Archive for September, 2010

Temporary Textures on Rocks

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The Wedding of Julianne Ewry & Damien McAnany

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The Wedding of Julianne Ewry & Damien McAnany


It’s Like a Giant Dandelion

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It's Like a Giant Dandelion

It's like a giant dandelion, about as round as a volleyball or so. Big. As best as I can figure this is Tragopogon dubius. I found it in Lovell Canyon, Nevada on the side of the road. I'm not really sure on that ID though, also known as Goat's Beard, Giant Dandelion, or Salsify. It is an invasive species in the United States.


Dance

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Jennifer Pfaff - Dance

Jennifer Pfaff - Dance


Pacific Waves

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Pacific Ocean Waves in Infrared

Pacific Ocean Waves in Infrared


Temporary Textures on Rocks

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Temporary Textures on Rocks


Richard

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Richard Ashworth

Richard Ashworth


Spoony

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Pre-Ceremony Rememberance

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The Wedding of Julianne Ewry and Damien McAnany

The Wedding of Julianne Ewry and Damien McAnany


For Phil’s Big Day

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Go Phil!

Go Phil!


Ripples

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Lovell Canyon Nevada in infrared at sunrise.

Lovell Canyon Nevada in infrared at sunrise.


Tap Out Loud

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Chicago Tap Theatre's production Tap Out Loud

Chicago Tap Theatre's production Tap Out Loud


Saturday Night on a Couch

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This is what a Saturday night at our house looks like.

This is what a Saturday night at our house looks like.


Silly Dog Looking Cute

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My Boston Terrier Roxy looks at the camera waiting to be able to go back to sleep.

My Boston Terrier Roxy looks at the camera waiting to be able to go back to sleep.


Ball by a Bathtub Drain

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Orange tennis ball by a bathtub drain.  Photo taken and processed in iPhone

Orange tennis ball by a bathtub drain. Photo taken and processed in iPhone


Shoes and a Ball

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My hiking boots and my boston terrier's ball, one of many.


Pregnant Erin on Mt. Charleston

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A pregnant Erin on Mt. Charleston.

A pregnant Erin on a hike on Mt. Charleston. It was actually a pretty light hike for us, which is of course more challenging these days.


iPhone Photo Week

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Flowers in a beam of light near sun down on Mt. Charleston outside of Las Vegas, NV.  This image is part of a quick series done entirely on a iPhone.

Flowers in a beam of light near sun down on Mt. Charleston outside of Las Vegas, NV. This image is part of a quick series done entirely on a iPhone.

My iPhone recently died.  It developed a technological version of schizophrenia .  I had to let it pass into the electronic afterlife.  It was a good phone and treated me well.

So I quickly bought myself an iPhone 4.

Among it’s many other cool and wonderful traits is that the camera is better.  I’ve spent the last few days shooting daily life stuff with it, and I rather like it.  It’s been a lot of fun.

The images I’m going to post this Monday through Friday are all taken in 24 hours or so with my new iPhone, and all processing was done in phone.  I used a combination of PS Express (Phone Photoshop), CrossProcess and ShakeItPhoto for processing.

Enjoy.


Design and the Use of Photos

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I think every professional photographer has had a problem at one point or another with how their photos were used.  Having been in newspapers for years I got used to seeing my photos small.

I spent years arguing that instead of using 5 photos on a half of a tabloid page we should use the best to fill that whole space.  I never won.  Never.  I once had to ask why I was being sent to take pictures that would be, literally, the size of postage stamp.  Was that really a good expenditure of money?

Sometimes though images would get good play in the newspaper, at least decent size.  I once even asked for a full two pages for pictures of a girls state basketball championship that I covered.  I figured we spent the money for me to drive 400 miles and spend a full day, day and a half, covering one shoot, why run just 3 photos?  So when I requested the two pages of space I figured I get one of B&W and I would’ve been happy, instead they gave me four of color.  I was shocked.  The designer had time to put the images together really nice, and make them really big, and it was pretty cool.  I’m sure it also impressed some of advertisers.

Occasionally those good things would happen, mostly though, they wouldn’t.  The story would run long and the photo would just keep getting smaller instead of anyone editing a story.  No bitterness.

So I was happily surprised when I saw my friend Caroline’s new website.  She’s a jazz musician and someone who I’ve hung out with on occasion.  Good people.  A few months back she asked me if she could use some of my photos for her website.  I was happy to let her.  I’m all for helping out the starving artists of the world, being one myself.  If nothing else we’ve got to have each others backs.

Lo’ and behold, she’s got a nicely designed site and has a big, bold photo anchoring her site.  A photo by yours truly, thank you very much.  I love it when I get to see one of my photos used well, used right.

And in this case, she hit the nail on the head better than I could’ve hoped for.

Thanks Caroline, and go check out her website everyone.

Caroline Davis jazz saxophonist

Caroline Davis jazz saxophonist


Temporary Textures on Rocks

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