Snow On The Lake

After over two years of living in Raleigh the area has officially received it’s first “real” snow. Of course by standards of other areas it wasn’t much in my immediate area, but they certainly do take it seriously around here with schools being closed since the morning before it started later that evening… no comment.

Once I was free to go out and explore I headed straight to the nearby Falls Lake. Although the countless kids that visited the park had plenty of time to play in the snow my go-to spot was still untouched. I quickly setup and composed my shot, since the park was due to close shortly. And just like that I had my shot.

How to Get Fresh Looks Again and Again and Again…

Jesse Gross Photography:

Great suggestion for portrait sessions

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Nikon D3, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens @135mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200, finished in Adobe Lightroom.

There’s an instant when a person looks into the lens and has expressive eyes. The key is that eyes are most expressive when they first look into the lens, so you just need your subject to look into the lens over and over, but he needs to feel purposeful doing it. I usually direct him to look at something else, then look back into the lens. But this is important: you should tell him specifically where to look. Just like kids, teens and adults respond best with positive directions. Try these directions while you work and your subject will become more and more comfortable, and you’ll be ready to catch the in-between looks and laughs that will inevitably follow. Remember, you’ve got less than one second after he connects with the lens to fire…

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We’ve got the iPhone habit, so what’s it doing to our brains?

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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I knew I had a problem when, in the five seconds before the lift arrived, I found myself checking newsfeeds on my iPhone.

The constant, restless fingering of the phone’s shiny surface, this filling of every microscopic time-gap in the fabric of the day, is, I suddenly realised, an issue.

But it is not just me – in every coffee shop, bar, bus-stop, I see hands swiping and flickering eyes checking, pale fingers perfect reflections of the mental restlessness underlying their scrabbling.

There was a time when the people on the train opposite me would either be reading a book or newspaper, or, more usually, leaning back with a slightly vacant expression as their eyes dreamily trawled the passing townscape.

Nail biting for the brain

I remember in my first year in primary school, seeing a girl I fancied biting her nails. So I, who had never bitten a nail…

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One Simple Tip for Great Family Portraits

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Even if the only pictures you ever show are landscapes, or closeups, or flowers, or horses, someone is going to ask you to make a family picture. Here are five inevitable facts about family portraits, and one great tip to beat them all.

  1. Kids under five always put a hand in the mouth. Always.
  2. Middle children under eleven always make funny faces.
  3. Parents are always stressed about the kids making faces and putting hands in mouths.
  4. The best picture of the kids is the one with dad scowling and pulling hands out of mouths
  5. Older kids (and dads) hate family pictures because dad was always pulling on their hands and scolding them for having fun.

The one tip I can give you to beat all these issues and help make family pictures is this:

Don’t say Don’t!

If you (or dad) say, “Don’t put your hand in your mouth,”…

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Professionalism in photography

Originally posted on Ming Thein | Photographer:

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Photographers at work; from the NYC 2013 workshop.

One commonly asked (and commonly mis-answered) question on the internet these days is around the definition of what constitutes a ‘professional photographer’. The usual definition is that it is somebody who is shooting for pay, and deriving the majority of his of the income entirely from photography for photography related activities. I suppose in the strictest sense of the definition, that is true. However, it says nothing about professional conduct or skill. What I’m going to attempt to do in this article is express my own views on what I believe constitutes professional behavior in photography. It is important to note however that this is a very much personal, though shared by many of my colleagues in all areas of the industry – both primary providers of photographic imaging, as well as supporting services and videography/ cinematography.

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Hanging Rock Park… Again

This past weekend the girlfriend and I headed out to Hanging Rock State Park (5:30 wake up… ugh). I wanted to see if I could catch the fall colors and she didn’t head out there with me the first time. Unfortunately, I think that we were about a week too early for the leaves, but in spite of the occasional rain shower we continued to make our way through the park.

Also, the water levels were much lower this time around.

Naturally, she was asked (forced) to stand in and be my subject a few times. (just comes with the territory of dating a photographer)

Tamron Fall Rebates.

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Oh to have an extra $1,400 to burn

Originally posted on Peace Camera:

Tamron Lenses are great for capturing images of your little Ghosts and Goblins in their Costumes for All Hallows Eve.  What makes that better is the Rebates on select lenses!

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Dusan Beno – Photographer of the Week

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Dusan Beno is an awesome macro photographer!

Originally posted on Photofocus:

1Never before have I thought that a house fly could be so beautiful or that a spider’s fur had a soft side.  This photographer’s macro photography of everyday bugs has wowed the industry with his unique coloring and face to face perspective of little critters.  What we consider pests, he considers models.  By simply stepping out into his backyard, this artist has utilized mother nature’s creepy crawly creatures as his muse.  And even though his models give me the shivers, I am absolutely in love with these artistic compositions.  Meet the ever-talented and incredibly unique photographer, Dusan Beno.

A student of Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Dusan has been shooting and specializing in macro for over 7 years. With his photos featuring the common types of insects that are literally all around us, Dusan explains his love of the details and his overwhelming sense of being charmed from…

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The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner

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Awesome images!

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Aurora No. 01 (2013) This image illustrates the combustion of alcohol. A flame is stopped in time as it travels through a glass bottle, containing whiskey and oxygen. More starting at 7:39 in Oefner’s talk.

Aurora No. 01 (2013) This image illustrates the combustion of alcohol. A flame is stopped in time as it travels through a glass bottle, containing whiskey and oxygen. More starting at 7:39 in Oefner’s talk.

In today’s TED Talk, Fabian Oefner shares breathtaking images at the nexus of art and science, which beautifully capture unique moments of physical and chemical drama.

[ted_talkteaser id=1834]Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing his two loves, he views both pursuits as inextricably linked by a crucial bond: “The most important quality of science or art is curiosity,” Oefner tells the TED Blog. “That’s what keeps me going and always finding something new.”

On the TED stage, Oefner demonstrates the science at work behind three of his photographs. As he explains…

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