Backpacking Book List

Here’s a good list of Backpacking Books:
http://trekkersas.com/the-list/backpacking-books-list/

Out shooting

Trying to get that quintessential shot of my home town of Omaha, Nebraska. This was another failed attempt, but the background images I took from my phone are interesting to look at.

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Port Aransas, TX

Took a tirp down to Port Arasnas, Texas this year to visit my girlfriend’s aunt. We had meant to fly down but due to unforeseen circumstances, a broken plane and a sudden anxiety attack, we ended up driving down instead. Road trips tend to be much more fun anyway!

The drive from Omaha, NE to just the norther edge of Texas is a beast in and of itself. That is even the halfway point on our journey south. We had BBQ in Kansas at Arthur Bryants and managed to find the Hipster part of Oklahoma City. Hipsters are known for being synonymous with great and/or interesting food. When in doubt follow the beards and skinny jeans to an amazing meal.

Hipster Oklahoma City.

Hipster Oklahoma City.

Port Arasnas is a bit touristy but that can have it’s own unique charm. The high cost of living on this small strip of land leaves one to wonder where all the day workers were coming from. We latter soon found out that most of the people who worked in Port Aransas have to be ferried in from the city just north every morning.

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Thanks to Jessica’s aunt Doris for providing us with a beautiful place to stay right near the gulf.

 

I got some good photos for my portfolio as well:

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Here’s my Portfolio Page on NDS for Port Aransas.

These Birds

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Some shots from my last excursion to go see the sandhill cranes near Kearney, Nebraska. I typically go every year and rent a photo blind in Rowe Sanctuary, this year I’m doing it a bit differently and just traveling out there on my accord and seeing if I can get a decent shot that way.

This Bridge

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‘Scapes

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Niobrara, Nebraska

These are from a trip a couple years ago down the Niobrara. Random and no edits.

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Stock!

Trying to make any money of art seems to be such a difficult process so here’s another avenue to acquire my work, stock photography.  You can now use my art as the background to sell horrible things.

iStockPhoto:

http://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/brandonengel#945634e

Dreamstime:

http://www.dreamstime.com/brandonengel_info

Fall

 

falltreeFall is almost over but here’s a pretty image of it at it’s peak.

 

Pixoto.com: Dueling Photographs

205145_115505588529709_115504305196504_139895_7408584_nI’ve just learned about Pixoto.com, and it’s addictive nature. You upload your photos and then assign them to category. Then it will be judged by a random jury. You are the jury, in the “vote” portion of the site you are given two images and a category heading you then you click on which image you think is better. Through their algorithm images are rated and awards are given for each day, month and year.

Find me at: http://www.pixoto.com/brandondengel

“Pixoto is an online community where photographers compete to have the best images in their category.

Submitted images are matched against each other in the ImageDuel system and voted on by other community members. The winners advance on the Image Leaderboards and vie for the coveted top spot. By surfacing the best images to the top of the Leaderboard, Pixoto hopes to be the place to find the highest-quality photographs in any given subject.

Pixoto also has a directory of Players that is sorted by image score. For example you can find a list of the top Wedding photographers on Pixoto and then view their profile pages. Profile pages are customizable and include top-scoring images, bios and contact information.Pixoto offers cash prizes every week to the best image in each category and periodically will run larger contests related to specific content areas.”

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