I went to Photoshop World in Las Vegas last week. I go because I get to see friends that I don’t get to visit with much throughout the year… I meet NEW friends, I make connections, get ideas and am generally inspired and re-focused at the end of it all.
And IN the end, it truly is all about the people. These are photographers whose passion for what they do spills out onto the people around them. And that’s a unique thing. We don’t just recognize each other by face and name… we know each other’s heart and soul.
I honestly didn’t take a ton of photos this time. But the ones I DID come home with tell a story that I’ll love to remember 25 years from now. About the smiling, lovely peeps I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues. All of them were taken with an iPhone 5.
Reno to Vegas…
It started out with the journey from Reno to Vegas. It’s not a long trip, but it’s always colorful. Reno International Airport IS the official Burning Man airport… and B.M. had just gotten out. You can always tell the folks coming from Black Rock Desert… because everything they own is covered with the white chalk dust they pick up out there. It’s my personal entertainment to spot them from the roads, walkways and check-in line!
That’s the Reno end of the trip. At Las Vegas, we get to see the cute guy with a pair of shiny new cowboy boots tied to his backpack. I grew up with actual cowboys… I won’t even attempt to repeat what they’d say to this. And they never EVER roll up their boy jean cuffs. DOH! I giggled out loud.
2 things about me.
I love mobile photography – and my iPhone 5 is my friend.
Not only does my iPhone bring my world to me so I don’t have to go chasing all over creation after it (truthfully, any phone will do that.)… it takes photos that STILL kick all the others’ ass. If you have an Android and take umbrage at that last part, I’m sorry. But it’s true.
I’ve tried the MotoX, the Nexus 5, HTC One… and checked out scads of others – new and old – that friends own. Believe me, I’ve tried stretching my wings. But all roads lead back to the iPhone camera. Still!
It IS too small anymore. But with the new BIGGER ones on the way… well, you know where I’m headed. heh.
My Mobile Categories
I think of mobile shots in a few ways, and approach each shot according to each one.
On my iPhone, I can take purty photos on the spot, give them a little KHutt love, post them – and enjoy the fact that they don’t scream ‘MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY!!’. Sometimes its fun to see if people register that it IS a mobile shot! This one was taken over the weekend at ZigZag Creek at the foot of Mt. Hood in Oregon. We were up visiting our friends Brian Matiash and Nicole S. Young. On Sunday, we went out to photograph and also shoot an episode of The Chat with Brian, which we did sitting on a log by this very same creek:
Some time back, my friend Brian Matiash came up to Truckee for a visit… and we went out in search of some fun stuff to shoot. He’s known for his Urbex style photography, but also his gorgeous landscapes. Since we were in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I took him to some of my favorite landscapey spots. He wasn’t entirely impressed… until we happened by John’s Garage.
John lives near the summit of the Donner Pass… and has a garage in which he rebuilds vintage cars. In this case, the doors were wide open and there sat a fabulous 1937 Ford pickup. Brian shrieked “STOP!!”, which I did out of sheer panic from his shrieking – and we whipped a U turn back to this beckoning garage.
We introduced ourselves to John – and asked how he felt about us doing some photographing in his garage. He was such a sweetheart and let us have at it.
For this one, I set up a tripod in the back bed – camera aimed forward through the back window. Fisheye lens. Brian did it first; I poached his shot. hahaha!
I shot this as a multiple exposure HDR image… and applied various post processing, er, processes to get it looking sufficiently vintage with the right kind of tones.
I wish I’d done a couple more exposures stopped WAY down, since the outside got pretty blown out … but it didn’t take away from how cool this truck was!
I guess the moral of the story is: keep your mind and eyeballs open when scouting locations… you might stumbled upon something that makes the day awesome in completely unexpected ways!
It was such a blast getting to do an episode of The Chat with Nicole S. Young! We actually recorded that one awhile back. She was one of my first intrepid friends to step up as I was still working out my format, flow and style for the show. Nicole is fearless – and she proved that by helping me my Chat project off the ground!
Later on in the summer, she and hubby Brian Matiash came up for a weekend with Kodak the Wonder Dog and joined me and my hubs Joe Dolister for some hangin’ and shootin’ fun. One of the places we went was the abandoned train tunnels above Truckee, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. They’re fun and spooky – and are full of the work of graffiti artists who change the wallscape up there on a regular basis. Here, Nicole paused for a pose!
I love photography. I love music. I love them together, separately, it just doesn’t matter.
I love Love and know for sure that in the end, Love is All. So there you have it.
LIL Galleries is my passion project: photographs, music, voice and story (two more things I love), all rolled into one. I see it as a new form of arts gallery, really; presenting artists’ (photographer and musician alike) work in a way that tells a story. Soothes souls. Gives folks a break. Reminds us of our hearts. This particular show is a blend of old and new: it’s about a group of 20 photographers who all met and became friends on the modern day phenomenon that is Google+. Whose story of “Love” is set to a truly old fashioned tune by Bing Crosby, dated 1937. All about… yup. Love.
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