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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Show

The Photography Show is going well. I have sold a couple of pieces. That is good. It will be nice
to recoup some of the expense of printing and framing. That is me above during last Friday's "Meet The Artist" time. There was a nice turnout, and I had a lot of fun. Folks were asking some great questions. The Galley director, Chiquita Thomas, did a great job hanging the show, getting out the publicity, and even had a birthday cake for me at the opening. That is Chiquita to my left in the photo above. She is an awesome lady.

The two photos below are from the show. Both drew a lot of attention. The beer can was from last year at High Falls. I had forgotten about the image until recently when I was looking for another photo from the same shoot.

The butterfly and sunflower were done severl years ago. I have always loved the picture. Guess I will post all the images from the show on Facebook. Will let you know when I get them uploaded.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What A Week....

This has been a hectic week, and more to come. Seemed like Monday and Tuesday went on forever. Those two days we spend laying out the paper. Some weeks go pretty well, others just grab you, well, some weeks are rough.

I found this dandelion the other morning while walking the dogs. Had to make a picture. Not sure what it is about dandelions, but ever spring I shoot a dandelion picture, most of them soon forgotten. This one is not bad.

Tonight is my first camera class. I am teaching a continuing education course at Fort valley State's Warner Robins campus. Got my handouts and my powerpoint ready. Friday night is my "Meet The Artist" session at my photography show. It will be from 6 to 8pm at Fort Valley State's Fine Arts Gallery on Main Street. Hope somebody shows up. If not, it will be a long night.
I will have to do an album with my show pictures on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Come Check Out My Show

Yesterday was the opening day, and I have been too busy to go by. Today I will run over and see how everything looks. I have posted the poster that Chiquita Thomas did, it is quite good.

I have 36 prints hanging, a mix of old stuff and new, some from film, some digital. And of course there is black and white in the mix.

The meet and greet will be Friday evening, March 26 at 6p.m. It is a drop in going til 7:30 or so.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Goodby, My Friend

I went to the funeral for my longtime friend a co-worker Bill Boyd today. You loose special people all through this life. Some folks grab onto you a bit more than others.
Bill and I did a lot of traveling around Middle Georgia together. Spent a lot of days cooped up in a car, an ole Marine and a long-haired hippie. He took special pleasure in introducing me to folks,and telling them that I was alright, in spite of the long hair and earrings.

Out of my 38 years at the Telegraph, those road trips with Ole Boyd were some of my favorite days. We did some really cool stories, met some wonderful folks. We had our adventures.
The real special part of those days didn’t have a thing to do with the stories we covered, but the drive time, spending it with a true friend.

The top photo is pure Boyd to me. He was being Momma for a day to triplets. That smile on his face, enjoying the moment. That’s the Boyd I will always remember.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Wasp

I was about to get in the car this afternoon when this guy landed on the car top. I grabbed a camera and tried a couple of frames. Noticed the shadow and worked it. Not sure if I like it, may take a bit of photoshopping.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Our Japanese Magnolia

We have a beautiful Japanese Magnolia in our yard. The first year we were in the house, we were
just blown away by its beauty. The tree was loaded with blooms. Every year since, we have had a freeze just as it began to bloom, and part of the blooms were lost. This year its going to be loaded again.

Every year I have done some photos of the tree and its blooms. I try to come up with something different each year. One year I was on top of a tall ladder. Last year Deborah had cut some blooms and arranged them in a vase for our dining room. I did pretty much studio still lifes that were probably the bet yet.

I began my magnolia photography this weekend. I tried the fisheye, and it kinda works. I will let you know what I end up with.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lighting the Kick Boxer

I photographer kick boxer Erica Taylor last night. I spent a bunch of yesterday afternoon thinking about lighting the photos. I knew I wanted something like the picture above. I had not been tot he area where she trains, but I figured an image like this would happen.

The big decision was one light or two. I knew I wanted the light to be on the opposite side of the dummy ( or sparring partner0 coming across to light her face. I wanted real drama in my light. I couldn't decide if I should have a light to my left, to give a little kick in the shadows.

I went with to the assignment with one light. This is not a bad photo, but could have been an awesome one. A touch of light on the back of her head, and a bit more on her gloves.

The shot below with her and sparring partner Diana Lin was done available light at 6400 ISO, and that almost was not enough. Anyway, not a bad evening of pictures.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Bird Feeder

We have bird feeders all around our home. Love watching the birds come and go. I keep saying to myself that I should do some pictures. This morning as I was loading my gear into the car I noticed the activity on this feeder just outside my mother-in-law's window.

I think the birds are wrens. They are really cute little guys. I opened the trunk and got a camera and the 300 and started trying to get close to them. They flew away when I started to approach the feeder, but only moved a few feet away, still in the same tree.

I got close enough to get a decent shot and waited. They came back. I wanted to get one in the air, with movement in its wings. This was the best I could do today. Gonna keep my eye on them.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Bithday, Dr. Seuss

Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel would be one hundred six years old today. Our Peach County libraries have Dr. Seuss birthday parties to honor him and to celebrate Read Across America.

I love to read, and I always enjoyed reading to my children. Both are avid readers today. Hope I planted that interest. Paul Scott of Fort Valley was the guest reader today, reading “Mr. Brown Can Moo” to a bunch of excited preschoolers. He is a very tall man, and I wanted to capture the difference in size and also the way he bonded with the kids. I think the top photo captured the moment, Paul towering over the kids, and their expressions. Also his “Cat and The Hat” hat and bowtie, as well as the Cat lurking in the background.

Gotta love Dr. Seuss.

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