Busy Month, Record Broken, and Some Experimenting

May 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

As I look back to the last month, I can't believe how much has been stuffed into 28 short days (so far). The month started with a jam-packed week at work, followed by the first ever road trip with the photo booth for a Cinco de Mayo party in Toledo. If you missed that blog post, it was a big opportunity to learn about what not to forget when I'm packing in the booth. We did set a record for number of people on-camera in the booth at one time, however. We set the number at 10 1/2 at the Launch Party, and those crazy faux-Mexican-Nationals on the 5th crammed 11 people in! Not a shabby way to end the night.

What was that Spiderman line about responsibility again? It has reared its head to me this past month at the "day job," with an employee suddenly quitting for personal reasons. Well, being the manager means picking up the slack, and that has meant around 50 hours a week for much of this month, leaving me not only tired, but with much less time or desire to get out and shoot much for myself. This has led to a list of self-motivated projects I want to complete the second half of this year. It ranges from relatively easy stuff, like some simple flower closeup shots on a pure-white background, to fun stuff I want to try and come up with, like taking the father-in-law's 1994 Dodge Viper for a photo shoot, to something totally unexpected for me, like portraits of local store owners to promote both their businesses, and my own. (I have kind of aped that idea from David Hobby over at Strobist.com after reading this post about the start of the same type of project.) I have a bunch of ideas written down - hopefully with more to be added - fully intending that not everything will get marked off the list this year. I'll be working as hard as I can to start getting them marked off, however.

A bokeh panorama, also known as the Brenizer Method after the photographer that popularized the technique. It hasn't been a photography wasteland this month, however. I not only got to try out my first star trail image in the Hocking Hills, I went out to get started on that list I mentioned above. I took my car down to the Columbus Airport, intending on using a deserted hangar by the Aircraft Observation Area at the East side of the South Runway (off Hamilton Road). I have used that location before, and I thought the hangar would look awesome behind my new ride. However, unbeknownst to me before Saturday night, not only has that hangar been torn down to facilitate a new runway construction, the observation area is no more as well. Crud. I did get the shot just to the right, which is done using a new (to me) technique I've been wanting to practice. However, shortly after that, I found out I forgot a few things (that rant can be it's own blog post...), and an Airport Police K-9 unit came by to recommend that we not shoot so close to the perimeter fence. Such is life. Now to search out new automotive photo shoot locations. If you've got an idea, throw it out there, because I'm not finding it easy to find one!

There are a bunch of things to look forward to in June, though. The weekend of the 8th I get to travel to Connecticut to shoot a wedding. It's going to be my 3rd "away" wedding in just over a year; I think I like being able to bill myself as a "Destination" wedding photog. Not only does it have a nice ring to it, but maybe some of those destinations will be of the tropical variety. In the middle of a gray Ohio Winter day. I'm also getting a book to try and tech myself about food photography. Along with that, I'm likely going to need to teach myself about cooking some of that good looking food!

I can't get to next month without getting to tomorrow, when I celebrate my true 1-year anniversary with my wife. It's not going to be as romantic as I would have hoped a year ago, what with life getting to be so busy. It looks like it's going to be a standard work day, with Chinese carry-out for dinner. It will be amazing!


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