Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The band was great. The shooting conditions were not. I knew I wanted to get some tight head shots and so I took my 70-200mm lens. That was the right lens but the band was in the shade of the tent and behind them was the white limestone building, bright sky and portapotties. All in all, it turned out okay. By the way, if you want to hear the band check them out here or follow them on Facebook here. They are getting more and more gigs.....so it isn't just a grandmother bragging.
It is a big festival with a chili cookoff, carnival, lots of food and stuff for sale. After walking around the carnival with the kids after their set, we headed out West to Johnson City where Amanda Smith has her photography gallery, ASmith Gallery because I wanted to see my friend Amanda and I'd never gotten to see her gallery. It is really a beautiful gallery.
We had Carly with us because we didn't have anywhere to leave her overnight. She did fine at the Festival and fine at the Gallery but like us she was tired, hungry and thirsty so we headed back to Austin. Austin has a number of dog friendly places to eat so we chose Freddie's Place that has a big eating area outside under magnificent oak trees. We found a table and sat down. When the waiter bought our drinks, he also brought Carly a pan of water.
It was about 5 PM when we checked into the motel. Carly curled up in a corner and went to sleep. I think she may have raised her head a few times but we woke her up for her evening walk. That was it, she was down for the night. The traveling just wore her out. Us also.