F. Carter Smith Portfolio

On being renowned ... Humbling to be recognized for just doing my thing.

Was thrilled to see this gallery of my images appear in Culture Map Houston. Not your average party!

Culture Map Houston

Check out Culture Map 5th Birthday Bash photo collection by FCS Photos





Marina Bows Out

Marina Bows Out from F. Carter Smith on Vimeo.



The $60 Million Hangover


The weather this past week did not suck. Our visitors from colder climes now know one of our great secrets. Winter! It seems at first glance that the city and the NBA put on a safe and prosperous all-star event. I saw evidence of community service efforts by day and many VIP events at night, perhaps explaining the TNT half-time hangover. The city of Houston chamber estimated an influx of 50,000 people and at least $60m spent. The Galleria had to be shut down due to over capacity Friday in spite of the 6 mph traffic games. (Note to TXDOT: Who decided to close the Westheimer exit off 610 Loop South Friday?)

So, overall, the city gets a lot of good press and revenue. The restauranteurs will need some days off to recover from the back-to-back Valentines to Ballentines turnover. Judging by the police presence, there was plenty of scoring and penalties charged after hours. I'd like to see what that cost adds up to.

It was a nice TV event, but not too much in it for the population at large. Certainly nothing to remember for decades. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Rockets back-to-back championship runs. That we can all agree on.




F Shoots Video, too!

Most people know me as photojournalist F. Carter Smith. What they don’t often know is that my career began shooting and editing 16mm film for documentary and news stories for NBC affiliate KOA-TV in Denver, Colorado in 1974. When digital video was introduced to the masses by Apple Quicktime in 1991, I was undeniably excited at its prospects. Years later, we have evolved from poor quality video to fantastic new tools that can project the look and feel of film. The basic elements of storytelling have remained constant. Please take a look at some of my recent video projects on this, my new demo reel. Thanks for the inspiration!

Art Cars Collide

Actually, that only happens in your head after 275 entries pass by on Allen Parkway. For the 24th year, and first in conjunction with a world's museum convention. Keep it free, and support the Orange Show Foundation!