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Photography Boot Camp:
Today The Randy's Hot Rod car show did it's thing at Heritage Square in Golden, CO. This also happens to be where my studio is located which made it easy for me to snap a few shots off before having to watch over the gallery.
This 1931 Ford Victoria I feel was my favorite,,,, just a sweet ride and the background for the image wasn't too bad either. This image is an example of my "Distressed Photography" technique which is a blending of textures and a lot of hand painting to produce what I think is a cool orignal look.
So today I was a speaker at the Vortx marketing conference in Denver http://www.vortx.com/t-workshop-schedule.aspx. They asked me a couple months ago to speak on the subject of product photography and it's place in online marketing strategies.
The event was held at the Marriot and had about 130 attendees. I managed to overcome the butterflies and put forth a pretty good lecture. First discussing the value of quality imagery and it's integration with good SEO techniques. I also discussed the legalities of contract licensing, copyright issues and registration among other topics. Yeah,, doesn't sound very exciting, but I think it was informative for the target audience.
The Robinson Family are a unique bunch and therefore deserve a unique type of family portrait…. Don't be afraid, they don't bite…. much…..
Well, today's meetup went well,,, Some of my former students showed up. We all hung out in front of the studio for an hour talking "photo stuff" and people watching (it was super busy at the park today)… I shut down for a half hour to go take photos with the group and then had to leave them to watch over the studio again, but everyone said they scored some really nice images from the old time hot-rods. Couple people stuck around once the rain started. We did a little photoshop work on their images,, then decided to crank some tunes, watch the storm and drink some beers…. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday. If You are interested in joining some of Big Sun's future meetups, you can join here at Big Sun Photography Studio Meetup Group.
Photos of Myanmar (Burma): So I've returned from a month overseas in Asia. I was scouting out next year's Thailand and Myanmar photography tours (learn more about Myanmar and other Asia photography tours here).
Ready to see some photos? I've uploaded a gallery of my favorites:
View my Myanmar Photo Gallery
A Little Bit About Myanmar (Burma)!
First off I should not even use the name "Burma" as the country is no longer called that and from what I could tell the locals use Myanmar as well. I'm only including that name so Western folk know where we're talking about.
The other day, while visiting here in Arizona, I went looking for spring flowers hoping to catch some blooming cacti. Unfortunately I seem to be here a bit early and there was little to shoot. Luckily I was able to visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum East of Phoenix. The property is well kept and somewhat manicured (for a desert). Cacti and palms and flowering plants from here and abroad. I'm sure it's quite a sight in another few weeks. Even so, there was plenty to point one's camera at. It was the middle of the day, so getting good even light was a bit of a chore. Luckily I had my parents there to play assistant with my reflectors and diffusers so I was able to get a few decent photos.
Denver Orchid Society: Today I went to see an Orchid show. Pretty cool stuff. It was kind of difficult to photograph as I could only use my speedlight and a reflector due to all the folks walking about. Anyway,, I manage to grab a few good shots. I foucsed on getting in close to show the unique character of the Orchids "inner flower" (no idea what that's actually called).
Lately I've been working on my focus stacking techniques. If you're not aware, focus stacking is a technique of layering many photos together focused at different locations on your subject to produce a single photograph with depth of field far "deeper" than would be capable with a normal single image. In the case of this photo we're looking at about 24 photographs to produce this single shot.
I spotted this lovely bloom in the corner of a Home Depot the other day. I bought it just so I could take it home and shoot this one photograph. I think it was worth it. And now I have an orchid at home (we'll see how long before I've killed it)…
If you're interested in learning more about macro photography techniques be sure to check out my tutoring classes: http://www.bigsunphotography.com/macro-photography-lessons