Postcards

Hey, everyone, I’ve got an announcement. Recently, I’ve teamed up with Kent’s amazing Mckay Bricker gallery to start selling postcards of my photos.

We currently have three designs on sale

The people of Kent have been some of my most loyal followers, especially with local content. So, I’d like to use this as an opportunity to give back. If you go to McKay Bricker and purchase a postcard, upload a photo of the card as a comment here, or to my Facebook page for to be entered into a drawing for a free print. On January 1st, I will draw to to give away three framed 8.5/11 prints of your favorite Kent scene from my page.

I cannot overstate how supportive all of you have been, and how big a step this is for me. Support here doesn’t just mean that I can make the jump from a digital to a physical market, but that I can contribute to a growing local marketplace. It means that I can pour even more time and resources into creating the work that I’ve been posting for nearly two years.

Thank you all so much.

Returning To Twin Lakes

I had more yard work to do, but I brought my DSLR this this time so I don’t have to rely on my camera phone. I lucked out, since the birds were feeling friendly. Normally they hang back at the tops of trees and close to the water, but today they stuck close enough to the road that I could get clear shots with my 24-70mm and 50mm.

Of course, I shot more than just the red-winged black birds.

And, because all of you just love toads:

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I’ve been working on book and job application stuff all the last few days, but still made time for a walk with the obligatory bird photo.

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The Year In Review

A full year. Since I graduated. Since I proposed. Since I started freelancing. Since I started the site to keep myself in practice. I suppose that I should take a hard look back at 2013.

                Let’s start by looking at things from a purely objective standpoint and take a look at the numbers.

  • Numbers Total Hits: 9,709
  • Overall Average Hits Per Day: 27
  • Most Hits In A Single Day: 283
  • Total Number of Followers: 110
  • Total Number Of Posts: 205
  • 205 posts/ 365 Days= 56.1% of Daily Goal
  • Then again, I was working 60-80 hours a week the last two months of the year, so taking off November and December, we get 196 Posts /304 Days= 64.5%

 What do these numbers tell us? Well, they tell me that I need to do better. I While I have started writing, editing video, and dabbling more with graphic design, I haven’t come as far with branching my skills as I would have liked. And yes, I have been shooting daily, it hasn’t necessarily been what I want to be working on.

It might be fair to say that I’ve been… disconnected. After I graduated, I lost all of the resources available to me through the university. That doesn’t just include the photo gear and technology, but the connections though fellow students and teachers. Add all that to the fact that my car died early this year, and funds have been relatively low. So, with no money, no car, and no connections, it honestly felt like a year adrift.

But, those are just the numbers and the setup. What did this year in photos actually look like? (Be sure to click to open in theater mode. There’s a cut line for each one of these. )

Where does that leave me? I wouldn’t call the year empty, and I can’t say there was nothing fulfilling.  I wouldn’t say that I didn’t grow, but I still feel like I could have been more. I feel like I’m falling behind my peers. All I can do is try to keep at getting myself off the ground this year.

I photographed this collision with my cell phone on my lunch break. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. The photograph was picked up by one of the local papers.

I photographed this collision with my cell phone on my lunch break. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. The photograph was picked up by one of the local papers.

Still, with everything I shot this year, one photo stands out more than anything I did. It was the photograph I took on my lunch break with cell phone of the car crash. It reminded me how much I can care; not just about news, but about people. I had just finished Dave LaBelle’s Lessons in Life and Death, and learned just how much photographs of tragedy can help those involved cope and come to terms with those events. I felt like I had a responsibility.  It reminded me that no matter where I am, or what I’m doing with my life, that drive for journalism, and news is always there. I’m never going to give up.

Six Month Retrospective

Wow, it’s been about half a year since I started this site. So, I thought that a quick retrospective would be interesting, so I rounded up a handful of some of my favorite photos thus far. I have a ton of ideas I want to try, unfortunately, life has a habit of getting in the way. I hope that the best is yet to come.

New Business Card

bird-trace-redwhite card Phone Number omittedI’m covering an event tonight, and I needed to whip up a new business card. I wanted to use one of my nicer model shoot photos, but the last time I tried that at my local printers they couldn’t handle much in the way of detail, and anything with a gradient turned into mush. Hopefully, the more minimalistic approach of the tracing will print better. I also took the phone number off for the blog post, but it will be on the printed cards.

I know I’m fairly hit-and-miss on graphic design, so any feedback is greatly appreciated. Be brutal, I can take it.

Taking Flight

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With spring slowly winning over control of the thermometer from winter, the animals have been reemerging. As such, I’ve been really getting into wildlife photography lately. This may be my current favorite nature photo… sort of. The more I shoot with it, the more the clarity issues on my lens seem to bother me.

I tried doing what I could to sharpen it in Photoshop with some marginal success. The drawback is that it greatly increased the grain of the image. So, I rant it through a noise reduction filter and played with the levels the best I could to get rid of the grain.

The last few days have been pretty crazy. I woke up in a different city three days in a row. A friend and I did DC and back to Ohio on Saturday for the Cherry Blossom Festival, then off to Salem to  visit with Karen’s family on Sunday, then down to Columbus on Monday for some academia and chicken. Then, all of Tuesday was spent outside enjoying the weather and taking even more photos. Thankfully, it was rainy today, or I would never have had the opportunity to edit anything. Don’t I’m playing around with some projects from DC now, and I’ll hopefully be posting those, along with a few other personal projects soon.