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Cosplay, Is it Taboo?

In a society that shuns differences there lives a culture, a group of people, not afraid to express themselves in a way others may find taboo.  Masking who they are and becoming someone different; their society allows people of all race, shape, size, and backgrounds to join together and just plain have fun!

Cosplay is a culture that has actually been around for much longer than people realize.  Originally practiced and performed in an underground manner, this form of expression has come to light in the past couple decades to be what it is today, a performing art.

Cosplayer dressed as a Scout Trooper

Cosplay has actually been very popular among followers in the United States for decades.  During american Sci-Fi conventions people would dress up as different characters for different reasons.  In fact, this is actually how the term cosplay came about; when a Japanese reporter, Nov Takahashi , attending a 1984 sci-fi convention in LA he was inspired by all the people in costumes and thought of the term “Cosplay”.  However, altho the term cosplay came around in the 80’s, the act that it is today can actually be traced back much further.  A gentlemen by the name Forrest J. Ackerman encouraged fan-costuming when he wore a futuristic costume to the 1st World Science Fiction Convention in New York in 1939.  Since all this tho, cosplay has exploded around the world and can be found in practice in many different countries.

Today I had the opportunity to sit in and listen to a professional Cosplayer well known around the world as she gave a talk on: Better Understanding the Sociology Behind Cosplay.  Yaya Han stood in front of a room of 100+ people in her wonder women outfit and enlightened her audience on several reasons for why people cosplay including many of her own.

Yaya Han as Amber from Sucker Punch

*Why do we cosplay? Well… for everyone it is something different but it would seem that there is a general list of reasons why people enjoy cosplay so much.  Escaping from ones daily life, love of a character, artistic expression, and more were among the top reasons shared to help answer this question.  Yaya even shared with the audience that before she got into cosplay she was a very shy girl.  Now she is standing up in front of crowds and conversing with complete strangers about something she loves and is passionate about.

*Publics perceptions of cosplay subculture: A fetish, deviant lifestyle, waste of resources… these perceptions are how those outside this culture tend to look in on it.  The funny thing I see about this tho is that this seems to be the norm for everyone that doesn’t understand something different than what they are use to.  These perceptions are far from the truth on what cosplay is suppose to mean and be about.

*Different types of cosplayers: From casual to social, super fans to competitions, there are several different types of cosplay one can venture into.  Casual and social cosplayers are those you see at conventions, they enjoy dawning thee outfit they crafted and walk around sharing their work and the culture that is.  The super fans take things to a new level with sticking to one character and better their costume every time getting it closer and closer to what they see as perfection.  Competition cosplayers go even higher and and pour their hear and soul into an outfit so to compete in competitions showing off their imagination and craftsmanship.  Regardless tho of the level one is involved in with cosplay they all have a place in the social realm.

Professional Cosplayer

*Benefits of cosplay:  There are several benefits of participating in cosplay, making new friends, learning new trade skills, expressing ones creativity, improving social skills, and even a chance to travel to new places.  Because cosplay is an entire culture there are other people that share the same passion that you can meet and get to know.  People who are interested in the same character or even heroes and villains can be-friend one another and share ideas.  With the digital age upon us most kids and even young adults are found playing video games or watching movies.  Cosplay actually teaches some people a trade skill that otherwise wouldn’t have been learned. Sewing, armor smithing, and plastic working is just a few of the things people learn when making their own costumes.  Learning about different fabrics and materials and what they can do or how you can manipulate them to work for you can help expand someone imagination.  This expansion of someones imagination helps them express themselves through the art with their costumes.

So, what I hope you get from this is that although to you it might seem strange that someone is dressed up as a fictional character there is truly a lot more there then just what you see.  Cosplayers are artists just like painters, musicians, sculptors, etc… they just happen to use fabric and their bodies instead of a brush and paper.  Art is an expression of ones self and I would say after learning what I leaned, cosplay has a place here and will be around for many years.  So, the next time you see someone dressed up comment them on their outfit and let them know that the hard work they put in paid off.  Cosplay is no Taboo but is a culture of individuals expressing themselves in an artistic way.

*The following topics were from slides written by Yaya Han for her discussion on Understanding the Sociology Behind Cosplay.  If you have specific questions or would like more information on cosplay Yaya Han is happy to answer anything you may want to know.  You can find her on Facebook, twitter, and deviant art or email her at yay a@yayahan.com.

I want to personally thank Yaya Han for allowing me the rights to post up the topics covered in her talk so that I can share what I have learned in hopes of bringing light and understanding to a culture of people that are not different than anyone else.


Houston Dynamo Win! 1:0 over DC United

Today at 4pm CST (16:00 hrs) the whistle was blown and the game started.  Houston Dynamo played host to D.C. United for their first home game of the season.  The road to this point has been one of wins, ties, and losses all played on the road away from their beloved fans.  What was so special about today then…

Houston Dynamo Stadium

It was the season opener for the Dynamo’s new very own stadium.  A place the Dynamo can call home and make a firm true footprint in the Houston sports community.  Winning the MLS Cup in their first two season in Houston and making it to the MLS Cup finals last season shows that the Dynamo have the skill and ability to win.  Houston sport fans are some of the loudest, and toughest supporters of their teams.  They will truly let the teams know when they are happy and not.  Today however, was nothing but excitement.

The first half of the match was dominated by Union controlling the ball and pushing the defensive back four of the Dynamo hard.  It wasn’t till the 2nd half tho that the table turned and Dynamo’s own Brad Davis delivered a beautiful ball ending up in the back of the net.  This loan goal wound up being the winning goal of the match giving the Dynamo a 1:0 victory over D.C. Union.

Dynamo #11 Brad Davis celebrates after what became the game winning goal in the 2nd half.

The next home game will be this Tuesday, May 15th as the Dynamo host Portland Timbers. Come out and show your support and Dynamo spirit.

For the full collection of images from this exciting match please CLICK HERE


Magnolia Miles: BP MS150 training ride

This past Saturday (Irish Day) was the B-geO Magnolia Miles Bike Ride.  This ride is one of many around the greater Houston area that are to get riders ready for the upcoming BP MS150 bike ride that goes form Houston, TX to Austin, TX to raise money for MS (Multiple Sclerosis).  Below are a few images from the ride that I thought I would share. To see the full collection you can click here. Enjoy


Texas pride: Flower

So, wasn’t really sure what to put as the title for this post that might have been catchy and entertaining so we just have this.  Today after I got off work I ventured to a spot I found jogging with some blooming bluebonnets (Texas state flower) and took a few snaps.  The rains this year in southeast Texas have been good to us in terms of wild flowers.  I am hoping that this will be a much better year than last year.  Time will tell so until then I will capture what I can. Enjoy.

Pollination II

Texas Bluebonnet

Picking Flowers


The Moon at 600mm

Have you ever just laid down at night looking up at the sky wondering what it would be like to step foot on the moon?  When you first got your camera did you run outside at night and try to capture the moon or stars?  I know that I have and still to both quite often actually.  Astrophotography is probably one of the most challenging (in my opinion) and yet rewarding styles of photography there is.  Don’t get me wrong, wildlife, sports, macro, and all others have their challenges but where I live it’s hard to find a night sky that isn’t polluted with city lights. Luckily when it comes to the moon city lights don’t play as big of a hinderance as they do with starts.

So what do you have to know to take a picture of the moon.  If you run out with your camera set to auto, point it at the moon and focus on it then shoot your image will probably be a solid white circle. Why is this?  Well what you have to realize is that the moon, altho not giving off light directly, is being light up by the sun.  The human eye accounts for this and adjusts and this is why we can see features of the moon from out eyes, so we need to make these same adjustments in the camera. For me, I find that shooting at F/8 gives the best resolution. Also, cool clear night (especially ones after a rain) are great as the atmospheric pollution is lower.  ISO will depend on if you have a tripod or are trying to handhold the shot.  For the image below I had my ISO set at 1000 this allowed me to get a decently quick shutter speed to help with vibrations on the longer lens even supported on the tripod (wind was the reason for the vibrations).  My shutter speed was set to 1/400th of a second. Something to keep in mind is that if you are hand holding the camera ideally you want a shutter speed to be 3times the focal length.  So that means shooting a 600mm lens I would want a shutter speed of 1/1800th sec or faster to prevent shaky images.  Glass with an image stabilizer helps with this but it’s still good to have as high a shutter speed as you can within reason.  So what did my image come out like… well… like this…

Moon | 600mm f/8 ISO1000 1/400th

Now, go out and give it a try! go shoot the moon and see what kind of results you can get.  Don’t worry about the histogram in this since, it will tell you that your image is badly underexposed when in fact it might not be.  You can also add gels to the end of your glass or edit it in post to change the color of the moon.  Also observe the moon at different hours of the day, look at it when it’s out during daylight, or moon rise, or moon set. Look at it after a rain or during the summer when the atmosphere is full of smoke of other areas burning things.  Now go out and see the moon up close.


Down at the Bend

Brazos Bend State Park also known as the Bend to many local Houston wildlife enthusiasts  is a great place for those interested in bird watching within a reasonable distance from our concrete jungle.  It is also a great excuse to bust out your long glass and see what is hidden in the trees. Yesterday, I had took the opportunity to relax with my camera down at the bend and was rewarded with some great images.  Many local photography clubs frequent the bend during different times of the year depending on the bird activity. Yesterday was probably one of the lowest days of activity I saw around 40 acer lake, but nun the less it was still a good day. Below are just a few of the shots I was able to get including my very first Woodpecker. Enjoy.

Blue Heron | Brazos Bend State Park

White Egret | Brazos Bend State Park

In flight White Ibis | Brazos Bend State Park

For full gallery please visit my collection at my gallery website.


Macro time!

Well… for those of you like me who live in the south I think we can finally say that Winter has poked her head through the clouds and blessed us with beautiful northern air.  Here in Southeast Texas we are enjoying beautiful chilly nights with wonderful clear sky’s and chilly weather.  There is a plus to all this cold tho, and that is it’s the best time for Macro Photography!

Macro Photography is a style of photography that requires patients and a good eye for little crawly dudes.  Macro photography can be done with any lens that has a macro setting but a dedicated macro lens is usually better as if allows a closer focusing range and also most are over 100mm in focal range.  Personally I own the Canon EOS 100mm f/2.8L IS USM and find it to be razor sharp and the IS gives me at least 2-3 stops of image stabilization.  I would recommend anything in the 100mm+ range for a macro lens as it lets you stay far enough away from the subject but still let you get close in and fill the frame even on a full frame camera.  But what does this all have to do with being cold, being a good thing?

Well the reason it’s great to do macro photography when it’s cold is b/c bugs and other little crawly things don’t move very well in the cold.  What does this mean for photographers, well… it means that you have a little more time to compose your shot, and also you don’t have to worry as much about the bug fleeing from the image before you can snap the shot.

Pollination | EF 100mm f/2.8L @ ISO500, f/8, 1/200sec | by:Chris Beveridge Photography

So, strap on your jacks and gloves, grab your camera, find a lens that will work (any lens will work really), and get out there and find those little creepy crawlers and see how photogenic they are.


Dynamo Win game 2!!

Tonight, the Houston Dynamo have once again stopped Philidelphia Union from advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship with a 1:0 win at Robertson stadium.  Houston Dynamo Captain #25 Brian Ching scored the only goal of the night in the 48th min in stoppage time.  The goal was assisted by none other than Houston Dynamo Midfielder #11 Brad Davis.  Brad Davis is the MLS leader for assists to goals beating out LA Galaxies Midfielder #23 David Beckham.

Houston Dynamo starting 11 against Philadelphia Union

The Houston Dynamo go on now to play Sporting K.C. this Sunday, 6 November 2011 @ K.C. for the Eastern Conference Championship.  A win against K.C will send the Dynamo to LA to face the winners of the Western Conference Champions in the MLS cup final match.

Tonight the Dynamo one again showed the US that they belong with the leading teams and that they still have more to prove like their first 2 years in Houston.  Dream, Scream, Believe!! Be Orange.


Dynamo WIN game 1!!!

Yesterday, the Houston Dynamo played Philidelphia Union in game one of two for the first round of playoff games.  The Dynamo came out on top 2:1 with some great shots and even better saves by Dynamos’ #1 Tally Hall.  Union was able to sneak one luck deflection past the Dynamo keeper but it did not get the Dynamo spirits down.  The second half of the game was less than desirable for the Dynamo with Union getting the form and really pressing the Dynamo defense.  Corey Ashe came up with some amazing saves and clearings throughout the entirety of the second half.

The Dynamo hosted a view party at Baker St. Pub off W. Gray in Houston for the fans to come out and enjoy the game together.  There were raffles and other door prizes being handed out along with an appearance of Dynamo Diesel and the Dynamo Girls.  It was a great turn out with not an empty seat in the bar and a great showing of the game.

Houston Dynamo fans celebrating a Dynamo goal at the viewing party hosted at Baker St. Pub off W. Gray

Join us Thursday night at 7:30pm at Robertson Stadium for game two against Philadelphia Union.  The Dynamo must maintain a goal lead in order to move on to the next round of games.  For those interested the MLS cup will be played in LA on 20 November 2011.


Houston Dynamo in the Playoffs!!!

Last Sunday, 23 October 2011 the Houston Dynamo hosted the LA Galaxies here at Robertson Stadium.  Filled with the fire of wanting to solidify a playoff spot the Dynamo came out on top 3:1 with what was probably one of the best performances this season.  With goals from Adam Moffat, Bobby Boswell, and Carlo Costly they Dynamo held off the # 1 MLS team with only conceding one goal to the Galaxies.

Houston Dynamo Forward #29 Carlo Costly celebrates after his goal in the 74th minute of the game takeing the Dynamo up 3:0

With this grand victory the Dynamo will be playing Philadelphia Union this Sunday @ Union and next Thursday, 3 November 2011 here in Houston at Robertson Stadium.  Victory here will move the Dynamo one more step closer to the MLS cup a vision long sought after since their last MLS Championship win in 2007.


Stepping into a new world

This past week on Tuesday evening I ventured into town for what I thought was gonna be a same ole same ole type of digital media workshop.  To my surprise however, I probably learned more and got new/ better ideas than I ever thought I would.  I attended the Get In Motion Tour hosted by Jeff Medford and Ross Hockrow here in Houston, TX.

I’ve attended other workshops and also watched many different training videos for the digital arts but have to say this was by far one of the most enjoyable and beneficial events I have been to.  Jeff and Ross take the world of Filmography (hollywood style shooting of video) and apply it to the new developing world of HDSLR shooting.  They pointed out the difference in camcording (a term they use) and actually shooting video for a client that has meaning and a story behind it.  They use real life examples of footage they have produced for clients showing both what was good and where they should have done better.  Both gentlemen are very helpful if you have questions and show a passion for this industry and want to pass on their knowledge for others to be successful.

For anyone interested in getting into the world of digital video recording using your DSLR camera I would highly recommend attending their class or purchasing their event DVD (DVD to be released later this year).  They were also involved with the shooting of How to Photoshop Everyone and will be releasing later this year the How-To dvd for that production showing their method of shooting and much of the gear they used.

 
I am not affiliated with them or their sponsors, but I do feel that the way they introduce the 
information and the style they are shooting is the next level of HDSLR footage that is going 
to continue to move this industry in to better things.

Wildlife outside Houston

So this past weekend (Sunday) a friend of mine and her visiting cousin took a trip to Brazos Bend State Park.  The park is located off FM 762 about 30 min south of Sugar Land or an hour south of Cypress (where I hold up).  So we took off early about 6am as to get there when the park opened at 7am and to try and beat some of the heat (ya didn’t happen there).  This park is a great place to visit to take pictures of birds and alligators,  however, I strongly believe that the activity this late in the summer is lacking compared to the spring migration time (March/ April).  There was still some birds on the water to photograph and I have included a few examples below but overall it was a lacking day.

So, if you wanna photograph birds and are in the Houston area, Brazos Bend State Park is a great place to start.  The best times are when the park first opens (or before if you have a pass and on the early guest list) or about an hour or so before sunset.  These seem the best times and when birds are most active.  If you are into macro and like taking pictures of the little crawlers, there are great fields to wade through.  Bugs seem to be best to photograph in the morning or on cool days as they don’t move as quick.

So go check it out and be sure to bring your camera.  It’s a great place to go to get out of the city and easily a day or 1/2 day or even less of a trip from Houston.

You can find my full collection of Brazos Bend State Park photos on my site or by clicking HERE. You can also order unmarked prints if interested through my site as well.  Enjoy cheers.


Photography in the 3rd Dimension

This was shared to me by another photographer and thought I would post it here as well.  This photographer takes pictures not on a flat 2D piece of paper but on 3 dimensional objects.  After applying liquid light he uses a special pinhole camera to expose the surface of the object.  This just shows that the world of photography is limitless and that the imagination is a key driving force to the next step.  Enjoy.


Review: Tenba Large Messenger Bag

The Tenba Messenger Large Photo & Laptop Bag is a great medium to large sized messenger style shoulder bag. At first look it doesn’t look like a camera bag which is a MAJOR plus because you are not walking around with a bag that says “look at me I have thousands in expensive camera gear on me”! I will say that when it comes to a camera bag I am very picky on the feel, look, size, and protection it offers. This Tenba Messenger camera bag is just that; large enough for several lenses, a body or two, and needed accessories. It is by far my favorite!

I bought this camera bag in late 2009 and it has been my one and only every day camera bag of choice since. I have never owned a backpack style bag personally because I never enjoyed how bulky they look and are. Also on a trip to Taiwan with a professor the TSA officer asked my professor (who had a lowepro backpack on) what type of camera system he shot. However, as I walked through the detectors they had no clue that the bag entering the x-ray machine was a camera/ laptop bag. At that moment I knew not only did I have a great bag but I had one that does not look like a camera bag.

Features:

  • Removable photo insert provides padded storage for a SLR body with two or three lenses and a flash.
  • Bottom reinforced with rubberized, moisture and abrasion-resistant panel.
  • Thickly padded, contoured shoulder strap and hand grip for all-day carrying comfort.
  • Dual Duraflex® flap clips provide security, while large Velcro® patches allow for quick ins-and-outs.
  • 3M Scotchlite™ reflective trim on front flap for nighttime visibility.
  • Optional laser-engravable version can be customized with name, logo or other personal identification.

Specifications:

Interior Dimensions

  • Width: 17 inches
  • Height: 12 inches
  • Depth: 5-8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

  • Width: 17.5 inches
  • Height: 12.5 inches
  • Depth: 5.5-8.5 inches
  • Weight: 3 lbs

Laptop Compartment Dimensions

  • Width: 16.5 inches
  • Height: 11.5 inches
  • Depth: 1.5-2 inches
  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • Fits most laptops up to 17-inches

Also Includes

  • 638-251 Messenger Removable Photo Insert

Summary:

First off I must say that this bag is VERY well made and I have been impressed with its ability to stay together under all I have put it through. This included traveling to Asia, around the US, and even being hit by a car on a bicycle (yes I had this bag on me and was hit by a car running a red light and the only damage was a small screen crack on my laptop). As I mentioned earlier I knew I didn’t want a backpack since they are large and bulky and many scream CAMERA. Don’t get me wrong, backpacks are great but for what I was looking for; quick gear access and a bag that looks nothing like a camera bag, this messenger bag works much better. Another major fact to me wanting a shoulder bag is that when I travel, I travel with a hiking backpack which contains all of my change of clothes for the trip and this shoulder bag carrying my gear. That’s it. Both bags are carryon and there’s no need for me to check in any luggage. This helps me save money and headaches by not having to lug suitcases around on subways, buses, trains and planes.

I haven’t done a whole lot of traveling since my big trip to Taiwan but I have taken this bag out on 2 survey boats and it has held up greatly. Both surveys were in the Gulf and lasted for a min of two weeks and this bag allowed me to take everything I needed/ wanted with out fear of damage to my gear. And as states before, no one ever thought I had a camera until they saw me with it on deck. Fully loaded this bag still fit under the seat on the airplane allowing my backpack to fit in the overhead container.

Function:

In regards to capacity, this little bag sure can hold a lot of gear. For a typical trip I usually pack the following:

  • Canon 5d MKII (No Grip)
  • Canon 24-105 f4L (Hood Reversed)
  • Canon 70-200 f2.8IIL (Hood Reversed)
  • Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4 (Hood Detached)
  • Canon 15 f2.8 Fisheye
  • Canon EF 1.4x teleconverter
  • Canon 430 EX II flash
  • 6 CF Cards
  • 2 Spare Canon LP-6 Batteries
  • Benro Tripod (Attached to Bottom via bungees)

If I wanna travel a little lighter for the day I’ll leave the teleconverter and 17-35mm at home or in the hotel. Then I walk around with a smaller rig which can make the long 10-12 mile photowalks a bit more bearable.

This bag has 2 main ways of accessing your gear. You can unbuckle the two buckles as seen and then pull up on the flap that is help in place by Velcro but this is can cumbersome and loud depending on your location. However, there is a second method to accessing your gear. If you look below you can see that above the two zipper pockets there is a long (bag length) zipper sticking out. This zipper actually opens up to the main compartment allowing you access to all your gear quickly and quietly. I find that in an urban environment this works great b/c you can pull your camera out, get the show you want, and then put the camera away quickly and smoothly without drawing attention to yourself. This is much better than a backpack that you would have to take off, put on the ground or bench, unzip (exposing most of its contents), and then putting the camera away. This also allows for quicker lens changing so that you don’t miss that great shot. It is truly awesome! =)

Available Colors:

Tenba offers a wide range of colors for this bag that would fit anyone’s pallet. At the time I bought my bag I originally wanted the Green bag but it was sold out everywhere and I was impatient to order it online. So I found a brown one at Camer Co-Op here in Houston and got that one. Not my first color of choice but now its as much apart of me that I can’t imagine having a different colored bag. This bag and I have been through so much! Rain, Snow, Heat, hit by car, and BEER!



The Verdict:

I LOVE THIS BAG AND IT IS AMAZING. Not much else is really needed to be explain that this has been by far one of my most favorite camera bags I have ever owned. It’s not too small and it’s not too big. It’s just the right size for the camera setup I use. I honestly don’t think I could step down to a smaller Tenba messenger or up to a bigger bag. It’s just great in every aspect and suites me very well in my shooting and travel style.

If you like to travel light and have easy, quick access to your gear then this bag is definitely a great option for you. You will not regret it.

Where To Buy:

Find the lowest price on this item in the Pixtus Amazon Store located here:

Tenba Large Messenger: Black

Tenba Large Messenger: Navy Blue

Tenba Large Messenger: Plum

Tenba Large Messenger: Olive

Tenba Large Messenger: Burnt Orange

Tenba Large Messenger: Platinum

Tenba Large Messenger: Chocolate


Canon leading the movie way

Here it is again.  Canon EOS Digital SLR bodies being used to shoot movies and trailers.  From the first big hit of using a Canon EOS 5D mark II in the shooting of the Season Finally of the Fox hit House M.D. the famous 5D2 and 1D4 are being used again in this Lucasfilm trailer.  The upcoming file by George Lucas called “Red Tails” will be utilizing these bodies in the production and shooting of this movie with an early 2012 release.

Red Tails??

The Red Tails were a group of the first African American pilots in WWII that fought for the UNITED STATES of America.  They did not receive the name Red Tails until 1944 when they painted the tails of their P-47’s red.  This group of aviators is known as the Tuskegee Airmen.  More can be found on them here.

More information and some behind the scene footage can be found by Philip Bloom.

This truly shows that the world of DSLR is changing and growing in a way that no one ever saw coming, and that Canon is on the forefront of it and leading the way.

PS: forgot to mention “Captain American: The First Avenger”  action scenes were also captured on Canon EOS DSLR’s


Great Price on Lightroom 3

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

Right now B&H Photo Video  is offering $100.00USD off (instant rebate) on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 until August 20th 2011.  This is an awesome program for processing and organizing your images.

I moved from using Adobe Bridge as my first step processor in post work until I discovered the new and very much improved Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.  From importing to making adjustments to your images, Lightroom has a lot of settings to use to help hasten your workflow.

You can find the discount HERE . Enjoy.


Get’n Muddy

Wasn’t a photography trip but as always took the camera along with me and a buddy and I took some pics.  Took the Jeep off-road’n today at a nice place just north of Houston. Was a great trip to finally get the Jeep back out on the trails and have some fun playing in the mud.  I’ve attached below just a few pictures from the trip.  Not many were taken as the trip was cut short when I broke one of my fuel lines.  Got the Jeep home okay after towing it with two tow straps and a family members truck.  Time to fix her up stronger and get back out there.  I mounted up a tripod inside my cab and shot some video from the 5D2 and will be processing that in the upcoming week.  Not really accustom to post editing video so it’ll be fun learning and tackling this.   Enjoy.

Mighty Duo (Photo by: Chris Beveridge)

Posing (Photo by: Chris Beveridge)

Life Line (Photo by: Daron Cole)

 

 


creativeLIVE Workshops

For those that don’t know creativeLIVE hosts workshops via web broadcast from their Seattle stupid on all different types of digital media topics.  The workshops are free to view life via their webcast through their website creativeLIVE.com.  I personally have found many of their workshops to be very educational and helpful in different aspects of the digital arts.  Just earlier this month they had the Director of Photography for the FOX hit House M.D. on to talk about and teach how they have been using the Canon 5D Mark II to shoot the show.  For me it opened my eyes and mind to an area I had no knowledge about before and now know many of the basics to produce simple clips.  Even if you miss the workshop they allow you to purchase them for a very reasonable price ($50-100 usually).  A great price in my opinion for the detail and information you get.

What sparked this post is that upcoming in September (20th – 23rd) Lesa Snider will be doing a 4 day Adobe CS5 workshop.  This is a great opportunity for those that don’t know a lot about the ins and outs of this program or those that do and just wanna learn more.

Just so everyone knows I do not represent, work for, speak for, gain benefits from, or am affiliated with in any way, creativeLIVE.  I am just passing on a great site that I feel can teach a lot of useful information for a great price (FREE).


In action

As a photographer we always find ourselves behind the viewfinder and never really in front of the lens.  One of the hardest things for a photographer (at least in my case) is to take or even accept a picture of ourselves being taken.  This leads to some interesting things.

We have loads of photographs of other people from all over the world or where ever we have been.  Thousands upon thousands of files that have nothing to due with the person take the photo.  There’s why it’s always fun to stand back and take a photo of a photographer working, trying to capture that moment and freeze it in time.  When out and about photographers can be seen doing all kinds of crazy things just trying and looking for that perfect spot to capture the beauty of the world around them.

A while ago (couple months) I went out to the Bolivar Flats with another photographer to shoot the birds along the coast line.  Little did I know that wail crawling along the ground trying to sneak up on some birds to photographer I was actually the subject of a photograph.  I always do enjoy these as you really get a since in what a photographer will really do just to get that one image.  I know I have done some crazy things.

Photographer in Action (Photo by: Andrew (Cerbera LM @ TPF))


Houston Dynamo Girls

2011 Houston Dynamo Girls

So last night I got the privilege to cover for one of the photographers for the Dynamo Girls.  I must say, it really made a difference talking and meeting with many of them.  A lot of people believe outside that the dancers for professional sports teams are just stuck up beauties. However, this is as far from the truth when it comes to these wonderful ladies.  Not only are they accepting to outsiders they show loads of support for their team and the fans.  They have the upmost respect for other and are not even full time dancers.  Many of them have jobs outside of the Dynamo world and some even finishing up school to be successful personal in the world.

All I have to say is it was a pleasure to shoot for these ladies and meet some of them.  For all the fans that are shy to go up and say hi to them don’t be.  They seem to enjoy interacting with the fans knowing that the support of the Dynamos we all have in common.

Find all my images from this exciting game at my gallery by clicking HERE


Hello World

For the first post on a blog site I figured I would start with something about myself.  I moved back to Houston last year after completing my degree in Geology.  Over the past few months my passion for photography has really grown and I have had the opportunity to shoot with some of the best sports photographers known at the Houston Dynamo games along the pitch.  These opportunities have become a great experience and I find them very enjoyable and educational to be able to learn from some of the best out there.

I will be posting up clips of my work and the adventures they illustrate here.   As a career geologist photography is not my profession but a passionate hobby and I look forward to sharing both my geological and photographic adventures.

For those wondering, my main area of interest is sports, wildlife, and landscape photography.  Capturing that moment and freezing it is just a great thing.

My first main update will come later tonight when I update with pictures on my gallery (Here) from last nights MLS Houston Dynamo vs. EPL Bolton Wanderers game.  Was a great experience to see these two teams face off in an international friendly.


Photographers Chess

Image by: LensRentals.com

Although the job is something different and I am sure has some really slow and boring times (like having to clean filters) it’s the times like this that make it all that much more enjoyable.  The gents at LensRentals.com though about playing a game and figured the best game would be Chess.  So like all great photographers, the battle between Nikon and Canon took off.

For those wondering, Canon won!

Find the full blog HERE