The blog has been quiet for a good part of this year, but I can assure you that it has not been because of a lack of images. This year, has been an incredibly busy one with different assignments for Tastebuds, Creation Illustrated and the Archaeology Department at Southern Adventist University. Looking back over this year, I am amazed at the range of opportunities that presented themselves and the images created as a result. This next year is already shaping up to be a year full of photographic endeavors as I continue to push myself to create images that are more dynamic and clearly illustrate the story. So, here is 2014 as it appeared through my lens. Enjoy. :)
4 weeks ago the Collegedale Public Library asked me to photograph a series of patrons for their Geek the Library campaign. Theses photographs were not your normal formal portraits, eyes staring straight ahead, with what you hope will be a genuine smile on the subjects face. The people I photographed were normal people that you run into at the store, who are passionate about something in life. The word geek, as used in this campaign means to be passionate or highly knowledgeable about an item or subject.
A few of the people who I photographed had been asked ahead of time to come in and be photographed, however the majority were patrons who happened to be at the library during the time the photographs were being taken. From young children, teens, adults and older persons, the range of personalities, expressions and geeks made the shoots a memorable experience. You can stop by the Collegedale Public Library, and see the posters hanging from the ceiling in the main section of the library as you walk towards the front desk as well as in the children’s reading area. Enjoy the photos. :)
Recently, I was asked to photograph a toddler and his family. We went up to Greenbrier Cove and walked around stopping at various locations that provided good backgrounds. The young fellow was in a happy mood which made the shoot go a lot smoother. :) I used a number of different lenses on this shoot, however my primary two lenses were the Canon 85mm 1.2 L and the 24-70mm 2.8 L. It was one of the first times the little fellow had been on grass, so his reactions to it were great. Enjoy the photos. :)
On the Saturday before Easter, the Collegedale Church puts on an Easter pageant called SonRise. Photographing the pageant is always fun and interesting as the lighting can be a bit tricky in the buildings and with the mass of people moving through the different areas of the pageant you really have to keep an eye not only on your subject but also the background and sides, making sure you do not clip any vital parts of your subject while trying to eliminate the distracting clutter around the them. This year my goal was to create photographs that had a more intimate feel to them. Photographs that bring the viewer into the world of the actors. http://collegedalechurch.com/downloads/cbt4-30-14.pdf Enjoy the photos. :)
This past weekend, I photographed the Pentecost 2 meetings for GYCSE, on the campus of Southern Adventist University. The speaker was Jeff Marshall. As the meetings were held in Thatcher Chapel the lighting on during most of the meetings was less than optimal. Using a combination of high ISO and large f-stops I was able to produce images that were sharp and showed the context of the meetings. Enjoy the photos. :)
Creation Illustrated, a publication based in California, published 4 of my photos as illustrations for two different articles. One about farming and the other about alpacas. Below are JPGs of the pages. April is turning out to be a good month, no joke. :) http://www.creationillustrated.com