Chocowinity, NC Part 1-Thanksgiving Trip

Hi all, I hope that everyones Thanksgiving break was great! This weeks blog post will consist of a few images I nabbed during our holiday trip to Chocowinity, NC. We stayed for a few days visiting family and, of course, I was out and about with my trusty camera snagging as many quality photographs as I could of the scenic area. This first image is of the historic Cypress Landing Marina. I was lucky enough to have been there at the crucial “golden hour” in the morning. The sky was a brilliant orangish-yellow with hints of blue beyond the clouds. The land mass to the right came to a perfect point in the foreground, from my perspective. The most interesting part of this image was that the special buoys in the water are actually markers for sunken Civil War ships. This next image is a closer view of that point. I loved how the cypress trees naturally silhouetted against the rising sun. Upon further inspection of this photograph, you may also see a crane foraging through the reeds in the water. VERY LITTLE post editing was required for either of these shots. This photograph is a little odd personal twist I often attempt on common looking landscapes. People that know me know that I like to be different in, well, pretty much every aspect of life and my photography is an example of this. By tilting the camera I found this unique view of the water and horizon line. They say that triangles often indicate a powerful visual element within art and I tried to split the scene into...

Some Photos from Our Yearly Science Center Trip

Hi everyone, For the past several years we’ve taken our 4 year old son to the model train display at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh…he loves his trains. We usually pop in to the Science Center several times/year but always make sure to make it on opening night of the train display. Its become a little tradition for us. This year I took my camera and was amazed at the huge amount of photographic opportunities that are available there. Usually I’m too preoccupied chasing him around…or, admittedly, just playing with stuff myself. The only other occasions I’ve been there with my camera was while shooting for Westinghouse events, so I was usually working and preoccupied with that. I’ve never fully had an opportunity to just get creative while visiting the center until this past Wednesday evening. The tiny recreated Pittsburgh landscapes of the train display and the other items they have at the center proved to be quite photogenic. I felt like I got some pretty nice images during this visit and wanted to share. Have a great week all! As always comments, questions, suggestions, and critiques are...

Not a Political Blog-Just Great Presidential Photography

Hi everyone, After Tuesdays divisive election, I wanted to do a more unifying blog post this week. Regardless of who you supported throughout the process we need to come together as a country and move forward. This weeks blog will focus on the power of photography and our previous U.S. Presidents’ inaugurations. Personally, I am drawn to the image of President Obama’s hand taking the oath for its simplicity. The W. Eugene Smith photo of Dewey Defeats Truman is particularly humorous and entertaining given the circumstances behind that. Also, the image of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, at Reagan’s inauguration, portrays a sense of excitement, glee, and optimism which is infectious. Not all of the Presidents inaugurations photographs are included in this blog, I just chose a handful to present. The only one I had trouble researching and that may not be of his inauguration is the President Theodore Roosevelt image…but it’s just a cool photograph anyhow! Warning: Political comments will NOT be approved by me for this blog. I am not posting these images to create political arguments/debates and/or lend a platform for others to leave their political opinions. Let’s simply discuss the photographs, the history behind them, or the other aspects about the images. I am interested in hearing others thoughts about the photos, the blog, or how you feel about them. Questions, comments, critiques are always welcome (as long as they aren’t politically motivated!) Have a great week, and lets all come together and enjoy life!   A jubilant Harry Truman holds up a Chicago newspaper emblazoned with the (erroneous) headline, “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN,” St....

Guest Blog-There’s a New Real Estate Agent in Town…Nick Bakertges

Happy Thursday everyone, Wow, what exciting times!? The Chicago Cubs pulled off a miracle World Series championship last night ending a 108 year drought (never thought I’d live long enough to witness that,) the worst election ever is upon us (yes, most are making a cringe face reading that, but think optimistically, it will be ending soon) and at least in my own business things are looking up, up, up having booked a few new shoots for this and upcoming weeks. This week I want to introduce Nick Bakertges as the blogs guest speaker. Nick is with a great company, Re/Max Select Realty, and is just getting started with his own realty business in the Pittsburgh area. Nick is a super bright young man, friendly as can be, and one of the most congenial 23 year olds I’ve ever met. He contacted me several weeks ago about creating him some personal headshot portraits for his business and we instantly bonded. I have no doubt Nick will be a highly successful real estate agent in the years to come and I wanted to give him a chance to tell us more about himself on the blog…here’s Nick!   Finding My Passion in Real Estate Hi All, Bobby called me up the other day and offered to give me a spot to “guest blog” this week on his site. I’m excited to introduce myself and let you know a little bit about me and what I’m up to these days! My name is Nicholas Bakertges, you can call me Nick. Two weeks ago, Bobby and I met for the first time...
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