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UPDATED 12/28: 2011 Year in Photos Galleries

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It’s that time of year again. The 2011 Year in Photos galleries are beginning to be posted. Instead of endlessly searching the web, why not come here to check them out in one convenient place? Check back daily for updates.

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December 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

Summerset

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Work From the Workshop

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Whew! My apologies for the lack of new posts lately. I have been busy recharging. Last week I attended the Rich Clarkson Sports Photography Workshop in Colorado Springs. What an experience! Here are a few of the pictures I made on a self-assigned shoot during the workshop. Special thanks to “Billy” Blair for taking time out of racing to shoot a few portraits and for allowing me to strap an unwieldy remote rig to the fork on his bike. I promise I will use a lighter camera next time!

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Assignment First: Water Polo Player Portrait

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I love “assignment firsts”. Making a portrait of a high school water polo player for the Columbine Courier sports section was definitely a first for me. I didn’t know we even had non-collegiate water polo clubs in Colorado.

High School LAX Opener

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I posted a single from the LAX opener the other day.  After looking at my full take, I decided that I should post a few more from the game. Enjoy.

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March 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

2011 CHSAA State Wrestling: Day 1

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Off to an interesting start. The first match I was supposed to photograph was over before it started. Due to a questionable medical call, a 3A heavy weight wrestler from Clear Creek High School was disqualified. I’m not a doctor but to me the injury in question was nothing but mat burn. The medical personnel for CHSAA though it might have been something more serious. It’s tough break for the kid, who is a senior, and will now miss his last opportunity to wrestle.

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5 Trends In Photography That Need To Die In 2011

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  1. HDR. Congratulations. Your talent is in using Photoshop not in using a camera. High Dynamic Range looks unnatural and needs to go the way of the dinosaur.
  2. Over-toning images in sports photojournalism contests. Stop boosting the saturation on your sports images to obscene, Willy-Wonka-like levels. It doesn’t make your lack of composition or lack of ability to capture peak sports action any less obvious. You shoot digital, not Velvia.
  3. Shooting everything at f1.2. Great. Another picture of a door knob shot at f1 point something. You paid a lot for your 50mm. Don’t be afraid to stop down every once in while, would ya?
  4. Back lit outdoor portraits. Its the only image I see on wedding and senior picture portfolios these days. Give it a rest. Try lighting a portrait or even better yet turn around and use the best available light there is – the sun.
  5. Verticals. Happy new year!

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January 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

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Good Late Afternoon Light at State Soccer

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November 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

DAM’s “Exposure” Exhibit Lacks Depth of Field

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When it comes to photography “Denver is a mile high and an inch deep,” said one of my former college professors. He was right. Last week I checked out the Denver Art Museum’s newest photo exhibit “Exposure” and I left with more questions than experiences.

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May 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

iPad for Photographers Link Roundup

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Now that the iPad with 3G is out I figured it was time to take a look at how photographers could utilize one. I have rounded up a selection of links related to the iPad, photography and blogging. Check it out.

  • iLounge.com – Reviews: Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • photo.net – Is The iPad a Serious Tool for Photographers?
  • youtube.com – Photogene (app) for iPad video
  • youtube.com – PixelMagic (app) for iPad video tutorial
  • wordpress.com – WordPress for iPhone OS 2.4 with iPad support for mobile blogging
  • photoshelter.com – Wider Angles: The Apple iPad. Publishing Evolution? Photography Revolution?

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April 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm

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