Saturday, August 29, 2009

Noses and Paws Part II

So I was relaxing in my backyard on fine evening and knew the lighting was just right so Furbz and Kenobz became my subject again. Focusing on the nose and paws and attempting to create some bokah. It's tricky and I think I accomplished it somewhat. I NEED to upgrade sooooon. My lens is soooo slow. But the images make up for it. I know they're good, but they can be better. I can't decide if I want the crazy fast 14-54mm 2.8, the 25mm 2.8 pancake prime or the super duper even more crazy fast and sharp 12-60mm 2.8. (He is the most heap of cash ever) Could be smart to invest in it. I dwell on this alot. Am doing a ton of research. I know I will make the right decision soon. Patience is a virtue.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I just HAD to stop and shoot these beautiful landscapes of fields. The colors of the sky and the field were just screaming at me to stop and pull over during an outing. I was on my way to shoot landscape properties in Elkhorn and it was only a matter of time before the storm hit big time. I titled the one image in the center 'Center Field'. Fitting huh? (I know it's corny but who cares?) To think that this field is up the street from me. Hm.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Landscape Design

Well, well, well. It's about time I took time to post new images. I cannot fall behind I tell you! Been busy shooting landscape designs. These are not your ordinary backyard makeovers. In fact, these are just plain extraordinary! Yikes! The designers from Mulhall's Nursery are extremely talented folk. So I've been asked to document their design projects! What a super duper project to work on! Thankfully the weather has cooperated and the lighting has been pretty good. These shots are only sneak peeks. More to come later!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


These guys were created for a school project. They are part of a comic strip that was made in Painter X. Again my inspiration came from John K. I think it would be helpful to draw more and more because sometimes I feel I sometimes (during school) draw because I HAVE to not because I WANT to. And then things don't turn out that great so if I keep my sketchbook nearby, it may help. I love the results of this cartoon. The characters are about to get smashed by a car so the expression is appropriate. When they become roadkill, they meet in 'Roadkill Heaven'. Maybe I ought to watch another marathon of Ren and Stimpy to get motivated.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Noses and Paws

So I was shooting my pets once again and the focus was the parts of the dog that we love so much. Noses and paws. There is so much detail found on a dogs nose. And I try to emphasize that in these shots. Colorful, wet, stinky and in your business all the time! The paws are another fascinating part, 'cookie dough paws' is the name of one and 'tarantula paws' for the other friend. Worn out shoes and they smell like Fritos corn chips (or Skateland). My lens that I use, 40-150mm, does a 'good' job except for I'm finding out more and more that it's too slow, and the apperture is not big enough!! At a focal length of 150mm, I can only use a 5.6. I work in low light conditions alot and it just drives me MAD! But I have to learn to live with it for a little while longer. I'll upgrade soon enough. As far as the image comp goes, I spend a lot of time messing with the white balance and exposure so much that I forget about stray hairs(fur) that can be distracting sometimes. But after a bit since this is for my purpose only, I'm ok with it, I could clean it up more in post processing but it makes it look more authentic. Fur everywhere! You bet!