Photography

2018 Harrisburg Bicycle Club: Searsucker and Lace Bike Ride

Well, normally I see the photos of this event after I can't make it. This year I was fortunate enough to get a few hour heads up that it was going on. So I loaded up the car and the camera and spent another afternoon on the bicycle touring the murals of harrisburg with the harrisburg bicycle club.

I was reviewing the blog and found in 2014 I had blogged about the new Fuji X-T1 and was looking forward to getting it. Well, I never got it. I had been using the Canon 5D Mk I to get every last bit of life out of it. 12 years is quite a long time to use a DSLR. Now that Fuji announced the newest release, the X-H1, I decided it was time to pull the plug. 

I'm blown away with the advancements in camera tech in that time. There is quite a lot of new features to understand. It's like learning a new language. So far, I'm incredibly pleased with the images from the new camera.

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Stylish Slow Ride during Muralfest

The stylish slow ride in Harrisburg gathered together a group of colorful characters. Muralfest is a two week project of 10 murals in the city.

Beercation (Craft Beer Brewery Visits)

We've enjoyed craft beer and home brewing during our travels. It's always cool seeing new places and try things unique to an area. We managed to visit a few breweries on our recent trip to Atlanta. We even snuck in a trip to Fullsteam when we were passing through Durham (after seeing them on a recent Brew Dogs TV show.)


Miss Pennsylvania Plus America - Model Portfolio

I wrapped up a portfolio for Katy who is Miss Pennsylvania Plus America and moving on to the national competition. Wish her the best of luck.

Go #KatPack

I'm a big fan of the voice this year. The talent is amazing and probably a little more selfishly, one of the contestants is someone who modeled for us at the RalieghLypse istock event about a year ago. I had the good fortune of meeting Kat at that event.  

While watching the show tonight, I took a moment to revisit what I may have "left on the cutting room floor". Thanks again Kat... It was great to meet you and Guillaume. You guys are a great couple. All the best! Hope you win.

Some more film processed photos from WV trip

A new collection of photos from the DSLR from the Motorcycle camping overnight I did with Kyle from FairingEast into West Virginia. 

"Would you please have fun on your photoshoots?

Truer words were never spoken about a photoshoot. I heard this on episode 104 of The Grid podcast with guest Peter Hurley. I love a photo critique episode and I really appreciated that the audience seemed to take exception with some of Peter's comments. But he was spot on. Expression and emotion of a photo will always trump technical perfection.

RC chimed in with an old standby quote that I believe is attributed to Jay Maysel (but it's possible i'm wrong), "There is nothing worse than a sharp photo of a fuzzy idea." And that is absolutely true. Art (& Photography) should say something.

I was curious how my photos would hold up to this critique. So I reviewed my portfolio at the top of this site. I think my images would hold up to the scrutiny. And the more Peter spoke, the more I realized I share a lot of the same ideas... if not outwardly consciously about it. On my shoots, I like to have fun. When he said that, It struck me how many photographers on our podcast (LightSource, on a long hiatus... lol) said just that.

If you can't get the person in front of the lens to connect with the person behind the lens... they won't connect with the person looking at the photo.

Forget technical excellence... Just make more interesting stuff. ;-)

Transient

Lightroom 4 - HDR

Was listening to a recent podcast talking about the new HDR features inside Lightroom 4 and thought I should try it with one of the few images I've attempted in HDR. HDR is something I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with. Some are stunning images, but some seem just very artificial. Seeing how easy HDR is now inside of LR, I may have to shoot a bit more.

portrait session

It's always fun trying something new. I have never been the type of photographer to shoot pregnancy photos. But a friend asked if I would take some, so I figured I could give it a whirl. We had so much fun. It helped that they have a similar sense of humor to mine (probably why they are my friends... Lol.) As usual the favorite photos of mine were the ones that showed the humor and fun we had while we were shooting. That is by far, the best part of shooting for me... Sharing the experience with someone.