Sunday, January 23, 2011

My First Contest - Afterwards

So all in all, the exhibition/contest was a great success.  For some reason, only one of my photos was displayed but I had heard that some people didn't have any of their work displayed at all.  So I guess I should be thankful to have had the one.

I had some friends stop by who I hadn't seen in over a year, and co workers drove about an hour to come to the show which was a huge deal to me as it was really unexpected that they would accept the invitation.  There was a huge turnout overall at the studio, so that was good to see.  A woman from an independent film company had given me her card and expressed interest in licensing my frog photo (the company is Bullfrog Films), so who knows where things go from there.  That was pretty unexpected and totally awesome!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ready! Set........SHOW!

Well, yesterday I finished up with matting and framing my second photo for the contest.  Since I have already done one, I guess now I just think I'm some sort of pro or something, and decided to double mat the frog photo.  It actually looks great, although certainly not perfect.  There was a woman at a local crafting store that helped me pick out the mats and showed me how good a double mat looks.  I still don't think these particular photos will do well in this particular show, but if nothing else I'm happy to have learned how to use my mat cutter and frame my photos.

I'll be sure to keep you updated on any progress with the competition.  Here are actual, non-camera phone pictures of both photos framed and hung.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Because it is cold outside

I'm freezing my butt off right now in my office, so I thought I'd share some warm photos which I've taken over the last couple of years which remind me of sunshine and nicer weather.  Maybe just by looking at these photos, it'll bring the warmth and a smile to your face.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Preparations for the contest

This weekend I got the materials needed for matting and framing my photos for the contest I'll be entering.  I've gotten many photos matted and framed professionally, and I've even had a mat cut and mounted it myself into a frame, but from what I've learned I pretty much did it all wrong before.

A special thanks goes out to my girlfriend, Natalie, for buying me my mat cutter for christmas.  The mat cutter is a Logan 450 Intermediate + mat cutter and it worked great.  I have no experience with other mat cutters, but this one came with an instructional dvd which was all of 10 minutes long at most, and gave very clear and concise directions on how to use it properly.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My First Contest

So this week, I will be entering my first art contest.  I'm pretty excited, although I most likely won't win anything as the photos I'm entering are a bit of a stretch for the theme of the contest.  The theme is relating to farms and the photos I'll be submitting are taken at a farm, but not easily recognizable as being farm related in any way.  I've never had my photos displayed in an art gallery of any sort, so this excites me greatly.  Also, maybe someone will be interested in buying one of my photos!  A portion of the proceeds will go towards revitalizing the town in which I grew up, so it's a pretty good cause.

My mom will be entering a couple of her paintings as well, so on top of all the other excitement, it's pretty cool that this is something we can do together.  Anyways, if you happen to be local to the area be sure to stop by and check out all the artwork at Studio B in Boyertown PA on Friday January 21st from 5pm to 8pm.

Here are the two photos I'll be entering:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Wonderland

One of my first "real" shots with my new Pentax FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Wanted to capture the tree in forground and in-focus with the lamp bg out of focus. Overall pretty happy. Was shot wide open so I'm hoping that's why there was some serious softness going on with the shot originally.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pentax K-x and Sigma 10-20mm

Here are some shots taken with my Pentax K-x and Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC lens.  I haven't had the lens for all that long, so expect to see even better photos as I get better acquainted with this lens' traits.  

Oddities of the internet

I say oddities, but I'm not sure if that's really the best word.  Anyways, one of my most favorited photos on flickr happens to also be one of my favorite photos of my girlfriend.  But the reason this photo has garnered so much attention is not due to my masterful use of lighting or some deep understanding of the relationship between how a viewer sees a photo and the placement of important objects within the composition.  Nope, it comes down simple fetishism, of a sort I never realized existed.  The photo in question can be seen below, but my girlfriend and I had just arrived at Camelback Mountain for some snowtubing and I snapped a photo of her when we got out of the car.  She was freezing, so she had her scarf on and the hood of her jacket up.  Apparently, there are those out there that are really into that sort of thing.  Go figure!  Anyways, if any of you happen to stop by, thanks for the Fav and also for teaching me something new!

Gear and a photo

Thought I'd add another gear item and a photo to go with it.  My first "real" lens (that is to say, something designed within the last 5 years) is the SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4.

This lens has wonderful color rendition and great resolving power.  It's relatively cheap compared to other newer lenses at about $250 used.  Fantastic low-light performance due to it's wide aperture and quick autofocus that I've not had any problems with.  I've used this lens for portraits and general walk-around shooting, doing well in both.  See below for a portrait I took with the lens and see a previous post for my shot of the No. 92 train at Strassburg PA.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I think maybe mentioning the gear that I use could be beneficial to those of you reading my blog.  My camera is a Pentax K-x.  I bought it used and it's been great.  I used to have a Samsung Gx-1s, so some of the photos I post on here will have been taken with that.  As far as lenses, I've got quite a few.  Most recently, I bought a Pentax FA 100mm F/2.8 Macro lens.  It was expensive (for me at least) but totally worth it.  1:1 magnification and a great wide aperture = heaven.

More gear posts to come when I'm not so tired!

Been a while.

So, of course as life would have it, i've disappeared for a while.  I'm back now and the Zenfolio thing still hasn't changed much from 8 months ago or however long it's been.  Oh well.  It's late and I'm bored so I thought I'd update this site.  I'm going to add a few favorite photos that I've taken recently.  Hope you all enjoy.  Assuming I can once again figure out how to post a photo!

Thanks for stopping by.

Strassburg No. 92 -- Pentax K-x and SMC-P FA 50mm f/1.4

Marsh Creek Sunset -- Pentax K-x and Super Takumar 24mm f/3.5