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Senior Session at Hueco Tanks

Our most recent Senior Rep photo session took place at one of the coolest locations in El Paso; out at Hueco Tanks state park.

Just east of El Paso, Texas, this park is a rock climbers paradise. In fact for years, climbers the world over have visited and found the beauty and the challenge worth coming back to time after time. So this was just a natural location to do a shoot with Chapin High School senior Alex Davis.

My assistant Renee Iglesias and I met Alex and his mom early in the morning for the shoot out at Hueco Tanks. The skies were overcast and holding rain, which meant more flash, but cooler temps too! We had hoped to visit one of the ponds that the park is known for, but they were dry and in much need of one of those clouds holding the goods. We did scale some of the boulder like mountain tops and the natural cliff ramadas that are throughout the park.

We also got a chance to see some of the Indian art paintings that are found on many of the cave like walls, that make this place a gem for archeologists and historians. I don’t know the dating of these hieroglyphics, but park rangers say various people groups have lived there for nearly 6,000 years.

I had a great time with Alex and his mom Judy Davis. They were awesome to work with and such nice people. Judy made for a good grip as she got reflector duties from time to time. I know Alex is going to have a great senior year. He’s a great kid and already has plans to attend Texas Tech were his sister is attending. You can see more pictures of Hueco Tanks and our Session by visiting Alex’s gallery at my website. If you are looking for a great little escape, consider spending a day out at Hueco Tanks. I hope to have many more sessions out there, it’s a great place.


Best Ice Cream You’ve Ever Had?

Ok, so today is one of those days where writing anything about photography just ain’t cutting it with me. Of course a nice diversion for writer’s block could be a tasty morsel, especially on a hot day like today. And there is nothing as wonderful as the sound of a clanking spoon rummaging around a bowl filled with ice cream.
So while those beads of sweat are pouring off your brow and your tongue is engorged from heat and humidity, think of that wonderful concoction of milk and sugar and post your ALL TIME favorite brand and flavor.

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Now don’t let the heat melt your mind, this is about ice cream, not something pseudo or Rodeo Drive pretentious – like Gelato (insert THE MOST AWESOME Gelato of all-time found at the Cafe Bougainvillea in Sorrento, Italy), and certainly not something that should be illegal like Ice Milk!! And if your one of those folks who wants to live longer than a forest and only eats Yogurt, nope, nope, nope, this is all about ice cream!

Hailing from the great Republic of Texas I’ve got to give my kudos’ to the amazing Blue Bell Ice Cream and their Peaches and Homemade Vanilla ice cream… man oh man! Besides just cranking out wonderfully consistent good stuff packed in a bucket – they still give you a complete half-gallon of heaven, not some metric measured amount like you find in Blue Jackrabbit and other competitors. And you don’t have to worry about your money ending up in Venezuela saving some endangered termite, like you might suspect with that brand in Connecticut (Insert B and J initials here), this is Tejas ice cream… ’nuff said.

In fact I’ve said too much. So pull out your own bowls and spoons and let me know who and what is the best eating frozen dessert you’ve come across. P.S. Momma’s hand cranked don’t count.

Cowboys Win, But Lots Of Work Ahead

Well, it turned out to be a pretty good Sunday as church was terrific, and time with my wife is always good. So after services, I excitedly got home, turned on Fox and with drink and popcorn in hand, prepared to watch the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons rumble in the great Lone Star state.

Atlanta fans, you have a very good team. I sat there and watched that first drive of the Falcons and knew the Cowboys mettle was going to be severely tested. It seemed that Atlanta went through the Pokes like the obligatory blank through a pig during those first minutes.

There were a lot of interesting moments and at times poor play decisions and execution from the Cowboys. This team loves to be its own worse enemy, especially when it comes to penalties. The only redemption this Sunday was that Cowboy offensive tackle Flozel Adams actually played penalty free. Allow me to repeat that, “played penalty free.”

Another plus was that Da Boys Quarterback Tony Romo has finally figured out that there are a number of talented players on this team who can catch the ball. Receiver Miles Austin is headed for an All-Pro season if he continues to be the on fire player that we’ve seen the last couple of weeks. Of course there still remains at least one receiver who is not and maybe never will be a go-to-guy, and that’s Roy Williams. This picture courtesy of PicAppis what Cowboy fans are accustomed to seeing when it comes to Williams’ performance in games, ball thrown, ball missed, opportunity blown.

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I don’t get what is going on with Williams and Romo, but it clearly aint working. I’ve been critical of Romo too, and some of the blame lies in his arm and brain as well. One player who can’t share the blame with Romo is another Poke who probably needs to see different pastures, and that’s defensive back Terrance Newman. In this file photo Newman is once again getting beat on a pass route. The only good news about the photo is that it is preseason and the receiver is also a Cowboy. But today, it weren’t no Sunday and it weren’t no practice that gave Atlanta plenty of opportunities and a touchdown at the hands of, or lack of, Terrance Newman.

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Still, there was some promise with the Cowboys performance today. The defense really stood up against a good Atlanta offense and Patrick “I hold the ball like a hot sausage in front of pit bulls” Clayton had a nice game. Perhaps not being the starter will actually bring out his game. As for the sausage, well he didn’t fumble today thank goodness. The Cowboys also tightened up the conference race due to their win and the Giants loss and the smell of 4 and 2 season is much more satisfying than what could have been a 500 record.

So Sunday did turn out to be a good day. I’m a little hungry now, so it’s off to look through the fridge, I think I saw a “sausage.”

An Economy Going To The Dogs

You know times are tough if you start seeing things like this!

This economy has hurt a lot of folks. Between the government screw ups, Wall Street’s greed, what are you gonna do? Sometimes you just gotta step back and find someway to laugh about it all.

I was in need of some serious practice in my studio and after awhile decided to take a break. My dog Hope thinks breaks means snacks. Anyway, I started thinking about how good she has it (and deservedly so), and thought to myself how bad things would be if we started to see Muts mooching on street corners with cardboard signs.

Anyway, you can see that one thing lead to another. Of course for being such a good sport, she got an extra treat… what a spoiled fur bag. Hey, and if you are out there feeling some pain with this economy, know that there will be better days out there, that there are folks who love you, and probably quite a few that are praying for you too. Be well.

Oh No Romo

Last Sunday was an especially bitter day for Dallas Cowboy fans, as the Pokes got spanked by the Denver Broncos in the Mile-High city.

Arguably, the most destructive element to this game and with the Cowboys in general is in the secondary. Terrance Newman tackles; uh, well he runs around a lot, much in the same manner as former Cowboy Deion Sanders. However, Sanders could cover, which didn’t require too much tackling.

Others might argue that it is at the QB position, more specifically Tony Romo, that is the Achilles heal when it comes to this years team… or last year or the year before, anyway you get the point.

Tony Romo's Skilled Position, The Bench

Tony Romo's Skilled Position, The Bench

Every athlete has a bad day, including Quarterbacks. So that could explain away the over throws, under throws, no throws and uh-oh’s that Cowboy fans had to endure last week with Romo’s performance. That could explain, if it weren’t for the fact that he is the most hyped Quarterback who doesn’t come close to his press clippings, week after week in games with the same display that was witnessed in Denver.

And don’t even get me started on Romo’s clock management or ability to read receivers. Yes Terrell Owens is gone, but the Cowboys still have a very good receivers corp. Tony you need to know that while Tight End Jason Witten is arguably the best in his position in the NFL, you’ve got to look for others down field. Although it may be argued that he has found a number of willing receivers this year, the problem is they sport the colors of the opposition. Romo usually chooses to make them his to-go-guys during critical moments during the game. But hey they perform well, especially in the red zone.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is no doubt that Romo wants to win, and besides the repetitive freshman like mistakes game-after-game, he is trying to get it done. The problem really lies with the owner Jerry Jones and head coach Wade Phillips. They too have bought into the hyped press clippings and refuse to recognize that their prized QB, while well intended, just isn’t getting it done.

Excited and Confused — and a Brief Bio

Hello Blog World.
My name is Brent Clarke. I’m the owner of High Noon Photography in El Paso, Texas.

I’ve been a professional photographer now for the last 2 years, but prior to that I worked in Broadcasting for nearly 25 years. I started out my career as a News Photographer at the ABC affiliate, which still allowed me to employ a lot of the photography basics I had learned in college. The last 15 years or so I was employed as the News Operations Manager at two local stations here in El Paso, Texas. This job still exposed me to overseeing all the photography elements of the Television News operations.

Building a studio from the ground up was indeed challenging as the owner of my own business. Years ago I had overseen the design and building of the studio at a local school district here in El Paso. However, there are a number of differences in trying to produce broadcasting material as opposed to studio portrait work. Yet both were a lot of fun and exciting to do, and I learned quite a bit.

While I enjoyed broadcasting, I truly missed shooting with an SLR or doing darkroom work. Now film is digital and chemicals have been replaced by software programs like Photoshop . Yet the challenges and rewards with these tools are something I’ve enjoyed for some time now.

I’ve decided at this time to keep my focus with the business aspect to largely portrait work. I love shooting still life, landscape, macro and journalism photography. In fact I have galleries of pictures from various locations on my website for viewing and purchase. But the larger body of work is portrait. Currently, I’m offering :

  • Family/Group Portraits,
  • Child Photography,
  • Newborn/Baby Photography,
  • Maternity/Pregnancy Photography,
  • High School Senior Portraits,
  • Model – Corporate Portfolios, and
  • Executive Portfolio and Business Headshots.

On top of that I’m learning about Blogs and marketing and Google and everything else that leaves me at times dazed and confused. It too is exciting, but if you see mistakes here on my blog, just know you have a rookie amongst you.

I hope to hear any of your comments, suggestions, friendly hellos and anything else you might want to share.

Homely, But Friendly.

Homely, But Friendly.