Tuesday at Thursday’s

I’ve become popular enough shooting at Studio 526 that I’m starting to get invited to other events. I spent Tuesday night getting to shoot at Thursday’s lounge in Akron, getting to see the light shows put on by some of Akron’s flow artists. I wound up coming home with a ton of photos, so I’m splitting this into two galleries. Feel free to share around the photos. If you like what I do, and want to help support me so I can keep shooting events like this, it would be fantastic if you could click that ‘Donate’ button up in the right hand side of the site. That would amazing.


Purple and Black

DSC_0368I once again find that, between news freelancing, wedding photography, and personal projects, I am shooting faster than I can edit. I’m steadily attacking the backlog between more shooting, landscaping, and planning my own wedding, but time is still tight. So, until I get the meatier posts up, enjoy this flower photo I shot on the side during an engagement shoot.

Snow Rollers

I discovered a particular phenomenon as I was walking into the apartment today. Large snow rings had either formed or been constructed near the main door of my building. After some extreme Facebook research, we discovered that these are called snow roller. They’re formed when the wind catches a bit of snow and it rolls, cartoon style, picking up more as it goes. The center collapses and you have a snow roller.


My New Toys

I took a little bit of time tonight to play with some of new figurative and literal toys. I strapped my new flash triggers and honeycomb to my SB700 to get a spot-light effect that I could use on a smaller subject. Then, noticing that the light was too harsh, I diffused that with a sheet of notebook paper. But, lacking real models, I grabbed a couple of the action figures that I’ve accumulated for just just such occasions.

The Garlic Press


I like garlic. A lot. How much is a lot? Enough to break through this solid, hefty, stainless steel garlic press inside a year’s worth of use. Cards on the table, I’m more impressed than anything.  It’s been sitting on our fridge for a while because I’ve been meaning to shoot it, but never did. BUT, I got myself a flash honeycomb for Christmas, and could think of no better trial run for my new toy.


The honeycomb fits over the flash, focusing the light through those holes in the frame to make a spotlight effect.


Max helped me demonstrate the spotlight effect for Karen.

Cherry Blossom

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Sometimes things just have a way of working out. I was shooting these cherry blossoms when the new, heavy-duty light I had purchased not two hours before decided to self combust. At first, I thought it was a power outage, but I still wanted to keep shooting. I had the idea to take advantage of the settings I was already using to shoot. The timer I was using to prevent camera shake let me maneuver myself into position by my light tent. To light the subject, I took advantage of the long exposure time to trigger my flash manually by hitting the “test” button while the shutter was open.

As glad as I am with these images though, Home Depot still owes me a new light.