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#togtuesday 9/28

29 Sep

This week @thetrudz asked photographers to share their favorite travel images as well as any other photo they wished to contribute to #togtuesday on Twitter.

I decided to keep it local, and share a picture I did while playing tourist in my own city one afternoon (which if you’ve never done, I highly recommend… great way to see your everyday surroundings with fresh eyes). One thing I do love about this place is it is full of some beautiful churches. I’m a sucker for some great architecture. What made this shot though was more about the sky…

church, photography, sky, blue, architecture, buildings

@dmarieontwitt tweeted this image from someone followed on Facebook and commented on the beautiful texture. I couldn’t agree more! I love this image because I feel like I could reach out and touch it.

@TiffAsheTweet tweeted this gorgeous Paris street scene that makes you feel like you’re right there watching the people pass by.

@thetrudz shared one of her own favorites and I can see why it is, it has so much personality!

@LensArtwork showed us that creepy abandoned toys can be aesthetically pleasing and showed us what would happen if vacuums decided they were tired of sucking (pun intended, har) and decided to fight back.

@raymour shared “They Keyhole by Rodrigo Marin. Click! The perspective is beautiful.

@ssorensenphoto shared her image of Quiet Morning on the Water in Croatia. I love that you can feel the stillness in this image. And I love the capture of water meeting sky.

@bbui’s image is proof enough for me that lighting can make a shot.

@pabloconrad tweeted this image that I fell in love with. Something about the warmness of the sunrise(or sunset?) and the coolness of the earth really works for me.

@1morespoon proved that symmetry in photography does not have to be boring with this image. And the part of me that adores balance adores this.  Also tweeted was The King which is a must click, absolutely beautiful and majestic. And finally Train Stop #5 which invites you to begin writing a story in your head.

@draekko tweeted Midnight Passengers, and image I find calming yet haunting at the same time.

Same ol’ things…

24 Sep

Admittedly I have been in a bit of a slump lately when it comes to shooting for myself.  I haven’t had the luxury lately of just going out and shooting anywhere, especially shooting some place new.  So when I once again wound up outdoors with my camera surrounded by plants and trees and a parking lot… I just forced myself to look around and find something new.   I think it worked out pretty well actually….

car, vw, vintage car, blue, photography, within the lens

machinery, wheels, construction, photography, within the lens

plant life, plants, berries, stems, photography, within the lens

berries, berry, stem, plants, plant life, photography, within the lens

stems, berries, trees, plants, plant life, photography, within the lens

plants, parks, bench, flowers, green, black, photography, within the lens

berries, plants, plant life, red, green, photography, within the lens

tree trunk, tree, trunk, bark, tree bark, within the lens, photography

tree moss, tree, moss, tree bark, bark, photography, nature, within the lens

water fountain, autumn, fall, leaves, leaves in fountain, within the lens, photography

#togtuesday 9/21

24 Sep

Meant to get my faves up from #togtuesday early Wednesday, but well life happens I suppose.

I must express that I am always so amazed by the images that get posted on this day, they are all stunning in their own ways.  And following photographers on Twitter (finally, I had no idea where to find you guys for a while lol) has exposed me to amazing images every day!

This is the first week I got to computer while it was still Tuesday and shared one of my favorite images I have done:

newborn photography, black & white, photography

This was *the* shot that I wanted to get when my nephew was born last year.  I achieved it.  More difficult than you would think, babies flail… a lot.  No better feeling though than opening up the pics for post processing and seeing it there, realizing I had got it despite the rush to get it done before he flung mommy & daddy’s wedding bands across the room.

Now on to some of my favorite images from around Twitter on this #togtuesday!

@eyejewels shared this image from Pup Aid 2010 of a very happy looking dog and proud owner. I love the emotion expressed in this, from both dog and owner and the perspective.

@mauiphotofest tweeted this image by wedding photographer Natalie Brown and congratulated her on her win.

@elbirth tweeted a unique and beautiful image that just makes you want to look twice and then look again.

@raymour shared this beautiful ethereal image by Alexey Zhaleika entitled “Flights”.

@nirajpatelphoto tweeted a stunning view of Machu Picchu as well as a beautiful frozen Chicago skyline.

@1morespoon tweeted this beautiful portrait Asiko on Shutterchance and these  gripping soulful eyes by @alakija.

Several tweeted this make yah smile macro image by Dutch photographer Leon Baas.

Next is a gorgeous self portrait from @TiffAsheTweet.

@bbui showed us a bench with a view and made me wish I was there.

And last but not least what caught my eye this week… @eventexposures tweeted a macro image with amazing color.

Thanks for all the images this week guys, it makes me look forward to Tuesdays!


15 Sep

Trudy at Tru Shots Photography Blog came up with the brilliant ideas to give photographers a space on Twitter by introducing #togtuesday. This is the third week and it looks to be catching on. It gives photographers on Twitter a chance to share their favorite images, either ones they have taken or favorites by other photographers. It is so refreshing to see so many beautiful images shared every Tuesday!

I’ve decided to link back to my personal faves that were shared by others on #togtuesday to give others a chance to see them too. In the interest of copyrights, I am only providing a link =)

@raymour shared three beautiful images that caught my eye:   Spring by Piotr Krol PoiPoi by Bogdan Pedovich, and Deedee by King Douglas. PoiPoi just really amazes me. Early when I first started looking for various people to photograph I ran across a fire dancer looking for some images. I happily obliged but at the time I had no idea the power to be able to capture images like PoiPoi. I only hope to have the opportunity to do so again one day!

@zoozees shared this beautiful and serene landscape.

@draekko showed HDR done right to create an inspiring moody photograph of a busted television set entitled Stare Into the Light. My commentary of “done right” I suppose shows that I normally have a dislike of many HDR photographs (it often feels so overdone or used for the wrong things to me) but when it is done right, I love the mood it can create for a photograph.

@Lisawalsh shared this this must see image entitled Watching. Sets the fall/Halloween-y mood perfectly!

@PictureYourLife shared Fun in the Water at Dundas Square. I love that you can feel the thrill of child running through those fountains.

@libberding shared this beautiful backlit image.

@CelticCamera tweeted this beautiful moody silhouette with a hint of movement by @chromasia as well as this image that will never allow you to look at your toilet the same way again, entitled Bio Shock.

@CarmenSisson tweeted this yummy image entitled Key Lime Explosion. I love the way the colors complement one another in this pic, and how refreshing everything looks!

@ssorensenphoto shared this adorable maternity photo. The dog definitely makes the shot something special than your typical pregnancy silhouette photo.

@1morespoon shared this image which captured my attention by it’s excellent use of color.

@LensArtwork shared this stunning shot of the Milky Way galaxy by @strobist.

Can’t wait to see what is tweeted next week!  Once again thanks to @thetrudz for this wonderful idea that has got photographers sharing images on Twitter.

Metallic Prints

13 Sep

I always like to get samples of whatever new product I want to add to my line up (I don’t want my clients being the guinea pigs!)  and recently ordered some metallic prints from my printing company.

Well they have arrived and the verdict is in, they are really stunning and unique!  I especially like them for landscape and nature photos, everything just pops.  I’m absolutely going to test them out in black and white because it just seems like the perfect printing medium for black & whites that really pop.  Some of the landscape photos I test ordered with the metallic prints almost have a 3D like quality to them in certain lighting.

I’ll definitely be offering  them as a print option.

Photographers: A Book Review and Online Social Networking

2 Sep

As I feared, my blog got neglected for a while.  It’s been a busy month, but I’m finally getting back in the swing of things between taking classes, my photography, and the general things you must do to get by in life.  My intentions are to schedule a set amount of time each week for proper updates.  In fact I have a whole new vigor for updating my blog and other social networking sites after reading a great book this past evening.

The Linked Photographers’ Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media caught my eye at the library, especially after spending quite a bit of time struggling to merge as many social networking aspects of the internet as I could together in regards to my photography.  The initial sensation was that of being overwhelmed.

However as I was reading the book it dawned on me that myself and other photographers have an extremely unique opportunity to be functioning in this era of digitized everything.  We can reach out and connect with not only our photographer colleagues, but our clients as well in an amazing way.

I am never detached from the people that I shoot.  I often find that after spending several hours with them during a shoot and even more hours carefully post processing the images that are soon to be their memories we have formed some level of intimacy, even if it is initially only on a small level.  It is never “just a job” to me.  I am invested in capturing not just an image or memory for them, but also giving them an experience.  Sometimes the experience is a very direct one, interacting with them on a personal level and sometimes the experience is me fading in the background capturing those images and memories so that they can be fully engrossed in the moment that they want me there to capture.

I have loved and continue to love various photography subjects.  Sometimes there is nothing better than sneaking out into nature with my camera and getting lost in the world that is somewhere between my view finder and my lens.  But the most rewarding jobs of all always involve people.  There is no greater thrill than to capture a candid shot that captures the true human emotion of a moment, or to watch someone open up and let you into their world while you are standing there capturing it, or to see even somebody transform into something else in order to portray the image they want to convey…. or you want them to convey.  It is a fascinating world, one that cannot be blunted or jaded for me.

That said, it seems only natural to continue a relationship with your clients and people interested in your work through various means and with the huge boom in online social networking sites, it seems only natural that connecting with them through those is the logical step to take.  I know it seems a vast majority of photographers would look at me and simply say “duh”, but I am sure there are others out there like me, who despite pretty much growing up with the internet, have not fully thrown themselves into all the various uses of online social mediums and/or not used them to their full advantage.

I have stayed connected with various clients and models of mine through Facebook already, and sometimes even their families as well!  It has already proved beneficial in many ways. The Linked Photographers’ Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media points out more ways to connect with others and how to best utilize those sources.

The book manages to be written in a format that is easy for anybody to understand.  There isn’t a lot of technical jargon.  It is absolutely suited for even the newbiest of newbs to social networking sites.  The first five chapters give a brief outline about social networking online and how it became so popular, some tips on thinking about what you want to share with your online community, and an outline of what you need to know/do to get started.  The book then moves on to exploring your options within various online social communities.

The next part of the book is devoted to the absolute basics one should probably have and know when it comes to bringing their brand to life online.  These include having a website, a blog, understanding search engine optimization and analytics (if that throws you off, no worries!  The book explains it all and even gives you links the websites you can use), and information on ad words to drive business to your website.

Part III dissects the various online communities for photographers to explore.  In depth explorations are devoted to: Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and YouTube.  Although this book is not going to tell you absolutely everything you can do using these sites, it gives an overview that if you are not familiar, you will feel much more comfortable jumping in after reading than you would be if you simply tried navigating your way around without much prior knowledge.    And not only do you get a simple how to, but you also get to know some of the advantages of using a particular site to expand your photography.

Part IV brings the stories of those who have made a name for themselves in online social networking to life, sharing stories, tips, and suggestions.  After reading through the whole book of what you can do with your photography brand it is super inspiring to see people who brought their photography and brand to life through online tools and social networks!

The book finally concludes with a reference manual which gives a whole slew of helpful links for managing yourself and your accounts online.

This book is definitely a must read for photographers who want to discover how to start connecting with their clients and other photographers online.

If you’re a photographer and reading this feel free to chime in… how do you stay connected to your clients and other photographers online?  And if you’re a client… how do you want to connect with your photographer online?