“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum.” ~ Ansel Adams
I have this ongoing list of sorts, like a bucket list kinda, but more like a revisit bucket list. I had only planned on hanging out in Zion for a couple of days assuming that I could simply scoop up a pile of amazing images before exploring a few more locations in Southern Utah. The overcast weather was of course not part of my vision of said plan.
Again, another location for the “revisit” list
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So lets just get right to it. I promised you a weekly post of an artist (or artists) that cross my radar from time to time on these weekly Sunday evening posts. Once your make that kind of promise, Im not sure how it happens, but it seems like the days absolutely FLY by! Lets get back on track now, shall we
Meet the Artist – Pentatonix
The open air their canvas and their harmonious voices their paintbrush.
I was originally introduced to this acapello act by a collaboration with Lindset Stirling on a remake of Radioactive. Apperently they were intruduced to the world on one of those “So you think you can sing or dance Americas best talent voice” kinda shows. (you know what I mean) Not sure exactly as I don’t watch too much TV, but thats what I hear. They have been making quite a splash on Youtube for a while though and as we are in the season, this recent creation showed up on my stream the other day and what can I say.
Or click here to enjoy the art of Pentatonix
And the image Mike, what does that have to do with the amazing video you posted of yourself?
Nothing at all really, just grabbed a quick one from the pile for this post.
Oh, OK….I guess
Better that nothing right?
Well……not sure about that
I share another one tonight so check back for that
Well, enjoy the video…..
(man this is a stupid post!)
Quick tip Tuesday – How to edit video in photoshop
Or watch the video here
“Two golden hours somewhere between sunrise and sunset. Both are set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered. They are gone forever.” - Horace Mann
We are all given a gift every morning. An opportunity to get up to see the new day awaken and if you are lucky, usher in it’s existence with a slash of brilliant color and light. Do I personally always get up to great this amazing gift myself? Well……
Lately though, I have been setting up the D800 to capture those time-lapse moments right off the balcony. In fact, I have done that for 6 days straight and hope to share it here soon in a short clip. will probably be about 10 days of sunrises I think. Can you think of a catchy name I can use? Best name gets a cookie! Or better yet, a link to your art
The Daily Image – Golden Morning in Captiva
This image as a print as well as many more!
and then of course, part deux……
Meet the Artist – Gary Vaynerchuk
As I mentioned when I started this Sunday theme, I have a broad definition of the word Artist. Sure, we’ll get around to profiling some amazing photographers, digital painters, and movie makers here with this topic as I know that a few of my followers (like myself) love to be introduced to inspiring creatives! For tonight though, lets look into the art of sharing your story. This might come easy to some, but for me has always been a little bit of a struggle I think. I guess its with that thought that I would like to introduce (for those who haven’t heard of him by now) to Gary Vaynerchuk.
I am presently plowing through his amazing book called the Thank You Economy. The world is changing….rapidly! Gary has an uncanny knack for being right on and just ahead of the curve in all things social media, branding, marketing, promoting, and as he like to put it…”Telling your own unique and powerful story in a noisy social world”.
Here is a little bit more about him from a New York Times article….
As an entrepreneur and owner of a couple of businesses myself, this has always been I have realized the importance of, yet struggle a bit with. You might understand that as well if you are reading this too! Keeping your eye on these ever changing platforms and ways to tell YOUR unique story takes a little work. Knowing that and as a life long learner, I am constantly looking out for artists to learn from.
His latest creation, Jab Jab Jab Right Hook (as seen below), should be here any day. I look forward to hearing a little more about how this artist paints the pages with his brilliant and colorful words. Click the book below or here for more about the new book!
For a little peak into his vision and style of delivery, check out the video below. He is SPOT ON on a few point here don’t ya think?
Or watch the video here!
As always, I hope you like these little peaks into the creative workings of random artists. I tag them with “Meet the Artist” so you can always link back to them with the categories pull down tab to the right.
Have an amazing and creative week
Oh yeah, I almost forgot ….
HERE ARE A FEW MORE PLACES TO FOLLOW AND FIND MORE MARKETING AND INSPIRATION FROM GARY VAYNERCHUK
“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.” - C. JoyBell C.
I think I share this experience with a few of you out there. The day is coming to a close, the sky is turning into an amazing display of color, you’re driving along in a strange place, and you have no idea where to pull off and capture the beauty unfolding before you!
Been there too many times myself!
Hardest part about this place was finding a legal parking spot to leave the car actually.
Click click….all right…..lights gone, back to the car.
No ticket, perfect!
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“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha
Into the woods with the kit. Cel phone off. Look, listen, and immersing myself. Looking for light. Unplugged and loving it!
I chatted a bit here in this post about capturing the energy of the waterfall. Check that out if you have a few minutes, but its pretty simple. The geeky details for this kinda shot? This one was 100 ISO at 8 seconds and an aperture of f16. Could have shaved that down a few seconds and closed the aperature of course, or used a neural density filter. Either way, its about limiting the light a bit to get that soft look…if that’s what you want.
For this one, I then “painted” in a few little chunks of light to highlight the rock tops and water. Subtle, but still there.
Now that I look at it a bit deeper, I could have vacuumed the place up a bit though don’t ya think? Geeez! Next time
Upon my realization that yet another Tuesday was here already (man do the days fly by!), I created this for ya today. Sure they are random, but all good tips (most of them at least)
Let me know what ya think!
Quick Tip Tuesday – A few random tips (I mean REALLY random)
I chat a bit about…
- Lens hood storage
- Pelican cases for memory card storage
- Reversing the memory cards after use
- Small tripods
- Backing up images during uploading from Lightroom in the field
- The camera strap by UpStrap
Or click here for the video!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
“To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.” – Albert Einstein
I spend quite a bit of time doing just that. Sure there are a few necessary items on the “to do” list for tomorrow…..not all of which I might choose to do if given absolute freedom of choice, but for the most part , I try to stay focussed on the importance of fueling my creative soul. One of those ways is to carve out a little time every evening that I can to “play” in the digital darkroom.
The Daily Image – Reaching for Water in Utah
I love the texture of these crooked branches on the these trees that are part of the scene throughout a lot of Southern Utah. They seem so fragile and thirsty. Almost ready to completely crack apart.
I had a few images in my minds eye that I could have created with these unique caracters that seemed to perform on these open landscaped stages, and this is not one of theme. Funny how you can look at a shot while processing it and say to yourself “Why didn’t I compose this with a little more depth and awareness to levels of detail. Maybe a little more foreground? Perhaps I should have given a little more space for the old tree to act out in the space. Next time I guess
So many ways to express a scene like this though. Just as I exported it from lightroom, I decided to work it just a few more minutes as the saturation seemed to be fighting the aridness of the location. I think I might like the one below better. What do you think? Click either of them to see them a little larger!
And switching gears…
Its time to introduce another amazing artist….
Meet the Artist – Casey Neistat
I am pretty sure I linked to this guys video below a while ago. He is an amazing independent moving image creator out of New York. As a traveler myself, I loved the energy and vitality he portrayed in this trek across the globe.
Or watch the video here
His work recently came up on my radar again as I was searching for some car information the other day. His 3 part creation for the Mercedes CLA250 is pretty cool! After watching that, as is easy to do, I ventured down the rabbit hole called the internet and found a few more clips that I thought were pretty unique, like the one below. Pretty clever (and freaking funny!) way to bring a little awareness to a problem in the city
And finally, as I dug a bit deeper into the hole, I found this one. I’ve always like the “behind the scenes” look into the artists cave. Its a little longer but definitely work a peek.
Or watch the video here
Or watch the video here
I Hope you like these little peaks into the creative workings of random artists. I tag them with “Meet the Artist” so you can always link back to them with the categories pull down tab to the right. I know that these videos might be a bit to digest in one viewing, but you can always some back later!
Have an amazing and creative week
Here are a few more places to follow and find more creations from Casey Neistat
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius
I’m not exactly a morning person, Ill be the first to admit it. To capture some of these amazing light shows however, you have to put all that aside though and just do it. Prep of gear in the evening is a good idea to get you on the right track. This one was kind of a cake walk for me though. The Hyatt in Kauai, Hawaii…..right on the water, I mean its right there! Not too many excuses to miss this one!
The Daily Image – A Sunrise in Kauai
To find this odd little beach of cavelike structures, I wandered a little up the beach and through a palm tree canopy covered path, flashlight in tow, to see what I could find. Although I didn’t see any of them, judging by all of the little tracks in the sand, I think that some of these little coves and outcrops were home to a few thousand large birds….perhaps gulls?
Not sure where they were, but I crashed one of their pads for a while to enjoy the gift that was unfolding itself in the Hawaiian sky.
Yeah, this one was worth getting up for!
And, a little late but….
Quick Tip Tuesday – Using the AE lock with the iPhone
So, first off, like I mentioned in the video (the poorly recorded one below!), I was a little late in getting this one out. I’ll post a better video about this topic later with a screen shot as well as some of my favorite apps I like to use.
The short and skinny on the tip is this. To lock exposure on your iPhone (and perhaps a few other smart phones as well) all you have to do is place and HOLD your finger on the spot on your screen that you want to expose the image for and thats it…its locked in. You can then move the phone around, recompose, and your exposure will stay locked until you take the image (or turn off the camera)
You can watch the video of course for a MUCH longer and somewhat more confusing explanation….
And of course for more of my iphoneography, you can follow me here on Instagram or Facebook
Hey folks! On the road now for a couple of days lighting an event in O town…Orlando, FL….house of the Mouse…..Disney….
Crazy hours, but thats part of what we love about the biz! And when I say biz, I am referring to the world of special event lighting. Here is a quick link for more of that!
But its break time for me now.
Just about to pack it in for the night after a couple of very long days and realized that its meet the artist night!
Here’s a good one…Anthony Bourdain!
He’s on the radar tonight as his finale is on CNN for Parts Unkown. I have been a longtme fan of his since his amazing series of stories about his travel journeys on the Travel Channel with No Reservations. If you haven’t seen the art of Anthony yet, well,…… you might be hanging out in a cave. His brand is becoming mainstream as he is on CNN now, but if you still have not been exposed to his art, here is a short clip of some of the art he delivers to the world.
All right, its not short…but sometimes art takes a little while to unfold.
His team with Zero Point Zero Productions, Zak, Todd, all the producers…..these people are all par t of the art.
How cool to be able to create and share your passion with the world right?
I think so….
Here’s a quick video I posted a while back….before his CNN show, about a dream job of mine.
Funny that I even shared this, but hey, sounds pretty cool don’t ya think?
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
Sometimes I wonder what drives the artist. Why do we continue and strive to make things, create more, and share it all. Then I stop and say why ask why. Just keep creating!
I saw another great quote at the end of a post by Colin Wright on his Exile Lifestyle blog last night that said…
A philosophy unlived is doomed to remain mere theory: as useless to its owner as a book never read or food never eaten.
Think. Do. Learn. Share. And grow.
Guess that sums it up!
The Daily Image – Deep Sky Over a Cathedral in Dublin
I forgot about an old trick for applying textures to images and decided to play around with this one I snapped in Dublin. Ill post a video soon about how I created it!. Make sure and subscribe to the channel here not to miss any updates!
And as far as making art…..like Andy said, why they are deciding, make even more art! I guess thats the only thing you could call this clip below! Not sure why, but I think Ive watched it over a half a dozen times…..LOL. Enjoy
late for meeting from dlew on Vimeo.