Greetings! As fall of 2016 leans towards winter I realized I hadn't entered anything on my blog in quite awhile. There have been a few really good things happen, some related to photography, some not. Mostly, life goes on.
Back in November 2015, we contracted with 4H and three of us shot the 4H State Regional Equine Event in Queen Creek, Arizona. 3 days of horses, wonderful parents and great kids. We took and processed over 7000 images and came away having done a lot of hard photography work but had a magnificent time. I bring this up for two reasons. First the photography angle...lots of action shooting and difficult lighting challenges and, second, we now own a horse! Her name is Springer (originally Spring), a Tennessee Walker. She came to us free from a woman who's husband had passed away and she no longer wanted the burdens. Now, I have to tell you that I was NOT much of a horse person, this was all Sinthia's idea. She's the rider but that's changed...at least a little. If anyone had told me that I would own, be learning to ride and care for a horse a year ago, I would have laughed out loud. Now we're looking for a 2nd so that Sinthia and I can trail ride together. We have some plans, daydreams mostly, about riding into wonderful spots on horseback.
Took a first place and a third place ribbon this year in Black & White, Portrait Photography. That was nice! Took 2 other ribbons but Portrait is where I want to be with landscape second. In addition, Sinthia took home several ribbons for her images and my student, Paige, took 3 first place ribbons out of 3 entries. Good job, guys!
Took a wonderful vacation late September/early October. The trigger event was a 7 mile stair climb event in Hot Springs, South Dakota. We had done the Bisbee 1000 5 times and felt like we needed a change of scenery. Went spent 17 days doing all the tourist spots like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Little Big Horn, Rifle Falls, Deadwood, the Tetons, etc. Got a ton of images, a few really good ones you can find posted in my gallery section. BTW, Sinthia placed 2nd in her age group while I copped 3rd in mine. Sorry...had to brag a little.
An interesting subject has started to really develop as of our trip. I had been flirting with something a little different, "Portraits for Dummies" where the models would be mannequins, dolls, etc. I now have "The Mannequin Project" with 20 or so models also posted in my gallery section. Some very unique models ranging from very, very lifelike to downright scary. I'll be doing more as new models are discovered.
Not much else to pass on in the way of photography. Love doing black & white and experimenting with directional flash. Always looking for someone needing portfolio shots and recently did some work for Kaye TFP. Perfecting HDR techniques doing real estate stuff. Boring but it pays well and I meet wonderful people.
Have a safe Halloween. Please wander through my galleries and post a comment in my Guestbook. Facebook at ATGNIphotoworks. Thanks!