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Monday, January 31, 2011

Time Lapse Coolness

First of all, let me say sorry that I failed to produce any type of pitiful excuse for a blog post last week.  I was stuck in New Orleans due to business most of the week, it sucked ........................................SYKE, I was in New Orleans on business, but it was totally awesome and I really want to go back some day.  I was too busy drinking hurricanes and listening to motivational speakers to write a silly blog post, and since there are only like 3 of you who regularly look at my blog, you'll forgive me right? 

This week I have yet another very cool video to show you.  It's a time lapse video made by a member of a forum that I frequent.  It chronicles a trip he took to china this past summer.  Very moving video.  I encourage you to watch.  Oh, and I promise to actually produce something original later this week.........I promise.  In the meantime, enjoy this awesome video:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Light Painting Warfare

Every now and then you come across something that is so freaking cool and creative that you want to share it's awesomeness with anyone and everyone.  I ran across these videos in the Strobist blog some time back and given my laziness and lack of new years motivation this week (and that full time job and family I have to pay attention to every now and then), I thought I would cop out of my blog creating obligations this week and share these awesome videos with you.  Trust me, these are far more awesome (for real, how many more times am I going to say awesome?) than anything I would be able to come up with this week.  The first one is a behind the scenes "making of" video which I recommend to watch first. 

Light painting is a very cool technique wich basically involves taking long exposures of say 30 seconds or more and during that time, you can actually move around in the scene with a flashlight, speedlight, penlight, whatever, aimed at the camera.  The cool thing is that as long as you are constantly moving, you will not be seen in the final image (provided you are not being lit by anything).  You could do something like:  Start your camera exposure with your camera on a tripod.  Walk into the scene and start drawing all kinds of images in the air with the light pointed back at the camera.  When the exposure is finished, you will just see whatever images you drew with your light.  You also need your scene to be fairly dark if you don't want to be seen at all in the final image.  If you want to be seen in the final image (see videos below) you could either stand still for several seconds to let the camera sensor "aquire" you, or you could do what these guys did and just pop a flash on yourself. That is my short and totally uneducated explanation on how to light paint.  The guys in this video definately took light painting to a whole nother level with a full length stop action lightpainting "Warfare" video.  This is the kind of stuff that makes photography so cool.  Enjoy.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kirsten Senior 2011

Meet Kirsten.  She is a very cool kid and I had the honor of taking her senior pics this past weekend.  We had an awesome session which consisted of mostly studio work, but since it was a balmy 30 degrees outside, we thought "what the hey", lets take this show outdoors.  Follow the jump for more.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Get a Little Closer

Happy new year everybody!

Well, with a new year comes new resolutions.  One of mine was to update my blog religiously every Monday and Thursday....................................yeah.......................well.........................I'm not very big on resolutions anyway.  So, I'll say it right here and right now:  My goal is to update this bad boy twice a week be it Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, whatever.  I'm still going to shoot for Monday's and Thursday's, but, I'm a realist who has no problem admiting my faults and when it comes to faults and strengths, timeliness and consistency definately fall into the "faults" category.  Now that we've cleared the air...........let's do this.

I was planning to use this post to give a rundown on my most frequently used gear and how I specifically utilize it, but when going through my camera bag, I stumbled across a cool little accessory that I hadn't used in quite some time and thought some people may find it interesting due to it's conversion capabilities and very low cost.  Follow the jump for more.