Saturday, February 28, 2009

Chase Jarvis' Tips for Exceptional Photographs

I love the fact that this pro points out that you need to take a great number of pictures and experiment. He even talks about checking the results on the back of the camera. It has always been true that most of the time you need to take many pictures to get a great picture. However with film there was a relatively high cost for every picture, so some photographers optimized for taking fewer pictures. Fair enough. But that there are some photographers who turned that optimization for the cost of film into a virtue and disparage those of us who experiment and check the results right away with digital; so it's good to hear a pro say that he experiments and 'chimps'.

- Peace

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Day of Portrait Shooting

Lensbaby for the Ladies
Boys and Girls Club of Calgary did an event where families from the clubs where given the opportunity to have a family portrait done. Never could have made it through the day without Sarah there as my assistant.

A number of them agreed to let me post some of their pictures in my flickr stream. I'll be adding pictures to Boys & Girls Club Family Portraits over the next few days.

- Peace

Monday, February 16, 2009

25 Things about Dave

1) My Favorite Picture Taken By Me
One Chair

2) My most popular photo on Flickr
Ice Cube
3762 views / 9 favorites / 25 comments

3) As a result of #2 I keep playing with ice pictures
An Uncut Ice Cube

4) Of my top 10 pictures on Flickr only one has been taken with my Pentax SLR
Action in Lane 20
The rest have been taken with my Olympus Stylus point & shoot. I think that's because I've had a Stylus since 2005 and it goes with me biking.

5) I do more than photography, I also Bike
Scott through Water
the goal for 2009 in 4500 KM.

6) I enjoy music
An Old School Track
I was a radio DJ back in the day. OK not that far back in the day but it's been quite some time.

7) It was Tony Shore who pointed out that my real name is DJ King. I never used the name on air, but have used it as my online handle quite a bit.

8) I wrote a series of radio plays while at CHSR in Fredericton NB back in 87-88. The first was so bad my friends did not want to tell anyone who the actors where. After it aired they started to bug me to write a sequel. They'll have to explain why.

9) At one point IdeaJoy was the first result for "Dave King" on Google.

10) I have a competitive streak. See #9

11) I have lived in Alberta longer than I lived in NB.

12) Despite #11 I still consider myself a Maritimer.

13) I love to travel

14) Despite #13 I have never been outside of Canada and the US of A.

15) It's only really travel if you get to spend time with some locals.

16) I've never been to Newfoundland. I've been to the other nine provinces, but have not made it to any of the Canadian territories.

17) I've been to all the provinces and states on the East coast.

18) On the west coast I've just been to California and BC.

19) I try to read all the books written by my favorite authors.

20) I've read almost all the book by CS Lewis, William Gibson, Issac Asimov, Eugene Peterson and Douglas Adams.

21) I find thinking of 25 things about me hard

22) I'm used to being the tallest and the biggest guy in the room

23) At FHS a rugby coach begged me to play. Exact quote "Pleaaassseeee!"

24) At Harry Ainlay a coach patted me on the bum and said "see you at practice" as I walked by. I called after him "uh Coach? I'm not on the team." The look of panic on his face! He was very apologetic. I didn't press charges.

25) I'm always amazed when I shake hands with someone and they exclaim "What big hands you have!" When they saw me coming, were they thinking "Now there is a guy with small hands"? Happens quite often.

- Peace

Monday, February 09, 2009

Tron vs. Depeche Mode

A treat for your inner child of the 80's. I'm also a fan of Armagetron Advanced a free game "that attempts to emulate and expand on the lightcycle sequence from the movie Tron."

- Peace

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Todd Rundgren: Time for Music Industry to Evolve

Thought the music industry has had the same basic additude to new tech for a very long time.

Thanks Dr. Tony for posting this.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Bowling on Super Bowl Sunday

Action in Lane 20
Well didn't do much bowling, though one ball. Did do some picks with the Calgary Flickr Group, we rented ten lanes for an hour to take pictures. Confused the girl behind the counter. At first she didn't turn on all the lanes cause we only had 10 people or so. Had to explain that we were shooting pictures at an alley, not bowling with cameras. It does make a difference.

- Peace