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
“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”
I cant tell you how much Ive anticipated these shots while waiting for this roll of film to get developed this month!! Earlier this month, wanting to experiment with some other films, I picked up a few rolls of the highly praised ilford black and white film.
Its an incredibly different experience shooting completely black and white, as Im sure a good few of you know from shooting film back in the day. All of a sudden this vibrantly colorful world is broken down to simple shape, gesture’s and light. Before, I could pick and choose which would be which, I could even experiment in Lightroom and try both if I wanted, but not this time. Scenes that were full of life due to their bold energetic hues, were reduced to boring story-less ruble that no longer carried a tune worth playing. Continue reading
ISO200 50mm f/1.8 1/800sec
Seen this old beaut, on the side of the road downtown and of course being the motor head I am I had to go to town with shooting it. However, in this particular case All my shots were from various parts of my photo walk. I would grab a shot or two on this passing and then another couple from the next walk by. In fact all 3 of these shots were taken at separate passings.
Im pretty comfortable with my editing process and typically know which steps Ill be taking as I capture the scene, but in some occasions, when I get the pics up on screen I realize the shots call for a different direction. This was one of those times. The front end pic below was one of the first captures for the day, and is nearly unedited straight from camera (just a subtle vignette to keep attention where I want it). I loved the 50′s sunburnt, crazy flare, look that was going on, which was starkly different from the well contrasting top and bottom images. In looking the images over I decided the sun glare and low contrast really helped in telling the story of the car and its story, so I went to town editing the other two shots to bring in the same feeling. (Before and after pics may get posted in the behind the scenes album on the Nick Exposed Facebook page.. wink wink)
I love shots like the one above! First of all whats this kid doing downtown, in only socks?! Second his shirt goes great with the car, and third he has no clue Im shooting him so everything is completely natural. Everybody was walking by taking shots of the car, and Im sure it appeared like I was doing the exact same thing, giving me perfect cover to bring him into the unscripted story of timelessness. He has no shoes, so you know he is in no hurry to go anywhere. Sitting on the side of the road with the same colors as the car… He and the car are practically one in the same. hahaha
Well if anything, it made for a sweet street shot
ISO200 50mm f/2.8 1/400 sec
ISO200 50mm f/2.8 1/250sec
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Today was an EXTREMELY EXCITING day for me as I received my long awaited Canon 7D in the mail!! Perfect timing with the “Blues on the Mall” celebration downtown and this month Collab project coming to a close this weekend!
One thing I absolutely love about downtown Grand Rapids, is the street performers that scatter the streets and alley ways as you make your way around the corridors of brick paved roads. Everything from break dancing competitions, classic sax players, to the everyday musician out in search for a buck or a lovely lady to woo.
This guy definitely fits into the later of the bunch, out trying to show his charm with a rose in mouth, as he serenades the beautiful women who pass by… in hopes a connection may be made.
Either that or the act may just bring in extra cash hahaha. Either way I love the live performances around every street corner!
Heres another shot that was posted to instagram (@nickexposed) before up on the blog… hint hint.. follow us on instagram!!
One of my good friends Kelly is getting into photography more and more lately, and he and I will often venture out for an afternoons worth of shooting with specific objectives in mind. Somedays it may be we both shoot film, other days like in this case we have a sort of iphone showdown!
For our photo walk he suggested we go to a local amphitheater that used to be all abandoned and covered with vines and woodland creatures, in order to get some cool shots for this months collab scavenger hunt project. So were all amped up (pun intended) to see how abandoned this theatre is looking these days, when we realize they had just cleaned up and redone the whole thing within the last year or so. Red stadium seating all around, vines and woodland creatures cleared out… the thing definitely didn’t fit into the whole abandoned theme any more. But it couldnt have worked out any better, because as I reach the lower level and look back up I see this awesome beam of light breaking through the trees, and highlighting just this single chair! I immediately got into my, overly excited, photography character, and started shooting away working on getting the iphone to properly expose this incredible scene while the clouds were still working with us.
All editing was done in my fav iphone app Snapseed.
If you follow the Nick Exposed instagram channel at all (@nickexposed), you probably seen a few of these pics of my adorable niece pop up in the feed this last week.
One of my absolute favorite things about my move back home to Michigan within the last year, is I get to see my niece Ellie every single day! Shes to coolest little girl on the face of the planet (FACT), and I love her to pieces.
The other day while sitting around outside after I had just gotten back from an afternoon of shooting, she picked up my AE-1 and started parading around the yard with camera to eye (notice the finger on trigger… I didnt teach her that!), while making shutter noises with her mouth. CUTEST THING EVER!!! She seen me hold the camera to my eye once and after that she took off and just ran with it. A natural I tell you!
Not only does she love being behind the camera, but also loves being in front of it! As soon as she sees a camera pop out or a phone raised to take a quick snap shot, she starts striking poses and really works it. haha. She yells CHEEZE and trys to get everyone else in on the shot as well. Not bad for a 2 year old lol.
If anyone is a rising star, it would have to be her! Not sure what she will be (lets hope its a photographer ), but whatever it is, I know she will Kick Ass at it!!
An interesting crop into a awesome crotch rocket. Taken with my iphone 4s.
Love the colors and geometry in here!