Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Aurora's Senior Photos

I feel like I have photographed everyone else's kids in the past few months... but not my own. What do they say about a Cobbler's kids?

It was a perfect weekend afternoon with stormy grey skies overhead when Aurora and I went off to Treman State Park. The leaves were changing color and everything felt cool and damp. The trail was filled with folks out for the day, enjoying the fall foliage. Trying to avoid folks walking into our photoshoot was the hardest part of the day.

Tomorrow Aurora and I zoom off to Oregon to look at more colleges. Her applications are coming along. Financial aid applications will get worked on when we get back home next week. I have never felt time fly by so fast in my life. I know that between now and August of next year, time will be a freight train being driven off a cliff driven by wild lions... but I never expected it to feel this fast.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Going Blue

A long time ago, Aurora asked if she could dye her hair blue. I had no problem with that. Nancy thought is was a cool idea. But for the last few years, she held out because she was concerned that it might not be appropriate for a Seido karateka. After getting approval from her Kyoshis, and in preparation for her advanced brown belt promotion, she took the plunge! Seido blue, all the way!

The first step was getting her dark brown hair bleached so that it would accept the dye. That took the better part of the afternoon. Bleach, rinse, repeat. Took a while.

On saturday morning, when it was finally blue, she was the happiest camper! Seeing her last night at her kumite portion of her promotion, and seeing her blue hair peeking out from under her protective headgear was awesome. She is rocking that BLUE!

Kumite at Cayuga Lake Seido Karate

Today I am posting just a few photos from last night's kumite session at Cayuga Lake Seido. It is always incredible to watch everyone in their gear, jabbing and kicking and laughing, all at the same time.

Seeing Aurora's blue hair poking out of her foam headgear is kinda funny. Seido blue, all the way!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lake Training with Cayuga Lake Seido Karate at Myers Point in Lansing

Lake Training with Cayuga Lake Seido Karate at Myers Point in Lansing 

This was the biggest assemblage of students and families, that I have ever seen gather for Lake Training at CLSK. Every year this Lake Training gets bigger! This year, we had perfect weather. Sunny, warm but not sweltering. We had a live band and cheering fans.... okay, those were for the paddleboard races happening, but it was sure fun to hear rock n roll while doing kata.

For the first time, I attempted to use the Fuji XT1 as a "sports" camera. Also shot RAW+jpg. The images here are jpg SOOC (straight out of camera). I had been having all sorts of problems with my Fuji 55-200 lens... but now everything seems to be working perfectly! My only regret yesterday was not owning a waterproof camera/case. It would have been even more fun to be in the water RIGHT NEXT to everyone... getting splashed and not worrying one bit about getting wet. Maybe next year?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jenny and Clinton's Wedding in PA

These are a few images from Jenny and Clinton's wedding last month. They are such a photogenic couple! Makes photographing a wedding seem easy.  Thank you both! Good luck in Montana. Watch out for those jackalopes.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stacked Up and Getting Ready

Over the past four months of photographing around NYC, I have been collecting ideas and inspiration... all building towards putting together an installation. As I look back over hundreds of images, what I am struck by is the range of themes. I have had such a wild experience shooting through different times of day, seasons, locations... all of that has made selecting images for final prints very difficult. There is so much that surprises me in these images... so much more that I want to see again and try to see through a different lens or a different time of day... all in hopes of finding that perfect shot.

As I begin the winnowing process, I am struck by how difficult it is to say one image is so much better than another. My feeling is that as the selection process continues, it will be more about pulling together a common thread. Finding that theme that rolls through all of my images. It is an exciting prospect while being simultaneously daunting in scope.