Monthly Archives: January 2012

EclecticPond: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hey everyone. Remember when I did those cast photos for my friends, local theatre start-up EclecticPond Theatre Co (ETC)? Well, I’ve been up to those same tricks, this time doing a fair amount of photo work for their next performance, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Ironically put on in winter. oh well, warm thoughts, yeah?

Anyway, they were, as always, lovely people. Lots of new cast this time, but a few familiar faces in the mix. And, as always, I encourage everyone in the Indianapolis area to get out and support these guys and local theatre. This show will run Feb 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25. Hit the link below all the pretty pictures to learn more on their website.

The Cost of Digital Photography


The graph pretty much says it all, but here are some bonus facts as we approach five years of me having worked in digital:

  • I have shot between 18,986 and 19,686 frames using 3 different DSLRs
  • Of those shots, I have kept only 6,377. That means I discard 2 out of 3 shots.
  • Of the kept photos, 59% I consider merely snapshots, and don’t keep in Lightroom.
  • In Lightroom, 53% of the photos are marked Commercial or B-Side. Only 47% of my LR photos are for my own collection.
  • Only 12% of my LR photos are shared on Flickr.  That’s a mere 1.6% of all frames I’ve shot.
  • Only 4% of my LR catalog is being used in any portfolio capacity (here or 500px). That’s down to 0.5% of all frames shot.
  • When I shot my photos, by year:
    • 2007 – 0.5%
    • 2008 – 7.1%
    • 2009 – 4.4%
    • 2010  – 23.3%
    • 2011 – 56.1%
  • 2009 was my year of doubt, as I apparently kept fewer photos, instead of more. 2011 is when I got my studio lights, and I have 240% more photos from 2011 than I did in 2010 as a result.
  • 62.4% of my pictures are tagged “people”

Just so you know.

What Really Matters: Minimalist Lens Element Wallpapers [UPDATED] [And Again]

Are you a photographer? If so, are you of the belief that the most important part of your system is the series of glass lenses strapped in front of your sensor by metal, plastic, shims, and spacers? If so, this new series of wallpapers might be for you. Nothing grandiose, just simple, elegant, minimal looks into the most important part of any les: the elements. Three lenses at 1440×900 px so far from my personal collection and use, but, what lenses would you like to see added? And what resolutions?

All free, of course. Go spread them around. Just don’t say they’re yours. That’d be rude.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED

Olympus ZUIKO Digital ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD

Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Bonus! Now with a pancake prime:

Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 ASPH.

Now with Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II also. Future updates will get a new post. Any Canon requests?

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Three Last Chicken Skulls

So, with some help from Megan and the illustrious Nick Henry, I was able to brave the 20 degree working conditions outside–as well as the drifting snow–to shoot a few last pictures with my beloved chicken skull mask. Why? Well, they’re for something I’m not quite ready to announce yet, but, they do have a real purpose. Also, they’re just generally kickass.

For those interested, these were done with a Quadra ranger kit. The A channel was firing into a Paul Buff 64″ silver PLM for the key, straight off to my side. To my other side and just behind me I had the B channel firing through a strip bank, letting it just barely catch me edge to pull it back out of the shadows. Megan and Nick held the two modifiers steady against the wind. The D700 was on timer with Nick and I alternating hitting the shutter.

It was stupid amounts of fun.