Portrait of a Hungry Man

•April 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Last night, I was fortunate enough to enjoy the company of my good friend Harley.  We went in search of good food and good beer, ultimately landing at an Irish pub in the Old Port.  (We were in search of burritos, originally, but that watering hole was packed.)

Despite being the “backup” plan, the food was still first-rate.  The hungry man’s choice?  Bangers and colcannon; a wise decision.  It looked so good that I should have taken a picture when it arrived, but the ambient light from the street had faded, and on-camera flash just doesn’t do it for me.  (Had I really wanted to annoy the entire pub, I could have whipped out my SB-900, but I opted not to.)

From this picture, I would never know he hates having his picture taken.  I guess it’s a good thing I’m quick – he didn’t know what I was up to until it was too late!

From the archives…

•April 8, 2011 • 1 Comment

While reorganizing thousands of photos can certainly be a daunting task (not to mention tedious), it gives me the opportunity to review lots of images that may deserve a second look.

In March of 2009, I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  My schedule was flexible enough that I was able to get in quite a bit of sight-seeing, at least within walking or hotel shuttle distance.  Having seen a number of beautiful photographs of the Phipps Conservatory, I knew I absolutely had to visit.  I was attending the conference with a few friends, and a small group of us decided to walk from our hotel.  We opted for an evening visit, so the conservatory was dark and quiet except for the sounds of running water.  I’m sure it’s a completely different atmosphere during the day, but at night it’s almost as if you’re walking through a tropical grove by a river.

Each room had its own specialty, it seemed.  There were bonsai trees, ferns, cacti, and – my personal favorite from the visit – orchids.  There were orchids everywhere, every variety you could possibly imagine!  Some, at least at first glance, didn’t even look like flowers.  One in particular stood out to me tonight, while flipping through all of the photos.  It looked like a bug, rather than a flower.  I really appreciated how delicate and unique the petals were, and how the ambient back-lighting (that I was lucky enough to catch) highlighted the delicate “fuzz” on the stem.

I’ll have to take another look through the Phipps images, as I’m sure there are other gems hiding; however, for now, I’ll just share this single photo.

If ever you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it.

A new project!

•April 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Welcome to my newest endeavor – a photography blog.   I feel like I haven’t had (or haven’t made) the time to get out and about with my camera, and I decided that I need a little boost in motivation to do so.  So, here it is!

I’ve been busy reorganizing all of my files, and in doing so I’ve discovered a lot of work that I’d forgotten about.  For now, I’ll share a wedding photo that was taken in Negril, Jamaica.  I’m in the planning stages of a vintage/retro project, and I used this photo to test a few post-processing techniques I’m planning to employ.

Enjoy!