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Im Back!!!!

Hi friends and family.

I’m back!!! Well I never left but I have not posted to my blog since December.   People have been asking me why I hadn’t posted anything for the last 7 months.   The reason is that I have been competing in the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photography Contest (http://www.wildlifephotocontest.com/) this past 10 months.  100% of my free time has been put in to this contest.  With two weeks to go I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.   I have taken over 25,000 images for the contest and now it’s time to select 100 for my entry portfolio.  I wont be able to post any images from the contest until the judging is over in late september, but now I will have some free time to post some of the other work I have not posted since December.

So to get back into the swing of things, I will first share two of my images that almost made it into this summer’s Nature Best Magazine.  I entered these two images (along with others) in the Backyards Nature photo contest for Nature’s Best magazine.  In January I was informed that these two images had made the semi-final round and were being considered as finalists.  I was dissapointed to later find out that my images were not winners in the end.  Oh well, you cant win them all.  Nevertheless I am proud that Nature’s Best selected these two images as semi finalists for this years Backyard’s contest.  The images were taken here at Santa Clara Ranch in South Texas.

BTW, congratulations to fellow South Texas photographer and friend Randal Ennis for making the finals at Nature’s Best Backyard’s Contest two year’s in a row.

Another image that I will like to share did win something this past year.  One of my  images was selected as one of three Images of the Year in Naturescapes.net in the Digital Creations category.  The image is of one of the trails in Bensten State Park here in Mission, TX.  The image was processed in HDR and then I applied a softening filter for the final effect.


So keep checking back for some new images coming soon.

May the good Lord bless you with good light in all your photographing endevours.


All images © 2011 Hector D. Astorga.  All rights reserved.


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I am starting something new!! A blog to display my most recent images taken here in South Texas or wherever my travels take me.  Family members and friends are constantly asking for me to send them images so I’ve decided to start this blog for that purpose.  With my family spread out all over the world this is an easy way for them to follow up with my photographing exploits.

Hope you all like it and please keep checking back soon to see more images.

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