Sometime prehistoric shark teeth can look a little bit lonesome. On my last visit to the Gulf side of Florida, I started picking up some nice shells on the beach. My mind started to wonde;r how could I incorporate these shells into my jewelry line Ocean Sands? Answers to questions may not always pop immediately into my head. After I returned home a thought came to mind. Why not nest a shark tooth inside the shell? In addition, why not cut the shell to allow the view to go through the back of the shell?
So I grabbed a couple of the “not-so-good” shells and headed over to the grinder to begin grinding away the back side of the shell. After a couple of attempts, I had a new addition to the shark tooth necklaces.
Pectin Mollusk shell surrounding a prehistoric shark tooth with a quartz crystal accent. The pendant is on an 18 inch silver necklace.
Here’s a sample of an early design. By removing the back side of the shell, whatever the pendant is against will be seen. Whether it’s your neckline, top, or t-shirt, it will show through the necklace. These shells are similar to the shark teeth in that no two are the same. Each necklace design is unique. The odds of duplicating this piece are slim to almost NONE!
Add a pair of prehistoric shark tooth earrings and what a set! As of this post, I’ve made only seven necklaces of this shell style. I have more shells, so I will be adding more to the collection.
You’ll notice that some of the necklaces include one or more pearls to enhance the design in addition to the quartz crystal ships.
Below you will see the other necklaces in this style. They vary as to leather or chain necklaces and different lengths. The chains or leather lengths include 22″, 30″ and 34″ lengths. They should give you a different look to fit the style of your clothing and the look you want. I hope you like the new style. These pieces are all in the on-line store and available for purchase. Let me know how you like them and give me your thoughts or design suggestions!
In Lake County, Ohio we have a lot of marketing/communications professionals. Many of them belong to a local organization know as Lake Communicators. Every year, the organization publishes a directory of members (yes, some folks still like hardcopy) and list them on the web site. To make it easy for members to have a professional headshot, one of the photography members will agree to create member headshots. As Tom Szabo is one of the few remaining photographers in the group, he returned this year to conduct the photo shoot.
Prior to the luncheon meeting, Tom comes in early to set up a portable studio. The studio consists of camera, tripod, main light with a 7 foot diameter umbrella, back light, back drop, stool and light stands. Each member needing a new/updated head shot steps in front of the camera working with Tom to create a suitable image. Subjects do have the opportunity for a quick review of the image(s) and where requested, re-takes are provided.
Portraits can sometime make people a bit nervous. However, most members know Tom and He works with them to relax. The result is a headshot that appears confident and reflective of the persons personality.
Since the photography service is available before and after the luncheon meeting, there’s not a lot of time for casual conversation. However Tom finds a way to break the ice and ease members in front of the camera. These are professionals with busy schedules and not a lot of time. So most are sit down, a couple of quick words, pose direction, shoot and go on to the next person. That means all set up and lighting checks must be completed and finalized before members arrive.
Below is a gallery of this years work. For those of you photographed this year tom-szabo.com wishes to thank you for your time and hope you are pleased with the results.
A sea shell beautifully surrounds a prehistoric shark tooth necklace with two white pearls by Tom Szabo. This Ocean Sands necklace is new to the line of jewelry by tom-szabo.com. Here are the details:
Prehistoric shark tooth weighting 1.1 grams
Tooth measures 13/16 inch long
Wrapped using silver plated 20 ga. round wire
Two 4mm diameter X 8mm long cultured grade C pearls
1-3/4 inch Pecten sea shell with center cut out and purple accent coloring
18 inch long 2.2 mm silver plated chain with clasp.
Typical of tom-szabo.com jewelry, the shark tooth and shell have been recovered while scuba diving and the set is hand made by the artist. This prehistoric tooth dates back to the Miocene and Pliocene eras, 2.5 to 26 million years ago. This is a piece of archeological history!
To learn more about jewelry by artist Tom Szabo, please visit the studio web site www.tom-szabo.com. Consider purchasing Ocean Sands jewelry? Contact Tom Szabo for more information and purchase by:
Phone: 440-354-2535 (OFF) or 440-725-6504 (CELL)
Prehistoric shark tooth necklace with 2 pearls inside a shell with cutout. Price $57.95
Take a BITE out of your Christmas shopping with these new additions to the Ocean Sands line of jewelry. tom-szabo.com is happy to announce the addition of some new pre-historic tooth necklaces.
Until now, most of the teeth available on Ocean Sands necklaces were 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Shark tooth necklaces are now available in lengths over 3 inches, weighing in at over 75 grams, due to recent finds by scuba instructor Tom Szabo. All of these teeth come from various sharks that roamed the waters during pre-historic times. These pre-historic eras date back from 25 million years to 2.5 million years ago. This period is known as the Cenozoic era. The Cenozoic era started late in the Miocene era and ended in the Pliocene era.
As with all Ocean Sands materials, the new larger teeth were recovered by Tom himself while diving off the gulf coast of Florida. The teeth are cleaned from their ocean borne deposits. They are then polished, wire wrapped, and matched with a necklace to enhance the tooth. All this work is performed by Tom himself in his studio.
Here are samples of the new additions to the Ocean Sands line of jewelry:
Pre-historic shark tooth necklace. tooth weight 1.8 grams, 1″ long on a 20 in long 2.2mm silver plated cable chain. Price: $34.95 + tax.
Pre-hisotric shark tooth necklace. Tooth weight 3.2 grams, 1-1/8 inch long on a 20 inch 2.2mm silver plated cable chain necklace. Price: $36.95 + tax.
Pre-historic Mako shark tooth necklace. Tooth – 1.9 grams, 1-1/8″ long on a 20inch 2.2mm silver plated cable chain. Price: $34.95 + tax.
Megalodon Tooth Necklace – Oh how I wish this was a complete tooth! This partial tooth is 4-1/4 inches long, weighs 76.1 grams and hangs from a 7mm wide 20 inch silver plated curb chain. Price: $124.95 + tax
The Ocean Sands line was designed to be attractive for men, women and children. That’s why you’ll see a range of pendant size and chain selection. In addition, wrist and ankle bracelets are available along with ear rings. The beauty of Ocean Sands jewelry is that no two pieces will ever be identical. That’s good news and bad news. If you like a particular piece, waiting may cause you to loose out!
To see these and other selections, contact tom-szabo.com. A select inventory is also available at the first retail outlet – The Craftsmiths in Perry, Ohio.
Sun: A very interesting portrait video came across my feed today. I wanted to share it with you.
First of all most Facebook photography I see has one thing in common – Bad Lighting! Please stop and think for a minute; where does your outdoor light come from? Of course the sun. So that means you have a single source for your photos. In this video photographer Aaron Anderson talks about shooting portraits using – guess what: 1 light. Think of his one light as the sun. I know, what a concept – LOL.
In the video you’re going to see a lot of studio equipment. Yes, but pay attention to the main tools he uses, a strobe, a camera and a reflector. That’s it. What Aaron does do however is CONTROL the illumination. Don’t have a big DSLR? no problem use your cell phone camera. Remember his main light placement and position your subject using the sun in the same relative position. Oh you don’t have a white reflector card? How about the side of a building, a newspaper, a blanket. Look at what’s at hand that you can use.
You may not have Photoshop to make the post process editing. Don’t worry, you’re not a pro trying to sell your work. Paying attention to your subject position will get you better results than what you have been doing.
Watch the video and pay attention to what Aaron is doing with his 1 light (like the sun). Enjoy and feel free to post your thoughts and/or results. I’d like to see your results.
Photo Phuss is created by professional photographers. Nope, it’s not a new technique. It strictly involves money! Photographers make money by creating pleasing images and $elling them. With the proliferation of cell phone cameras and photo based websites, images are considered fair game for sharing and theft.
Example: You’ve taken what you think is a great photo of your baby and posted it on Instagram. At your next visit to the baby isle at the store you see your adorable baby on the disposable diaper packaging. Here’s a multi-billion dollar company making millions of dollars of profit off your child’s image without your permission or without any compensation to you. Imagine your child’s college fund going down the toilet. Is your response going to be – wait till me friends see my picture on the package? Probably not. You’re going to want some form of compensation – like a lot!
This is the same issue photographers face everytime someone scans one of their prints then goes to the discount store to print an 8X10. It’s the same lost revenue to the photographer. Or expecting a photographer to simply give you a free copy of a digital image file. Check out what Chris Gampat has to say about Instagram. Let me know your thoughts.
There’s no doubt that cell phone cameras have changed they way we approach taking pictures. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve heard me talk or rant about being smarter than the camera. With everyone walking around with a cell phone camera we’ve been allowed to take a lot of images that, well frankly are pretty crappy. The speed of which we generate all these bad images make me think of the term “diarrhea photography”
I really want people to discover the beauty of what they can “create” using their camera. So I’ve tried to bring you information to challenge your creative side and learn how to use the camera you have in your hand.
To that end check out this video showing how Jaanus Ree created his really cool winter action shot!
Creativity, portrait photography can be the the most intimidating art form. It intimidates the photographer and the subject. Often you’ll hear subjects ask “what should I do?” and photographers themselves will wonder how to pose and work with the subject.
Often I’ll look at other photographer’s work for inspiration. Not to duplicate mind you but to get inspired. Sometime I get a sense of WOW – and others I may just scratch my head wondering.
Well, I came upon this post illustrating the work of Denise Kwong. In my mind, it was a mixed bag of WOW and HUH?. Tell me what you think.
Traditional head shot for a graduating high school senior.
Portraits are to become more creative and to speak more about the individual(s) according to report of what’s trending in photography for 2016. So, to become more creative in your photography, does that mean you may actually understand how to be creative? Gee do you think! In addition your images should speak to who is your subject?
Gee this sounds like what Professional Photographers have been doing and want to continue doing. Sorry folks, but it really is about Art. Check out the original article.
What can you learn about this young man from his portrait?
Newspaper and magazine photographers always intrigued me. They would take their camera to a story and find just the right images to help convey the story. Think about story telling the next time you have your camera in your hands. Maybe you’re watching your kids or grand children at play or maybe you want to share some images from a trip you took. Think about the key elements of story telling. Here’s a recent post I found that talks about the very topic of story telling. Afterwards, try sharing some of your photo results.