Some useful info…

I’ve always wanted to understand the whole makeup thing a bit better. Not that I want to do it to myself :0) but so I can light and retouch better.

Here’s a good starting point.

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Goals?

“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” – Lou Holtz
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Artful Collaborating

I loved this.  I’ve been playing in my head how I could incorporate my kids art into my own. Here’s a lady that does it with wonderful results. Not quite willingly…
Mica Hendricks-Busy Mockingbird

 

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Alexa Meade – working outside of the box

I found a post today about Alexa Meade on PetaPixel that caught my imagination. Alexa found a way to step out of the norm and capture very beautiful images from a unique place.

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Check out her TED talk. You will find it intriguing.
Note: there is some nudity in some of her images.

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Saturn and Earth, and more…

Here’s an amazing image from the Cassini mission of Saturn, showing it, its rings as well as Earth, Mars and Venus in natural colors. No color manipulation. So beautiful.

Saturn, with Earth, Venus and Mars

Saturn, with Earth, Venus and Mars

Here’s the link to the NASA site with more details and full res versions.

 

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What timelapse can do

This is a great piece showing what timelapse can do if used well.

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Grit and Sweat – Centennial Cross Country Seniors

Steve Thompson Memorial Run

This year I committed to my daughter and to myself that I would shoot every X Country race and every runner on the team, if possible. I missed one race completely (in Oregan, the day after my step son’s wedding) and only got the Varsity in another race. I consider that pretty good.

Bob Firman 2013

Yesterday they had a tribute for the Seniors. Monday morning I came up with the bright idea to pull and finish a picture of each Senior to give to them to remember the season. Thus began 2 days of push, and push and push some more. I didn’t realize there were as many as there were. But I finished, with 20 minutes to spare. My daughter didn’t get her’s until today, but she is very patient with me.

Steve Thompson Memorial Run

Here’s the gallery of the final images. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with each kid on the team. It was amazing watching them run and play this year. I hope they enjoy these images and remember this experience for years to come.

Centennial Cross Country - 2013 - Grit and Sweat (Seniors)

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New strobes and modifier – a huge difference

I’ve been very frustrated lately, every time I have tried to use my strobes. I couldn’t get control of my light. Naturally I thought it was because I was rusty, or just getting dumber as I aged. Then if finally hit me – maybe it’s the strobes. So I decided I needed to fix that one or get new ones. I decided to get new ones. My SpeedOTron is almost 30 years old. By the time I fixed the box and replaced the bulbs I would be out more than it would take to buy two new AlienBees. So I went with new. And I splurged and bought a beauty dish and a small OctaBox. I got it all last week. Its been sitting in the garage, waiting for me.

This afternoon Ann asked me if I could do a quick portrait of her, Alan and the kids. Sure – an excuse to try out my new toys.

It was magical. I have full control over my light. Everything worked flawlessly. The Octa light is beautiful. I’m excited to shoot in the studio again.

Here’s the picture:

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Saturn from Cassini

This is SO beautiful.

Saturn from Casinni

Saturn from Casinni

More info…

 

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Restoration – a Happy Baby

My aunt asked me to do a restoration for her. It was a pretty simple one. The before and after is a little deceptive as I adjusted the exposure/contrast issues in the scan itself. After that it was mostly just cleaning up cracks, spots and blemishes.

She was excited to see the cleanup image. And that’s what makes it all worth doing.

Edith McCuistion

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