Solar Eclipse Watch 2017 by Brian Maschino

I didn't prepare too, too much for the solar eclipse this year; after all, we wouldn't even experience totality here in Dallas. Seeing I wasn't able to make a 400-something-mile trip to get the full effect, I took the opportunity to waltz up to the Perot Museum in downtown and photograph some of the chaos happening there.

One station allowed viewers to see a shadow of the moon slowly cover the sun through various optics.

Wannabe star-gazers and 15-minute celestial "experts" littered the Perot's plaza for a chance at free eclipse glasses (that actually work) and other fun eclipse-related activities, courtesy of the museum. 

Because I was working on assignment for this, I was lucky enough to snag some contraband eclipse glasses after they ran out, which I shared with my partner who came along to view the spectacle that is a partial solar eclipse. We were initially worried we would not get to actually see the partial eclipse because of this perceived shortage of glasses.

All in all, the eclipse-watching party was a lot of fun and a grand success, albeit crazy packed and chaotic.

Probably the most exciting part was photographing the moment an Uptown eclipse watcher proposed to his girlfriend at the moment Dallas saw it's peak showing.

Uptown resident John Posada proposes to his girlfriend of 1 year 4 months, McKenna Post, under the shade of the partial eclipse.

Below are a few more selections from my time at the Perot on Monday, but feel free to see the full gallery over at the Dallas Observer, or read more about eclipse proposals over at the New York Post, whom also picked up my photo.

It's SUMMER! by Brian Maschino

It's been great splashing into summer (excuse the terrible pun). But after a rainy, cloudy few weeks, it's nice to see the sun out again, as well as seeing the troves of people going out to enjoy the weather and party together.

I had the chance to spend an afternoon with the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Dallas at their pool, which on this given Sunday attracted well over a thousand people to. 

Lots of crazy, soaked fun to be had.

We can't forget, however, the true kickoff to summer for so many more: graduation. I spent this season, as I usually do, camped out over at UNT's Coliseum shooting schools from across Denton County.

In years past, I've been used to photographing anywhere between 14-17 high school graduations across DFW. It was quite nice this year to only be responsible for six, although seriously made me wonder: How in the world did I manage that many graduations and come out alive? Graduations very much are an exhausting season, but rewarding to see all the big and small success stories walking the stage.

This year's ceremonies included: Argyle High School, The Colony High School, Flower Mound High School, Hebron High School, Lewisville High School and Marcus High School.

So here's to you, the graduating Class of 2017.

Argyle High School

Valedictorian Annabel Thorpe

Salutatorian Max McWhorte

Marcus High School

Valedictorian Hope Anderson

Salutatorian Jaeyoon Cha

Lewisville High School

Valedictorian Nathan Hoang

Salutatorian Madison Lopez

The Colony High School

Valedictorian Grace Perry

Salutatorian Madeline Roy

Hebron High School

Valedictorian Claire Boschert

Salutatorian Jun Jang

Flower Mound HS

Valedictorian Aditya Iswara

Salutatorian Kirtana George

Thin Line X by Brian Maschino

Ten Can Riot at Dan's SilverLeaf.

Denton's everything-film-music-art Thin Line Fest wrapped up Sunday, April 23, after a successful 2017, extended-weekend run.

In its 10th year -- Thin Line X -- the festival shows more and more promising growth from the ghosts of Thin Lines' past, with the bar set even higher for next year.

So, here's to 10 more.

Friday. April 21:

Supersonic Lips on the Square Stage, Friday.

Featured: Supersonic Lips, Ten Can Riot, The Holler Time, Mind Spiders and Hoof.

Saturday, April 22:

Donning full Sasquatch, PPL MVR on the Square Stage, Saturday night.

Featured: PPL MVR, Mydolls, Thrill Bill, Raelyn Nelson, Felt & Fur and BLXPLTN

You can view the full gallery over at the Dallas Observer. And definitely give Ed Steele, Thin Line's director of photography, a look through for some more great photo coverage.

Decatur gets "trashy" with Glitzy Girls Trailer Park by Brian Maschino