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Bearing Down (A Poem)

Newest poem entitled Bearing Down

The cold iron bearing down
Upon my tightening flesh
Presenting the subtle cracking echo
Of deteriorating ribs

Breath now growing heavy
Heart pounding as a hammer
A feeling unknown
To those who live in bliss

But for us here
And for us now
Each day we know the ache
That only this conveys

Pet Photography

Working with pets in photography can be quite a challenge.

In my opinion, one of the best approaches to take to this type of photography is to look at the subject as almost like working with a small child. Why? Well the obstacles you may face are often the same. Both children and pets move around a lot, have short attention spans and sometimes have difficult times when it comes to taking direction. Here are a few photography tips that might help.

Make sure you have a lot of light

If you have lots of light it will make it easier for you to shoot at a proper exposure level with a reasonable shutter speed. This will help to reduce blur if the pet moves quickly.

Use props

Having toys or something that can visually stimulate a pet or engage one of their other senses may help to keep the animal more focused which will help to make your job easier too.

Shoot fast and often

Because animals move frequently, shooting in burst mode or without attempting to adjust setting between shots will make in more likely that you will end up with some shots you like.

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My dog Cinny.

Adult Treehouses

When we think of treehouses, we probably get ideas of children playing in their yards and having a private place to get away and have fun. However, more and more people are investing time into the art that is creating “adult treehouses.”

These have everything from fully decorated rooms and furniture to professional grade electrical work. Check out some of the photos below for yourself.

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Van Gogh in Science

One of my absolute favorites when it comes to painters in the amazing Vincent van Gogh. So, when I found out about this really cool take off of his famous “Starry Night” as created in a scientific setting, I had to share it. I hope you enjoy.

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I used to rent a space to use as a studio for my model and portrait photography work in Pittsburgh. But after a little while, I noticed I wasn’t using it enough to maintain a regular shooting location for the price I was paying. So, if anyone else is also in need of a shooing space from time to time but nothing more, these ideas might help you with some alternative options for indoor shooting.

Airbnb

These vacation rentals are much like hotels except you have a wider variety of options like using an entire house or apartment. The cost is often reasonable and the variety of locations is wide.

You can check it out at airbnb.com

Hotel rooms

While these are more expensive and have some major drawbacks including a negative reputation for legitimate photo sessions, they are an option that might work at times.

Unrented property

Sometimes commercial store or office space owners may be willing to allow you to use their space for a short period of time so that they are at least making a few bucks off of a vacant location. You might also be able to arrange a trade with them to provide photos for rental ads in exchange for shooting space.

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Bars or clubs

Often during the times when these establishments aren’t operating, the owners or managers may be willing to allow you to use the space for your photography work.

Office rental space

Some groups and companies like Regis rent out spaces for meeting and events. This is a good way to find a safe and professional atmosphere for your shoots.

Extra rooms

If a fried or family member has an unused room at their home you can always ask them if they’d let you use it for your art.

Just a note:

Be sure you are on the same page with the owner of establishment when it comes to the content of your photography work and the images you plan to shoot at the location. This is a major part of being professional and not getting yourself into any legal issues.

New Social Media Sites

Maybe you are looking for more outlets to promote your creative ventures. Or maybe you are just tried of the direction your current social media accounts seem to be going. Whatever the reason, I recently came across two very new social media outlets that you might just find useful.

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Creating Silhouettes

Silhouettes can be some of the most beautiful images a photographer can take. So, what’s the secret behind getting this effect in your photos? It’s all about lighting and position of the subject.

Think backwards

As a general rule, we want the source of light in our images to come from in front of the subject and to be project on them facing toward the camera. With silhouettes, this is actually not the case. For a good silhouette, you need the light source to be coming from behind the subject. This is why many of these images seem to be in front of windows with natural light for example.

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Time of day can matter too

In some case, the time of day you shoot can make a big difference. I find that for outdoor silhouettes, it works best if you are shooting as the sun is going down but still very strong. I suppose this is because it minimizes the light in front of the subject and emphasizes it behind.

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Black and white

In general, silhouettes seem to look better in black and white so I would suggest adjusting your final image to a grayscale setting of some sort.

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