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Friday, January 6th, 2012
8:22 pm
иногда они оживают...
Nikon D7000, Nikon af-s 50/1.4, 1/160 сек, f/1.4, ISO 250.
Thursday, April 1st, 2010
5:56 pm
Places to shoot IN DOORS in Columbus?
I have a fashion editorial I'm shooting and I had put money down on a room and made arrangements to shoot in a local bed and breakfast. Two days ago I got a call back from the owner wanting more money than we had first discussed. Without going into details. I declined and have decided to shoot elsewhere.

Does anyone know of any cool IN DOOR places to shoot around here? The clothing designer sent reproduction victorian clothing so I would want a background to match this style.

I could always shoot this outside at like Innis park or Jeffery's Mansion, but these gowns and outfits deserve a more proper indoor setting. I own a studio but don't want just plain paper or cloth backgrounds. :/

Any help would be fantabulous!
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
11:12 am
(2009-12-12) Our Lady of Guadalupe
(2009-12-12) Our Lady of Guadalupe - 0837 (2009-12-12) Our Lady of Guadalupe - 1040

(2009-12-12) Our Lady of Guadalupe - 0816Saturday, Decemer 12th was the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe). I was up at 4:30AM to make it to the church at the beginning of the celebration. The weather was cold, but sunny (once the sun came up, that is!)

The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Wikipedia: "According to official Catholic accounts of the Guadalupan apparitions, during a walk from his home village to Mexico City early on the morning of December 9, 1531,[5] Juan Diego saw a vision of a young girl of fifteen to sixteen, surrounded by light. This event occurred on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac. Speaking in the local language of Nahuatl, the Lady asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor. From her words, Juan Diego recognized her as the Virgin Mary. When he told his story to the Spanish bishop, Fray Juan de Zumárraga, the bishop asked him to return and ask the lady for a miraculous sign to prove her claim. The Virgin then asked Juan Diego to gather some flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill, even though it was winter when no flowers bloomed. There, he found Castilian roses (which were of the Bishop's native home, but not indigenous to Tepeyac). He gathered them, and the Virgin herself re-arranged them in his tilma, or peasant cloak. When Juan Diego presented the roses to Zumárraga, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe miraculously appeared imprinted on the cloth of Diego's tilma." Since then, the Virgin of Guadalupe has become an ethnic and nationalistic symbol for the people of Latin America, frequently carried into battle on the banners of revolutionaries like Hidalgo and Zapata.

The miracle is celebrated in Latin America with processions, and this tradition has been brought to the US by immigrants.

From the blog of Father Thomas Buffer, pastor at St Stephen the Martyr Church: "The Church was filled at 6 a.m. for the traditional Mañanitas, morning songs of greeting to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Since the feast fell on a Saturday we began one hour later than last year. Various musical groups played for about an hour and fifteen minutes. In additional, a group of traditional dancers made their offering of praise. We had a wonderful breakfast including handmade tamales before lining up for the procession, which was slated to begin at 9 a.m. The sheriff's deputies finally showed up at 9:05 and off we marched into the below-freezing outdoors, accompanied by a brass band. The procession route measured about 3 miles. During the procession we stopped at two local food businesses who gave hot drinks and snacks to everyone. Thanks to Los Potrillos and Super Torta! We returned to church just before noon, thawed out, and celebrated Mass."

I captured over 1000 fantastic images, of which 61 made the final cut. I tried to record audio on my iPod using a Blue Mikey attachment, but I had to keep it in my pocket, which caused  lot of noise as it slid around against the fabric of my jacket. Consequently it sounds like crap and is probably unusable.

View the whole set on Flickr here.
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
4:44 pm

I've got  bunch of Google Wave invites available. Since it's a collaboration tool, I'm giving dibs to local photogs first. If you want one, send me your e-mail address.

Friday, November 20th, 2009
12:23 pm
(2009-11-06) CSCC Zoo Trip
(2009-11-06) CSCC Zoo Trip - 0795 (2009-11-06) CSCC Zoo Trip - 0668

This quarter, Columbus State got together with local camera retailer Midwest Photo Exchange and lens manufacturer Tamron for a special "class." This 2 credit class entailed spending the day at the Columbus Zoo shooting with a large selection of Tamron's lenses.

The lens is probably the most important piece of camera gear, these days. You can have the most expensive camera body available, but if you're using shitty glass, your images cannot come out sharp. Take it from me, I have learned this the hard way. Or better yet, go buy some cheap lenses on eBay and you will find out for yourself. Then start saving for the good stuff.

Since I shoot with a Nikon D700 body (which has a full frame sensor), I couldn't use any of Tamron's ultra-wide angle lenses. This was particularly disappointing to me, because I LOVE shooting really wide. I frequently use my Nikkor 18-55mm DX format lens (for smaller sensors) on my D700, which is fine as long as I don't zoom out wider than 24mm. Unfortunately, Tamron's Di format lenses (designed for smaller sensors) have heavy vignetting when mounted on a FF body, so that wasn't an option. So, I concentrated on Tamron's longer lenses.

All in all, I was not disappointed with Tamron's lenses. I shot wide-open, most of the time, which is where a lens is going to show it's weaknesses. I got rid of my Sigma lenses because they were soft wide-open. I did miss Vibration Control (Tamron's version of VR) on their 70-200mm. I do wish I could have compared the Tamron 70-200mm side-by-side with the Nikon, because that's my next big purchase.

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Notes on images include what lens the image was made with.
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
12:47 pm
CNote Art Show
CNote Art Show Flyer

Come check me out at the CNote Art Show the weekend of the 25th of September at Junctionview Studios. Some of my abandoned places photos will be on sale there, printed on nice big 11x14" metallic paper. I'll have between 1 and 6 prints on display, unless they ask for more. They look really awesome! Everything is $100. Even if you can't buy anything, you can stand around in front of my photos talking to people about how amazing they are. :)

(2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0217_19_21_23_25
Thursday, September 10th, 2009
10:44 am
10:39 am
Greek Festival 2009
(2009-09-07) Greek Festival - 0023

The Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus is one of my favorite festivals to attend. The weather is usually great, they have a huge space for performances, the Cathedral s gorgeous, and last but not least, all the food. This year, I was only free to attend on Monday, and Monday morning it was raining. Weather.com called for rain all day, but NBCi said it would clear up in the afternoon.

I headed down around 1PM and I am so glad that I did. When I got there, I had some Greek coffee (which, as far as I can tell, is exactly the same as Turkish coffee, but sold by Greeks) and loukoumades, crispy, warm Greek donut holes covered in honey and nuts. The two things at the Greek Festival that I go to shoot are the Cathedral and the dancers, so I alternated between them. Orthodox churches tend to be much more ornate than Western churches, with beautiful mosaics, icons and lots of gold. I love the candles in the narthex, the entrance to the church. Orthodox people light long, thin candles and stick them in the sand before entering the church Outside, they had three groups of dancers: the elementary school kids, middle school and ZOEE, high school & adults. Despite the generally flat, overcast, bland sky, I filled 4x4GB cards before I left and I'm reasonably happy with the images I came away with.

(2009-09-07) Greek Festival - 0719

View the rest of the set on Flickr.

Prints are available for sale, as well as low-resolution files for computer wallpaper.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
5:20 pm
The sisters have been brought to Columbus....
The sisters have been brought to Columbus.

(2009-08-18) Bring the Sisters to Columbus - 0035

I'm looking forward to continuing this project. Stay tuned!

The rest of the images from their arrival here.

Other sets are here.
Monday, July 27th, 2009
5:39 pm
Bringing the Sisters to Columbus

In 2007, I asked my sister (who is very plugged-in to all thing Catholic in Columbus) about the Hispanic tradition of the religious procession, specifically, if there was somewhere in Columbus that I could go experience one. Coincidentally, she knew just the place: St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church on Columbus' West side, where her friend Father Thomas Buffer is the pastor. St. Stephen Church has one of the larger Latin congregations in the Central Ohio area, with over 1000 people attending their weekly Spanish mass, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was approaching, which is an important feast celebrating a miracle that acted as the catalyst for the conversion of the people of Latin America.

I made a wonderful, colorful series of images from the procession and the mass and party afterward.
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Monday, July 6th, 2009
5:21 pm
(2009-07-05) The Tree
(2009-07-05) The Tree - 0083And8moreEnhancer

There's this tree in the middle of a field along Route 53, just North of Route 23. We've been driving past it on the way to and from Kristy's folks' house for years and I've always wanted to stop to photograph it.

View the rest of the set here.
5:18 pm
(2009-07-04) Port Clinton Fireworks
(2009-07-04) Port Clinton Fireworks - 0081 (2009-07-04) Port Clinton Fireworks - 0137

Images from the 4th of July Fireworks at Port Clinton, Ohio.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
9:44 am
Searching for an "institutional" looking abandoned building
I'm looking for an abandoned building within an hour or so of Columbus that is "institutional", so wide hallways with linoleum or tile floors. School, hospital, etc.

Thanks in advance for suggestions.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
8:55 pm
(2009-06-16) Loreta
(2009-06-16) Loreta - 0157-Edit (2009-06-16) Loreta - 0099-Edit

ALSO yesterday (it was a busy day) I met up with Loreta at Inniswood Metro Park in Westerville for a portrait session. She's from Lithuania, a country that I didn't really know a lot about, so I had lots of questions about it and we had a great time talking, and made some wonderful images. I hope we can work together again soon!

View the rest of the set here.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
10:27 pm
is there a place in town I can rent equipment? I need a 70-200 2.8 Canon lens for a job but don't exactly wanna buy one right now.
Sunday, June 7th, 2009
4:03 pm
(2009-06-07) Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival
(2009-06-07) Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival - 0171 (2009-06-07) Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival - 0195

(2009-06-07) Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival - 0079-Edit

View the rest of the set on Flickr.

As always, prints are available for purchase on request.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
6:58 pm
(2009-06-03) Linworth Train Derailment
(2009-06-03) Linworth Train Derailment - 0062 (2009-06-03) Linworth Train Derailment - 0178

A train hit a semi at the RR crossing on Rt. 161 in Linworth. No injuries.

+13 more images

Big ups to the cop that waved me back over the tape after the CSX guy bounced me. :P
Sunday, May 31st, 2009
11:23 am
(2009-05-30) Southside Demolition Site 2
(2009-05-30) Southside Demolition Site 2 - 0153And8more (2009-05-30) Southside Demolition Site 2 - 0072And8more

I went back to the demolition site on the South side during the day.

View the whole set here.
Monday, May 25th, 2009
6:55 pm
(2009-05-23) Asian Festival 2009
(2009-05-23) Asian Festival 2009 - 0563 (2009-05-23) Asian Festival 2009 - 0373

So many awesome photos from the Asian Festival on Saturday! It's hard to believe we were only there for 5 hours!

View the rest of the set here.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
11:14 am
(2009-05-16) Southern Ohio 2009
(2009-05-16) Southern Ohio 2009 - 0270_2_4_6_8 (2009-05-16) Southern Ohio 2009 - 0360_2_4_6_8

Three friends and I road-tripped from Columbus to Portsmouth, then Ironton and back. I shot an abandoned coke plant (not the soda) in Portsmouth. I'm intending to go again, and find more abandoned Rust Belt facilities along the river.

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