Saturday, January 13, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - January 13th, 2018

Beautiful landscape depicting Longsheng rice terrace fields outside of Guilin, China
For many in the US this weekend is a long weekend, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Doctor Martin Luther King. Yes, it's a holiday weekend celebrating the beautiful dreamer in all of us. In the spirit of helping along beautiful dreams, I present this week's opportunities:
Lots of dreams out there, I hope you get after them.

Until next time...

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - January 6th 2018

Happy New Year! It's a new year, did you celebrate? Maybe have some cool beverages, like the ones here? I hope you did. And, I hope you get after some new opportunities to show your work in 2018. If you made a reservation to do more with your art or photography in 2018, well, you have come to the right place. Here are some opportunities for you:
There's a lot going on in the new year and a lot of places looking for work. This is just a small sample. I hope you have a great art filled 2018 and you get your work out there for all to see.

Until next time...

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Welcome to 2018 - Happy New Year

A colorful doorway in the milliflores district of Lima, Peru
Welcome to 2018! Happy New Year!

I thought I would talk about plans for 2018 a little bit...what I have in store, what I'm thinking, where I'm going. Now I know 2018 has just started, and frankly I'm not one to be totally strict about plans, but I've been thinking about some new directions. Been thinking about some things I want to do, where I want to go with my work and the like, so I thought I would share some of these sort of "rough musings" if you will.

For starters, you might be wondering why I am posting an image of a doorway for the new year. This is actually a doorway in Peru. Yes, now it's an older shot, I realize that, but I have some plans in 2018 to collect some of my work from some of my travels. I'm thinking about doing a book, tentatively called "Wanderings," showcasing work from some of my travels. Places like Iceland and Italy, Santorini, Big Island and, yes, even Peru all coming together in one place, a travelogue of sorts. Well, a travelogue as I would do one anyway.

Speaking of travel, I have no fixed plans this year. There are a few states I would love to visit (Hello, Colorado! Are you there Oregon?) There are many countries I would love to visit (New Zealand, I'm looking you square in the eyes. Tanzania, you are calling my name!) and who would not want to visit China, right? On this front, all I can tell you is, who knows? Don't be surprised if I end up in Tokyo for I have been to stranger places, even some with many cold drinks.

Creatively, I've got some ideas, some new directions too. I want to do more with mixed media. Hate to admit this in public but I've been getting the hankering to do more with paint so I might be talking myself into that. Then there's the new movement in photography with compositing. Everybody always says this is something I should pursue and I have done a bit of it in the past (Hello, Diana iPhone crack app!) but I might look to do more with it over the course of the year. Don't be surprised if you find me messing with some of this.

Really, if I had to take stock, 2017 was not a bad year. I could have shot more but I did ok. I had some fun, made some journeys, met some new folks, and I'm looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for me. I know I need to shoot more and do more with my work, here's hoping 2018 finds me able to do just that. I have a lot of ideas, let's see if I can pull any of them off, right? Here's hoping.

What do you have planned for 2018? Anything major? Anything fun? Anybody want to go to Oregon with me? Drop me a note if you are so-inclined.

Until next time...

Monday, January 01, 2018

Best of 2017 - My Top Images

I've been asked to compile some of my top images for 2017 so I thought I would post them to the blog today. These are my selections for my best images from 2017, I hope you like them too.

 And the details for these images are:
Image #1 from a trip to Zilker Park. It was an especially hot day and I found myself playing with camera motion while trying to rest from the heat. This is a shaded, quiet corner of the park with camera movement as the image exposed. I have shot Zilker a lot, since it's very nearby, so I wanted to challenge myself to do some different with it. This shot seemed to fit that bill and I'm not including it here among my tops for the year.

Image #2 reflections in the Li River, outside of Guilin, China. China dominated images from the later part of the year, mostly because it is such a beautiful place and I was lucky enough to get to visit. This particular shot is a straight up reflection in the water, showcasing the limestone formations that mark the Guilin area and help make it so popular for photography. 

Image #3 corn and barley drying in a small mountain village. I loved the repeated patterns and texture of this so I played around shooting it with this image being my favorite of the compositions I tried.

Image #4 from a model shoot at the ghost ranch outside of Austin, Texas. Another hot day with early morning light giving it that warm glow. I wanted something that didn't look overly posed but also was not a my typical straight looking into the camera type of setup. This fit the bill.

Image #5 same location, different model. This time it's Libby in a beat-up, busted area of the location. I liked the expression on her face as well as the contrast of the beat up boards so I'm including it here.

Image #6 city scene at night, also from Guilin. I like the cinematic feel to this one and the softness is right up my alley so I'm including it.

Image #7 a tuk tuk type truck making deliveries to a restaurant inside a park in Guilin, China. I love the colors, the lanterns, and the delivery truck just filled the frame for me.

Image #8 the quiet out of the way "medicine" market. I liked the depth in this one, not to mention it's such an interesting place, so I wanted to include it.

Image #9 more from the market, this time a more close-up view of a storefront. I'm not quite sure what they sell in these type of markets but the colors make it so interesting for me. I really loved shooting there, it was a great place to visit and I hope I get to go back someday.

Image #10 a dog in the doorway. This is a pet so I almost didn't include it, but I thought it had a kind of nice little hidden sense of mystery about the image so I'm including it in my list.

I hope 2017 found you out shooting a lot as well and left you with a great pile of images. I can't say I know what 2018 has in store but, if it's anything like 2017, I'm looking forward to new challenges, new places, new shooting, great experiments, and lots of fun along the way. I hope you have a great 2018 and look forward to seeing and sharing more photography in this new year.

Until next time...