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Sorry, been facing more pressing issues.

Hello again, sorry I’ve been away. It’s just that sometimes things come up that force you to take sometime away form the things that you love. It’s not that I haven’t been shooting, it’s just the time it takes to process the images to my satisfaction and then compose something worth your time and if I cannot give it my fullest attention, I will let it stew. With that said . . .

The one hundredth anniversary of Selfridge Air Nation Guard Base occurred this summer and I did take the day to watch the Thunderbirds perform there. In photographing subjects such as flying insects, birds and especially aircraft you are hoping for good weather conditions, a great position and finally target anticipation, or having a good idea your subject is coming from/going to. With photographing the Thunderbirds in their F-16’s you have to balance out a fast enough ISO to freeze the action (if that is what your goal is) is a high shutter speed along with a reasonable f-stop for a good depth of field. When everything comes together you get great shots with wonderful detail.

A five plane formation

The USAF Thunderbirds.

 

 

 

Thunderbird jets make a pass at an air show

The USAF Thunderbirds make a pass.

Four Thunderbirds flying in diamond formation

The US Air Force’s Thunderbirds over Selfridge.

Posted in Events, Selfridge Air Show, Uncategorized

Happy 4th of July

The 4th of July, a time to celebrate the birth of our country and with that comes fireworks. Love them or hate them, fireworks are visually fun to take in and from a photography standpoint; they offer a great opportunity to catch explosive nighttime beauty. Unlike lightning, photographing fireworks is easier as you have a pretty good idea, once the first few have gone off, you know about where to point your camera. The tougher part comes in with getting the exposure correct for the effect you want to achieve. With digital cameras and your digital darkroom this is not a problem and your only limitations can be the size of your storage while shooting.

 

4th of july, fireworks, night sky

4th of July fireworks explode in the night sky looking more like a dandelion.

4th of july, fireworks, night sky

4th of July firework explodes with color.

Fireworks exploding in the night sky.

 

 

 

 

With plenty of your neighbors willing to blow-up their hard earned pay-checks, you should have more than enough subject matter to capture, your only issue maybe having an good unobstructed view.

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Trip to Arizona

Took a week to explore parts of Arizona, from Phoenix northward, most notably Sedona, Jerome and the Grand Canyon. Surprisingly, the weather co-operated, photographically with the threat of rain, light rain, partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures too for most of the trip. The photos below really drive home the point of shooting during the “golden hours” around sunrise and sunset. Even with all the digital tools available today in post processing there is only so much you can do to make up for mid afternoon light as the photo below from the Grand Canyon shows.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The beautiful, awe inspiring Grand Canyon shot in the mid afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Full moon rising over Sedona, Arizona.

The full moon rises over Sedona.

 

 

 

 

Landscape shot of both Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona.

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock under threatening skies.

 

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Results of 2017 Trierenberg International Super Circuit are in

Once again I have had work accepted and send on for final judging. Five of my eighteen submissions went on to final judging. Alas, none won, but they say if you can get even one accepted in this international juried photo show in Austria, your work is pretty damn good.

Here are three of my submissions that went on for final judging.

Alaskan fjord, called Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Alaskan fjord called Tracy Arm

Cloud and mist swept forests of Tracy Arm Fjord.

water level of the Colorado river Hoover Dam water level

The Colorado river at the Hoover Dam in 2016.

If you’re interested in entering next year, here is the link to the site:

 

http://www.photocontest.at/

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It’s That Time of Year Again.

The 2017 Trierenberg Super Circuit of Photography is now accepting submissions. It is a great opportunity to have your work judged on an international level and get worldwide recognition as too. I have been participating in this international photo salon for years and have been invite4d to Austria twice. Over the years, this salon has grown steadily and now offers a wide variety of themes for any photographer’s specialty.

If you’re interested, here is the link to the site:   http://www.photocontest.at/

Once I get the results, I’ll post some of my submissions here, so check back and see how I did.

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Last minute call for help.

While making one of my many late night, last minute trips to the hardware store for additional supplies during my kitchen remodel, I got a call from the Pattie the owner of Strongheart Yoga, a studio I belong to, asking if I would be available to do a photo shoot the next morning. Apparently the photographer she had hired came down with the flu and she was under a time crunch with the web developer to get photos to finish the new website. Did I already have work planned the next morning in the kitchen, sure, but I welcomed the challenge. And challenging it was.

Pattie sent me a shot list and it turned out it this would include some of the students being used as models. This concerned me due to the lighting in the lighting in the studio, which of course is very low (it’s a yoga studio). For the models, I didn’t want to use a flash, as it would be too harsh and the studio is small so I didn’t have a lot of room to for soft boxes. So I ended up using a hand-held clamp light and shot at 1600 ISO.

I normally shoot in RAW but, the Webmaster was going to do the post processing and they requested jpeg files, which made the turn around time quicker for the model shots. I had a second session shooting the still life shots, which I shot in RAW and did the processing in Adobe Lightroom.

Check out my work: http://www.strongheartyoga.com/ and maybe come on down and take a class.

Namaste

 

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The Projects keep coming: Stained Glass

Even working full-time and spending nights and weekends on the aforementioned kitchen remodeling work, I still answered the call from several friends in need a photographer for several important and rewarding projects. The first of those came from my good friend Mary Bailey; she needed someone to provide images that would showcase the wonderful stained glass windows of the beautiful St. Veronica Catholic Church of East Pointe, Michigan for a book (more on that later) she was working on.

The results of this collaboration (and my photographs also got a mention in the Michigan Catholic http://www.themichigancatholic.org/2016/12/christmas-stained-glass/ ):

St Veronica Cover

St V Glass page 8

St V page 10

 

 

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Kitchen remodeling

Sorry everyone, been tied up with a major kitchen renovation over the last two and a half months (doing it yourself saves money but other projects suffer). This was something that was long over-due and thanks to plenty of help and lots sweat equity you can see the results below with the before and after shots.

With this remodel, I wanted to open up the kitchen making it a warm an open welcoming space; it’s my hope I leave you with that feeling. And because this is a remodeling job, the before shots are critical, as you want to give the viewer a frame a reference. Then, after shots must really sell the improvements that were made. The lighting, attention to detail and choice of focal points all play into successfully pulling this off.

This is my first attempt at Architectural Photography and it is one of the most challenging and difficult photography to do successfully. The play of light and shadow, plus color and contrast all factor in to a great image and when done right, the interiors leave the viewer with the feeling they are there in the space (or want to be).

I hope I was able to pull it off, let me know your thoughts.

Kitchen remodel befoer shot, sink,microwave, stove top, cabinets

Kitchen remodel before shot. Circa 1960’s-1970’s (except the dishwasher)

Kitchen remodel after shot showing the new sink,microwave, stove, cabinets and granite counter tops

Kitchen remodel after shot.

Kitchen remodel, wall oven, refrigerator, cabinets

Kitchen remodel before shot. (note: blue tape is due to the start of demolition inspection work)

Kitchen remodel after shot of the refrigerator, cabinets and granite counter tops

Kitchen remodel after shot. Note how the space has opened up.

 

ps – more posts to follow shortly, as I’ve been busy squeezing in other weekend photography work!

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Keeping Sharp

Sometimes when you’re juggling a regular full-time job, keeping a home up and numerous other responsibilities, you may not get the time to take that early morning drive out to catch a sunrise or the fog over a meadow. And maybe the wildflowers in your yard haven’t started to bloom yet. What’s an itchy-fingered weekend photographer to do to stay sharp? Well, for me there’s always a cat, when they feel like cooperating, of course. This is great practice anytime and when you can bring out who they are, you’ve done your job.

Ebony the black cat sitting for her photo

Ebony “Boo” the queen allowing her photo to be taken.

Wookiee the cat hiding under a newspaper story about naughty and nice kids.

Wookiee attempting to hide under the Naughty List.

 

Over the past eleven years, I’ve had four rescue cats come into my life and they have left an indelible mark on life. They all have and had their very own unique personalities and when I needed a willing victim to keep my skills up, they usually were and are pretty tolerance. So with all that said, Wookiee, Chilly, Ebony and especially Buddy the big guy who had been through so much, but never let it changed his laid back attitude, Ebony and I miss you pal.

Buuddy the cat opens his eyes for a close-up photograph.

Buddy is awaken to the sound of me creeping in for a close-up.

 

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Pura Vida! Costa Rica

We spent a week in beautiful Costa Rica, just South of San Jose in the foothills near Santa Ana. The Hotel Posada Canal Grande gave us great views of the Central Valley and the Volcanoes (Poas and Irazu) to the North. As this is our first visit, I took a somewhat conservative approach and didn’t rent a car to explore on our own and considering the traffic, I think I made a good choice. I was expecting high humidity and windy days in the Central Valley but I wasn’t counting on volcanic ash from Turrialba, which added to the haze on a couple of days, and one morning left our hotel room floors feeling a little gritty.

Parting clouds reveal the volcano

The slope of Poas leading away from the caldera.

The tours were good from a non-photographic stand point, as we usually arrived at our destinations by mid morning but, we had fun, the Costa Rican people are friendly and try to be helpful whenever possible. We were lucky enough on our visit to Arenal Volcano to have a clear view of in but not so much when it came to Poas, which can be hit or miss when you visit it for the clouds seem to constantly roll in.

Poas volcano, Costa Rica

Poas appears out of the mist.

Unfortunately, we didn’t book our trip to the Irazu Volcano soon enough and it was sold out due to the recent eruptions of the Turrialba Volcano, that can be seen from Irazu. The important take away here is, when a place is new to you, you can always find something to photograph, like Flycatchers nesting right next to our hotel pool.

A pair of birds, Fly-catchers bring food to their young.

A pair of Fly-catchers’ working hard to keep their brood fed.

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