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Woah, what's up!

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It's been a while so I thought I'd post some recent shots. These are taken within the last 6 months combining some local metro park pictures along with deep space object images from the Hubble. I think I've upped my game a bit. The biggest challenge has been learning new blending techniques coupled with selection methods. Selecting around trees is a real challenge, like with the second and fourth images. The first was a blend into the actual sky that was simply stylized a bit for color, but it was pretty close to what's shown (it was a beautiful morning). The third was a deletion of the sky while leaving a slightly translucent area around the clouds to make it appear as though the galaxy was behind them and not make it look unrealistic (aside from it being very unrealistic...).

Return!

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Where has the time gone? So, a couple months off with a focus on staying sane and job searching and I have a LOT of content to update! I've had a few paying photography gigs. I've acquired some new gear and, of course, I have several photos to share. I'll get this all tossed in here soon, likely starting with the new gear - a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II USM and a Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 G2. Both are upgrades (oddly enough, the Tamron's replacing a Canon and the Canon's replacing a Tamron).  The paying gigs are small potatoes, but when you have not had potatoes before, size doesn't matter! They've been super fun and great learning experiences. 

A Very Prestigious Award!

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I've been kind of away from projects or anything lately, so I don't have anything new or interesting to add - just wanted to share that I'm still here! Life's been hectic in that I'll be looking for a new job later this year (womp womp) and Abbey (the wifey) and I are working on our house. Like, really working. Prepping for a refi and 4 - 5 major projects (redoing floors, new porch roof, landscaping, new doors, redone kitchen ceiling). Whew. We're doing as much of the heavy work as we can to save $$, and a 108 year old house will provide several unwelcome surprises. But this is a photography blog. What updates do I have for that? Well, I can now count myself as an award winning photographer! First place at the Ohio State Fair!! What's the winning picture? Well, it's that landscape of Columbus I grabbed from the abandoned highway overpass. I do love the lines and position of LeVeque Tower Pretty cool. I had to drop it in the "other"

Two Years

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So, in just two years, I feel like I've only dipped my toe in the waters of photography. The goals are always to get better, expand what I know and can do, and get more comfortable. So, just to keep myself honest - I've contacted some models on a local model/photog facebook page and plan on setting something up soon, and submitted some photographs to the photography contest at the Ohio State Fair. I just got back today that after some several hundred applicants, I had one of mine chosen for an award! Chosen photo This is a pretty popular place for photographers to grab a quick unique look at our city. Pretty sure no one's supposed to be on the abandoned overpass, but, eh. It's my tax dollars being withheld from turning it into a cool greenscape so I'll cross the orange fence boundary if I want. That's about it for this short post. Oh wait, or is it?! Just after my last post on 7/1, I was inspired to check out the wetland area near me again. I checked

The Great Outdoors In My Urban Backyard

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Since I started chronicling my photography recently, I have a whole back-log I can talk about. I thought it a good time to bring up how awesome Columbus is in regards to the Metro Park system . If you ventured to that link, you'll realize that Columbus/Franklin County owns metroparks.net. You can see it's serious business. I'd lived in town or the 'burbs a handful of years before even setting foot in one. It was after having my Canon t6i about half a year (January, 2017) that a friend asked if I wanted to check out one of our local parks ( Blacklick Woods ) and I realized I had a whole new world to explore in and around the city. I was captivated even by the moss Still rocking the kit lens with no idea how to control settings Really, a great park Not great photos, by any means, but it was inspiring in my early learnings to find out that these places existed, and nearly all of them within a 30 minute drive. The next year was spent really honing my eye fo