You Don’t Have To Be Big City To Enjoy A Good Show
As we finished off 2013 with our light writing image, the fireworks began booming from all directions. It was this really kick-butt 360 degree effect. Just through an opening around the powerlines and tree tops, a neighbor began rocking the firework finale.
I adjusted the settings on my camera just slightly and began popping off the shots with my wire trigger.
It just goes to show that you can make the most of what you have and within your surroundings to capture some lights in the sky.
Happy New Year to you all and may all the concepts and experiments you stretch yourself to do come out amazing and help you to feel more accomplished in 2014!
I know I can’t wait! ♥ xoxoxo
Not Another 52 Project?!?!?!
A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture
Week 52: Here
All I know is that I’m here
Drifting somewhere in the vast
Somewhere in eternity
And I never want to leave
Holy shiz, another project bites the dust and what better way to say farewell to it than by experimenting with a unique modifier like a black light? I certainly couldn’t think of anything more awesomesauce so that is what I did.
I dug deep, searched high and low, watched amazeballs videos from Lindsay Adler, and began collecting images on a Pinterest board to prepare for this session. I did not have the means to bet a broncolor UV contraption, but I did have the ability to DIY a rig for black light use and control (though not as good as it could have been with one of those pricey pieces).
Anyway, the next hurdle was getting the powders that were black light responsive since I wanted texture and not just color paints or crayons. Those came in the form of gifts for Christmas and damn was I excited (seriously).
With that stuff in place, it was up to me to get the mood, the make-up, and the hair just right. After that, it was simply a matter of capturing the shots I wanted and that is what I did. The really real cool part was that I was able to do all this SOOC because of this modifier and make-up.
The most difficult part, actually because of the texture, was setting my focus.
I plan on working more with this style as we move into the new year, but I don’t think this was such a bad way to close out another 52 project…
So, without further ado, here is my final submission for Week 52 of this project.
The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:
1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.
picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy
My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!
The Fragility of Life
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush’d away.
Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?
For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.
If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;
Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience ―
Last night, I was reminded of the fragility of life. Someone is here on this Earth and you know it, and the next minute, they are not. All those silly things that we cling to just don’t seem as important when it all gets down to the impermanence we have with our time here. It is in moments like this that I am reminded of this poem I read in school, and it is also when I think about what I want to do with my time.
Do I want to do more, learn more, dream more? You bet.
Is all the bullshit that has been going down lately about as insignificant as a single grain of sand on a vast and endless beach? It sure is.
Do I have the power to control what I do in life and how I react to the events that surround me? Of course.
I guess what it all really means is that you should do what drives you, love what excites you, hold on to your life like you have no other (because you don’t), and make every day memorable for you and the others around you…
Never let go of anything you can’t live without.
A Link To Paradise
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera
Boomer has a weird skin allergy that we medicate him for and on a good day his poor little eyes don’t swell and he is happy to play with his sister outside. He is getting older and he is starting to look like a wise old man; this was him observing his sister roll playfully in the grass, with a watchful eye.
To Like Those Who Bring You Harm Or Hate
“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” ― Fred Rogers
In A World Not Unlike Our Own
“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
Sometimes it is important to inspect things as if under a microscope. It can even be cathartic to find a small microcosm of the world or universe and catechize it to the most finite and granular level. Of course, once you get down into that rabbit hole, it can be wondrous to just respect the view.
Today, while home with a sick kid, it was nice to get a five minute breather to try out a new bouncing flash technique I have been reading about with this awesome little froggy I found basking in the shade of two leaves.
It is the little moments in life that make it worth it; it really helps you to forget the crap that can be slung at you.