Sunday, November 30, 2008

Odd looking Bird

War EagleI was walking down this little path the other day and I saw this funny bird like an orange chicken, but it kind of reminded me of a plucked eagle I saw once before. Anyway, I took a shot and I love how the background was blurred just ever so much to allow the viewer to focus on the foreground. I thought I would share is photo with you. If you would like to see more of my photos simply click here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Just Good Photography

I just happen to run across this site that has some wonderful photography. It is called ESPN. I mean look at that photo on the left; no blur, sharp, caught the player helping the other player to the ground. I mean this is just a great photo.
For more great photos like this just click here.

Studio Lighting

I ran across this site a couple of months back and well just plain forgot about it. But, the site has a lot of info and stuff about Studio Lighting. It is a pretty good site. Check them out by clicking here.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Best AFP photos in this year

This is a neat site and it has great photos as well.
If you get some time, you should visit this site. by simply clicking here.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Turner Field Site Set-upToday I went to Turner Field to do a little more shooting. All in all it was a good day of shooting. I would have liked to have gotten more, and better shots but this is the first time I have ever shot like this. It was different.
Feel free to check out my other photos in this set, simply click here.

Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyHappy Thanksgiving to all! Off to Turner field today to work on my essay.


A Night in the Dekalb County Jail

Cooking SiteI have just spent the past few hours in the Dekalb County jail. Why? Well, Thank You for asking. This was the third site for my photo essay. My set was the Dekalb Country Jail Kitchen, posted photo. Notice no uniform lighting! The light varied by 3 - 4 stops depending on where you where standing. I was luckly enough to notice this early before I spent hours shooting. Anyway, I will be updating this as I shoot, so keep checking back. Take time to check out my photo on flicker, just click here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Photo Barn, Big Sale

Today, while in Photo Barn, I learned they are having a huge sale starting Friday. 10-75 % off in stock items. I have my eye on a few items already. Got some free time check them out.

New Environmental Shots

Bike ShopI did a little more environmental shooting today at the BB bike shop. They were some nice people and are willing to help when the help is needed. Check them out and my flickr.

Infrared DSLR

With the advent of digital cameras it is now possible to photograph infrared light with your digital camera and greatly simplify the infrared photography process. To read more click here.If you have not seen this site and you are thinking of IR shoots, then by all means check it out.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Executive Portraits

Assignment5_4The executive portrait sessions went very well today. Kevin, Nelson, Justin and myself teamed up to tackle our assigned people. However, during one of our waits, I found a new reflection to shoot. That is the reflection of people throught the bottles of coke (soda) vending machine.. Check out the other executive portraits on my flickr. Simply Click Here.

Smithsonian Photographic Services

Smithsonian Photographic Services (SPS) is the Smithsonian's central source for the creation, processing, distribution and archival storage of photographs and digital images. They have several collections to view. Recently, the Smithsonian has opened a new interactive imaging service, check it out by clicking here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Casino for Cars?

Casino for CarsI found this casino in New Mexico and for the life of me I could not figure out where the people casino was located. I drove around but all I could see were cars.
Got time, check out my flickr photos, just click here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Glen Wexler - Pushing the Boundaries

Glen Wexler is an award winning photographic artist well known for pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, creating digitally enhanced photo illustrations of manufactured or altered realities. His images are exhibited internationally, appearing on nearly 300 album covers, and on countless advertising campaigns. Take some time to check out his work, just click here.

On the Cover of the PhotoSho

What happens when you get photographers wanting to start a second career as a musician? Well watch this video and you'll find out. Just a little Sunday morning humor.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Photo Printing

Have you given much thought to printing after you leave the program? Some might have their own gaint geewhiz printer and others have no clue. I have used different outside souces and I like myphotopipe. They are an Atlanta based company, so you can go talk to them, they give you the profiles of their printers, and they are somewhat quick. If you are not sure, open an account and have one printed so you can judge for yourself.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Canon, Chapter 11?

I heard of this on Thursday, did some reasearch on Friday night and found this. It appears Canon is not filing chapter 11, but the fullfillment company is going belly up. Read the Article by clicking here.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Poor little bear

HPSMr. Bear is really earning his money during the holiday portraits. Lets see he has been a model, he has been choked, pushed around and now this.
The set went well tonight, I finally got a shot in, well other than this one.
Check out more of my shots on flickr, just click here.

Interview of Darren, by Katie Darby

This is an interview of myself by Katie Darby. Here some of my thoughts about photography and what I am focusing on after leaving the photo program at Gwinnett Tech.

Also, check out the new instructions for the MP3 Player Cover by clicking here.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Freelance Dilemma

To survive the creative, economic and emotional chaos of a life in photography your career must be designed for longevity. To achieve longevity, you must reconcile the conflict between what you shoot for money and what you love to shoot. This Freelance Dilemma by Doug Menuez addresses this conflict. To read full Article click here.

Environmental Photo

Here is another of my environmental photos. This gentleman looked real happy at his job, not something you see everyday. So, if he likes his environment this much, then we should share in his excitement. Like to see more check out my flickr.

Interview with Katie Darby, Part II

Katie Darby is a Gwinnett Tech Photography Student that has produced several wonderful photos. Take time and listen to the interview.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Holiday Portraits

Gwinnett Tech Photography

Check out my flickr sets.

We have talked a lot about the holiday Portrait set and the photographers but we can never forget our partners the LQ folks. They provide support for us and we should give them the thanks due. Go grab a LQ person and tell'em thanks!

Digital Foci Pocket Album

Digital Foci is now shipping the Pocket Album Deluxe OLED 2.8 photo viewer. The new viewer fits right in your pocket, comes with viewing stand, carrying case, and wrist strap, and is available in popular colors of Red, Sky Blue and Charcoal. The 2.8" (320 x 240) OLED screen offers a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and runs on Li-Polymer batteries with 5 hours of battery life. The device holds over 4,000 photos, and photos can be viewed by manual scrolling or with a slideshow. The Pocket Album Deluxe OLED 2.8 is priced at $99... (more) Another gadget to carry around. We need a utility belt for all the stuff!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Holiday Portrait Pressure

GwinnettTech Holiday PortraitsI am tried of you looking at me Mr. Bear!!! Every time I come in you just stare at me, never again!!

To see my entire flckr set click here.

Peeping Tom or Runaway balloon?

Hot Air BalloonThis morning while having my coffee and recovering from my 12 hour day in the studio on Sunday, I heard this noise coming from outside. I looked through the blinds and WOW a hot air balloon coming straight for me! After missing some tree tops they just went sailing away. I tired to get their names, but I don't think they were giving me much mind. Check out the flickr for all the shoots.

Blue and Green Screen Photography

During our holiday background issues, the blue and green screen visual effects seem to pop up in our conversation. I found this web site that has several links and suppliers, in case any of you are interested. Also, perhaps the lower quarter can start looking into this for next year??

The website is called Blue and Green Screen Photography. Check them out.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


The orbis™ turns your standard SLR flash/strobe into a ring flash for fast, easy, beautiful, shadowless lighting effects using equipment you already own !
The much-awaited Orbis Ring Flash adapter is finally coming off the production lines. Enlight Photo has moved from a teaser site to the Full Monty, with lots more details and pix.

Orbis is the first (non-DIY) competitor to the Ray Flash, and lowers the entry cost for a commercial ring flash adapter.

More details, FAQ, pix, etc., at Orbis website.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sam Parker and Joe Tsambiras from Art Relish on Vimeo.

“Majestic Hours” showcases the collaborative drawings of Parker and Tsambiras, at Beep Beep Gallery through December 2. Video from David Allen Jones

Take heed Nikon'ers, there is a new Olympus in town

In September, at Photokina, Olympus announced they had a new Four Thirds digital SLR in the works. The new 12.3-megapixel Olympus E-30 is designed to fall between the E-520 and the flagship E-3. It shares many of the high-end features of the E-3 in a smaller, lighter body, less expensive body. Olympus calls the target E-30 buyer the “Creator.” It’s aimed at artists, designers, illustrators, art students, and other creative types and includes brand new technology that gives creative photographers new tools for “superior expressivity.” To read the full article click here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wow Fairies!

Wow, Fairies!I have added another photo to flickr, under the manipulations set. Feel free to check them out by clicking here and leave comments.

How would you like to wake up one day to find your child hood fantasies looking at you? Well, not you KD.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

MP3 Player Album Cover

coverWould you like to create a MP3 player album cover? I have the directions to do this, just click here for a PDF document.

A Quick note. If your MP3 player seems to just stop working for unknown reasons, you might want to try deleting your browser history and temp internet files.

Interview with Katie Darby

This is an interview with Katie Darby, a commercial photography student at Gwinnett Tech College. She tells use about a technique of using a cereal box as soft box. So, don't run out and buy those big buck softboxs until your hear this. For more on her blogspot click here.

Interview with Candice, Underwater Photographer

Underwater Photography, wow, taking your skills to a new level. Perhaps Ms. Harkins can get us a pool put in. Check out this interview with Candice.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


SantaIn my film days, manipulations were not as easy as today. Pictured here was one of my first. This was done on a copy stand with two photos and some real off the ground leaves to add a sense of realism to the photo. Then I toned it brown. Copy stand work is interesting and just another way to enjoy your camera. You should try it someday. Oh yeah, Gwinnett Tech has a copy stand in the class room. And as I always stated, if you would like to see the entire set please click here. Would you like to make your own copy stand? Then click here.

Combat Camera

Combat Camera SoldiersNot sure if everyone knows that the military has combat camera soldiers, airman and sailors that capture a lot of the footage seen in documentaries. I worked with these soldiers for a while during my service and I had a lot of respect for these soldiers. You see they not only had to fight and defend like everyone else, but they also had other weapons they were responsible to shoot - the cameras. Think about it, sometimes you were faced with which shot do I take first, the one that might save you or your buddies life or the one that might help the public understand why we were doing what we were tasked to do. Here is a link to a sight dedicated to these soldiers, just click here and you can watch several presentations.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

True Southern Story Teller

Fill Flash, Darren Carroll, Gwinnett Tech"We went to tiger country, they put up a good fight, but then the tide rolled and it was all over." Pretty good for a three year old! Kareem was another subject of mine for the fill flash. Actually, he walked over and was trying to read the headstone. It was really neat how he would slide his fingers over the letters, trying to read the sentence. Afterwards his father asked "Kareem, what does it say" and Kareem answer "I don't know Daddy, I can't read". So, we made up this little story. I tried to capture the moment. This was taken in Lawrenceville, Georgia and he was not the planned subject of the day. If you would like to see the entire fill flash set, simply click here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

KareemMeet Kareem, he is the child model I used for the child session. But you most likely already knew this. I thought I would post the photo I will be turning in, in the morning. The complete set is still on my flickr page, just click here to see it.

Home Work Assignment, Due 13 Nov 2008

LoneyHi folks, just a freindly reminder about the homework, and a plea for someone to interview on Tuesday night, please.The homework is:
Interview in Garage Band (1:30 min, 3:00 max); Export as .mp3, burn to CD, including the garage band project file. Look under: student > Music> Garage Band; 7 Posts to the blog.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sensor Cleaning

Seeing those little blaksih gray spots on your images? Well most likely it is dust specks on your sensor. The new cameras have built in sensor cleaners, but the older ones do not. All that said, I found this article I wanted to share with you, of course on the subject of sensor cleaning. Just click here and we can go look at it.

Header Change... again

HeaderThanks for all the comments on the headers. I did make a few more changes and decided to go with this size (look up at the top of the blog). So, I have work to do changing the others. Oh yeah, the photo was taken on Route 66 between the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert in Arizona. If you would like to see the other header photos I have planned to use then simply click here.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Fill Flash

Incase you are having problems with the fill flash assignment this video might help. Rick Sammon has publish stacks of photography how to books, check some of them out - just click here.

Friday, November 07, 2008

New Header

Darren's Photography, Gwinnett Tech PhotographyI have a few new headers on Flickr. I am not sure which one I like best. Can you help? They are on my flickr account, just click here. Check them out and please let me know.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Barack can cook?

Barack can cook?Well he was or still is a Senator. He is the President elect. Some think he is the Anti-Chirst. Now it appears he is posing as a cook. Watch out Emril your job could be next!

This was taken in Buford, GA on 5 Nov 2008.

More like this on my flickr account. Just click here.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Obama Wins!

Obama Wins SignObama...
Tent Sale...
... Uhmmm...
Is this a sign?

I have created a set for the post election assignment, check it out here.


HDR processwing was a very big issue last spring, so I thought I might try to raise the issue again. Check out the YouTube video and make your own judgement.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Uneventful Election Day

Voting PlaceWell today was very uneventfull. I spent most of my day at three voting places and not much really happened at all. Folks went in, voted then left, end of story. So, I took some photos of the birds, the colorful leaves and other odds and ends. I have some posted to my flickr and should have the remainder posted by the end of the week.

Between Voting PlacesThis was a shot I took while driving between polling places. Have you ever tried to drive looking through the camera? Talking about wooow factor. It is freaky!

Flickr Photos and Right Side Text

DarrenHey folks, thought I would throw a bit more confusing HTML code at you. For those wishing to import their flickr photos to the left side of the screen and their text on the right, instead of under the photo, then grab a pencil and paper. Here we go:

  1. Go to EDIT HTML, on the edit posts screen.

  2. Look for the img html code. (underlined it for you)

  3. Insert the italicized text below between the img tag and the src tag of the line.

  4. After the src statement enter the border tag, see below. (underlined it for you)

<img style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 212px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 221px" height="240" alt="High Key" src="" width="225" border="0" />

This is an actual sample of my code, so it does work. If you have problems let me know, I will be glad to help you, oky doky. To email me click here , or leave me a comment.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Old Town Buford

Buford, GA
I have added my old town Buford photo to my Flickr account. I was inspired to create this image by the late Ansel Adams. He did alot with the sky in his photos - which really changed the feel of the photo. I thought I would give it a try.

If you would like to see the entire set then simply click here.

Transparent Copy Right

A few folks have asked me to make transparent copy right actions for photoshop and I have. However, I was thumbing though some of my 1st quarter photoshop notes, Ms. Hwang's class, and I ran arcoss her method of watermarking and creating transparent text, which by the way are the same as Scott Kelby's. In Chapter 12 of the Photoshop CS3book by Scott Kelby, he lists step by step instructions for doing this. A little different from mine but in the end they do the same thing. Oh yeah, please use it lightly. There is nothing worse than trying to look at a photo with a watermark across it.

If you would like to visit Scott Kelby's site to see all the training he does, then simply wingle your nose and click here.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Super Gator!

When I saw this photo, I could really visualize the points Ms. Finch mentioned in her lecture. Although, the expressions on the faces in the background are blurred you can still tell they are watching this Gator player fly right though the bulldogs. The player looks like superman or something. Even the expression on the bulldog player is like woooo. Great shoot. If you would like to see the entire slide show click here.

Photo: Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun

High Key

High KeyOk folks, I have posted the unedited High Key photos on flickr. Also, my set-up is there as well. And as I said in earlier posts the room was great.

Feel free to go to my flickr set (click here) and tell me which one you like best. Thanks!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Watering your Sign in the Rain

Does watering your sign in the rain really help it to grow faster? I believe that is an old wise tale!

This shot was taken adjacent to the Mall of Georgia.

Other rain feature shots click here.

The Fall and Rise of Medium Format

After the MAC on Campus presentation I did a little looking around the internet about the medium format. At one time I was shooting medium format, but sold my 645 Pro TL and picked up the 5d. One day I might go back. (Back to the post). This article is a bit long but has a lot of info. Take the time to read it, expand your photo knowledge. Click HERE to read it.
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