Metalmorphis is a head sculpture located in Charlotte, NC in the Whitehall Corporate Center. The idea for Metalmorphis was conceived by Count Riprand. The design for the head was created by Czech sculptor, David Cerny. Follow this link to read more about Metalmorphis. It's a cool site to see. There is a live camera feed of the sculpture at the website.
It's been months since I have been active with this site and with photography. Inspiration is still there but I must get out and about again or it will go away. Here are some shots of people I made at Tybee Island back in 2016.
How I wish for you today
You snuggling by me in the chair
You touching my leg with your wet nose so I pick you up
You wanting to be with me wherever I am
You making me smile and laugh
You sleeping in my lap
You being my sweet little boy
You being the best dog in my life
How I wish for you today
September of this year was the last time I posted anything on this website. Life throws things at you that distract you. So I've been greatly distracted. I'm going to be getting back into the game in the coming year.
The gent in the photo I met in Sydney, OH. He was giving me directions to a house he called The Castle.
Take care and see you soon!
During a recent visit to Tybee Island Beach in South Carolina, I made this photo of a raven hanging around below the pier. I rented a Fujifilm X100S for my trip and used it for this shot. The camera is ok. It took more time than I wanted to get used to it.
Early August in Asheville, NC I made this shot of a couple of young people playing Pokemon Go on S. Market Street by the Jackson Building. The city building is the reflection in the window.
I'm quite enjoying film photography. So much that it's been awhile since I picked up my Nikon D5100 to make photos. The photo above was made with film during my trip to Ohio with my wife Fourth of July weekend. A friend of ours is mentoring the young lads in the photo. I had them pose for a shot and I'm please with the result. I use Kodak Portra 400 for color shots. I've not found a black and white film that I love. Well, I actually did find one, but it's no longer being made. It was the BW400CN by Kodak.
Another favorite shot from my trip to Ohio is the one below of Artie, who I mentioned above, and his dad. It's one of those moments in time you have to be ready for when you have camera in hand. Henri Cartier-Bresson referred to this as the decisive moment.
I've been studying photos by famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and find it interesting in many portrait photos he made he didn't fill the frame with the subject. Click here and you will view an example of what I'm talking about. He seemed to find something in the background that he wanted included with the photo. The photo of Adam here was an attempt to get the same composition as Henri would; the wine bottles being a target to include in the frame. I think composing portraits like this can make images more interesting. Not every shot needs to be like this though. Sometimes your subject needs to fill the frame. Especially if there is nothing interesting in the background.
In the small town of Yellow Springs, OH stands the oldest tavern in the state called Ye Olde Trail Tavern. July 4th weekend I had the opportunity to visit this tavern for a meal with a couple other gents. Built in 1827, I believe it was first someones home and was used as a stagecoach stop between Columbus and Cincinnati. My apologies to you because I did not take time to make photos of the inside of the tavern due to being social. Next time I'm in Ohio I will visit this place again and make some shots to share.
If you ever visit Yellow Springs, be sure to take in the small town with a walk about. It's a peaceful, relaxed environment. The summer time would be a great time to visit the small town. The restaurants are good and there is a nice brewery along a bike/walking trail.
In Ohio is a great place to rest your bones and enjoy a pint or two by yourself or with friends. It's called The Barrel House, a taproom located downtown Dayton. This photo of the week was made inside the taproom. There are other pieces of vintage furniture besides that chair. The Barrel House has a cool look inside and nice atmosphere. If you're in Dayton and enjoy craft beers, stop by The Barrel House.
Big Jesus is a rock band based out of Atlanta, GA. This past Carolina Rebellion I had the opportunity to check out their sound. I like them. A solid rock band worth checking out. The band is getting great exposure this summer with opportunities to play several metal festivals. You can follow the band on Twitter and on Facebook.
The photos below here were made with my Canon film camera using Kodak Portra 400. Thanks for checking out my Glog!
The name of this guy evades me. A couple weeks ago was the second time I've seen this guy in Asheville, NC sitting on the corner. He doesn't play a musical instrument for money. He reads you his own poetry from his journal or he will type one up for you on the spot..... for money. I have to say he's pretty good.
To make this shot I used my Canon film camera and Kodak BW400CN film.
A little grain in film photos doesn't hurt, but there is such a thing as overkill. Recently I shot a roll of Illford Delta 400 black and white film. The finished product I wasn't excited about. Typically when I shoot film I bump up my ISO to 800 to make the shutter speed faster. It may not be a good idea to do that with this particular Illford film. I found many of the photos I made too grainy. Based on the amount of grain, I am thinking the film may be too grainy even shot at ISO 400. I'm undecided if I'll give it a second change.
The image above was shot in Asheville, NC on Eagle St. I think it turned out pretty good. Thanks for viewing.
When I first took in my rolls of film from the Carolina Rebellion to be developed, I knew I had a stray roll somewhere and couldn't think of where it might be. But, I did run across it last week and delivered the film to Biggs Camera in Charlotte, NC to have the roll developed. The scenes here are from the first day of the metal festival. I like the top photo in particular. The film I used was Kodak Portra 400. Thanks for viewing!
Once again last week I hit the streets of Asheville, NC with my Canon film camera loaded with Kodak BW400CN film. The first scene I came upon was a group of young people doing dance moves on the sidewalk.
I like the contrast of the Kodak film. The photos are grainy by my choice. When I shoot film I bump up the ISO to 800, giving the images more grain.
Thanks for viewing!
Texas Hippie Coalition is a band from Denison, TX who I saw at this year's Carolina Rebellion. The man with the mic is Bid Dad Ritch, frontman and co-founder of the band. Their style is their own, but if I was to compare them to a band it would be the likes of AC/DC. A common chant from the crowd when they hit the stage is "THC! THC! THC!". See what they did there? Nice solid hard rock band. Below here are some scenes from their set.
A new gallery has been added to my site here titled 'Performers'. Asheville is my favorite place to make photos. During the spring and summer seasons you can find musicians playing in different spots of the downtown area of the city. The street performers are a major target for my camera. There are homeless performers and those who are not homeless. And there are musicians playing on the streets for exposure. Most of the ones I've met are playing for food, cigarettes, rent, etc. There are a few who play to get other things such as alcohol. Some just play to supplement their income from a full-time job.
The Deftones are my favorite band hands down. I try to see them in concert as much as possible. The most recent being at the 2016 Carolina Rebellion. After their set there on Sunday I left to go home. Seeing them live completed my Carolina Rebellion weekend. Having already seen them live, I didn't need to stick around for Rob Zombie or Alice Cooper. Also skipped Disturbed based on a lack of interest in their music. Check out the new release by the Deftones titled GORE.
All the photos here were made with my Canon film camera. I did not get as close to the stage as I wanted to, but close enough. The film I used was Kodak Portra 400 with the ISO bumped up to 800. Thanks for viewing my photos.