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5 posts from September 2004

September 24, 2004

A special gallery for my blog readers

If you are reading this blog, then head on over to my 2004 Kiting Photography Portfolio. It took weeks to go through my thousands of images and pick the very best pictures from 2004 (up to this date). I'm sure some of my close friends are sick of these images already since most of them I shoved in their faces throughout the year. Those that read my blog have probably seen them all posted here. But here they are, all together for the first time. Now, if you're still reading and haven't clicked the link to the gallery yet, the password is, "portfolio".

Please take a look at all the images in the gallery and comment on those that you really like, and those that you don't. I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions.

- Thanks

September 19, 2004

I've been featured on SportsShooter.com

To my surprise I found that my portfolio on SportsShooter.com (not to be confused with my website SportsShutter.com) was featured on their homepage yesterday.

Go me!

September 16, 2004

Holy 12.4 Megapixels Batman

Nikon finally announced their new flagship professional DSLR today, the D2X. My order will be in soon.

Rob Galbraith has all the details http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-6459-7204

September 13, 2004

Crib Ramp

So my friend and co-worker Dan has been telling me a couple years now that he goes to the "Crib Ramp" on Wednesday nights to skate. I've been meaning to tag along and give try my hand at shooting skateboarding, and a couple weeks ago I did just that.

It was my first time ever standing on top of a skate ramp, let alone take pictures of skaters. Shooting freestyle at the ramp was a bit hectic, but soon I started to "see" patterns in the riding styles of some of the guys and started shooting and playing with angles. When it gets dark, they turn on this huge incandescent light hanging above the ramp. Not an easy thing to incorporate into all your pictures. So now check out some pictures from my first session at the Crib Ramp.

So last week I went back to the ramp to shoot again. I really wanted to try some off camera shots, but silly me left my flash cable back at the office. CRAP! Anyway, I did get a few shots that I liked. I really need to go back to the ramp during the day but that won't happen. We just found out that after 9 years, the city wants the ramp gone. This Wednesday is the last day to shoot. I'll be there, and this time I won't forget my flash cable.

I think I will try to shoot a little more skating.

September 12, 2004

Update Time

It has been another one of those times when I neglect my blog and let my fans down by not posting an update (that is if I really have any fans). My photography has been going strong since the King of the Bay contest. I created a killer magazine submission DVD complete with contact sheets, cross-platform slideshows and all best images in any format a mag would need for top quality printing. I submitted the disk to a number of kiting magazines and now I'm just waiting to find out what gets published. Hopefully all the time spent covering the event and post processing the images will pay off. I don't expect to ever make it rich submitting to the mags, but the satisfaction of seeing my work published and hearing from the editors that they are jazzed about my work is enough to keep me going. However I do expect to get paid and if I don't make enough money to cover expenses and equipment upgrades, I won't be able to keep this up for very long. Keep you eyes peeled for blog updates with tear sheets from my recently published work.

Coming up with fresh images is something that must happen on a normal basis. I can't expect to ever take my photography to the next level if the majority of my shots are from contests. To help my cause, a fellow kiter, Cimeron, has been helping introduce me to all the, "who's who" in the kiting world. She seems to know a lot of people. Last weekend she hooked me up with a couple pro kiters who were in town and talked her husband John, into doing a photo shoot at our local kiting spot. My main goal of the shoot was to get more practice using my waterhousing and to hopefully snag an image or two for my portfolio. The shoot went perfect! I grabbed some sick shots that easily will find a new home in my best of best portfolio. As the season is coming to an end, I really hope I can get out and do a few more water shoots before it's too late. Here are a couple choice images from the photo shoot. Like always, you can find larger versions and more images at SportsShutter.com.

A special thanks to Dan and John for riding for me. I owe you guys a drink.

Dan Gavere 0

John 1

Dan Gavere 6

John 5

More updates coming really soon... Stay tuned to hear about the "Crib Ramp", and my new digital image storage solution.