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Annalynn starts another school project and we got o Taco Bell to meet Shonduras and Syndicate.

Annalynn's 100people project - www.explorediscovershare.com/100people
Shonduras - https://youtu.be/AMqi327PhS8
Tom Syndicate - https://youtu.be/OT4Dh7rBgQI

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A few home repairs and I do a little photography for my Dad.

Black Samba by Juanitos is licensed under a Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 France License.
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Juanitos/Soul_Africa/03_-_Black_Samba

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 We've got a snow storm here, not as big as the one back east but it's been snowing off and on for most of the day. It's been a while since I've been out with my camera. I decided to try my hand at photographing snowflakes. Don Komarechka does some beautiful snowflake macro photography and has a lot of advice on how to do it. Here's what I ended up with.

I don't have specialized equipment for this I just used my 70 - 300 telephoto macro  cropped the image way down and made some adjustments in lightroom. I'm very pleased with them considering the limitations I had to deal with.

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 I recently discovered a brilliant film maker named Haily Bartholomew while watching a class on film making from Creative Live. One of her projects is called 365grateful. This is what she has to say about it.

When I saw it, I thought it would be a rewarding project and something worth trying. Starting tomorrow I will be posting once a day and see where it goes from there. 

Here is where it will be found. http://explorediscovershare.com/365-grateful/

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 One of my pet projects is photographing ghost towns and other abandoned places. This blog post really caught my eye when I saw it, I'd love to visit these places.

http://blogof.francescomugnai.com/2013/01/30-of-the-most-beautiful-abandoned-places-and-modern-ruins-ive-ever-seen/

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 When my daughter chose to enter the her schools Reflections contest in the photography category I couldn't have been more proud. The theme "The magic of a moment" seemed perfect for the medium. She's been running around with my old Olympus 2020, one my first digital cameras, and snapping away, I think she has quite a bit of natural ability for a third grader. Some of her photos are better then a lot I've seen from adults. This is the photo she chose to enter.

 

The Magic of a Moment

Here is what she wrote about it...

"The magic of photography is that each photo captures a moment, The rose in my picture is the last rose on the bush, on the last day before it died, in the last bit of daylight on the day. Photographers have two special hours each day. They call them the golden hour and the blue hour. The golden hour is in the morning. My rose picture was taken in the evening and that's when the blue hour is. That's how i got it to be blue. To me it's magical that this rose survived when the other ones hadn't."

All of this she came up with on her own. She made it through the school and council levels to district but didn't get further then that. Still pretty good for a third grader going up against fourth and fifth graders. My daughter is only Nine years old and she's already winning photo competitions. Is that cool or what?

A New Year

Jan. 13th, 2013 10:54 am
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 I've been neglectful of my posting over the holidays, but now things are getting back to normal and i have some blogging to catch up on. Several of my subjects over the last months wanted photos for Christmas gifts. Now the holidays are over I can post a few with out worrying about ruining someones surprise.



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 It's been a busy few weeks. I've been averaging two to three shoots a week and then the editing on top of that. I don't think I really understood the time that editing can add to the shoot. I also get why it's so good to do as much editing in camera as you can. I think I may need to reduce the number of photos in my final cut to twenty or so to make it more manageable.


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 The Saturday before Halloween I took my 8 year old daughter out on full "goth fairy" costume for a photo shoot. Here's the best of what I captured.




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Yesterday was our big family apple picking and cider pressing. While everyone else was busy picking apples and pouring cider I was roaming around with my camera. I ended up with a lot of great images. These are a few of my favorites.



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Had a great time on Friday photographing Kenya up at the capitol. She is a beautiful, fun, and very patient model. Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.










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 I took another trip out to the Bear River Bird Refuge. The water is back and so are the carp. Kind of surprising how fast they repopulate. Saw lots of herons and other water birds but no pelicans this time. I'm wondering if they have moved on already, 

heron catches a snake

I've also treated myself to a new computer, I found a really good deal on a good, slightly used laptop. editing my photos is much faster and the screen even works so I'm mobile once again.

Fish Bones

Sep. 23rd, 2012 04:29 pm
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  Last month I took a trip out to Bear River Bird Refuge for a bit of wildlife photography. A lot of water had evaporated, stranding the invasive carp and making them easy pickings for the birds and other predators. There were fish skeletons scattered all over the dry stream beds.


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A couple of weeks ago we took a road trip to see the Devil's Slide. It's an interesting geological curiosity and a good enough excuse to get out with a destination. Unfortunately lighting wasn't that good and viewing angles are limited I don't think I got very good shots of it. However while out I did come across some really nice train bridges and I had more photographic success with them. I've always liked train bridges with all the interesting girder angles and the play of light and shadow. I pulled out my infrared and got some nice shots.  


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 I havn't been posting as much as I shoud be this week. I've been watching a workshop by Sue Bryceon glamor and portrate photography at creative live. It's been amazing. But between it and my day job, I havn't had much spare time. 


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 I recently found this interview on This Week in Photography with a the founders of www.everythingmicrostock.com. After doing some additional research I've decided to give it a try, after all, it's free.

So I've created an account with Fotolia and submitted a few photos. I'm taking it slow to try to get an idea of what they are looking for. It took about two days for them to get reviewed and four our of the five images got rejected. It's a bit of a blow to a persons ego when some of the images you consider your best get rejected. Oddly enough the one photo I thought had the least chance was accepted. I guess my ideas of what makes a good commercial image are a little skewed. This photo...


was rejected because it "did not meet our desired level of aesthetic quality". What ever that means. I liked it enough to have it printed and hung on my wall. Go figure.

I really like the idea of not being an assignment photographer. Of shooting what, where, and when I like. However I am starting to wonder if stock photography offers that much more freedom.

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