Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Baby!

I couldn't resist quickly posting my favorite shot of a little guy I met this past weekend. I made the hike to Reading where my friend Stacey dwells whereupon I was introduced to the following character:

His name is Mason. He's about afraid of me and my camera as dogs are of bones, and is quite possibly the cutest little ham I've photographed ever...Well besides my newphews. Ok I am bias, sue me. :)

The couple who's responsible for my new main man Mason, was super nice and I was pleased as Stace reported they were happy with the body of shots I sent their way.

That's all for now. Possible interesting stuff coming up, I've got some ideas over my little Christmas vacation...Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 Alaska Photo Contest Finalist

Today I learned that I was a finalist in a large photo competition that Alaska's tourism site holds. I knew that the competition was being judged around now, so I took a look to see what what up.

I don't enter many competitions, so this is encouraging. Better luck next time though :)

Here's the photo that placed:

Here is the winner and finalists:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Introductions are in order.

The holidays are usually a very busy time of year for me and, well, probably most everyone. This business can adversely effect my photography, and thus the ol' photoblog.

Fear not readers, I have decided that I needed a co-host to this blog in order to keep up with regular postings. Without further adieu, I give you the new contributor/photographer to Hypengyophobia: "Ace"

Since Ace is too small to use a keyboard without treating it like a game of hopscotch, I will be taking most of the responsibilities for the text-related portions of his content. Ace was kind enough to get himself from the airport (above) over to my house where he will be staying/vacationing and seeing the sights and wonders Massachusetts and beyond has to offer.

He got off to quick start once he arrived. Whipping out his Canon .005D camera and hitting all the local tourist traps:

Ace took a keen interest in the local wildlife. I cautioned him about the inherent dangers of this, but he insisted on sneaking up to snap a few pics:

I quickly found that my small and plastic friend had a knack for getting himself into trouble:

Things got a bit heated between us after this incident. I am going to have to set some ground rules about where his is allowed to venture during his stay:

Anyways. That's all for now. I will still be attempting to progress through my normal experiments and traditional photography, but be on the lookout for further updates from Ace, as he continues to explore and discover.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Stacking Photos: You're doing it wrong.

So...North Conway was great. I went up for a weekend getaway with Andrea and the pup. (The hotel we stayed at was wacky, awesome, and allowed pets. Good times.)

I also was hoping to utilize northern NH's darker skies to try more star-trail type shots in a more astronomically-brilliant kind of setting.
That didn't work out so much...But I continued to screw around with new methods. Mostly to no avail. I did come up with the below shot. Which, in all of it's unrealistic glory, still looks kind of neat.

More experimenting soon. I will get this right, I swear. :)