June 2005 Archive - Divine Reflections Photography Blog

Business Cards

I've been working on business cards, letterhead, and envelopes: the image of my business. This is really the first step toward marketing myself. I decided to do two sets of business cards, one to hand to people interested in art prints, and one to hand to people interested in portraits and events. The only difference is the pictures. Here is a sample:

Posted by Greg on June 29, 2005 at 10:40PM.

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Street Performer Project

I started work yesterday on a new project that I've been thinking about doing for quite some time now: street performers. Since I am a musician myself, I find street musicians quite fascinating. So, I'm going to try to put together a portfolio of street performer photographs. I'll probably include dancers and some other performers as well.

Each Thursday night during the spring, fall, and summer, Chico has a street market. The atmosphere is like a street fair, and the vendor booths include food, art, and musicians. I took my camera with me yesterday for what will probably be a long series of shooting sessions at the market. I photographed a couple of bands, a belly dance troupe, and a street magician. I'll post some pictures when I finish up the roll, probably in the next couple of weeks.

Posted by Greg on June 24, 2005 at 9:14PM.

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Silver Dollars and Beagles

I developed the second roll of film from the Silver Dollar Fair before we left for vacation, and I finished up the scans yesterday. There are also some photos of Gracie, our beagle, on that roll. Here are a couple of the best images:

These were taken with my Nikon F100, 75-150mm lens, and Kodak T-Max 100 film.

Posted by Greg on June 23, 2005 at 9:17PM.

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Odds and Ends

I was out of town for the better part of the last week; that's why you haven't heard anything from me for a while. I traveled with my family to Redwood National Park and the redwood state parks in Northern California. This trip was more a family vacation than a photo trip -- my parents came out from North Carolina, but I still managed to fit in some photography. I'll write a trip report later when I have the developed slides in hand and a scanner that can handle them.

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I have finally added a wide angle lens to my arsenal. I just purchased a used Nikkor 24mm AF-D lens from KEH. It's a beauty, and I can't wait to give it some action.

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I've been working on a business plan lately. I'll share some of the details later when I've fleshed them out a bit, but suffice it to say that I hope to be working more on generating paying clients in the very near future.

Posted by Greg on June 19, 2005 at 11:26PM.

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Why Film?

Several people have asked me when I'm going to switch to digital. The answer: not anytime soon, mostly because of cost. Here are a few of the common arguments from moving to digital along with my comments about them:

  1. Cost savings - Digital is cheaper than film because you don't have to pay for film, processing, and proofing.

    While film and processing go away, many other costs replace them. If I were to go digital tomorrow, I would immediately have to buy a new computer, a copy of Photoshop, a high end digital camera body, and memory cards. To get the quality equipment to match what I can do with film, I would have to spend close to $10,000. I can buy a lot of film and processing with that money! It is also important to consider post-processing time. Every image that comes out of a digital camera has to be color-corrected and have other processing done on it. With film, I simply take it to the lab and get prints a few days later. They take care of the color correction and other processing headaches.

  2. Higher image quality than 35mm - The lack of grain and huge files from high-end cameras exceed the quality of images made with 35mm film. Some people even believe that image quality is as good as or better than that of medium format film.

    I've always been a fan of quality. I have been impressed with the digital images that I've seen. As far as resolution and lack of grain go, digital definitely has the advantage. Sometimes, though, digital images look almost fake. I actually like the look of film better in a lot of cases -- grain isn't always a bad thing. Also, a lot of my work, especially my fine art work, is done in larger formats than 35mm. Digital can't touch that yet. I'm more inclined to buy a large format view camera than a digital system at this point.

  3. Instant image preview - The ability to review images as they are created aids in learning and allows photographers to avoid expensive mistakes.

    This would be one of the strongest arguments to get me to switch to digital. There are many photo techniques that I would like to learn, and the instant feedback would be invaluable in the education process.

The bottom line? Given an unlimited budget and the time to learn digital image processing, I would probably buy a new computer and a high end digital system. Unfortunately, I don't have those luxuries, so I'm going to stick with my 35mm and medium format film systems for a while. I'll be saving for a 5x7 view camera as well.

Posted by Greg on June 7, 2005 at 11:10PM.

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Silver Dollar Fair

This past weekend we went to the fair. We spent the afternoon watching the circus, riding rides, and eating junk food. I used the opportunity to create some images.

Some were action:

Some were abstract details of the rides:

All of the above were taken with my Nikon F100, Nikon 75-150mm Series E Lens, and Kodak T-Max 400 film.

Posted by Greg on June 2, 2005 at 12:35AM.

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