May 2005 Archive - Divine Reflections Photography Blog

Portraits of Cheyenne

A little over a month ago, I got the opportunity to photograph my new niece Cheyenne. I put some Kodak T-Max 3200 film in the Nikon and used available light to make a series of images. Here are a few of the best ones:

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2005 at 3:17AM.

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Columbia River Gorge Trip Report

Last October, my wife and I took a weekend trip to Portland and the Columbia River Gorge to do some photography. This website wasn't around back then, so I'll share our experiences now. The full report is in the new Columbia River Gorge Article.

Posted by Greg on May 25, 2005 at 4:28PM.

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Gear Talk

One of the most popular topics among photographers is gear, so I'm going to dedicate this entry to that topic. Let me start by saying that gear doesn't make photographs; people do. Excellent photographers can generally create good photos even even they don't have top-of-the-line equipment. Bad ones have a hard time taking good photos with any kind of equipment. It's about the vision more than the equipment.

That being said, good equipment in the right hands can make the task of image creation much easier. I currently have two systems that I use for different tasks. I have a Nikon 35mm system that I use for candid portraits, personal photos (i.e. vacation snapshots), and other things like sports that require a high level of camera mobility. I also have a Mamiya RB system that I use for my fine art work and formal portraits.

Here is what currently makes up my Nikon system:

  • F100 Body
  • 50mm Nikkor AF-D Lens
  • 75-150mm Nikon Series E Lens
  • SB-800 Flash
  • SC-17 Synch Cord
  • Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket
  • Bogen 3021 Tripod with 3047 Head

And the Mamiya outfit looks like this:

  • Mamiya RB Body
  • Mamiya 127mm KL/L Lens
  • Mamiya 180mm Sekor C Lens
  • Minolta Auto Meter IV
  • Bogen 3021 Tripod with 3047 Head
  • Nikon body plus 75-150 lens used as a spot meter
  • LowePro NatureTrekker AW Backpack

Posted by Greg on May 20, 2005 at 4:27PM.

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Bidwell Park Project

Bidwell Park is one of the ten largest municipal parks in the country, and it is right here in Chico. It's divided into two parts: Lower Park and Upper Park. Lower park is what I consider a typical city park. It has picnic areas, playgrounds with jungle gyms, a swimming hole, and paved paths. Upper Park is different than any city park I've ever seen. It exists on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, and it is rugged and wild, especially in the upper areas far from the entrance.

I've given myself an assignment to photograph Upper Park. I'm amazed by the beauty that lies within the Chico city limits. The park encompasses cliffs, a deep creek gorge, and meadows. There are trails along the creek, on both canyon rims, and in several places in between. I started hiking the trails in December of last year, and I'm going back as often as I can to explore and look for images.

Business-wise, I think this is a good move because I believe the photos will sell well in my local market. I'll work to get an exhibit in a local gallery when the project is finished. I may even work on putting a book together if the number of finished images is large enough to warrant it.

Unfortunately, I can't post any of my images from this project just yet because I don't have a scanner that will handle the big transparencies. (I'm using my Mamiya RB to photograph this project. It gives me 6x7cm images.) In the meantime, here's a 35mm black and white image of one of the power towers in the park:

Posted by Greg on May 16, 2005 at 4:51PM.

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Why a Blog?

Some of you may be wondering why I am maintaining this blog. After all, it takes time and effort to write things on a daily or weekly basis that site readers will (hopefully) find interesting.

Well, there are a couple of reasons. First, I like the idea of sharing my ideas and techniques with other people. Photographers can benefit greatly from shared information. Just look at what photo.net has done for the photography community in general. OpenSourcePhoto has accomplished the same thing for Christian photographers like myself. This blog is my attempt to contribute to the online body of knowledge.

Also, I'm hoping that this blog will serve as an effective marketing tool. In the web world, sites that are updated regularly tend to get more traffic. Sites that get more traffic tend to generate more sales. And more sales is what I need. :) A weblog has served as an effective traffic generator for other photographers like Dave Beckerman, and I'm hoping it will do the same for me.

Also in the marketing vein, the blog should help build good will with future clients. Reputation, ethics, and general decency are very important in business, especially in a service business like photography. I am ethical and decent, and over time, the blog should reflect that. If readers like who I am as reflected in my writing about my life, I'll be that much closer to booking them as clients.

Posted by Greg on May 10, 2005 at 1:05PM.

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A Journey Begins

I have wanted to own and run a photography business for many years. I started taking pictures with my Dad's camera back in junior high, but the photo bug really bit me when I was in college. Since then, I've taken a lot of photos, some good, a lot bad. About a year ago, I officially formed Divine Reflections Photography, a partnership with my wife.

My long term goal is to make a living selling fine art prints in galleries and over the internet. My other passion is hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor sports. I eventually want to take my business to the point where I can travel and backpack several months out of the year, making photographs all along the journey.

Getting the business to this point will be difficult. Everywhere on the internet, there are people who ask how to make a living selling prints. The answer is usually, "Good luck!" I'm going to give this a try anyway. I think that I love it enough and am just stubborn enough to make a successful business in spite of the difficulty. Besides, I believe I'm called to do this, so I don't really have a choice.

In the meantime, I am working as a computer programmer to pay the bills and support the need for film, equipment, and travel. I also hope to photograph portraits, events, and other assignments. I'd like to have the business supporting itself as soon as possible.

With that, welcome to my online journal and it's view into a part of my life. I hope that it is helpful and interesting. Come journey with me!

Posted by Greg on May 6, 2005 at 8:30AM.

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