Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rock Climbing

Last Sunday morning, Jeremy and I left the house around 6:30 a.m. and headed up to Tahoe to meet up with our friend Chris and his friend Paul, who were going to let us photograph them climbing. Our friend Kat, an amazing writer, was there taking notes for an article. We started at the climbing gym where Chris works. I'm not even a climber, but this place was freakin' amazing! Jeremy used to do some climbing around the D.C. area, so he had a blast getting back in touch with it today!


After the gym, Chris took us to Trippy Rock. The view from the rock was pretty impressive! Definitely not too shabby of a place to spend a morning.

Jeremy went to the top of the rock, anchored in and then stepped off the edge and suspended himself in order to get photos of the climbers from above.

All in all it was a successful day, and I learned a lot about vantage points and the images rock climbers would be looking for. We have a plan to go out again on the 24th, this time to Shakespeare Rock, apparently a location that hasn't been climbed much recently, and which needs cleaning up.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Photographing a Rock Climber

Our friend, Chris, will be letting us photograph him doing some rock climbing in early April. I'm really excited! He's a great guy and a very experienced climber, and climbing in this part of the world is, well, fairly well breathtaking. :) I've shot Chris in the past, for family portraits and personal ones, and he's great to work with, so I'm very excited!

Not a whole lot of other photography projects on board right now. There's lots of design (freelance) work at the moment, which I hope to have finished within the next couple weeks, plus we are renovating our back yard, as some of you know, to include two ponds, a huge waterfall, and a natural-looking river between the two. It's looking pretty great so far! But it's time-consuming, that's for sure. However, when it's all complete, it should open up a whole new avenue for photographing songbirds, so you'll probably see a lot more of those from me in the future. :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

And so it begins.

The new web site is about 40% done. I plan to give it the ol' college push the next couple weeks to see if I can't get it to at least about 80%, which would make it at least "functioning." Let me tell you, I am getting a crash course (emphasis on "crash") in java and css. Lots of frustration, but also lots of excitement as things get figured out. I spent last night lamenting to Jeremy that I did not understand how someone who used to program COBOL (me) could not figure out how to manipulate some of this code to do what I want it to do. Well, slow and steady wins the race, and this is a race I plan to win! Hopefully before I chuck the laptop out the window. ;)

This will be the place I talk about the projects we're working on, trips we have planned, discoveries we're making, etc. I look forward to communicating with other photographers and designers (those I know and those I haven't yet met). Stay tuned! 2009 is going to be an exciting year!