Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Baby, it's Hot Outside

Extra hot in River City today. I have returned from the coast but am delaying uploading work until this record heat wave breaks. We are facing rolling blackouts on account of the heat.

Chase was happy to see me and I did some nice work at the shore, light permitting.

Interesting how rolling black outs are going to influence work. That and things like the fires out west. As if photography was not hot enough, right? Now we can only upload compact flash in between bouts of black outs, fires, and the like. Oh no! Those people who call now for "endless summer" should be taken out and shot or, you know, at least suffer from sunburn like I do.

Stay cool, Snowflakes!

Until next time...

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Going Coastal

RareBloom_7051, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
This one from one of the recent shoots at the Hill Country Water Gardens.

Speaking of water, ocean, things wet, etc. this weekend I'll be headed down to the Texas coast to take some pictures at the beach and enjoy a few days away from oh-so-hot Austin. It's expected to be about 95 and sunny down on the shore, with a breeze coming off the ocean. I don't know what I'll be doing (exactly) there yet, but I hope to shoot some digital infrared, some iPhone stuff, some dreamy lens work, plus some night work. If it sounds like a mixed bag, why, it probably is.

I'll be going down to Port Aransas and staying right on the beach. It must be nice to have a private beach. Hey, come to think of it, this weekend? Yeah, I'll so be able to tell you how that one feels.

Since I'm headed down to the shore, going coastal and all, not sure what the blogging schedule is slated to be. Check this space for (possible) updates but I do expect to have some output maybe by early next week (if all goes well.)

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Really Long Lens - Ok, so Maybe Not all THAT Long

PurpleLights_7230, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
For those photographers headed to the Olympics this year, if you are going over to London and you were planning on taking some photos of the events, PopPhoto.com is just reporting this article about new restrictions on cameras and camera gear. According to the new rules, "large cameras and lenses, specifically those over 30cm in length, will not be permitted in the 2012 Olympic games. Tripods and monopods will also be banned." There are some other important rules and restrictions so please look to the websites and find out before you go. The rules, of course, do not apply to those with credentials, so you might want to drum up some of those before heading off to London just, you know, just to be on the safe side of things.

Sadly (NOT!) other items on the banned list include my perennial favorite: the vuvuzela (Go team! I mean, um, "Yeah on the Olympic Committee for banning this oh-so-annoying-drone-like-sounding-device. My TV set, and my ears, thank you, kind British folks.")

In other, perhaps even *stranger* (if you can believe it!) art news, Glasstire is reporting that a priceless Picasso was recently vandalized over in Houston at the Menil Collection. Those of you astute readers (and you know who you are. *Waves*) will recall that I favor visiting the Menil as part of my sojourns over to FotoFest.

This from the article:

"Pablo Picasso’s Woman in a Red Armchair (1929) was vandalized last week when a man in a dark suit approached the piece and stenciled the word “Conquista” and a picture of a bull across the figure’s face. A video uploaded to YouTube shows the whole thing, and dedicates the piece to “the art beast Pablo Picasso.” Fox News reports that the Menil has confirmed the vandalism, has already repaired the painting, and is working with the police. Both the sprayer and the videographer, who may have been a confederate, escaped without being identified."

My response to their Facebook posting was to call the, ahem, "artist" in question a "jackass!" (And, yes, you can quote me on that!)

An interesting aside though, I have started to wonder what other artwork the vandals out there are targeting? Perhaps, I should take on a new artistic goal: make art so good it attracts vandals. Are you vandal worthy yet? Is your art so good that there are now oodles of people out there, lining up with cans of spray paint, waiting in the wings for some poor sap of a security guard to turn around, just for a second? Because, heck, mine sure isn't. A new art goal indeed!

Unfortunately, there are probably way too many jackasses in the world. In fact, there's probably more than enough idiots with cans of spray paint thinking themselves artists than there are great artworks out there to deface. Sad to say but I think this equation will not end well (at least not well enough, for the artists anyway.)

But, heck, it has given rise to a new motto: "Come on, spray me, baby...you know you want to!" (It beats blowing on my now banned vuvuzela any day.)

Until next time...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Today is Father's Day. I hope that you remembered to call your Dad and wish him a happy day.

Many people actually learn photography from their fathers. There are many photographers in the world who have "discovered" photography as it was passed down from the older generations. Photography can be a wonderful thing too, to share with one's parents, especially since older people are usually still capable of taking pictures. Many photographers work right up until a ripe old age and photography itself can be a wonderful little sort of "exercise" for older people. It's an excuse, anyway, to get out and walk some and so it can be good for us, for us to keep doing, as we get older.

I hope you had a great photographic Father's Day with your Dad and were able to sneak in some happy shooting or at least enjoy a good meal and some quiet conversation.

For all you Dad's out there, I hope your day today was special and you made the most of it.

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer iSunflowers

, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
We had a great workshop this weekend over at Studio2 Gallery/Flatbed Press. Thanks to all of the students who came out and, of course, a special shout out to Tina who manages to make things run so smoothly. Some great work with the iPhone, really you can do a lot with it and I think all of the workshop participants came away with that notion. (At least, I hope they did.)

The iPhone is starting to split the photographic community. I can see how some folks really dismiss it and think of it as little more than a toy-just a cute little device but not as good as a "real" camera, while other folks jump on the iPhone, "oh it's new! It's cool!" bandwagon right away and start making good things with it. Personally, I fall into the last camp-I love the new technology and tend to jump on things as soon as they happen along. The iPhone really is all that special to me.

In a lot of ways, I tend to view my iPhone as sort of a replacement for Polaroids. Polaroids were some of the same kind of polarity in the photographic community. Some folks dismissed them as mere toys while other photographers jumped on them and embraced the technology (and had the work to prove it.)

An interesting thing with the iPhone is that you can develop a style pretty quickly/easily. You can find what it is you like, what it is you want to do, and develop a sort of "look" pretty quickly using the iPhone. Once you get a visual "look" it's fun to see how people progress with it. I really think we're going to start to see some serious iPhone work coming along (if we haven't already!) in the next few years. It's that kind of fun.

Now that my iPhone workshop is over, I have some upcoming projects to tell you about. I'm going to try to finish and fully publish my book on the water gardens, I'm going to be submitting some folios to various places, and I'm going to be starting a few new shooting projects. Look for details in posts to come, but, safe to say, even though it's summertime, things aren't really slowing down all that much for me.

This one done with my iPhone over at the wonderful gardens, part of Eastside Cafe where we had our workshop lunch on Sunday. This done with the iPhone, using the Hipstamatic, and the Salvador Dali/dream film and lens.

It's a banner year for sunflowers in Austin, this year is. With the rain and high sun we've had, the sunflowers are really popping up all over town, so I thought I would celebrate that by giving them a bit of a Hipsta before the flowers go out of season. Eastside Cafe gardens really had them blooming out in full force too-everywhere you looked it seemed like that place was a wonderful, happy shade of yellow. Sunflowers, indeed!

Until next time...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

iPhone Voodoo

, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
This weekend is the big iPhone Artistry Workshop over at Flatbed Press. I'll be there Sunday along with Tina Weitz and all of the wonderful iPhone shooters. We'll be headed out for a shoot mid-day and also be in classroom, going over some iPhone artistry.

This one taken in the St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans. It's a voodoo grave marker which explains all of the colors, flowers, and the like.

Hopefully, we'll be drumming up some handy dandy iPhone Voodoo this weekend. Until then, it's notes from the road and lots of happy shots for one and all.

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Awakening Your Inner Champion - The Fighting Spirit

Black and white fine art portrait of a female boxer looking like she just lost a fight, Inside old Santa Fe prison, Santa Fe, New Mexico
BoxerSheLostNo1, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
This is one of the images I had shot a while back inside of the Santa Fe old jail cells. I've kind of always liked shooting these kind of shots because, well, it's clear she just lost a fight, isn't it?

On the subject of losing, doing battles and all, I should also point out that today I submitted a large portfolio for review. It's one of those things, I know I'm not going to get the opportunity but I just could not help myself, I had to try. It's a fight, it's a struggle to always move ahead with your work, really it is. I like to think that I'm a contender even if I don't always show them my fancy footwork. I tried. Heck, at least today I feel like I've tried, even if I don't get the gold star or the spiffy podium finish.

This morning, while waiting in line at the Post Office (to mail out my oh-so-large portfolio, you know, the one which will never get accepted) I was checking my phone. On the phone was a story about a girl who lost a race. She had been competing in a track and field event and was winning actually, she was clearly out in front. One of her competitors fell and, instead of finishing the race, she stopped to help. Instead of coming in first, as she was slated and capable of doing, she came in dead last because, well, because she stopped to help. The story was about how, unknowingly, somebody had filmed her doing this and now she has become a local hero (of sorts.) At the end of the race, she received a big cheer and now the papers, the news was reporting how "she came in first by coming in last." This was kind of encouraging to me to read while waiting in line there, waiting at the Post Office, sending out something I know I will never get, but feeling quite like I had to try anyway.

Being an athlete, being a photographer, doing whatever it is that you do, sometimes you'll be lucky and win one but, other times? You're just lucky to be in the running at all, let alone think you can finish first. Or, to put it another way, you can't win them all. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try, right? Part of being an athlete is learning how to come in last and to stick with it. "You'll get 'em next time" and all.

So, with that said, this might be a good time to tell you something else. See the lady in the photo? Remember how I said she looks like she just lost (I'm sure you probably think that, I mean, it's the pose and all, right?) Turns out she's actually (in real life, she wasn't "faking it" for this shot) a champion boxer with a very good record. So, yes, our "lady loser" as it were, is actually quite the winner. She's a champion, although you might not have guessed that by this image.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm sure she's lost before. I'm sure, somewhere in her long career of knock outs, scuffles, and whatever else it is boxers do, I'm sure she's lost a bout or two. Heck, probably more than one. I'm sure she lost, got up, tried, and lost again. But, somewhere along the line, something happened. She started winning. Then she started winning big. Then she got lots of medals, adoration, and a stellar record. My point here is that everybody starts out a beginner and isn't quite "good enough." There will be battles you will just take it on the chin. Get up, take more on the chin. Try harder, fail harder. Eventually, with a little luck, a lot of work, and maybe a little practice, you just might win one.

The lady in the picture? Yeah, she didn't get to be a champion boxer by sitting on the stool in the sidelines. She tried, she failed, she tried harder, she failed more until, eventually, she won. She's got this, even if it looks like she's down and out.

Have you sent your portfolio out today? Why not? What are you waiting for? Perhaps a little stool by the side of the ring to call your own? Do you really need me to tell you, "go on! You'll get 'em next time?"

Until next time...