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It’s All About The Details!

And so, on my day off, messing with “macro” photography.

Definition: Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is life size or greater.

It’s quite fun and, am thinking, maybe I will try this on portraiture.

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Welcome 2017!

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Shooting for Fun

Every once in awhile you have to take a break and just shoot for the joy of it. I’m so glad my friend suggested a walk in the zoo. So fun! And great practice. If you want to be a portrait photographer but you’re not quite ready to work with people, try shooting some faces at the zoo.

 

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What Have You Been Up To Sue?

Busy, busy busy. Trying to work AND have some summer fun. Hence, the hiatus from blogging. Here’s a glimpse at some of the highlights.

 

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More Cats

This time they are the real thing. My daughter and I happened upon a new store on Tennyson St. in Denver called “Denver Cat Company.” We were on our way to dinner when we passed the store and my daughter said “Look – there are cats in there. Can we go in?” I thought she meant  there were 1 or 2 cats or maybe even toy cats. But, after we entered and passed through a security gate we actually found 8 cats sitting, snoozing, playing and socializing with each other and humans. What did we walk into? Actually, we entered Denver’s first official Cat Cafe. As per Denver Cat Company’s website a Cat Cafe “…features cats in residence, with visitors purchasing entry passes, usually for an hour, to enjoy the privilege of hanging out with the café cats.  Beverages and snacks are also often on the menu, but there are no hard and fast rules besides the mission to provide kitty companionship to cat lovers.” The best part? If you fall in love with one of the kitties here they are all adoptable!

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“No, you can’t have a sip” – Click on image to enlarge

 

 

Inspiration and Motivation

One thing you have to keep doing as a photographer is grow. Otherwise you risk becoming stale, old and boring.  In order to grow and keep those creative juices flowing  you have to immerse yourself  in education, reach out to other photographers for inspiration and motivation and experiment with new ideas and concepts. This evening,  ASMP (American Society of Media Professionals) held a seminar  presenting award winning commercial photographer Nick Vedros.  That was just the booster shot I needed. Nick had some really amazing images –  rather different from the slew of images I’ve been bombarded with lately. He talked about some of the  trick approaches to many of his shots and provided words of encouragement and inspiration that we all need to hear from time to time. Now I’m excited to embark on a new personal project – something fun and different. Just have to think of what that might be!

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Flying High

Thought I would try shooting something different this past Sunday. Went to the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum. It was a bit challenging for me because I am not very passionate about airplanes. But, I found that if I play with my camera a little and try stuff I usually don’t do during my regular work as a photographer I can have a lot of fun and maybe even learn a little. And, of course, eventually I was shooting the people who were shooting the inanimate objects so that made me happy.

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  Shooting at a very slow shutter speed (notice the “ghosting” to the left of the photograph). Warning: Don’t try this without a tripod.

 

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Zooming while the shutter is open. Again, you need a tripod.

 

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Silhouette-ing.

 

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Model Airplane Builder

 

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Sunny Mexico

I am happy to say that I have finally had a real vacation. Not that I have any complaints – my life is pretty darn good even without traveling around the world. But, the week in Puerto Vallerta was just what I needed to rejuvenate my spirit. It was a great vacation even if it wasn’t always sunny in Mexico.

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The Sound of Music

One of the best parts of my day is when I am making dinner and my daughter is practicing piano.  She plays so beautifully it makes me want to dance around the house. And, it gives me great joy and pleasure to see how her talent has grown over the years. It wasn’t always easy and there were a few times when I think she was very close to giving it up.  But, I think mostly for my sake, she dutifully kept at it.  I’m so happy she did. One of the best gifts you can give your child is an appreciation for music.  It carries you through life, provides you companionship and an outlet for expression, and connects you with others in a very profound way. Thank you Zoe for returning the gift!

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National Western Stock Show

It’s really important for photographers to make time for personal projects.  It expands us, inspires us and ignites us. Sometimes I like to join  other like-minded souls who share the same passion as I do. This past weekend I joined Front Range Photography Group on their field trip to the National Western Stock Show. I had heard of this show in past  but never really had an interest in anything “cowboy.” But with my recent foray into the world of country western dancing and the culture it embraces I now had a vested interest in the cowboy scene. It turned out to be a wonderful day with some wonderful people. It’s great that life gives you more than 1 chance to try something.

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