Earrings Added To Store

Earring(s)!

Ocean Sands Earrings made from prehistoric manatee bone.

New Manatee Bone earrings. 11.o grams of prehistoric bone suspended from a marquis ear wire.

The Ocean Sands earring inventory has been increased in the tom-szabo.com jewelry store. The new pieces are made using prehistoric Manatee Bone. This specimen material dates back to 2.5 to 26 million years ago.

Material Recovery

Specimen materials are discovered while diving off the gulf coast of Florida off the city of Venice. The material is brought back to the studio where it is cut, ground, polished and turned in to jewelry. In this case, earrings. The manatee bone material is suspended from a Marquis ear wire. Each marquis ear wire is hand made by Tom Szabo. Next the ear wire and specimen are attached, ready to be packaged and put up on the online store.

Due to the uniqueness of each specimen, no two pieces are the same. To balance the earrings, specimens are selected based on size appearance and weight. Although all of the earrings appear similar, they can never be duplicated. If you see some thing you like in the online store, don’t expect to have an identical pair made. It just can’t happen.

To see more earring selection, check out the Ocean Sands online jewelry store. For questions or request, contact Tom Szabo by email: or by phone: 440-725-6504.

New Day Cleveland Features Ocean Sands Jewelry!

New Day Cleveland –

I hope by now you know that my jewelry line Ocean Sands has just been featured on a local TV show, New Day Cleveland, local channel Fox 8. I really had a blast working with the production crew. they made this whole process easy and FUN!

So this morning my wife Diane and I sat anxiously watching the show live. Each time they came back from commercial to begin announcing the next segment, I thought NOW? Nope. Then finally it was my turn. So here’s the segment featuring Tom Szabo, tom-szabo.com and Ocean Sands Jewelry.

To learn more you can go to my web site: tom-szabo.com and you can purchase from the on-line store. Ohhhh paleeze consider a purchase – LOL.

 

 

Prehistoric shark tooth necklace

1.8 gram prehistoric shark tooth surrounded by a 1.6 ” diameter Pectin Shell with a quartz chip on an 18″ silver plated chain.

Earring – New Designs

New Earring Designs

I decided to add earrings to the Ocean Sands line, so then I purchased a small packet of “fish hook” style wires. This seemed like the easiest way to see how my fossils might look as earrings. (See photo1.)

shark tooth earrings

Photo 1 – Shark Teeth earrings using “fish hook” style wires.

After creating several pair of earrings in both gold and silver, I noticed how the fossil teeth might appear a little close to the ear lobe. Not that it was a bad thing. After more research on designs, it became obvious that: “One size does not fit all”.

In order to give the fish hook style earring a longer look meant other fossil items or gems would need to be added between the tooth and the wire connection. At some point I’ll experiment with that idea.

Along the path of my research, I came upon the Marquis style of wire (see photo 2.) The Marquis wire did not seem readily available commercially. Next my “Engineering background” kicked in. Out to the shop in the garage I went to make a

Earring on silver Marquis wire.

Photo 2. – Shark tooth hanging from a 2″ Marquis wire.

fixture. The fixture was designed to form the connecting loop and bend the wire to form the final shape. The final marquis wire is 2″ long. The length and shape gives the final product an elegant look.

Prehistoric shark teeth and bone materials have a dark color to them. Colors range from dark charcoal, gray, burgundy, brown to chocolate/tan. Since I can’t change the color, I like to incorporate other gemstones into the design. Gemstones like pearls, quartz crystals and amethyst. My favorite being turquoise, especially on silver wire.

As I looked at the 2″ marquis wire, it seemed by adding too many other gems, the final earring length could get excessive. Back to the marquis fixture I made to make some minor

Shark tooth earring with 1" marquis wire.

Photo 3 – Prehistoric shark tooth earring with turquoise beads on 1″ long marquis wires.

modifications. The modifications allow me to form a 1″ marquis wire. This new wire length compliments the addition of multiple gems to the prehistoric shark tooth. The additional strand length also provides an elegant look while not laying on the wearer’s shoulder.

Now the earring line is more complete, allowing the perfect fit for everyone and giving a variety of looks.

With the array of design options available, it’s back to the bench to create more earring designs.

The earrings shown in this post and others are now available for sale in the online store on this web site. I hope you like them enough to consider making a purchase. When you do purchase a set, please post a photo of yourself so we can see how they look.

If you have any design requests, please contact me with your suggestions. I’m always interested in what you have to say.

 

Professional HeadShot

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.

UPDATE – Hey Guys, You’re Not Forgotten!

UPDATE – Since this post was released, the Megalodon Tooth Necklace inventory has been expanded. An additional 4 pieces have been added. All the new pieces are large in size and include some on leather. Happy shopping!

Hey Guys, you’re not forgotten! I know that guys can be iffy when it comes to jewelry. Some like to wear jewelry and others – NOT! But for you guys that have wondered if a piece of Ocean Sands jewelry is for you, I just put up a couple of the first larger pieces in the on-line store that might be of interest.

Each of these teeth are wire wrapped using 14 wire gage corrosion resistant aluminum wire to match the hefty size of the tooth. The chain is a 7mm wide curb style and 20 inches long. It provides plenty of mass to compliment the tooth yet have a beefy appearance to it.

Both teeth are pretty weighty in spite of the missing portions. Imagine the weight of these teeth complete – WOW!

The smaller 31.0 gram tooth is amazing with the missing enamel. The missing enamel exposes the inner composition of the tooth. Which is something not often seen is Megalodon teeth.

So if you’re wondering why there are only two necklaces in stock, teeth this size are more difficult to find. Larger teeth can be much more susceptible to damage. You’ll notice the damage to the two teeth shown in this post.

In addition, it took some time to find a chain that would compliment the mass of these larger teeth and wouldn’t break-the-bank. There are more of these larger teeth to be released. They’ll be worked on soon. So don’t despair there are only two!

This should give you a good reason to keep checking the on-line store in case one of these Meg’s doesn’t suit your fancy. These two are now in stock ready for purchase. You don’t have to wait for your very own Ocean Sands Megalodon Shark Tooth necklace. Happy shopping!

Pieces, NEW For Ocean Sands!

Pieces, NEW For Ocean Sands!

Tom’s fingers have been poking away at the keyboard here at tom-szabo.com. At this point, the on-line store for Ocean Sands jewelry has the following categories:

  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Manatee Bone Necklaces
  • Shark Tooth Necklaces
  • Whale Bone Necklaces

There is inventory ready for sale in each category, that’s good for you. A great selection to choose from. Remember, these featured fossil materials date back to the Miocene and Pliocene era, about 2.5 million to 26 million years ago!

In preparing the store, some new concepts have been introduced. There are two necklaces with a sea shell ground to form a ring around a prehistoric shark tooth, suspended from pearls or a quartz crystal. If these may not be exactly what intrigues you, there are more shells in inventory. That means more variations will be on the way.

Featured in the Earrings section is the NEW tear-drop shaped Marquis wire. These new wires are 2 inches long. They provide a real long elegant look. Plans call for a 1 inch long Marquis Wire. That will allow for more and longer embellishment to the shark teeth used.

Of course these new and exciting pieces are for the near future. But don’t sit back and wait. Check out the current inventory so you don’t miss anything. I need to get back to the store. I’m looking at some nice sized Megalodon Teeth hanging from a rugged chain, They need to get put into the  store. You shouldn’t have to miss anything!

Ocean Sands Jewelry by Tom Szabo.

Ocean Sands Jewelry by Tom Szabo.

Earrings

Earrings

Ocean Sands On-line Store

I am truly excited to announce the opening of the Ocean Sands On-Line store by tom-szabo.com. You can go directly to the store at: https://tom-szabo.com/jewelry/shop-ocean-sands/

At this time you can view and purchase Necklaces and Earrings. The first lot of inventory has been put up for sale. More inventory will follow. Please take some time to look over the jewelry available and please invite your friends to come shopping. If you encounter any problems with the store function, please let me know right away. I cycled through most all functions with no problems – but you never know.

tom-szabo.com, Ocean Sands, jewelry, photography, scuba instruction.

tom-szabo.com, Ocean Sands, jewelry, photography, scuba instruction.

Thank you,

Happy shopping!

Tom Szabo

New Design Earrings – Shark Tooth, Now Available

NEW DESIGN Earrings!

tom-szabo.com announces the release of a NEW earring design. The initial set is made of:

  • 2 – Prehistoric shark teeth, approximately .6 Gms each.
  • Tooth length: 11/16″ to 3/4″
  • Mounting: 20 Ga. round silver plated wire
  • Earring Wire: 20 Ga. round silver plated wire in a 2″ Marquis form

Tom Szabo recovers prehistoric shark teeth and other materials while scuba diving off Venice, Florida. These prehistoric items are found in 25 to 30 feet of water. The shark teeth in this pair of earrings came from his “haul”. Tom hand made this new design pair of earrings in this new design. His studio is located in Concord Township, Ohio, . More inventory will be made available soon.

The new design earrings compliment tom-szabo.com’s Ocean Sands line of jewelry. Ocean Sands jewelry also includes necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The featured center pieces are from prehistoric: shark teeth, manatee and whale bone from the Miocene and Pliocene eras. These eras date back 2.5 million to 26 million years ago.

The Ocean Sands line of jewelry can be seen on the website: www.tom-szabo.com and at https://www.etsy.com/shop/tomszabo. To purchase Ocean Sands jewelry, contact tom-szabo.com at 440-354-2535 or visit the website. Locally, Ocean Sands jewelry can be purchased at Craftsmiths in Perry Township, Ohio and Starfish And Coffee in Painesville, Ohio. This new set retails for $31.95 + tax.

Prehistoric shark tooth earrings

NEW DESIGN, ST1.2 ER MA-2 S; Prehistoric shark tooth earrings (.6 Gm each, 11/16′ to 3/4″ long) on 20 Ga. Silver Plated Marquis wires.

Hints: Best Photo Tips Ever!

Hints: Best Ever

If you’ve my blog posts regarding photography, you’ve heard me almost if not full on RANT about the flood of marketing hype on technology vs art. I’m a firm believer that buying a new set of paints, brushes, canvas and an easel does not make one an artist. The same holds true for photography. You can purchased the biggest, best, camera; the latest apps, the latest software and it won’t make you a photographer. It’ll just make a big dent in your bank account.

You’ve heard me go on and on about exposure, composition, lighting and knowing camera limitations. I like other photographers would be more than willing to answer questions, offer how-to’s and hints, coach those interested in the medium as an art form.

It makes me think about time I was at an event talking with another photographer, when an acquaintance came up to me. The person was there to photograph the event. Their images we way over exposed. The photographer (well actually, picture taker) asked for my help to figure out the problem. My problem was I was handed a Nikon camera when I shoot Canon. I had to figure out the menu navigation in order to help solve the problem. The photographer (picture taker) couldn’t even navigate the menu.

After getting the “picture taker” situated, it dawned on me; This person is the Official Event Photographer? Are you kidding me? Hey why not, the person has a “big camera”, they must know what they’re doing.

Anyway back to the original idea behind this post. I have a “Google Alert” set for portrait + photography, so interesting articles come in to my inbox. The other day, there it was. The article that summarized every really cool photography hint to the non-photographer. Guess what, no special camera/phone, no wiz-bang app, no marketing hype, just good-ole photography basics. The best advice anyone could give a wanna-be and good reminders for the seasoned photographer – like me! So I decided to include the article for  your benefit.

http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20170102/avoid-dull-snapshots-tips-for-taking-stunning-pictures

Please look it over. In fact, book mark it as you may want to go back to it again. I have to hurry up and finish my post so I can go back and read it again. Afterwards, take a moment to give me your thoughts on the hints. Remember the goal is not to make you a National Geographic staff photographer, but to help you improve your photos on Facebook. Let me know what you think. You can even post your questions for more discussion. Happy shooting!

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Starfish And Coffee – Welcome!

Starfish and Coffee is now a new retailer for the tom-szabo.com Ocean Sands line of jewelry located in downtown Painesville. Bethany Homrighaus the owner of Starfish And Coffee is very excited about her new location (the former Your Vine Or Mine) at 154 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio. Her main business is her line of jewelry and jewelry gems. Bethany also offers fabric creations, cards and other artworks. Oh yeah, you can order from an assortment of fresh ground coffees. So order a cup of hot coffee and snoop around the store. You can learn more about Starfish And Coffee at:

https://www.facebook.com/starfishandcoffeeshop/

The Ocean Sands line of jewelry is  based on the fossilized shark teeth (megalodon and others) and mammal bone dating back to the Miocene and Pliocene eras ranging from 2.5 to 25 million years ago. Tom Szabo recovers the materials from the gulf waters off Florida while scuba diving. He then cuts, grinds, polishes and mounts the creations, then offers them for sale.

Purses, jewelry and cards

Purses, jewelry and cards available for sale.

gems and minerals

Assortment of gems and minerals.

Scarves and purses

Colorful and unique fabric designs.

jewelry case

Unique gift items available.

Starfish and Coffee

Starfish And Coffee, 154 Main Street Paiensvillee, OH.

So please stop in at Starfish And Coffee for coffee and look over their interesting items offered for sale. Also, ask Bethany to show you her collection of Ocean Sands jewelry by tom-szabo.com. I’m sure she would like it if you bought one of them – chuckle, chuckle! Don’t forget to tell her how you heard about the store – Tom Szabo’s post.

 

Commitment to Craft

Commitment To Craft

Those of you who know me are probably aware of my commitment to my craft – Photography. I’m willing to help people solve a problem. I use this medium to share tips and techniques. Yes, I’ll give you suggestions/critique on your work. It doesn’t matter to me if you use a DSLR or a cell phone camera. Although I have my opinion about cell phone shooters – chuckle!

It’s been my expressed opinion that people often fall into the trap of believing high-dollar corporate marketing about their technology vs individual skill. Meaning buy our product and you can create like the pros. If that were the case, our entire golfing population would be on the pro tour because they bought expensive golf clubs. Now we all know the truth behind that one.

To be a good – not necessarily award winning photographer, takes time, effort and knowledge. Time spent experimenting with your tools. Effort to work at your craft. Learning about your camera, exposure, composition and lighting. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect you to get a degree in photography. However you need to learn enough to achieve the results you desire. Buying the latest and greatest technology doesn’t do that.

You may have heard my comment: A poor image with an Instagram filter is still a poor image. Can filters and special effects enhance your results? Bet your media card it will. It all starts with a well done image and that happens using the skills I mentioned above.

A great way to begin understanding what makes good photography is to study those recognized for being a master of their craft. Why do art students spend so much time in class and places like art museums? They’re studying the masters. It doesn’t mean you copy them, but you need to recognize what makes them a master and try the studied technique.

On occasion I’ve offered a link to a photographer I feel has a “Good Eye”. This link just came across my inbox: https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2016/nov/16/patrick-harbron-intimate-rock-photography

Take a look at Patrick Harbron’s work. Most of it seems was created during the age of film photography. You’ll see how He uses composition, lighting and equipment to get his results. If you’d like a discussion about what film teaches us, that’s another topic. Does Mr. Harbron get special access at events? Probably. But might you’ll be able to get special access at your child’s next performance or sports outing? Maybe – give it a try and let me know about your results. Oh yeah, be sure to check out Mr. Harbron’s work.

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Sun – For One Light Portraits

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.

 

Portrait photography tom-szabo.com

Relaxed portrait pose for a high school senior.

Earrings – Shark Teeth & Turquoise

Earrings

Fossilized Shark Tooth Pierced Earrings.

Fossilized Shark Tooth Pierced Earrings. Total shark tooth weight of 2.6 gms. with 8mm diameter Turquoise beads and silver wire. Price: $59.50 + tax.

Fossilized Shark Teeth Pierced Earrings are here! They delicately suspend 2.6 grams total weight shark teeth dating back as far as 25 million years ago. Tom Szabo finds shark teeth, whale bone, manatee bone and other fossilized bone and teeth while diving in the Gulf Of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He is a jeweler, photographer and scuba instructor.

An 8mm Turquoise bead compliments the charcoal colored teeth and silver plated wire. Tom designed and made this set by hand. Treat yourself or that special someone in your life with jewelry that are one-of-a-find. Because of the rarity of these shark teeth, there can never be a duplicate set. Another pair might be similar, but they will not be identical.

This pair can be yours for $59.50 plus handling and shipping. You can learn more by exploring the web site at: www.tom-szabo.com. Contact Tom directly for other jewelry items and custom pieces.

Photographing Flowers – Easy?

Photographing Flowers!

In a recent article by Hana Tavener for I-News – The Essential Daily Briefing, she listed five suggestions to help you photograph flowers.

1 – Get Close

2 – Focus/Depth of Field

3 – The Whole Wide World (or field of view)

4 – Timed To Perfection (Time lapse)

5 – Vary Your Conditions

You can learn more by reading the entire article.

Let me suggest that you look over the 5 topics listed above. Do you see anything that says walk up to a flower and push the button? Of course not. To create good photography, you need to to use the gray matter between your ears – your BRAIN. Learning a little about photography also helps. That means reading to learn about your camera, exposure, composition and of course shoot and shoot and shoot some more. You can’t create art by buying the most expensive camera and simply point it at a subject.

First of all let’s get down to basics – your smart phone is NOT smart! You are a “Human” with the power to learn and think. That also means applying what you’re thinking and learning. So by all means, read. Then go out and apply what you read by shooting. That’s how you become a better photographer (vs. a “pitcher-taker”).

In addition, search for well known photographers. read what they write and study their work. It really helps. Good luck and keep shooting.

purple cone flower

Purple Cone Flower shot in author’s back yard.

Photography As Therapy!

Therapy – Ahhhhhh.

Photography as therapy?

Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you they started out as a “pitcher-taker”. After all the gear, classes, workshops and pulls of the shutter, they’ll tell you how now they now spend more time concentrating on creating their art. In fact, they may tell you how therapeutic their art is for them. You can’t worry about things in your life when you’re concentrating on creating something.

Chris Gambat explores this concept in his article: Photography as a Form of Personal Therapy. Give it a read. If you start to use photography to relax, maybe you’ll notice your work becoming creative art. That’s not a bad thing!

Anchor Winch

Anchor winch from 19th century vessel in 27 feet of water.

Pin Hole Camera – Make Your Own

Pin Hole Camera – Make Your Own

Pin Hole Camera? What’s that you ask? This is the most simple form of film photography you’ll find. It’s a great way to make your own camera and learn more about photography. If you have kids, they’ll be intrigued also. Remember film is light sensitive, so you have to devise a way to protect your film for handling. Also, film needs to be developed, so you may want to learn how that works also.

This article came through my inbox. It has some photos of other pin hole cameras and “How-Tos”. These are great for black and white film. If you have any questions or want more information, feel free to email, text or call me. Enjoy the read!

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Film Photography – Dead?

Film Photography – Really?

Film, remember that stuff? With the explosion of digital cameras today, most of you would likely wonder why shoot on film? Let me back you up a bit. Before digital, you had to put more thought into your photography based on the type of shooting and light conditions. You selected film to support your planned shooting.

Cameras were available in varying sizes. The size concept was based on the physical size of the negative you were shooting. Real photographers would argue the benefits of shooting 35mm, 2-1/4, 4X5 and 8X10. Who cares, you say. Well it all boiled down to the larger the size of the negative, the sharper and more detailed the print. Speed was also an indication of the density of the film. The better the density of the negative, the better the image quality. So if you could record an image on a larger negative size, then you could get incredible detail in your print. That is what photographers would strive for.

So here comes this photographer, Pali Kalsi. He started photographing on the larger formats and got intrigued by the results. To the point where he decided to build an 11X14 camera. Those of you who still remember film cameras and negatives, think back to the negative size for a 35 mm camera. Now imagine a negative 11 inches by 14 inches. The detail in an 11X14 print would be simply amazing.

For more details and to see some of Pali Kalsi’s work, check out this article. As always, let me know your thoughts!

Film used in family portrait photography.

Portrait photographers strive for detail in their final prints.

Make Shutter Speed A Photography Tool

If you have read some of my posts, you may have read this before: “You’ve got to be smarter than the camera!” That means understanding how the camera works and camera limitations. Cell phone manufacturers want you to believe that you can take professional photos with their product. Well, even a blind squirrel finds a nut! Good images are made not taken. So that means what I said earlier – “You’ve got to be smarter than the camera!”

Lets start with one of the tools used to create good images – Shutter Speed. Simply the time the sensor is exposed to light from a scene or subject. That time be be a fraction of a second to minutes. Shutter speed can be a very creative tool. Read on to learn more and see some wonderful examples.

Photographers – We All Were Beginners!

As a photographer and a Scuba Instructor, I often tell beginners: “We all started as beginners”. It’s a thought we should all remember. We need to be reminded that we had to work to get where we are today. Here’s an interesting blog post that talks about the road we travel to improve as photographers:

A Declaration Of Love To All Our Crappy Shots

Enjoy!

Portrait Of A Proud Young Man!

Recently one of my high school seniors wanted to go on-location in addition to his studio session. No problem, where would you like to go? Being a member of the swim team, he replied: Let’s go where there is water! So off to the beach we went.

Here in northeast Ohio, we are lucky to live near the beach in Fairport Harbor Ohio. It just so happens near the mouth of the Grand River, there is a monument that includes an American flag. So up he went and we captured this image.

Outdoor location shots like these, can often put the subjects face in harsh shadow. So I powered up my flash to match the ambient exposure and fired away. I like this shot. What do you think??

young man under American flag monument.

High school senior photographed on-location at Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

What’s All The Fuss?

Have you noticed how photographers are overly protective of their images? I often get requests from people to send them digital photos. To the point they feel  they are entitled to them. Here’s an example of why photographers are so protective. A photographer image of her daughter was stolen then entered into a competition! Can you believe the nerve?  Read on……

Working For FREE?

If you own a business, I’m sure at some point you’ve been asked to work for FREE. In this case the article is directed at photographers. But I’ll bet if you replace “photographer” with your profession, the scenario will sound familiar. Check out the article and give me your thoughts!

How Would You Respond as a Photographer if You Are Asked to Work for Free?

Poses For Portrait Photography

Allmost everyone who is being photographed asks the photographer: “How do you want me to pose?” Unless the photographer has some experience creating portraits, the answer is often “Oh, just stand there”.

Take a look at this article about Mark Seliger and his Oscar portraits for some simple examples of classic poses. Pick one or two and try them.

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/02/mark-seliger-oscar-party-portraits-2015

Let me know how the poses work for you.

Is Hollywood In Trouble?

Let’s face it technology is blasting ahead at warp speed. Look at your cell today as compared to 1, 3 and 5 years ago. Still photography and video photography cell phone capabilities are more advanced than ever. So should Hollywood cinematographers be worried? Check out the work of Tristan Pope using an iPhone-6. Would you buy a ticket to see his work? Let me know your comments.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/tech/427034/iPhone-6-camera-short-film-captured-on-Apple-device

Urban Art Promoted

In 2013, my wife Diane and I traveled to Rapid City, SD for vacation. We visited Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Monument and all the cool towns in South Dakota. While staying in Rapid City’s historic district, we came upon an alley with graffiti all over the place. Turns out the city has designated a two block long alley as an artist’s zone. Local artists are welcomed to create their art on the backs of buildings that line this  two block long alley. You could spend hours examining all this great artwork. It’s so welcoming and intriguing. All throughout the day people would walk the alley enjoying the display. Let me know your thoughts.

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Art Interprets Alzheimers

Lake Erie College presents “Art Interprets Alzheimers”, a traveling exhibition presented by Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.  The free exhibit will run from February 12 through March 12 in the B. K. Smith Gallery in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts.  Opening night is Thursday, February 12 from 7:00-9:00pm.  This unique 2-person show includes a collection of captivating photographs by Herbert Asherman and stunning ceramic sculptures by George Roby.

Can Painesville, OH Become An Art Meca?

I had a couple meetings with some local folks in the City of Painesville to discuss boosting the arts presence in the city.  Think about it – we have some very artistic people in north east Ohio, Lake Erie College is a fine liberal arts college and Lakeland Community College has a great arts department.  Throw in Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, areas like Tremont and the Cleveland Art Museum and you see just how artistic the area is.

So how can little ol’ Painesville capitalize on this.  Our discussion has centered around two approaches:

  1. Display works of art in the retail and commercial businesses in the downtown area.  This idea has been well received by the merchants
  2. Use empty storefronts to display artwork for public viewing.  This effort is still in progress.

Now I’m going to offer a third approach.  Often property owners worry or complain about graffiti.  I’d like to suggest an approach taken by Rapid City, South Dakota.  It’s called “Art Alley” (http://artalley.awardspace.com/index.html).  Art Alley is located in a one block by three block central historic district of down town.  Here artists are welcome to paint using the alley building elevations as their canvas.  The artwork changes as the artists see fit.  Here are some shots from my visit to Rapid City, South Dakota in early September, 2013.

 

Painting on brick guilding.

Art work from Art Alley, Rapid City, SD.

 

Eagle painting on back of building.

Imagine the work to complete a display of this complexity.

 

Alley art on everything.

Everything is a canvas in Art Alley.

 

Colorful graffiti shows local talent.

Art Alley is one block long and has become the canvas for the city.

 

Building art

Looking like a 60s album cover.

 

It’s great to see people stroll the alley to stop and study the art work.  While my wife Diane and I strolled the alley, we felt quite comfortable and secure in the alley.  We didn’t feel threatened in any way.  Hellos are easily exchanged amongst the art aficionados also enjoying their stroll.

Can you guess the Painesville spot I have picked out for an art display?