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shipwreck festival, 2014!

overall, for my first craft show in about 8 years, i think it went well. the weather wasn’t super cooperative, the crowd was smaller than last year, and the majority of shoppers were there for the garage sale booths.  i still made back the money i put into it, plus a little extra. i talked to a ton of great people, i got some good feedback, and did something that made me incredibly nervous.

whenever i do something in spite of panic attacks and insomnia and self-doubt, i feel like the simple fact that i did it is pretty awesome. 

it felt good to get back into the swing of things.  i have ideas for things i want to work on, and i just found out the farmer’s market in my town is not charging a vendor fee because it’s their first year! so i will try out some new things there as well. 

overall, i feel good about what i did.

A Short Story

The bear’s head in the window made me stop.

I looked up at the sign

and went in.

The shelves were brimming with boxes and a sign overhead read:

The owner saw me reading it and added, 

“If we don’t have it, you probably don’t need it." 

I smiled and looked around the ceiling.

My eyes widened.

"Do you want to see out back?” he offered.

“Does it get better or worse,” I asked.

“Come!” He said and led me past the furnace 

and through a door above which two signs were posted.

Too bad about the smoking.

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The Shot
This shot was taken near Deception Pass State Park in Northern Washington. I have geo-tagged the location, so you may be able to hunt it down. Best of luck…..

TIPS: HDR Reality Check
There is a lot of shitty over the top HDR out there. One of the biggest mistakes I see is unrealistic lighting. There are a few reality checks I like to do with myself while processing a picture, they are as follows.
1.Is the ground darker than the sky? It is hard to think of a situation when it would not be. Even a reflection of the sun, should be dimmer than the sun itself.
2.Is everything exposed? It should not be. There should be dark spots as well as light spots through out the photo. Your eye is not capable of exposing everything, so to make your pics look realistic make sure to do this sanity check while processing.
3.Is everything in focus? It shouldn’t be, at least in landscape photography, as your field of vision travels to more distant places in a picture, they shouldn’t be as sharp. Depending on where you focus your eyes, the fore ground may be blurry as well.

I got my 50mm f/1.4G in the mail yesterday!!! Awesome lens, had fun just messing around with it at the house. Off to Vegas this weekend, without the camera, should be a nice break.

Enjoy….


Details/Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and Quick Release Clamp + Nikon D800 L-Bracket