I'm always chasing that illusive photograph, the one better than the last. While I'm focused on that, take a look at a few I've caught.

Travel & Place

Nikon D200 | 17mm | 1/60 | f/18

Paramount, Amarillo, TX, 2007

Nikon D200 | 17mm | 1/60 | f/18
Neon sign by direct sunlight.
Nikon D200 | 17mm | HDR | f/20

Hill Country Rod Run, Boerne, TX, 2008

Nikon D200 | 17mm | HDR | f/20
HDR, combined five exposures. Diffused sunlight.
Canon EOS 10D | 17mm | 0.7" | f/9.5

Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium, 2006

Canon EOS 10D | 17mm | 0.7" | f/9.5
Taken after midnight by flood and stadium lights. Two photos, stitched.

Digital Darkroom

Canon EOS 10D | 31mm | 1/20 | f/11

Fix'em Up Truck, 2004

Canon EOS 10D | 31mm | 1/20 | f/11
Old Ford farm truck in a barn.
Canon EOS 10D | 39mm | 1/200 | f/13

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX, 2004

Canon EOS 10D | 39mm | 1/200 | f/13
Series of buried cadillacs, by natural sunlight.
Canon EOS 10D | 35mm | 1/1000 | f/8

Multiplicity, 2004

Canon EOS 10D | 35mm | 1/1000 | f/8
Gary Sweeney by natural sunlight. Six exposures, stitched.
Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/125 | f/8

Plume, 2009

Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/125 | f/8
Smoke by strobe in darkness.

People

Nikon D200 | 28mm | 1/60 | f/5

Zachary Beggs, 2009

Nikon D200 | 28mm | 1/60 | f/5
Strobe and reflector.
Canon EOS 10D | 35mm | 1/1000 | f/8

Gary Sweeney, 2004

Canon EOS 10D | 35mm | 1/1000 | f/8
Direct sunlight, fast shutter.
Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/125 | f/10

kathryncorneli.us, 2010

Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/125 | f/10
Outdoor shade and two strobes.
Canon EOS ELAN 7

R.T. Bodet, Grey Holiday, 2006

Canon EOS ELAN 7
Ambient stage light. Scanned slide film.
Nikon D200 | 50mm | 1/60 | f/2.2

Andy Padron, 2009

Nikon D200 | 50mm | 1/60 | f/2.2
Soft window lighting.
Nikon D700 | 35mm | 1/80 | f/2.8

Michelle's Graduation, 2009

Nikon D700 | 35mm | 1/80 | f/2.8
Natural light through open window.
Nikon D200 | 50mm | 1/200 | f/16

Valarie Geckler, 2009

Nikon D200 | 50mm | 1/200 | f/16
Strobe and reflector in for fill, second strobe behind umbrella.
Nikon D200 | 50mm | 1/120 | f/5.6

Kathryn Cornelius, 2009

Nikon D200 | 50mm | 1/120 | f/5.6
Backlit by natural light through window. Two strobes as fill.

Details & Macro

Canon EOS 10D | 50mm | 1/60 | f/2.8

Glimpse, 2005

Canon EOS 10D | 50mm | 1/60 | f/2.8
Small strobe off a reflective road sign. Macro lens.
Nikon E4500 | 20.6mm | 1/4 | f/3.9

Bother Sleeping Dogs, 2003

Nikon E4500 | 20.6mm | 1/4 | f/3.9
Macro setting on old Nikon handheld.
Nikon D200 | 35mm | 1/10 | f/2.8

Ironclad Beetle, 2008

Nikon D200 | 35mm | 1/10 | f/2.8
Native only to South Texas.
Canon EOS 10D | 50mm | 1" | f/5.6

Kerplunk, 2004

Canon EOS 10D | 50mm | 1" | f/5.6
Into a fish tank, strobe and reflector.
Canon EOS 10D | 50mm | 1/125 | f/8

Renegade, 2010

Canon EOS 10D | 50mm | 1/125 | f/8
Macro lens, two strobes.

Animals & Wildlife

Nikon D700 | 35mm | 1/40 | f/3.5

Peter Pan, 2010

Nikon D700 | 35mm | 1/40 | f/3.5
Toy Aussie by ambient window light.
Canon EOS 10D | 300mm | 1/2000 | f/5.6

Hummingbird, Comfort, TX, 2006

Canon EOS 10D | 300mm | 1/2000 | f/5.6
A quick shutter and direct evening sunlight helped freeze this little guy.
Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/60 | f/1.4

Pete (or Repeat), Comfort, TX, 2009

Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/60 | f/1.4
Barely lit by outdoor sconce.
Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/800 | f/8

As Dog as It Gets, 2010

Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/800 | f/8
Maltipoo Jackson in direct sunlight.
Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/125 | f/10

Play Ball, 2010

Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/125 | f/10
Pan, flanked by two strobes.
Nikon D700 | 185mm | 1/125 | f/9

Cardinals Rule, Comfort, TX, 2008

Nikon D700 | 185mm | 1/125 | f/9
Cardinals by direct evening sunlight and reflector.
Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/250 | f/10

Dance! Dance!, 2010

Nikon D700 | 50mm | 1/250 | f/10
Outdoor studio with two strobes.
Canon EOS 10D | 50mm | 1/2000 | f/5.6

Release the Hounds, Corpus Christi, TX, 2004

Canon EOS 10D | 50mm | 1/2000 | f/5.6
Captured by daylight and I took it from there.

Nature & Landscapes

Nikon D200 | 17mm | 1/50 | f/2.8

Hill Country Cloud Vines, Comfort, TX, 2009

Nikon D200 | 17mm | 1/50 | f/2.8
Setting sun and lightning strike painted themselves.
iPhone 3GS | 3.85mm | 1/1203 | f/2.8

The Quarry, San Antonio, TX, 2010

iPhone 3GS | 3.85mm | 1/1203 | f/2.8
18 holes at The Quarry.
Nikon D200 | 80mm | 6" | f/2.8

Night Lightning, Comfort, TX, 2008

Nikon D200 | 80mm | 6" | f/2.8
Lightning exposed ominous night sky.
Nikon D700 | 17mm | HDR | f/11

Retirement, Comfort, TX, 2010

Nikon D700 | 17mm | HDR | f/11
HDR, combined seven exposures. Sunset.

Catch-All

Nikon D200 | 24mm | 1/3 | f/4.5

Foggy Night, Comfort, TX, 2009

Nikon D200 | 24mm | 1/3 | f/4.5
Heavy fog, backlit with truck high-beams.
Nikon D700 | 50mm | HDR | f/8

Carved Pumpkin Lampshade, 2010

Nikon D700 | 50mm | HDR | f/8
Lit internally, HDR. Hand-carved.