Lightroom 6 CC’s Amazing Panoramic Function at Papago Park

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When we get a great cloudy day in Phoenix, I usually forgo whatever plans I had for the day to go hiking in Papago park on the Phoenix/ Tempe/ Scottsdale border.  It’s gorgeous red rocks with small caves that don’t look quite like any other local place.  I put this together Lightroom 6 CC’s photo merge function, one of the few things I had still used Photoshop for in my workflow.

Chipmunk at the AZ Botanical Gardens

DSCF5968I don’t shoot a lot of plants so I typically avoid places like the AZ Desert Botanical Gardens, but my sister wanted me to teach her how to use her new camera, so we went out for a morning of shooting and encountered this fella.  Chipmunks and squirrels are so omnipresent that I usually don’t even try to photograph them, but this guy was in a thin tree and wavering around just to get at some tasty treat on the most precarious of perches.  Shot with a 55-200mm Fuji lens on the X-T1.

 

New Image Transfers on Etsy

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The newest skill I’ve picked up is the alcohol inkjet transfer technique, which uses Staples decals and rubbing alcohol and not much else.  It seemed like a really effective technique for presenting nude imagery since it has a painterly feel on watercolor, basically dissolving the ink off the decal.alcoholtransfers

These images are currently up for sale as small 5×7 originals on my Etsy site.  alcoholtransfers 2 alcoholtransfers 6

The Newest Member of Team Photoworks: Yoshi

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So this is Yoshi, our new miniature Australian shepherd puppy.

Shortly after my wife and I married, we got an Australian shepherd puppy home we named Mulder.  This was back in 2002.  Mulder was a wonderful dog who lived a happy life and got mysteriously ill for 3 days and died around 2011 or 12.

When we got our house in Chandler, Arizona in 2003, we adopted an Australian Cattledog whom we named Worf.  Worf is still around today.  After Mulder died, Worf was pretty unhealthy (overweight, rotten teeth, going blind) and we thought he didn’t have long for the world, and we’d wait until he passed on to get a new dog.

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Actually, once Worf ditched the rotten teeth and slimmed down on a canned food diet and increased walkings, he’s pretty healthy and didn’t seem like he was on any death watch any more.  But our kids really wanted a dog to raise, that would play with them, and at “81 in dog years” Worf pretty much has 0 interactions with anyone else in the house besides me.

Anyways, Yoshi joined the family on May 3rd and he brings a wonderful brightness into our lives.  Maggie is even forgoing her Minecraft obsession to dote over this guy.

The Film School Playlist

I went to photography school, still owe $20,000 in student loans, so as I’ve grown in my use of video I’ve decided to forgo formal education and learn through youtube.  This playlist is my “film school”, covering tech stuff like frame rates, creative software tutorials like After Effects, and advice on marketing, budgeting, working well with others.  It’s an ongoing list of great resources that I invite any burgeoning filmmakers to like, share or subscribe to.

Worm Face and How It Got Made

I recently had to re-do a piece from my Scream Queens series and took the opportunity to film it for your viewing pleasure!

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