This weekend my Church: St. Mary’s in Franklin MA will be holding their annual St. Rocco’s feast. It is a wonderful affair with great food, rides and games. A band also plays and it is a great time to meet the community.
Of course there is fund-raising. I will have on display a couple of copies of my photo book: St. Mary’s Parish Church as seen at Christmas. All donations will be going to St. Mary’s.
(Click the image to see more pictures.)
Interested parties can buy the book by selecting this link. A $20 donation will be made to the parish.
I hope to see you feasting at the feast!
Spent the week on a business trip to England. Added a visit to London to spend a day photographing this great city. I spent the day walking around the River Thames. From Westminster to the Tower of London then back again, about a 6 mile walk.
I photographed almost everything along the path.
You can see my favorite photos following this link.
This week I participated in a program at the Stony Brook Camera Club called Pecha Kucha. Pecha Kucha means “Chatter” in Japanese.
The Journey. Advice for those starting out.
Pecha Kusha is a presentation style where a person shows 20 slides in 6 minutes and 40 seconds (20 seconds a slide). The presentation style was first deployed 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham.
You can learn more and watch other presentations at the PechaKucha website.
My presentation is called “The Journey”. I approached my presentation from the perspective of it being a “Last Lecture”. One that inspired by Randy Pauch in 2007.
You can see my presentation on Vimeo.
You can see the images on my website.
Photographic Workflow 2015
This week I will be presenting to the South Shore Camera Club. I will be discussing workflow. (That is as long as the New England weather holds out, we are expecting a blizzard).
Workflow seems to be a popular subject for photographers. Making sense on how they should process images can be a challenge.
I learnt workflow through Scott Kelby’s book “The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers”. (See sponsored link below). He covers everything you need to know on workflow. He uses Lightroom which I highly recommend as the tool for file management by photographers.
I was also asked to provide some detail on backing up my files. “Backup” is a critical subject and something not everyone manages correctly. I do not know what I would do if I lost all my images. A few years back we had a tornado watch in my part of MA. A rare thing. It actually touched down and you can still see the damage two years later. Anyway, I ran home to be with my family, just in case. As the sky color got weird, and the news reports said “seek shelter”, I grabbed my wife, child and hard drive of my images and we moved to a corner of the basement. Yup that backup external hard drive was so important, I passed up many other important items in my home to save my images.
I now have offsite backup, just in case I cannot be home and some disaster takes out my image library. (What is your backup strategy?)
Anyway, I am also attaching my presentation Photographic Workflow 2015 in case you want to take a look. I’m still tinkering with it but this set should be good. It is missing my jokes and demo but has enough info, I think, to help you get started.
I’ve got it down to my top 24 images of 2014. It is brutal to delete some images that deserve honorable mention. I wanted to avoid overloading this blog posting and 24 is already too many, but there you go. Images are an extension of the ego of the photographer after all and these images we create are our babies. (Of course our real children are more important but I hope you understand the analogy.)
Many of the images you see below are experiments in new technique. Many HDR, but some high-speed and some slow speed panning. I shook my camera on purpose, build sets in my basement and went to new locations to shoot. I also listened to Joe McNally speak (portraits) and attended a macro seminar. All in all, I think this added variety to my work. Of course there are a couple of stables, my image of the Boston Marathon and Buttonwood farm are also part of the collection.
I did more portraits this year. Created a set up in my basement and photographed friends and family. None of these images made it to the top of my list as I consider these images differently than what I consider “Fine Art”.
I also gave away some images to my caregivers while I was sick earlier this year. Two now hang at the Dana Farber facility in Milford, MA near the radiation treatment center. One at Beth Israel hangs in the Brain Center. Another is hanging on the wall at Elizabeth’s bagels in Franklin MA and one more image is part of an installation for a new building in Boston (location still secret).
So on this Jan 1 2015 post, I wish everyone a wonderful year and may you set out to meet all your goals in life.
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My top image of 2014,
St. Anne woman’s collegiate church, Munich, Germany.
This is definitely my favorite image of the year. It is one of those moments that just all came together for me.
Playing with Fire… don’t tell your children
High Speed Photography: Elphabab: The floating Green Martini
Strawberry Drop – Strawberry and Cream
Man in motion
Tower Hill Botanical Garden
Lamp at Tower Hill Botanical Garden
Selfie at Wings Neck Light House.
Cinderella’s Castle – Magic Kingdom
I always wanted to create this image. Had the hardest time removing the display glow from all the cell phones (and iPads) being used as cameras.
Grand Atrium, At the Disney Fantasy.
Buttonwood Farm 2014
Franklin Dean College Station
Friendly Fenway Park
Old man in the tree.
Stained Glass at Mount Auburn – Story Chapel
Christmas at St. Mary’s Church: Franklin MA