Archive for ‘photography’

June 9, 2010

Base jumping under water…

by Kyle Smith

Pretty sweet video. Although, he doesn’t actually reach the bottom, still freakin sweet. Read more about it here….

March 30, 2010

Spring is here…

by Kyle Smith

Just in time for Easter, spring has decided to show it’s happy little face. Though I did keep Jackson home sick today, he finally started feeling better this afternoon (after 24 hrs of being cooped up in the house) so I took him to the park with my mom and snapped a few photos while we were there (insert shameless plug to my photography biz blog,

Kyle Smith Photography

Kyle Smith Photography

Moving on…This Easter is a little different than others because I don’t have a “home” church to attend. This is the first time…well, ever that I don’t have a church to call home. I feel like a heathen, hahaha. That really did make me laugh, not sure why. I think I’m finally done throwing my pity party, or whatever it was that I’ve been doing this past year, and I’m aching to find a church. I constantly find myself wanting more, trying to find something to make things better and there’s only one thing that keeps coming back to me, Jesus. Now I’m not going to get preachy, or I might (this is my blog), and I don’t want to sound too cliche (but there’s really no way around it) but I think it really had to take me kicking a screaming (figuratively, of course, maybe, stop accusing me and keep reading) trying to do it on my own to realize that I’m nothing without Jesus. I miss church. I miss my relationship with God. I miss my relationships with other believers (to those that I’m friends with and are believers, obviously I’m not referring to you, you’re not chopped liver and I cherish our relationships). So to sum things up, I.WANT.JESUS.

February 3, 2009

Around the college…

by Kyle Smith

We are putting together the class schedule at work and myself and the other photog in the office trolled the campus in search of interesting angles of well know places. The past three schedules used three points of interest on campus so we didn’t shoot those and therefore they’re lacking from my examples. I shot with the D80 with the 18-135mm lens, proving that even with the more simple equipment and great lighting you can still get decent shots. Enjoy…

Created with flickr slideshow.

January 27, 2009

Hi-Ho, it’s off to work I go…

by Kyle Smith

With my recent job change my commute has completely changed. Before I would head north on Hwy. 288 and battle the Pearland and Pasadena traffic. Thankfully I really didn’t have it that bad, but compared to now it was rough.

Now, I think I would consider my commute peaceful. The only “traffic jam” I encounter is the intersection entering Richwood. There’s a school zone so everyone slows to the marked 35 mph and it kinda clogs up at the intersection, but by clog I mean you have to sit through maybe two lights at the very most, I know get jealous.

I think my favorite part is the scenery. I begin my journey on C.R. 48 which is a road less traveled running parallel to Hwy. 288. This morning was especially nice because there was a dense fog. One of these days I’m going to actually pull over and take some shots with a real camera.

Just as I reached 288 from 48 the sun melted away the morning fog. I was glad of this b/c entering 288 from 48 is a little hectic if you can’t see on coming traffic. The rest of the way was just a nice wintry morning drive. Gray skies with shreds of sun light illuminating the patches of fog in the farm land that encompasses 288. I decided to snap some photos on the cell phone to at least give ya a glimpse of what it’s like to commute going the opposite direction of the traffic.

And for my fellow Lumberjacks, or proud Texans, I pass Stephen F. Austin everyday and throw him the Axe ‘Em Jacks, gotta keep it real with ole Stephen F.

January 9, 2009

Lights, Camera, Action…

by Kyle Smith

Our office is incharge of producing all the publication pieces for the college’s biennial report to the community. With an office of three, we’ve divided up the duties and I’m on the photography/design side of it, mainly all portraits for the publication. I know, no writing!! Well our theme is Texas-y so we were wanting to go with a Texas Monthly feel. I checked out some of the more recent editions from the library and we decided on the October 2008 cover with Matthew McConaughey. We liked the style and colors and figured it’d fit what we’re wanting to achieve.
The next step was to figure out how the shot was lit. We have 3 Alien Bees, a ring flash, two continuous lights, and a reflector to work with. And don’t worry we used every single item. I’m sure we could have achieved the look without using it all, but why not?
Although we didn’t light the photo exactly like the cover and it’s really not very Texas Monthly-ish, the general idea was still there. Here are a few shots from the shoot (I added a vignette to mine, the others are no photoshop):

And here’s a photo of the studio:

As we progress on the project I’ll post more updates…

December 29, 2008

Missed by THAT much…

by Kyle Smith

Today I was transporting my camera from the living room to the bedroom, per request of my wife, to get it out of harms way. And harms way being Jackson. So I did.
Well as I transfered the camera from one hand to another it slip right through my fingers. Typically I’m not such a butter fingers but I was trying to hurry and take a shower before the in-laws came over.
As my camera was plunging to the ground I made one last attempt to save it but this 23 year old body doesn’t move as fast as it used to and as Maxwell Smart would say, "I missed by THAT much."
The lens smashed square on the nose and CRUNCHED to it’s death. At first I thought it was just all noise, but the I realized I couldn’t get the lens cap off b/c it was smashed into the lens. Then as I rotated the focus ring, I saw it. I saw my wedding ring glistening through the other side of the lens, glistening through what should be a black focus ring but instead is now a lovely 1/4 inch crack that allows the ring to move freely about the cabin.
Needless to say, I no longer have a lens, that was my only one..

October 17, 2008

Advanced Photo Resizing

by Kyle Smith

This is some pretty crazy stuff. This technology could change the photography industry as we know it:

August 18, 2008

Jackson photos

by Kyle Smith

I took some photos of Jackson this past weekend. I’m too lazy to upload them to Flickr, so check them out on facebook,

July 22, 2008


by Kyle Smith

I stumbled across some photos from college. Some are from my photojournalism classes, and some were just for fun. Actually, this slide show has all the elements in it that have made me who I am today as a husband, dad and photographer. Some of the elements are more subtle that others but if you pay attention they’re all there. The photos scroll pretty fast but you can stop the slide show for more of a leisurely viewing experience…enjoy…

July 8, 2008

Jackson Cole, the most interesting baby in the world

by Kyle Smith