On Friday night Poets and Peasants gave a concert to a group of Knox students in Kresge Recital Hall. It was a great concert, and a nice cap to a project I did over the summer, photographing them recording their album. Due to terrible lighting, and a need to test the Nik Collection of photo editing additions, I decided to go B&W on these images.
Today I photographed the 2013 prairie burn at Green Oaks. It was the first time I covered the burn, even though I have been at Knox for 5 of them. It was quite a toasty day and I think the images turned out half decent for my first attempt at covering this event.
In addition, I am trying out the Nik Collection from Google. It has some fun presets for images and I am giving them a test drive to see if its worth the 149 bucks. So please note, all of these images have conversions and filters done to them to make them pop a bit more than they normally would. I tried to stay away from some of the more extreme ones, but none the less, they walk a gray line in photojournalism ethics.
Just a quick one this morning. A capture I got while getting snow scenics around campus at 7 a.m. I am glad to get a last chance to get some snow scenics before winter is over.
The past two weeks I was in London, on vacation visiting my girlfriend. During my time there I took plenty of time to take photos on the streets of London. When I was editing, I noticed a number of pairings of content and style and decided to showcase some of my images to you in a dual format.
I will try to upload a few more images in the coming week, in addition you can check out the photos I uploaded while I was there. They are on my profile on EyeEm.
These photos were taken during my 9 day trip using my 5D classic and a 50mm f/1.4. They were all shot from the hip. It was fun using the full frame camera, but it had some limitations, mainly relating to focus reliability and ISO range, but there was some 200 selects from 2,300 images taken, so I had a decent success rate.
During my time there, I picked up a book of street photography of London from the 1860 to the present. It was a great book that I am glad I found. In addition I realized I didn’t venture far into less known areas of the city, since I was being a tourist at the same time as I was capturing these images. Next time I hope to find some of the more off beat paths to get some different images.
Yesterday I covered one of the biggest high school basketball games of my career. And it wasn’t even the playoffs! Monmouth-Roseville took on Rockridge in a game that was televised, and featured a junior commitment to Wisconsin. While only there for a half – to beat deadline – the place was electric and the game was bound going to come down to the wire. I shot this game for The Galesburg Register-Mail, whom I freelance for on top of my job at Knox College. I now have my fingers crossed in hopes to cover these two teams during the playoffs.
Last weekend I covered the 33rd International Fair. Not much to say about the images. Looked for new shots, shots different from the last four times covering this event, and I think I found some new situations and angles. The flag ceremony is always great and the talent show is always fun to cover, despite the strangeness of Kresge and its very yellow lighting.
I have admitted that I have a problem, and thats the first step. When I take photos, I don’t delete. Not a single image, not the blurry ones, not the extreme over/under exposed ones. This mainly stems from the fear that a month, a year, 20 years down the line, I am going to need to find a photo of the backup tight end from the 2008 Knox College football team, because he is now head coach at Auburn; or something along those lines.
While this will only happen, .01% of the time, I never wanted to take even that big of a risk. But there is a bigger risk that I have ignored. The real issue of hard drive malfunction. I have started addressing the issue with online backup, but onsite duplications have been non-existant, besides the vital assignments (weddings, hired jobs).
Today I have started taking step two of addressing the issue. I am deleting photos. Tackling the 5 TB pile of photos that I have accumulated in the past 5 years. I have started with the eldest photos, going through methodically deleting duplicates and images that are of no quality to publish. This has been a bit painful, and even more time consuming. But I need the space, and I want to backup. This will take months, and I will be keeping my fingers crossed that nothing happens during that time.
Wish me luck, hopefully I won’t delete anything good.
Didn’t do a whole lot of photography as the storm passed through, but I did grab a few shots. Here is one of a tree just outside of CFA at Knox College. Let me know what you think.
Last weekend I got to spend a day with my parents and my niece. While it was a fun, relaxing day, it was also a chance for me to do some photography for fun. I got a few shots from our trip that I would like to share with you.
This was a great weekend with my family, and my 50mm f/1.4. Exploring non standard images (mainly see top) and letting the events around me happen without caring about visual outcome. If I didn’t get any good images, no loss, allowing me to push my imagination.
Hope you enjoyed and please let me know what you think.
Over the past few months I have been using Instagram to grow my photographic creativity. I can easily become stuck in a rut focusing on one photographic style, but the use of my cell phone has helped me try different things and not focus on the images being perfectly in focus or composed the best.
It has also let me capture more of my personal life. Certainly I could carry around my SLR gear 24/7, but that would become more of a burden, while using Instagram is easy, quick, and not cumbersome.
It took me a bit to get me hooked and get over the negative stereotypes about Instagram, but I am glad I made the leap. I do wish I had an iPhone so the images would be better resolution since my Android phone doesn’t seem to produce as high resolution.
Because of this lack of quality image on my end as well as the ease to alter the image, I would be hesitant to use these photos in a photojournalist/professional manner. Certainly I have seen them used professionally, and often in a great way, but until I have an iPhone in my hand I will use Instagram in a personal manner.
For more Instagram photos of mine, check out them out here.