Monday, February 20, 2012

Opening remarks, end of winter, upcoming spring, and my love affair with Hipstamatic


Okay, so this is now the third time that I have tried blogging. I started originally back in the winter of 2009 I believe with a crazy three posts over a few weeks. The second time I spent all of 12 minutes editing the page and got side tracked by something shinny. So now here we are with attempt number three. So without further delay:

Winter Sports Drawing Down

As many of you know this has been a busy winter sports season for me. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people again this year. My normal weekly destinations of Moniteau and Slippery Rock were visited often, as well as my normal trips to Mars, Seneca Valley, Karns City, and Butler High Schools on assignment for the Butler Eagle. I got to see some amazing games and some amazing plays this season. This week has me making my annual winter journey to Clarion University and high school for District 9 basketball playoffs. What can I say, I am a sucker for the stretch of I-80.

Can I get an amen for spring?

So I admit that at one time I loved winter. I could not wait for the snow and to be huddled down in the house or out in the winter wonderland. However this year I could have cared less. I feel blessed that this winter was mild. Maybe it is the joy of not dragging gear from the car to the building and back in 9" of slush that I enjoy?

So with spring comes baseball, softball, and track season. Looking forward to this year more than years past. I have a few people that have started working with me and I think we are going to put together a killer image set this season. So keep a close eye on the galleries over at www.apeximaging.zenfolio.com this year. I promise to pull out the stops this year.

Hipstamatic - download it NOW!!!

So there are a few things to know about photographers first. Most of us work in the digital world. Digital rules the "working" world of photography now and will into the future. Let's face it, there is no way I could shoot a basketball game and have all the images posted by 2AM shooting film.

However some of us miss film. Now part might be from the cynical world of "not everybody can get a great image in film." but most of it is because of the beauty that comes out of a film image. Analog images have a soul. They might not be as crystal clear as a digital file, but are much more beautiful. You can not get the same "feel" out of an image shot on a digital body then converted (in camera or in post production) to black and white as you do shooting on 400ISO Tmax or Tri-X. There is a reason why, in my opinion, landscape photos shot on digital can not touch an Ansel Adams image. Okay, so granted that is not fair because it is Ansel Adams, but you get my point.

With that being said the Hipstamatic app (on Iphone for me) might not actually be film, but the results are almost as amazing as a film image. If you have the chance to download this app do it and have fun. My personal favorite film/lens combo is the James Minchin Rock set, but it might have been a limited time thing. This single app has given me the chance to shoot simple candid images and instantly post them to Facebook or email to friends and family. So if you can, download it and have a little fun. The image above was shot using the Hipstamatic app.

Food for Thought: Live so the preacher won't have to tell lies at your funeral.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

~Mike

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