Evan Gearing's Photography Exposition


Misty Texas Capitol

There’s a parking garage at 9th and Lavaca which affords one a great view of the Texas capitol.  It’s a great angle for a morning shot because the sun rises in the background.  I was hoping for that on this day, but instead the weather decided to be misty and drizzly.  I’m glad it was because I think I’m happier with this shot than I would have been had it been a clear day!


8th and Congress

This isn’t a shot that I would normally post, but when I processed it I noticed that there was a kind of cool feature that caught my eye…  You see, I took this shot a little hastily on my way to work and as you can tell, I was kind of in the street when I shot it.  But, after I processed it, I noticed that there was this shaft of blue light coming from the top right of the shot that I thought was quite interesting.  It probably is a sign of a crappy photographer, but maybe it means something else?

South Walk-up at Texas Capitol

Superbowl Weekend Coming Up

Super Bowl Weekend! Woohoo!  It’s always exciting to watch the two best teams in the NFL play for the ultimate prize. There’s nothing like American football, no?  It’s the best!  However, this year, I’m not really too enamored with either team vying for the bragging rights of “Super Bowl Champions!”  The Niners are OK because they have a good coach and their young quarterback is fun to watch.  Other than that, meh.  The Ravens on the other hand are aging, have a good coach as well as a good defense led by someone who was accused of being involved in a double-murder a few years ago.  Again, meh.  When all is said and done, I will probably root for the Ravens because their head coach – John Harbaugh – is the older brother of the Niners head coach – Jim Harbaugh – and has been in the league a few years longer.  Therefore, the older brother must win!  Otherwise, I hope it’s a good game like the last few Super Bowls have been! Are you rooting for a particular team?  If so, who and why?

Restaurants Banning Food Photography in New York

Did you know that food photography by restaurant patrons was a phenomenon?  I know some people who like to take pictures of their meals, especially if it’s really good, but apparently some restaurants in NYC don’t like it.  Maybe it makes the chefs work harder to present their meals or something?  Whatever.  Another reason why New York City is a great place to visit, but not a great place to live…

South Walk-Up at the Texas Capitol

I took this shot during the same visit as the shot in my previous post.  This one was a bit more tricky to process and has a bit more noise in it, but I like how it turned out anyway.

Texas Capitol Dome Thru Trees

Now that I have my camera back from the shop, I decided that I should not let the repairs go to waste.  But, where would I go to get some shots?  Well the old faithful Texas Capitol, of course!  That’s always a good place to go when you want to practice shooting!  I decided to go on my way to work last Friday morning.  I have shot so many photos of the place, but I wanted to get a new angle.  I thought a shot through the trees might suffice and this is what I came up with.  I didn’t have a lot of time to try many different angles, but I kind of liked this one.  However, I’m not sure if I got too many trees in this one and not enough capitol or if it turned out OK.  Let me know what you think..

Also, I  have one more shot that I may put out soon from a more traditional angle, but it needs quite a bit of work.  Hopefully it will turn out nice.  So, stay tuned!

3 Levels Under the Rotunda

Buzzword Bingo

Ever been bored out of your skull in sales meetings or any other kind of meeting?  Well, for your own amusement and possibly for your use as a listening aid, I have come up with the following buzzword bingo card:

B due diligence granular 30,000 ft view leverage turn-key
I 360 degree view deep dive deliverables robust efficiencies
N low hanging fruit drill down going forward tool set single pane of glass
G synergy best practices holistic decompress hybrid
O capture high level governance bandwidth optimize
X comprehensive snapshot seamless autonomy level-set

This is a card (with a few extras) of some of the most useless terms used in business meetings all across our fruited plain. I’m not sure why they are in the lexicon now, but (oooh, lexicon… should add that one as well) I guess it makes people sound smarter and makes their product/project sound more important than it really is. So, copy and paste the above into a spreadsheet, make a few different versions by moving some of the terms around to different cells and then print and them out to meeting participants. It will make the meeting a little more enjoyable and you may even listen closer instead of being bored out of your mind. However, even if you are listening, you may not get the gist of the meeting due to the fact that you want to win the bingo game! (The X line at the bottom of the table are extras to shake up the different cards you may want to print.)  If anyone knows of other words or terms that are just as useless, I’d love the hear them!

3 Levels Under the Rotunda

There are so many angles in Texas capitol building.  If only there were more time… Plus, this is a year for the Legislative Session.  In other words, in Texas, Congress convenes every other year and for only about 5-6 months or if the governor mandates a special session.  I guess this way they don’t have as much time to screw stuff up!  I wish the US government would take a page from Texas’ constitution in regards to this.  Anyway, since the session starts next week, it would be a little more difficult to shoot there.  Heck, my camera’s in the shop anyway so I guess it doesn’t really matter!