Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Austin

This week I’m in Austin listening and learning from some photographers that have it together and don’t take themselves too seriously. They are willing to share their insight into the business end of the portrait and wedding markets. And while it’s unlikely I’ll ever do another wedding, listening to their philosophy on creativity and the approach to showing what you can do creatively has, so far, been very beneficial.

This workshop was a gift from my lovely wife and daughter for my birthday. I had to wait a bit to get the gift but it’s been worth the wait.

One of the points that really stuck with me today was to show what you can do with your photographic work. The point was made that showing a wide range of capability will allow people to go outside their own box of thinking and be much more open doing something that May not actually be in their comfort level. In other words, show what you are capable of and people will come.

Some of the workshop, while intended for wedding shooters, will spill over to the work I actually do. These images are from a short walk around at dusk before heading back to the room to do some catch up work and dinner. I’m not sure they work but I wanted to play and play I did. It goes back to what I wanted to do when I started this blog in the first place.

There were birds everywhere when I started my walk. It was crazy and something I wish I had been better prepared for. I converted this image in DPP to a slight sepia tone and thought it might work better. I went back and forth on the color versus toned black and white. I stuck with the B&W because I’m not sure the photo works at all.

The colors in downtown Austin are pretty phenomenal. It’s an eclectic mix of cultures and sub-cultures, music and art. I’ll try more later.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Father - Daughter Photo Excursion

Jordan and I headed out this morning to spend some time together making images. She shot film but I succumbed to digital since selling off the film stuff of my own.

We headed over to the train station in San Juan Capistrano and then over to the historic San Juan Mission. This is just a quick post as I’m headed out over the next two weeks for travel. I’ll write more later.

This is just a quick conversion in Aperture. You can see more over at my flickr site.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Santa Barbara

I love to experiment and digital allows me to do so. On a recent trip up to Santa Barbara I tried some different stuff. Some of it worked and some of it didn’t.

These images are inspired by Aaron Hueys images from the seat of his VW van while on various trips out west. I’m not sure it worked but it was fun trying and seeing what I could come up with. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while but just hadn’t had the opportunity. Does it work or is it just another set of cliche images populating the net. I still don’t know but for the time being I seem to like them. Together they seem to work but separately probably not.

I did try some other images inspired by Sam Abell’s image of pears in his window sill while on a trip through Russia. They definitely didn’t work. The tuxedo image is inspired by some images from photographers shooting a lot of night images in Japan and Hong Kong. Again, I’m not sure if it worked and it certainly doesn’t measure up but I see some prospects there and some potential.

This image is being put up because I enjoy Prine’s music immensely. We didn’t get to see him that night because of other plans but it was nice to see that he is out and making music. He doesn’t tour much these days but he was in San Francisco, LA and Santa Barbara the last week of October. Bummer.

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