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Below The Spillway

Another from this weekend at Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma.
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Finally! Flashlight functionality on my iPhone that doesn't display ads, ask for my location, or require use of the microphone!

(If you have been using a third-party flashlight app, you know what I'm talking about...)

#apple #ios7 #flashlight  
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My review of the Square Register app

It looks like Square addressed most of the issues I brought up in my first review a couple years ago. (Multiple Price Points, CSV support for importing & exporting with Excel.) In this review, I detail how I used Excel to populate my inventory.

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Review of 2013 Arts Festival Oklahoma at OCCC – "A Creative Arrangement of Box Fans"

It must always be hot during this show. It's a cosmic rule of the universe.


Their paperwork said that the check-in booth would close at 6:00pm, and since I was running late, I called ahead to be sure. (Didn't want to go through a similar mess as Mayfest earlier in the year.)

    "Let me check.. Yes sir, we will be packing up at 6pm."
    Well, in order for me to arrive on time, it would be best if I left my artwork at home tonight. How long will I be allowed to park in the (much closer) customer lot in order to unload in the morning?
    "Let me check.. Oh, unfortunately artists cannot park next to the show."
    I know we have our own parking a quarter-mile away, but I just need to unload a few things, and my items are too big to fit in the golf cart shuttles you have for us.
    "I'm sorry sir, you'll have to park in Lot D tomorrow."
    I know that, but.. oh heck with it, gotta go. I'm in a hurry.

I was able to bring one box of canvases (instead of two), and two cases of prints (instead of five), but by damn, I was there by 5:45pm! I checked in, got a sandwich, and proceeded to set up. 6pm.. 6:30.. 7pm. The check-in booth was still there.

7:30pm — I get a voicemail from a fellow photographer who will be at the show:

    "I'm just now heading out, and I'll be there about 8:pm. I was wondering if you could get my booth number the next time you walk by the check-in tent. Thanks!"

Lem is still there chatting with a couple folks. (Lem runs the show, he's a good guy. And unfortunately I didn't get to talk to him over the phone when I was running late.) Not only do they allow me to tell John his booth number over the phone, but they send a volunteer to his empty booth spot and drop off his check-in packet!

I call him back and tell him the good news — and we chuckle about what they told me when I threatened to show up late. Always talk to Lem, he'll make it happen!

The next morning I charged in with the rest of my artwork, parked in the customer lot right next to the show, and unloaded as if it was the thing to do. Sure enough, it was printed in the rules — we were allowed 30 minutes to unload from the customer lot.

Saturday, the slow day. the hot day.

I knew it was going to be slow on Saturday:

- Oklahoma State University, kickoff at 2:30pm.
- University of Oklahoma, kickoff at 6:00pm.

Seeing a couple of folks go through the show on bicycles was the equivalent of seeing tumbleweeds go by.

Sunday, slow and steady

Sunday was still slow because the weather was still trying to figure itself out.

Monday, the show comes to life!

Monday has been the strongest day of this show for as long as I've attended it.

Student Interviews

I get interviewed at this show at least twice. Having a show like this on a college campus is a prime opportunity for teachers to create art-related projects for students. It's pretty cool: kids get to pick my brain, and I– get to pick my brain too!

They all ask roughly the same stuff:

* “What got you started in photography?"
* “How long have you been doing this?"
* “Describe your style?"

But this one threw me: “What does your art mean to you?"

(Don't accidentally blurt out “I do it for the money.." It deflates the art, and besides, according to the IRS, I don't make any money after expenses anyway.)

I hemmed and hawed and carried on. It really got me thinking.

-- I am selective about which photos appear in my booth. It not only needs to be a technically strong photo, but it has to “move" me. Things that move me tend to stand out against the backdrop of everyday experience. Due to societal norms and constructs, most members of modern society experience roughly the same stuff every day — we wake up and eat breakfast, we go to work, we go shopping, we watch TV, we goof off, we go to bed. What parts of my personal experience stand out from that?
-- Being a static visual medium, there are only certain attributes that the vehicle of photography can communicate. I therefore have to translate my life experience into that relatively limited set of attributes.
-- After a few years of shooting, I have created an “ideal photo" in my head. I can't really see it, but I can tell that it has certain attributes. Each of my experiences in life gets compared to the set of attributes of that ideal, and if it compares favorably, I take that photo. From one photo to the next, the composition can change, the subject matter can change, but I am searching for as many parts of that ideal as I can. The viewer therefore never sees a full set of differences between my life and theirs, only the ones that match my ideal set.
-- So, what are the attributes of that ideal? It's difficult to put into words, but it gets easier once I get the collection of work together. You could call it my style. It defines a relationship between a certain amount of smoothness and texture, structure and disorder, warm and cool tones, light and dark values.
-- In summary, I enjoy the vehicle of creation: employing synaesthesia — experiencing one medium, and outputting another. In my case, I experience the richness of life, and I translate it into the relatively simple visual medium of photography.
-- “What are your influences?" — I am only influenced by other photographers in regards to using photographic tools. In regards to subject matter, I am more influenced by other artistic media which contain attributes of my "ideal". If I were only influenced by the same medium in which I create, I believe my work would be very weak.
-- This process of creation is automatic. I have little control over it — it just happens. My art exists because I exist.

I had to apologize for being rambly, but I think there's a coherent thought in there somewhere. :)

In Summary
It’s not my best show, but it’s far from being the worst. Sales are about 50% off my best shows, but I can still cover my expenses.

Quotes and Oddities

-- "That’s a bit high for prints!" Well, not according to the folks who bought them. HA!
-- "So it only took you ONE SECOND to take that photo of Monument Valley, and you have the GALL to charge $550 for it? That should be a lot cheaper!"

Full Review on my website:
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I suggested that they get huge air conditioning trucks and hook them up to the big circus tents. But that would block off visitors from the stage (heck, pipe in the audio over a PA system! something!)
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Have him in circles
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It's been nearly a year since my first photo shoot with +Cabins in Broken Bow , but they recently (finally!) updated their website. It contains over 400 photos I shot for them:
(They acquired "The Cliffhouse" after my last photo shoot. I may have to help them with that one.. :)

Project Details
2700 exposures, 452 complete photos.
Three photo shoots: February, May, and September 2013.

Development - This is what took so damned long.
Since the schedule required me to take most of the photos during broad daylight, I decided to shoot multiple exposures and use Lightroom's 32-bit TIFF support to create HDR images. This has all the advantages of HDR (fantastic dynamic range), and none of the disadvantages (no halos, no gritty textures, no clown-puke colors).

Except for the photos taken during golden hour, most images were 5-7 exposures.

This project helped me find what appears to be a memory leak in Photoshop.

My workflow would go like this:
- Select bracketed photos in Lightroom (after syncing the crop, lens correction, and white balance)
- Open them in Photoshop HDR
- Click 'save' in the HDR window, then save the resulting TIFF file.
- Develop in Lightroom.
- Repeat.

My computer uses the 64bit version of Windows 7 on an Intel i7 with16GB RAM. Every time I would invoke Photoshop's HDR feature, Photoshop would consume 10GB of RAM (I could watch it stair-step it's way up for each exposure it was blending in.) If I didn't close Photoshop between creating each HDR image (in other words, if I tried to create two HDR files with the same session of Photoshop), Windows itself would issue an "Out of Memory" error and Photoshop would stop creating the file.

Sure, each exposure is a 36 megapixel 38-45MB file, but still.. Why doesn't Photoshop do a better job of cleaning up after itself?

Anyway, it's all done (except for the new cabin :)

Easter Egg / Photo Credit
Even though there's photo credit in the footer of the site, look close at some of the televisions -- I not only added photos to some of the screens, but I added my name as the brand:
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Fog lifting off the spillway at Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma.

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OMG, Scott Kelby said I'm a very good photographer! (forward to 38:28) ...but my portfolio is "all over the place."

The Grid: Episode 112 - Portfolio Intervention

I really do shoot everything. Honing this down will be a lengthy process.

My reaction to the critique:
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get it together mang... lol  your stuff is awesome!
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It's been so warm lately that the squirrels have to take a break from climbing all over the place.

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Interesting.. people are linking to my stuff on Pinterest. I guess it's a good thing!
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