Rock Stills

Ever since I was young I liked rocks especially fossil rocks which I would find a lot and had a big collection of small fossil rocks. The kind of rocks you would find in a gravel pit nothing big like museums just the penny and quarter sizes. Or when I found a cool rock because of the color, texture, shape it was always fun to collect. Also when I was younger like many young boys we like destroying things, so I would find a big rock in my yard and find small rocks and throw the small ones at the big one. Hoping that the smaller rock would break open and something cool would be inside. Also when I was younger those rocks you break open and theres crystals inside or the mini rock collection sets. So with my still life series expanding I thought shooting my collection of cool and intresting rocks may be fun to add and the still life series will always be growing with new things added. 

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I am still playing with these photographs

For Photographers #1

The photography industry has helped me a lot in more ways then one and not just photography. The people I have met and talked to and cant forget the people who have helped me. I do like helping people in many ways like volunteering/donating in what ever way is necessary and that I can do at that time. I have helped and given advice to other photographers who are starting out or who just want some tips. ( I may update the lists) (all the names are links)

Learning and News Fstoppers - Petapixel - Phoblographer - SLRlounge - CreativeLive - Lynda - Udemy - Skillshare - Kelbyone - PopularPhotography - Suebryce - Snapsociety - Thegreatcourses - improvephotography

Portfolio Squarespace- 22slides - Format - 500px - zenfoliophotofolio - Showit - photoshelter

 Inspiration featureshoot - fstopmagazine - aintbad - oftheafternoon - lensculture - ignantoutdoorphotographer - thisiscolossal - itsnicethat - mymodernmet - creativeboom - life-framer - 1x - yourshot - Fstoppers - 500px - phasesmag - thingsorganizedneatly - icp - opendoors - agreenbeauty -urbanpicnic - aperture - minimalzine - phroommagazine 

Youtube Channels Advancing Your Photography - Behind the Shutter - COOPH - Jared Polin Jason LanierJeff Rojas - John Free B and H Matt Granger - Mike Browne  - Six Figure Photography - The Art of Photography  - Thomas Heaton - Tony & Chelsea Northrup First Man Photography - Mark Wallace - Manny Ortiz - Eric Rossi - Eric Kim Photography - Fstoppers  - Gavin Hoey - TheSnapChick - Photos In Color  - SLR Lounge - Sean Tucker - Miguel Quiles

Helpful Books I have Read  Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs - Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places - Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People - Getting Your Shot: Stunning Photos, How-to Tips, and Endless Inspiration From the Pros - How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures From Your Digital Camera

Bird Print

I know its kind of hard to see but a bird left his mark on the window and did not fall, must have flew away. But the wing span and body are "printed on the glass .

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Rebrand Online

I have decided to change things up and start over with my online presents. From new accounts to changing passwords and trying something new with how I use the platforms. I have had multiple accounts on things like Youtube and Instagram.... The reason behind this is to clean things up a bit and to have a more professional and nicer looking online presence. My website and logos and other things will still be the same and will not change at this moment but may in the future.  

I have only had one Facebook account and last year I tried making a backup account and for some reason it was disabled. So I am planning on deleting the one I have now and making a whole new account which will be used differently. I also want to see if this will help have more engagement since I am starting over. I am not sure yet how I plan on restarting FB but it will happen.

I would like to just use my website because its the most organized and its professional and maybe I will just keep my website and do very little social media or maybe I will try things and see what works. I update my website more and like to have control over the look and feel of the site and like making blog posts and adding new photos and features to my site.  Another reason I want to quit social media is because I want to create more and not focus on getting people to see my work, there’s people out there who are doing the best marketing there is for me and people like me (word of mouth) I have a website where everything is nicely organized and easy to use. I know I said above that I don’t care about likes and comments but we are always checking the notifications. At the end of the day a notification does not pay you anything besides the good chemical in your body.

I am going to delete FB and will make a new one for the reason to share photos and to see events and photography/creative/business/life opportunities. No more political posts,no more sharing of links as much. Using FB as a tool and not as a consumer per say. I want to start from scratch. I will most likely still use Instagram and definitely my website, so check those often for updates.

Valatie Bar & Grill Show

I was asked to have a solo show at the Valatie Bar and Grill by someone I know who works there and was going to have it be march but I was having my Rhinebeck show that month and would have had nothing to show so I asked for April. This is my 3rd month in a row with a show lets see what May brings. 

HAPPY EASTER

I updated my website with a new series and new photographs in most of my series.

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On Friday me and my photographer friend went to Rhinebeck to pick up my framed art work it rained a lot on the way there and light rain on/off through out the day. After taking the photographs down we went into town and explored and also had pizza. I have not really explored Rhinebeck besides the stores on the main strip. On our way to the car I saw a self phone sitting on a bench and brought it into the closes store and told them I found this and if the person comes back for it. Then we went to the the Holy Cow for some Ice cream.  Then went into Red Hook and walked around there and took some photos and explored because we have never been before. On our way home we pulled over because there there was a cool abandon garage, there were others on our journey but there was precious cargo (framed photographs. We had to stop at my dad's store to drop off a few frames and we walked around Hudson and hung out there for a little.

Here are a few of the shots I took from each town.

Famous Photographer #9

Diane Arbus


Born 1923 and Died 1971

Her and her husband owned a studio in NYC shooting for big name fashion companies. She was more of the art director and he was the photographer. I was a little shocked when I heard she did fashion because when I think of her I think of the old school circus.

Her husband gifted her a camera when they got married. Her husband was a photographer for the US army in WW2.

She started shooting in the late 50's a little fashion but mostly her own stuff. As she was shooting she did learn more about photography from other professionals.

She is known for her street portraits of people who people would look away from. She did build relationships with some of the people she photographed and that helped her go to places and photograph diffrent people like the circus.

 


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Microburst

The other day I was walking around waiting for unicycle hockey to start and i walked into the local gallery and showed the lady at the front desk my yearly portfolio just for fun to show her what I been doing. She knew who I was because been there before and I had my first gallery show there. The back of the book has the photo below, She said thats a microburst and that she has seen and heard about them before. As we were talking I looked it up on my phone and there it was. 

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Someone told me about this website where people submit photos of clouds and they tell you what it is and on the site they say it is  

Altocumulus, Cumulus, Congestus, Asperitas, Undulatus

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photo from here

Power Out

What does a modern day photographer do when there is now power? Goes out and takes photos and waits for the power to come back on an edit them. 

Me and my photographer friend hung out by playing with flashes in the studio and then walking around town and then going to Ooms. Also I took a few photos with the candle light because of no power.

Rhinebeck Library Show

Starr Library (68 west market st)

This is my first big solo show and also my first non local show as well.

The show is called  MY EYE, MY WORLD: Exploration of a Young Photographer.

Its going to be a collection of all my framed photos, some new mixed with some old.

black & white and color photographs.

Hours: MON=10-5  / TUES-THUR=10-7  / FRI=10-5  / SAT=10-4  / SUN=1-4

March 1st-30th

Here are some photos of the space with the photos.