "real still" while I get this long exposure. They did a great job!Photo: Regal Reeds
Awesome night at the Dallas Arboretum with the Dallas Photography Group. These sculptures were amazing, but when it got dark, they really came to life. If you are a local DFW photographer, or even just photography curious, you should join the Dallas Photography Group through meetup.com. The experiences and events are normally something you wouldn't do on your own, plus it's great to have someone there if you have questions about camera settings or setup. I wouldn't be where I am today without it.Photo: I was right beside you, but you didn't notice
Have you ever been next to awesomeness and didn't even know it? A few years ago I was really into R/C car racing. It's a 2 man sport where one guy drives and the other guy "pits" and refuels the car. I usually went by myself and asked around for drivers not in my class to be my "pit guy". Well, I was asking around one night and saw this dude that looked really cool... so I asked him. He said "sure, if he had time" (which he didn't). But I found out later that he was this super stud racer with sponsorships and magazine deals (who went on to win the main race that night). I was so embarrassed for even asking. It was like asking Michael Jordan to inflate your basketball, or +Trey Ratcliff to carry your camera bag.
I'm sure we all have had brushes with greatness without realizing it. I'd love to hear your story. Let me hear from ya!Photo: Michelle -  Nikon D800
I've been wanting to get a Nikon D800 since they were first announced. The call from my local camera store came about a month ago and I jumped right on it. I am freaking out with this rig. The files are huge and the sharpness is second to none. Here's a model I shot a couple of weeks ago to show and example of what this thing does. I love it and can't wait to go on a trip to shoot some landscapes.

There are a ton of features I haven't even played with yet. Later today I'm going to dedicate some "manual" time and get to know this baby a little better.Photo: A quick sneak peek for my G+ followers from a fashion photoshoot I did this morning. Just the way I like it... me, my wife (who does the makeup), the model, and the client. We got lots of great stuff!Photo: Move her to Montana
Another final from the Pecos Belle boots photoshoot. We found this really cool wood window to shoot in. The only problem was the restaurant behind it. I told my client I could put a cool mountain scene or something to give it a different feel. The background I took on my trip to Death Valley last fall. The foreground was taken just outside of downtown Fort Worth.
#DV2011Photo: COMEDY
This is one of the last shots I took on last Saturday's Dallas Photowalk. I usually get started around this time, but the walk began at 3:30, it was really hot, and the family and I were getting pretty spent. It was nice to get to hang out with some other photographers and get a little exercise. This is the first HDR that I've posted taken with my new D800. Upgrading is fun, but you soon realize that you have to upgrade other stuff too... like RAM.
Thanks to +Monique Yates for putting the walk together. We've been needing to get Dallas to "Google Up" a little bit more and I appreciate her effort to do so. We'll do another walk real soon, so if you missed this one, don't worry.
#DallasPWPhoto: NOCONA COWGIRL

What a fun photoshoot I had last week. I finally got my D800 in and really put it through its' paces. I did a 4 hour photoshoot for Nocona Boots and shot 1200 photos. I am just amazed at how this camera performs. The only problem is the amount of space that many photos takes up. I filled up all my 56gb for those 1200 photos. I was deleting off the cards at the end of the shoot. Looks like it's time to invest in some more cards! :)Photo: Up late last night shooting Dallas with +James Brandon and +Scott Jarvie. I love it when you have a whole city to yourself, with just the occasional car driving by to provide some light streaks.Photo: Who's ready for a Dallas photowalk?

We will start this Saturday the 26th at the Dallas Farmer's Market at 3:00 and start walking at 3:30
The plan is to hit Deep Ellum then eventually wind up at the Margaret Hunt Bridge. Afterward we'll find a cool restaurant to yuck it up and compare shots.

Let me know if you're interested. Anyone can come bring any type of camera or your cell phone. It's a great opportunity to see Dallas, meet new people and old friends, and take some fun pictures. I hope to see you there!
#DallaspwPhoto: DALLAS DRIVE
Walking around Dallas with +James Brandon and +Scott Jarvie the other night was a ton of fun. I had never been to this sculpture in downtown before and it was quite impressive. There is a Dallas photowalk coming up on the 26th. It begins at the Dallas Farmers Market and goes all over the place, but I'm not sure what time. I'll find out and let you guys know. Ya'll can come out and take pictures with me and I'll talk through a few setups if you're interested. #DallaspwPhoto: The Last Elf
Scarborough Faire 2012Photo: Scarborough Faire - 2012Photo: Flower Fae
Just ducking into the glorious G+ to slap this on the wall, look around for a minute and duck back out.  Hope ya'll are having fun. It's a busy time for work right now... but: Work = Future Photo Excursions... and that makes me ->     : )Photo: Violet Fairy
I went to Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival a couple of weeks ago and had a ton of fun shooting the workers and guests. I love catching people in that moment between minding their own business then realizing they are being photographed. It's like a moment where they are being most natural before unconsciously smiling or posing.Photo: BIG DREAMS

Here is a photo of a view into downtown Dallas. This was the night of the supermoon and I took my family for a little hike west of the city for some photo goodness.

I shot this with my 70-200 telephoto lens with a 2x teleconverter attached. I love the way it compresses the buildings when zooming in. In post-processing this one, I added a little grunge texture for mystery, drama, and to give it a cold feeling. I didn't get any good shots of the supermoon, but I still enjoyed the outing and time spent with my family, plus I did get this one. :)

-Cliff BaisePhoto: I'm finally home after that whirlwind trip to the coasts. Last night was my final night in San Francisco and my friend, +sly vegas took me to this cool hillside park for photos. We had a blast! It was a great end to a photography filled week.Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Embarcadero CenterPhoto: Temple Arcanist
While wandering the streets of San Francisco, looking for stuff to shoot, +sly vegas and I came across this girl on a burningman-esque bike which was lit up really cool. She was nice enough to let us set up a couple of shots in front of the Palace of the Arts.Photo: This is Alie. I met her briefly while walking through the Palace of the Arts in San Francisco. She was all dressed up and her friend was taking her photo with her iphone. I asked if I could get a couple of shots to send her.Photo: Bliss Dance
Treasure Island, San Francisco

This sculpture was at Burning Man in 2010. I'm glad I finally got to see it in person. Visitors can download an iphone app and change the light colors in many different ways, but my favorite was the teal.Photo: When The Lights - San Francisco
I had a fun time out shooting with a bunch of photographers last night. We got some crazy shots of the city that I'll post eventually. It's been an adventurous week, but I'm about ready to get back to my honey baby, +Cher Baise .Photo: Happy Birthday, +Trey Ratcliff. Thank you, for all you've done for me and my family and so many others. I wish you continued success, my friend.Photo: I had to stop by this place in Big Sur. You can see the 80 foot falls seen from this trail as McWay Creek cascades onto the shore. The flowers and plants are so beautiful here in California. It's been a great couple of days. I got to attend a couple of days at the EG Conference in Monterey which was just awesome and tonight I'll be shooting at Treasure Island in San Francisco with a bunch of photographer friends. Fun stuff!Photo: CALMING
From a still and rainy night along the California coast.Photo: It was pretty rainy last night, but that certainly didn't stop Jason Mayr and I from heading out for some photos. This was taken at the dock at Morro Bay. Today I'm heading back up through Big Sur along the 1 into Monterey to join +Trey Ratcliff and +Tom Anderson for a nice photowalk in the morning. Then it's back up to San Fran for some city shots. Can't wait!Photo: Driving down the 1
I'm in California for the week on a little photo adventure. I had this planned before I knew about the trip to New York, so it's been and exciting past few days. I drove from San Francisco down the 1 to my friend and artist Jason Mayr's house. Along the way I stopped for this shot.

It was my first time driving down this road and it is incredible! So many places for great photos.Photo: TWILIGHT TIDES
On the first night of my trip to California, my friend took me to Shell Beach, which is always a great place for photo opportunities. There are several close rock formations that really create a dramatic scene.Photo: My friend took me to this great beach nearby his house for the sunset last night. I'm getting my gear checked and batteries charged for another great night of photos along the west coast.Photo: While out in the backyard a few minutes ago, I noticed all of these butterflies gathering pollen in one of my bushes. I had to try my hand at shooting the fast little suckers. I thought this one came out really nice. Are you having a good Saturday? We went out to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival and had a great time... now I'm just chillin' and making pictures.Photo: The Flatiron Building in NYC on Good Friday.Photo: NEW YORKER
It's a little weird now being back home and not shooting all day out on the streets. I loved being in NYC. I wouldn't want to live there, but it would be really cool to rent a room for a month there to really take it all in. I wonder which would be the best month to do that?Photo: Here's Easter at Rockefeller Center. I got this while out for a walk early on Friday. I had to hurry up and get this one and get out before the tripod police gave me another warning. The whole time I was in NY, I felt like I was being watched... which I was because every square inch of the place is in one camera view or another. I counted six while getting these brackets.Photo: It was a whirlwind trip to NYC and I was trying to squeeze in as much street photography as possible. This was on our last day and I got up early to walk over and shoot the Apple store. On my way there I stopped to set up and shoot this Gucci store window.Photo: I've had some folks ask for more photos from my trip to NYC. Here's one taken from the "Top of the Rock"Photo: THE EDGE OF NEW YORK

During the 3 days I got to spend in New York for the International Auto Show, I spent all my free time out in the city shooting. We bought tickets for sunset at the Top of the Rock. I think next time I'll pay the "day" price and stay up there longer. It's not like they clear the place out just for the "sunset" people. Every rail was about 3 people deep and it took quite a bit of waiting to get a good spot.Photo: What? You want to see some new cars from the 2012 New York International Auto Show? Well, alrighty then. We'll start off with this sweet 2013 Dodge Viper SRT. It looked like it was going 160 just standing still.Photo: Here is a awesome 2013 Centennial Edition ZR1 Corvette. Who would like one? This car costs more than my house.Photo: Real Life Hot Wheels
Are you ready for some New York Auto Show photos? First let me say thanks to Snap MyLife for giving us a first class experience. It was absolutely fantastic and I took a ton of photos at the auto show and around the city. I can't wait to share them with you.

We just got in last night and here's one hot off the presses. It was a mirror metallic green Hot Wheels Camaro. Just one of the many killer cars that were at the show.I was able to get there early during the Press Days before the mass of humanity descended on the place.Photo: +Cher Baise and I had plenty of time to walk around and take pictures of the city. Here's one before the sun came up of Vanderbilt and 42nd. Cher is invaluable in helping me get these pictures. She'll carry my lenses and watch my back for traffic and stuff.Photo: Photo: BLUE BROADWAY
I loved photographing in New York. Every corner is a unique composition. I walked up on this store and the blue light was just blinding. It must have been some Euro clothing store because the mannequins looked reallyweird. Of course I had to get some light trails, so I ran across the street and set up.Photo: BMW i8

One of the coolest things at the New York International Auto Show was the amount of electric cars that were there. I've been a big fan of electric ever since I switched over to lipo batteries from nitro in my r/c cars. I know the kind of power electric can produce. In fact, the r/c industry has just about completely switched from fuel to electric in the last 10 years. Electric is so much cleaner and better for the environment. It doesn't put off any nasty fumes.

I'm all about alternative energy sources. At the EG Conference, a scientist named Amory Lovins had a very encouraging presentation on getting off of oil and nuclear and on to alternative, cleaner sources such as wind and solar. It was really neat to run my little swamp cooler last year at Burning Man. I used solar to power the water pump and rechargable lipo batteries to power the fan. It worked like a champ and kept my tent about 20 degrees cooler. So keep looking for different ways to power things up. It's the wave of the future.Photo: Happy Friday, my friends! Last week I went to the Arlington Auto Club meetup. There were some awesome cars there for photographing. I love going to those because after all the time and money these guys put into their cars, they like nothing more for them to be photographed. They are usually happy to turn the wheels or turn on the lights for you, too. I decided to make this one a little more artistic by mixing it with a Dallas photo I shot earlier.
There are just 3 days left to vote in a photo contest I'm in. If you'd like to help ol' Cliffy B make it to the NYIAS just click here---> http://snapmylife.com/photos/1876860?page=1
and "like" my photo. Thanks!Photo: RICKY'S 67
A little photoshop fun for a Thursday afternoon. Hope you are having a good week!Photo: I came across this old Coca -Cola icebox the other day. It had this incredible old rusty texture that begged to be photographed. This one only required 3 brackets. I ran it through photomatix and then finalized it in Photoshop.Photo: Photo: Photo: SAY WHAT?
If you've been following my last few posts, you'd know that I'm in the middle of a photography contest through snapmylife.com. I woke up this morning to discover that all my votes had disappeared. I was leading the thing, and now it seems that they've reset my votes to zero.

After a slight panic attack, I gathered myself and calmly emailed support for the site. Less than a minute later I got an email from an admin. saying that they were having a problem with connecting to facebook. Apparently, the original votes wouldn't show up in my vote count, but they would count in the final tally. Only now it looks on the website like I'm not winning anymore. Is this an advantage or a disadvantage? I don't know.

So I really just want to get my numbers back up. If you could help me out, here's the link. Click on the like button. Thanks!
http://snapmylife.com/photos/1876860?page=1Photo: Photo: Here's a shot of the Dallas mixmaster from the Reunion Tower.Photo: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: CHOCOLATE TOPS
Death ValleyPhoto: LEAVING BADWATER

I only thought I was finished shooting Badwater in Death Valley. As I was driving away, I looked out the window to see the clouds parting and making beams in the mountain fog. Ruh Roh...It's go time! So I slammed on the brakes and came to a screeching halt, grabbed my camera and quickly got this shot before it all disappeared.
#DV2011Photo: DEATH VALLEY SAVANNAH

Here's one from my trip to Death Valley last fall. By the name I assumed it would be uninhabitable desert, but there was tons of wildlife and vegetation everywhere. #DV2011Photo: Photo: Photo: Racetrack Playa v.2
This was the biggest rock I could find on the Racetrack in Death Valley. I had to walk quite a ways to find it... and in a hurry, too. The light was fading fast. This rock seemed like it hadn't moved in quite a while, but is sure was cool looking.Photo: Photo: isosceles
#DV2011Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: THE DUNE LIZARD

The photography opportunities in Death Valley are absolutely limitless. It seems everywhere you turn there is a different texture or unusual outcropping of some sort. Even the vegetation has an alien quality to it. This unusual landscape was in the middle of the sand dunes. It was the first morning of the G+ Death Valley photowalk just before sunrise.

A lot of the other photographers were already up on the highest parts of the dunes awaiting the sun to break the horizon, but I'm glad I took my time to get up there to capture details like this. #DV2011Photo: Rhyolite Nightlights
#DV2011Photo: Photo: Photo: A CACTUS DREAMS IN COLOR

I took this photo early one morning as I was traveling to the Death Valley G+ Meetup. It was just North of Kingman, Arizona. The colors exploded in the sky so I had to pull off and quickly find a subject. This cactus saw my camera and called me over.Photo: Stadium SunsetPhoto: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Versatility
As a photographer, I'm all over the map. I love to shoot landscapes, cars, models, street, architecture,wildlife, urbex, wide angle, macro, B&W, HDR and everything in between. I enjoy finding beauty in all things. I often wonder if my scattering of styles is a disservice to myself. Should I just pick a genre and try to perfect it, or continue to build up all my styles at once?
For #macromonday , curated by +Kerry Murphy , +Jennifer Eden and +Kelli Seeger KimPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Atop a lonely overlook at the Grand Canyon waiting for the sun to break the horizon.Photo: *A WHISPER WAS AN ECHO*
This is perhaps my favorite photo so far from my recent trip to the Grand Canyon. If you’ve never been, it is just breathtaking.We searched for a spot where there weren’t many tourists, and it really paid off. It was super quiet except for the occasional rumble of thunder off in the distance. I can’t wait to get back and explore the Grand Canyon some more!Photo: Photo: Photo: Walkway to the Aria.
Las Vegas, Nevada 2011Photo: Wow, the Bellagio in Las Vegas was a true treat for the eyes. Every few feet you can stop and get a new wonderful composition. It's nice to occasionally come upon these manmade setups because they're just so perfect. There were so many different light levels that shooting multiple exposures was really the only way to go. For this particular one I used 7 exposures from +3 to -3 ev. For most occasions this would be overkill, but it's nice to have the full range of light at my disposal if I need it. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!Photo: Photo: Photo: Picture O' the Day - After Burning Man last year, I headed to Las Vegas to attend Photoshop World with the lovely +Cher Baise. After a day of pixel debauchery, we spilled out for a photowalk adventure and got this shot.Photo: The Raw Playa
Black Rock Desert - Nevada
Aah, the playa. A magical place indeed. Made up mostly of calcium carbonate, otherwise known as prehistoric fish poop, breaks down into a superfine dust and is in the air and everywhere. It doesn't stink, but it definitely has a unique smell. Becoming one with the dust makes for a much more pleasant week at Burning Man than trying to fight it. Plus, I've heard it tastes really good on bacon.Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Photo: Photo: The Man and the MoonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Black Rock Roller Rink
All night, every night, you can get these crazy light paintings at Burning Man. I would just set up at someplace interesting (which was so easy to find) and wait for something weird to go by. This year should be even better. More art installations have been registered than ever before.Photo: By Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - All Images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: KATE )*(
Burning Man 2011Photo: Here is the Architecture image I'm submitting for Plus One Magazine, Issue #1. Thanks to +Ivan Makarov for putting this together. You have until May 31 to get your submission in. #PlusOneIssue1Photo: The Temple is a gathering place for all at Burning Man. Many people will bring photos of loved ones they've lost in the past year and past them to the walls with a message. There is a quietness and calmness in the temple that is certain. This temple featured an automated "instrument" that played bells and chimes that rang throughout. Many people would meditate or pray. No religion is specified. No one is trying to prove others wrong. It was beautiful.Photo: Sands of TimelessnessPhoto: Photo: 1NN3R5P4CEPhoto: Photo: Photo: This is one of those epic shots I was hoping for on this trip. The sun had gone down and the few people that remained were starting to gather their things and head back to their cars. I had come down here earlier in the day to check out the situation and prepare for the things I would need for this shot.

I brought my camera and tripod, as well as...

Read the rest of the story at http://thecreativegap.com/2011/09/storm-approaching-horseshoe-bend/Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A Thousand Miles Away
Texas CoastPhoto: Cotton Candy Sunrise
The Texas coast at the Gulf of Mexico.Photo: This is from Surfside, Texas. My friends and I took a quick fishing trip down south. I caught some fish as well as some moments.Photo: ANNIE PANDAPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: My flickr friend, John sent me an email and said he was coming into town. I offered to take him and his wife around for a little photowalk in Dallas. It was so much fun. We met at a restaurant and he and his lovely wife treated me to a nice dinner. Then he drove as I showed him some cool photo spots. This was the third stop on our tour at Dallas City Hall.Photo: The "Traveling Man" Sculpture in Dallas, Texas.Photo: KILLER COBRA
I love shooting cars, which is why I'm trying to win a contest to be the Official Roving Photographer for the New York Auto Show coming up in April. If you vote for me and I win, there is a chance for a sweet prize for YOU! (Hint... It's a new Canon T3i) Just let me know you voted so I can put your name in a random drawing. Here's the link: http://snapmylife.com/photos/1876860?page=1
All you have to do is "like" my photo there. Thanks!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Stockyards TurnaboutPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: You don't have to go to far away and exotic places to get great photos. You Arlingtonites will know this place well. It is from Pappy Elkins Park in Dalworthington Gardens. I could tell it was going to be a fantastic sunset, so I headed over there to get this one. You may think I photoshop all my photos to get the look that they have, and sometimes I do, but this one is an exception. It was golden and spectacular!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: UPPING THE ANTE
I want to thank all of you who have voted for my photo by "liking" it on the link below. Because of you, I'm currently in first place. In addition to a trip to the 2012 New York Auto Show, the grand prize includes a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with an 18-55 IS II Lens Kit ($799.99 value)… which I want to give back to one of YOU, if I happen to win.

I have been keeping track of your names and will register each of you into a random drawing to win this great camera. If you have voted, let me know and I'll include you in the drawing. If you wish to remain anonymous or choose not to be in the drawing, just message me and I'll take the appropriate action. The contest is not over, so please share with your friends and family and encourage them to vote for me so I can make this happen.
Good luck to both of us!
vote here--> http://snapmylife.com/photos/1876860?page=1Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Life in New Mexico is much different than here in the concrete jungle that is the DFW metroplex. It seems like every natural space here is under construction, or for sale to soon be. It really upsets me that it is that way. I’m longing for a simpler life and hopefully one day I can achieve the dream of having a farm and living away from the city in a much more natural environment... like this one.Photo: Photo: The Gentle S
Can you believe they made me work today? You mean I can't just sit around an make pretty pictures all the time? Well, I'm taking the time to make at least one, and here it is: A wonderful s curve in New Mexico. I love driving the curvy mountain roads for sure!

I hope you enjoy. For me, I gotta get off of G+ and put an ad together for Nocona Boots... don't tell them, but I'd rather be making another picture to share with you! shhhhhhh.Photo: House on MarsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Manoeuvering Through the Slush - 2011Photo: Photo: Photo: ALONE DOWN HEREPhoto: doesn't make ¢entsPhoto: Photo: This is Tash and Sean. They like to play with fire. I'll be hanging with them some at Burning Man.Photo: Roof of a 4-story abandoned building in Niles City, Fort Worth Stockyards.Photo: Photo: Photo: Station Truck at the Dallas Train Museum
When I'm out shooting a location, I like to gather textures from different elements in the area to later apply to another photo from the same location. The final result usually feels like it's the location 2 or 3x more than just the single picture.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I took this photo in October 2010. If I saw this snow today, I'd stick my face right in it!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: From Colorado's Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs.Photo: Photo: waiting for the part of the earth, in which i was standing, to rotate towards the sunPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: I could really use your help. I'm trying to win a contest that will allow me to be the Official Roving Photographer at this year's New York Auto Show... but it is up to you. I know I was in first place for a while, but they've since removed the vote count and I have no idea where I stand. The only way I can assess the competition is by page views. There is currently one poorly processed HDR photo that has about as many page views as mine, and bad HDR must not prevail. Here's the link, all you have to do is "like" it. Thanks!
http://snapmylife.com/photos/1876860?page=1Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Where the Magic Happens...Photo: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Water on Mars
Mono Lake, CaliforniaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Mono Lake SunrisePhoto: Photo: Photo: Miracle in YosemitePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Taken near San Luis Obispo, CaliforniaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Day The Whole World Went AwayPhoto: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hitting the RoadPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: ZEBRA STONES
These are some incredible rocks jutting out of Shell Beach in California. They have these amazing striped patterns as well as the erosion in them creates some awesome patterns. You can view the original size over at my smugmug www.thecreativegap.smugmug.comPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The House of Chimes - Scarborough FairePhoto: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hey G+ers, Please head over to SnapMyLife and vote for my photo. I'm hoping to win a trip to the New York Auto Show. Just click on the link below and "like" it. Share with your friends and let's blow this thing up! I'm getting killed by a very bad photo of a mustang and it's just not right!
http://snapmylife.com/photos/1876860?page=1Photo: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: For #floralfriday curated by +Tamara PruessnerPhoto: Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The OmniPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photography PortfolioPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: by Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Photo: I processed this photo last week to share with you today, not knowing that +George Krieger  would be prefacing it with a shot of me getting this shot. Because it was so dark, this exposure wound up being 54 seconds long. If you know star photography, you know that the stars start to trail after 30 seconds because of the earth's rotation. So there is some slight trailing, but it was worth it to pull out more detail in the darkness below.Photo: AM@BM 2014Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Triambic Icosahedron - )'( - 2015
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” – Douglas AdamsPhoto: from Cliff Baise at www.thecreativegap.com - all images Creative Commons NoncommercialPhoto: Photo: OWN WAY
It was kind of like hanging out in a giant treehouse. A treehouse that lit up with a huge rainbow at night. The imagination and communal effort it takes to construct these works of art continue to amaze me. Just one of the many reasons why I will continue to journey to Black Rock City each year.Photo: Photo: CLAIRE

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