Monday, September 28, 2015

2016 Austin Calendar


Every year, for many years, I made a calendar for my siblings. Last year I took the chance of having 30 calendars made and I tried to sell them. People seemed to like them, so this year I am going for a larger print run and trying to get the word out earlier. 

There are 13 images, including the cover and all are frameable prints of beautiful Austin, Texas. Unfortunately, until I can get the courage to have 1000+ calendars printed, my cost for having them printed is still pretty high so I have to get at least $25 to make it worthwhile for me to try this, and shipping is costly, too, so I have to charge an additional $5. for shipping.

But it is a beautiful product, with a lot of care and talent that went into making it.  Right now they can be purchased at The Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress Avenue or at Prima Dora in SoCo at 1912 So. Congress Ave. or by contacting me directly.

They make a great Christmas gift!  Here is a link to the images: http://www.chriscina.net/2016-calendar/


Sure do appreciate your helping support this local artist.  Thanks for stopping by and Keep on Shooting some great images!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Vacationing Close To Home - a Trip to Corpus Christi


I love discovering new places and, sometimes, it takes more that one trip to enjoy all that a place has to offer.  We recently returned to Corpus Christi after stopping at it's aquarium last spring (which is a really wonderful aquarium). My husband had expressed a desire to explore an aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington, which was nearby and I had spotted an art museum, so we set out for an overnight trip to Corpus.  Perhaps it is because it is September and we had the place to ourselves, but we really enjoyed the bay, the restaurants and the whole experience we had while visiting this lovely city.




The Lexington is a HUGE ship which also goes by the name "The Blue Ghost" because of it's unusual paint scheme and because radio propagandist Tokyo Rose wrongly announced several times that she had sunk.


The ship is now a museum filled with lots of memories for the Vet's we met while touring her.  My husband was happy to see models of the jet engine's he used to work on and we chatted with a few guys who had spent years on ships like this one - cramped quarters, seasickness and all.  I truely appreciate all of those who have served and, as one fellow said, "we're just lucky that we're still here." Amen.




I thoroughly enjoyed carrying my new, lightweight, Sony 6000. For a person who has been carting around heavy Nikon gear for years, the Sony was so light and easy and took great shots inside with limited light as well as in mixed light areas.


In the evening we took a two mile walk to a great seafood restaurant and it was easy to bring the small camera along.  Returning from dinner, the low sunset light on the waterfront was perfect and we enjoyed stopping and chatting with some folks who were having toy sailboat races.









 The following day we got to check out the art museum which didn't allow any photography but had some great art to see and study how the artists used light in creating their pictures. All in all, our little getaway was a great success and proved to me that you don't have to go far and spend a fortune - there are plenty of places within a few hours that are great to check out and discover.



Get out there and shoot, friends - have a good time and let me know what you find! Ciao!