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Categories: Photography

I haven’t been posting her much in recent weeks. I’ve had a lot going on. First, I broke my toe back in May and didn’t do much. I’ve been working on my photography site with Zenfolio but not posting there as much as I’d like either. And I’ve just been in a bad habit of not working on my post processing when I do shoot.

Last week I went with a friend to a cool cemetery in Logan, Ohio.

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I need to get back in the habit of writing and updating more.

 

Categories: Filmmaking

I’m excited to promote a great film concept and film maker. The writer, director, producer of Mister Stitches is also a great friend I have been privileged to know for several years. When I first meet Michael, he had just turned the story into a graphic novel but his dream is to make a film.

He has tried in the past to get crowdfunding support to make the full movie. A few years ago he raised enough money to make a trailer for it. This year he is trying to finance it again.

Michael is a great story teller and this is a great project. If you can give it some support, please do so.

Categories: Job search

Marvin-Wallpaper-marvin-the-martian-742220_1024_768As one of my favorite Looney Tunes characters, Marvin the Martian, would say it is back to the drawing board for me. Right now I’m at a crossroads with my career path (hey where’s that deal with the devil at the crossroad when ya need it?) and what to pursue in the interim.

Of course I’m not giving up some things, namely my photography. In fact, for the past few weeks I’ve been on a great spree behind the camera. My goal is to beef up some of those activities in the next few months to keep the ball rolling and rolling further and further.

The winter has been rough on me for many reasons, so as the warm weather and sunny days increase I feel my creativity blossoming anew. There are many projects I’m working on and planning to get that creative mojo back. This feels better than anything at the moment.

The job search is still a bit flat and a whole lot of challenging. I still don’t understand the setbacks and the problems and either do the career counselors I’ve hired. By the way they talk I shouldn’t be encountering near the problems I have. But none can pinpoint any major flaw or glaring problem. That’s been the greatest frustration in this job seeking journey. The lack of an answer to “why?”

But the drawing board awaits.

Thanks to a friend suggesting to me that I try out animation, I have started planning a new project. The ideas are still in the development stage, but I’m excited to start working on something completely new and different from anything I’ve done before.

A few weeks ago, on a trip to Louisville, I got an idea to start a project based on nighttime photography and my interest in film noir. I am working on a website for this project right now. As my idea grew, I wanted to incorporate some other elements to tell stories. As I have talked about this with a friend, he encouraged me to try putting together the stories with an animation program.

For about a week, I’ve been learning the Daz 3D program. It is a nice free 3D animation program. Right now, I’m using it for creating still and playing with understanding all that it can do.

This is a character I made, rendered out to a pgn file then in Photoshop added a background from a photograph of mine.

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Categories: Job search

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 11.09.41 AMAlthough I’m a happy Jeep owner, I’m still spinning my wheels in the mud. Not literally, or in the off roading sense, but in looking for a satisfying career in my chosen field–library science.

I’m certainly not to the point where I wanted to be post graduation from library school. So, I have decided to try yet another career coach to see why I’m facing many obstacles in this quest.

I’m hoping this will be the one tool, like the 4×4 on my Jeep, to get me out of the mud and back on the road toward a great and rewarding job.

Also, hoping to pick up some tips on how to expand my photography business to include more projects in the coming year.

 

Categories: Photoshop

The title kinda reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live skit, Fun with Real Audio. But seriously, I’ve used Photoshop for years back to my days in college and I’ve always enjoyed creating fun things using the software.

A few days ago a friend sent me a link of awesome Steampunk related sites, tutorials, brushes, fonts, etc. I had to try something, so I picked making a steampunk person… except I used one of my photos of my dog Roland.

So I give you, Steampunk Corgi:

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If you know me or spend anytime around me, you know I’m a huge animal lover. As long as I can remember, I have had pets and have had a soft place for animals of all types. In fact, I remember the first thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a veterinarian. Actually, there are days I look at what exactly it would take to get into vet school… but my math ability, or lack of, probably prevents me from ever getting in.  So, I do the next best thing by volunteering with several local animal welfare groups.

Here I can lend my talents and interests in photography, videography, web design, public relations, and graphic design to make a difference.  I’ve been very happy with even just going to the shelter and walking some dogs for the afternoon too.

Recently my dog, Roland, and I participated in 2K walk to raise money for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for the Charleston, W.Va. area.  Because of this fun run/walk, I decided to see about volunteering with the Charleston Regional Spay Neuter Clinic soon after.  I discovered they needed someone with graphic design, photography, and web site experience and were very excited to have me come on board.  I was pleased to lend my skills to help.  And I was able to hit the ground running with contributing to meet their needs.

First, I designed a graphic for their Amazon Smile program.  That’s a project were Amazon.com gives a percentage of their sales to community organizations.  CRSNC is in the program, so if you don’t already support an agency through Amazon Smile, add us!

Anyway, his majesty (aka Roland) got to be the poster boy for the cause. And here’s the graphic I designed.

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The other great project I was able to help with was for Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday following Black Friday. This day is counter all of the commercialism starting the Christmas shopping season. I believe it’s a great idea and the CRSNC sent out a video in their Giving Tuesday email.  I conducted a few interviews with members from local animal rescues to talk about the need for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the area. While the production value needed help (I didn’t have a good microphone), overall I was pleased with the video and the turnaround time on making it.

Categories: Photography

I’m not one for a lot of Photoshopping of images. I like to get them right in camera but there are times when some post processing is need. As for major overhauling of images, I’m not a fan.  However, there are times when an image just begs for some digital artistry.  When I saw this one from a recent photo shoot, I knew it needed to be enhanced. Since I’m a sci-fi fan, a Doctor Who fan, a steampunk nut, and love time travel this image stood out as something related to time travel.  I added a little steampunk-ness to it and a lens flair on the pocket watch.

My model brought the watch, it was his grandfather’s. The scarf is one I knitted to sell, a reverse cabled scarf. Behind him is the Williamstown Bridge which connects Williamstown, W.Va. and Marietta, Ohio.

My friend is available as both a makeup artist and a model.  Check out his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BlushStrokes.Makeup

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Categories: Halloween

It’s Veteran’s Day so I should post about Halloween. All joking aside, I was remiss in talking about my favorite holiday and the makeup I did for a couple of events.  I found out about the Charleston zombie walk a few days before it happened, so I didn’t get much time to plan for it.  I had some leftover makeup from a previous year of doing zombie makeup and I quickly came up with the hippy chick theme.

The walk itself, through the East End of Charleston, was pretty fun.  There were all sorts of crazy things going on that night.  I got a selfie with the Zombie Hunter car too.

 

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My other big costume was as the bride of Frankenstein monster and at this rate probably my one and only time to be a bride of any kind.  I did a couple of contests with my dog Roland as Frankenweenie (aka Sparky) as well.  But this was for my photography club’s Halloween themed meeting.  I upped the scars this night over the drawn with grease pencils I had been doing.  I grossed out a few of my fellow members too.

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It’s fall, which is my favorite time of the year anyway, but even more so for photography. And where I live, fall is spectacular. The mountains and the different types of trees covering them give beautiful views from late September through October and sometimes even into November.

Yesterday I was wanting to take a little scenic trip and shoot some of these fantastic colors. Unfortunately, here in the Kanawha Valley around Charleston, the colors are not at peak yet. However, to the south and into to higher elevations the colors are near or at peak. So, it was a perfect day to drive about an hour and fifty-five minutes southeast to the New River area of the state.

One of the most photographed, and possibly iconic, images from West Virginia is the grist mill at Babcock State Park.  While the mill wasn’t originally located where it stands today, it has become one of the most beloved images from the state, especially in the fall. It is actually pieced together from three different mills completed in 1976.  There was a mill on Glade Creek near where the park’s parking lot is now. This is a working mill, and the cornmeal can be purchased in the gift shop. Although this time they did not have any for for sale.

Despite it’s well known status of a West Virginia landmark, I did not have a photograph of the mill in the fall. I had spring and summer shots but, for whatever reason, I never had that glorious fall shot. Well, that’s changed now.

 

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Thinking about these photos and my love of outdoor photography, I want to start a gallery and blog posts on the scenic shots from my home state.  I think these will be a great start.