My search for interesting bikes has continued, and this time brought me to a rather interesting placement of this fully painted purple cruiser, complete with multiple wicker baskets!
I always love when multiple interests collide in front of my lens. Obviously, I’ve developed a mild obsession with photographing bikes, but have always had an interest in them, since I was first able to ride with training wheels and all. Another interest Ive mentioned in posts before is the beauty of barns, red ones specifically. So imagine my delight when I came across this scene, with two passions converging into one, slightly chaotic yet beautiful, display. Personally I could have done without the overgrowing vegetation, but wasnt about to start ripping someones plants out for the sake of a shot (doesn’t mean it didnt cross my mind however )
On a side note: Earlier today I was sitting, quietly pondering on my obsession (and I mean OBSESSION) with photography. Its incredible that it has already been 7 months of shooting, yet Im still as (if not more) excited about learning and applying as I was the day I picked up the cam for the first time! As I look back on all the places my various forms of cameras have taken me over the last 7 months, I cant help but smile, knowing this is only the beginning of something truly remarkable that is still unraveling as I continue to trek forward in this great adventure.
Everything from the wonderful Nick Exposed community, the monthly community projects (Which by the way if you missed the announcement of this months project its not to late to get in on the fun!! Check it out HERE), the exciting photo gigs and creative shoots Ive been landing lately, the incredible friendships and network within the community, and everything else that I cant think of in my insanely tired state right now (Played some very intense games of Beach Volleyball today, in some very intense sun and heat).
Thank you to all who have been following and supporting the process of both my own photographic growth, as well as the growth of this awesome photog creative community!! You Guys Rock!!
Oh btw, if you havent checked out the Nick Exposed Facebook Page just yet, you may want to do so and start following soon! Word on the street is theres going to be a pretty kick ass giveaway coming up in the next week or so
Its incredible how life tends to intertwine and overlap itself!
At church tonight, we were going over perspective, and how just a simple shift can make all the difference in our lives and in our faith. Well, on the way home I decided to take a bit of a scenic route, being I had the cam with me. I had always seen these rocks stacked in the yard of a house down this particular way home, and Ive been telling myself I need to get out here to shoot them for the blog. I had driven by them many times in the past, and never noticed the wagon wheels that surrounded this rock garden until today. Continue reading
Im still alive!! haha
It feels so good to be back posting shots again!! Ive been shooting a lot lately, but most of my digital work has been client projects and shoots leaving little to be shared with you guys due to privacy contracts and all that jazz. I did however do a shoot with a father & daughter illusionist team last week for their new autograph material. I will be finishing up final edits this week and will be able to share images when thats finished. Other than that most of my personal photo workflow has been on film. If you’ve been watching the Nick Exposed Facebook Page, you probably seen that I recently got my hands on an old Canonet QL17 rangefinder that has been a blast to shoot with. Once I get the 10+ rolls of film I have lying around developed Ill have plenty to share with you guys
Today, however, I went out shooting digital downtown, surprisingly in a section I had yet to explore. Theres not to many areas downtown I haven’t trekked through with camera in hand, but its always fun to run across something Ive missed in the past. As I ventured through the alley ways behind a string of shops, delis and rundown warehouses I came across this parking area containing this scooter. Although I did love the sleek clean red lines of this scooter juxtaposed against the grungy multi-textured wall, I think the piece that got me was the single vibrant yellow line dead center of the scene. Unfortunately there was no blue to be had in this one, otherwise I would have had another addition to my ongoing primary color series, but Im happy with it either way.
Our awesome co-host Shannon just released the details for this months community collaboration on the Seeing Spots Photo site, and I gotta say Im super excited for this project! Ive included an excerpt below.
HEY CREATIVES!! IT’S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH!
Ummm…wait…that came out wrong. What I meant to say is that it’s time to announce the details on this month’s Community Collaboration Project (CCP for those of you who are hip to acronyms and initialisms).
Before we spill the beans about this month’s skill set project, we wanted to give a RIDICULOUSLY LOUD, GINORMOUSLY HUGE thank you to all who have participated in our last couple projects!! Did we mention we had over 100 images submitted to our Scavenger Hunt?? OVER 100!! Seriously, give yourselves a round of applause. I mean, think about it…you took on an ambitious project, rocked it full of creativity, and throughout it all, you continued to make new friends (*cough network cough*) all while becoming stronger photographers. That’s like a win-win-win…um…win. Or a win x 4. Or a win to the 4th degree?
Anyway, we are so appreciative to have you all on board for these educational, yet fun community projects. Without all of your continued support, well…there would be a win to the zero power. haha
We look forward to continuing to make these projects bigger and better in order to consistently stretch your creative imagination and skill sets. So…um…keep spreading the word, mmmkay?
Okay, now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. <insert drum roll, please>
If you’ve been following along on our Facebook and Twitter pages (which is where a lot of the day to day details of these projects get posted. So, you might want to subscribe. Just saying!) then you know we asked for suggestions on what YOU GUYS wanted to practice. After all, we’re here for you! We mulled over the recommendations we got back, and decided that this month’s skill set would be……..
OH Cliff Hanger!!… Find out what this months topic is over on Shannon’s Blog HERE
Thanks to everyone who participated, we had over 100 submissions for Junes Scavenger Hunt Photography Collab!! That makes this the biggest collab Shannon and I have hosted yet, with over twice as many photo submissions as last month!
Its awesome to see the wide range of thinking on this project, and how each person captured the subject in such wildly different, and in some cases wildly similar ways! Your creativity never ceases to amaze us on these projects, and it excites us to continue hosting these each month!! Continue reading
“Another Rising Star”
This little series speaks for itself with more shots of the local busking performers. But what I will say is, How cute is the kid above?!?!?! He was sporting his own little electric guitar during last Wednesdays Blues on the Mall performance, and I just had to get around to posting this pic. No rules saying I couldn’t do two rising star pics for the collab haha
“The Elegant 3speed”
I’ve been thinking a lot lately, on the possibility of putting together a coffee table book of my bike shots eventually. Naturally when thinking about this you start gravitating towards more and more bike scenes to be able to choose from when that day comes.
With gas prices where they are these days, biking has become a very comfortable solution for so many traveling around town (not to mention the free parking as well!!). This gives photographers like myself plenty to choose from when looking for a good subject… I try to find bikes with character. Bikes that have a story to tell, or an adventure that is obviously worth living.
Unfortunately so many bikes are lifeless, missing the sense of elegance, mystery and pizzazz that others contain between their two wheels. In a way they are much like humans, some are out there living life, encountering adventure after adventure. While others are simply spinning their wheels going through the motions. This could be why I’m drawn to bikes so much, they are relate-able. They all have the potential to go to the same places, yet only a few do. Some acquire punctured tires, broken sprockets, bent handle bars on the exciting journeys they live out. Others let their chain rust, tires weather and gears go untouched as they sit in the comfort of their shelter.
Let me be like the adventure driven cycle!! If a path isnt available, ill risk a tire or two to make one appear!
“Silver Surfer Freshness”