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Toy Boxed

NYC

From a recent trip to New York City. Processed with Lightroom, then Analog.

That Lady’s Shoes

Haystack

Haystack_Rock

Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach, Oregon

Analog

This might be the best promotional video for software that I’ve seen…ever.

Analog

Round Two

Yesterday I took part in my second Photomarathon. I naively thought that last years effort would provide invaluable experience for this year. But nothing can prepare you for the exhaustion that comes with trying to take 12 photographs over 12 hours on 12 different topics. And while I felt better prepared in terms of taking pictures that the judges would appreciate, and interpreting the topics in a different way, I was still thrilled when the day was over and I could turn off my brain.

This year Julie and the kids played a big part in helping me. We had a great time as a family thinking through the shots and then executing them.

With a project like this self embarrassment (and the embarrassment of family members) is inevitable. I didn’t start the day thinking I would photograph myself in the bath tub, or photograph my wife in a bikini walking down a path, or ask my 6 year old to take off his shirt in city centre, but these things happen when one is working under the strain of coming up with 12 ideas in 12 hours. If you can’t allow yourself to be embarrassed it would make this project nearly impossible.

I also wanted to say that the team behind Photomarathon, Betina Skovbro, Mathew Talfan & the rest, did an absolutely fabulous job. To coordinate a one day event with over 400 participants in no small task. This year, and last, went as smoothly as possible — from a participants perspective.

This years topics were:

  1. Entry Number + Work of Art
  2. Inside Out
  3. Community
  4. Superpowers
  5. Drama
  6. The Great Outdoors
  7. Double
  8. My Secret
  9. Element
  10. Movement
  11. Obstacle
  12. I Have a Dream

Here are my first and last photos & a link to the entire set in Flickr.

And the rest are on Flickr.

The First Twenty One Days

Three weeks ago I started a self-imposed photography project called Project 50. Project 50’s are fairly popular on Flickr, and where I first heard about them. Project 50 is simple, in theory at least – you take 50 photos over 50 straight days with a 50mm prime lens. I became really interested in doing a Project 50 after seeing this one. However, while Rick’s is fairly consistent throughout, with a cinematic type theme, I wanted to do one that wasn’t quite as specialized or focused. I’m still trying to uncover what type of photography I’m best at because I’m interested in several different genres (urban landscapes, stills, portraits). I thought a Project 50 would be a beneficial way of finding out what type of photograph I’m drawn to most often. And after hearing a talk given by David Hurn I was reminded that you only get better as a photographer by shooting copious amounts of photos. To get these first 21 photographs I’ve shot well over 500 pictures.

I’m learning that inspiration doesn’t come when you want it to, and will most likely come when you least expect it. I’m learning to take my camera with me at all times. I’m learning that as good as a picture may be it’s always an advantage to know how to edit in the darkroom…and by darkroom I mean Lightroom. I’m learning that when you’re shooting more than just the general snapshot, time and focus must be given to ensure a better than average photograph. I’m learning that not everyone will like or appreciate what you’ve shot – and I’m generally okay with that. And I’m learning that I love to take photographs. While the task is daunting, I’m looking forward to reaching the halfway point in a couple days and then completing the project on March 6th.

You can follow my project on Flickr – Project 50.

The two photographs below are: 1 – the most viewed photograph so far. And 2 – my favorite so far.

Photographing People—A Project

I recently completed a course offered through ffotogallery called ‘Photographing People’, which was taught by Toril Brancher. I really enjoyed the course. It was much more than f-stops, shutter speeds, and flash guns. It was a walk through photographic history, paying special attention to those that have specialized in taking photographs of people. We talked about David Hurn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sally Mann, and Elinor Carucci, among others. We talked about the qualities in images that we’re drawn to, and how we mere amateurs might have taken a shot differently. I can highly recommend ffotogallery, their instructors, and their courses. This was my second course through ffotogallery, and I plan to take more.

Throughout the 10 week course we were working towards a final project of 10 images based on a theme of our own choosing. My theme was entitled Nuclear. The following images are the 10 I submitted for my project. (* linked to image in Flickr)

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Twelve in Twelve

Yesterday I took part in my first Photomarathon. The concept is quite simple really. I had 12 hours to take 12 photos based on 12 topics. At the end of the day I had to turn in my 12 photos, in order from 1 to 12. At 10AM some 400 participants received the first four topics. We returned to the Wales Millennium Centre at 2PM to receive the next four, and then at 6PM we returned for our final four topics. All 12 were due by 10PM. The photos could not be edited, they could not be out of order, and there could only be one photo for each topic.

Overall I had a good time. Next year I’d like to get the family involved in the whole day. My wife is far more creative than I, and I know the kids would have a good time with it. It was a long, tiring day, but worth the effort. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s photos and the winners on July 23.

Here are the topics, followed by a link to my set in Flickr.

Topics:

  1. My Entry Number + Giant
  2. Aroma
  3. On a shoe string
  4. Inspiration
  5. Up in the air
  6. Arc
  7. Seven
  8. Fail
  9. Old school
  10. Contemporary
  11. Backwards
  12. Identity

My set in Flickr.

UPDATE: It should be noted that my wonderful wife did come up with some of the ideas for the topics. Like I said, she is far more creative than I am.