Friday, January 28, 2011

My hero...

My mother has always been my personal hero. A woman with strength and intelligence, she is both my inspiration and my confidant. She is also the person who first sparked my interest in photography.

Growing up with 5 brothers and sisters, my mother was quite the shutterbug as she documented countless family moments with her Canon. I dreamed of the day I could take photos as well as she could. She taught me composition and perspective and encouraged me to fully pursue my passion for photography.

This past fall, I flew home to both run my first marathon and take some photos of the beautiful fall colors in Grand Ledge, the small town just outside of Lansing where I went to high school. My mom and I spent the afternoon on a photography field trip taking photos at the Ledges.  It was such a great time spent with her. Below are a few of the photos she took of me out on our photo excursion.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Shadow Boxing

Anyone who's ever spent more than five minutes with me on a sunny day knows that taking shadow pictures is a guilty pleasure of mine.
A few of my favorites:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hip! Hip! Hipstamatic!

Oh, Hipstamatic application on my iPhone, whatever would I do without you? Conveniently in my pocket at all times, you produce such vibrant images from even the most mundane of scenes. Though I downloaded you for a few dollars, your vintage-styled shots can, at times, look like a million bucks. I huzzart you Hipstamatic...I do, as do scores of others, who have even created Flickr groups in your honor: Flickr iphone Photography . Hipstamatic, I enjoy your company...and this post is for you.






Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Faking the Tilt-Shift Photo Effect.

When did tilt-shift lenses become the new fisheye?
Apparently all of the cool kids out there have ditched their novelty fisheyes for them fancy schmancy tilt-shift lenses that make people and places look like scaled-down miniature models.
    Sure tilt-shift photography looks interesting,but I had no desire to plop down a cool $1,000 for a Canon tilt-shift lens, or even $200 for a Lensbaby Composer.
    A few months ago, my roommate, Elissa showed me a blog with instructions for a DIY tilt-shift converter for a standard lens, which could be constructed for about $10. Yippee Skippy! But, oh wait, the instructions call for a drill bit and a trip to the hardware store...womp, womp. And as I'm all about instant gratification, this did not sound appealing. (Somewhere the world's smallest violin plays just for me.)
    Luckily, this being the digital age, tilt-shift photography can also be faked in Photoshop, though I'm sure the results aren't as spectacular. But if you're feeling super lazy like I was today during my lunch break, there's this little gem: of a site:  Just upload an image and in seconds, it fakes the tiltshift-effect for you.
Presto! Laziness once again prevails!
It's not as precise as Photoshop, but it gets the job done.
Here are just a few images I tried out:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Oh Hey There, 2011! You're looking swell.

At the behest of my two lovely roommates, Elissa and Kathleen, I have birthed a photo blog. Huzzah!
And as I've never been keen on introductions, let's get this thing started, shall we?

Photo of the Day, Numero Uno: A Sibling Shoot with Jason Davis
I spent a few days at home in Michigan and took my youngest brother out for a mini industrial-inspired shoot down by the Lansing power plant. Here are a few shots.

Fumée et neige


Jason Stares, Stairs.