Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Welcome to the ring of fire!

I recently found out how to "paint with light" and have fallen in love with it ever since. The two shots in this post were made by steel wool and a long exposure.

Things you will need:
1. steel wool
2. a whisk ( pick up one from the dollar store)
3. cable or string
4. camera and tripod
5. dark clothes
6. flash light
7. a friend
8. creativity

Start out picking a location that is fairly dark. Pull the steel wool apart and stuff the whisk with the pieces. The more the wool is pulled apart the more sparks will be thrown into the air. Attach the whisk to your line and practice spinning it in the air. I say practice because the first few times I tried this  we came extremely close to hitting our face with the flaming whisk... not good haha. Set up your camera on the tripod and set it to shutter priority mode.  Usually a shutter of speed of 10 to 15 seconds is plenty. Use the flash light to shine on your friend standing in the frame so that you can manually focus on him/her. Light the steel wool with a lighter and let your creativity flow. Circles always look cool but try other things like banging the whisk on the ground as you spin it. BE CAREFUL!! Sparks go flying everywhere. 

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Harvest Time

Finally!! clouds!!! It's been a while since clouds have shown themselves here in the Mississippi Delta. With the last two weeks being over a 100 degrees everyday its been difficult to get out and do anything. Many of the crops without irrigation look about like these soybeans... pitiful. 
Record flooding of the Mississippi River earlier this year devastated some farms and now the drought. Don't forget about us down here in rural Mississippi! 
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Friday, August 5, 2011

Engagement Trip

Hello all..

Please bear with me as this is my first blog post. So this being my first post I figured I would blog about something I am passionate about... my fiance and photography! July 28, 2011 I asked my girlfriend of 6 1/2 years to marry me, and she said YES!!! We're both very excited about our future so stayed tuned for updates in the future.

Now on to the photography. Street photography is something that I have been very interested in but never had the chance to try ( I live in the boondocks of Mississippi). This style of photography looks easy but man was I wrong. Out of the 250+ shots I managed to have maybe 2-3 keepers... What a bummer.. Still very exciting though.

 Our trip carried us to Chattanooga Tn. What an amazing city! Small town locals with big city excitement. The aquarium was the highlight of the trip to me.. other than the engagement! The jellyfish exhibit is one of the coolest thing I have ever seen.
Jellyfish are alien like in their looks and the way they move is mesmerizing. Overall we had an amazing trip and can't wait to go back again to see good music, good food, and great brew.. I will leave you with a few more shots from the trip.