Well everyone, I’m back from Zdayz and all rested up and the car made the whole trip without crashing or breaking so I call that a win. If you don’t know what Zdayz is, check out www.zdayz.com or youtube it. It’s the most fun I have all year long, and the wife and I go every year with our car club. But at the end of it I’m worn out and I don’t feel like doing anything at all for a few days, and going back to work is even worse. For a solid two weeks I wake up every morning and stare at the ceiling asking myself “do I REALLY need this job right now?”. Then I get up and go to work lol. But anyway, enough about that.
I’ve been doing some shooting lately, trying my hand at all kinds of different stuff. I got my first shots of the Milky Way now that it’s on our side of the planet at night, but sadly here in Cocoa Beach there’s a lot of light pollution so I wasn’t able to get really vivid shots like I wanted. I’ll have to do a few hours of driving to get to a place that will get me professional level shots. One of our dogs is sick, and suffering from old age, so the wife wanted me to get some shots of the dogs while we still can. Turns out the old one does not care one little bit about you trying to take pictures of her. She won’t stay still, won’t listen, won’t look at you, and she’s generally just a pain hahaha. Turns out the younger one loves the camera and poses for it all day long, so I got a few good shots of her.
I’ve also been trying something new and different, and so far I’ve had mixed results. I’ve been looking at ink drop photography lately and I’ve always really liked it, so I decided to give it a go. I bought a 20gal fish tank from some elderly guy off Craigslist and some food coloring and some metallic sparkle acrylic paint and went to work. Come to find out, it’s harder than it seems. I’m trying to find the right consistency to mix stuff up at so that it stays together in the water and billows out like a cloud, but so far that magical mix is proving elusive. I’ve gotten some decent shots, but nothing super great yet. I started reading about a guy named Alberto Seveso and the work he does is amazing. I’ve been watching videos of what he does trying to learn, but of course there’s not much info. I’ll have to keep on experimenting to get it right! Check Alberto’s stuff out here… http://www.burdu976.com/phs/portfolio/heavy-metals/
In other news, I just purchased a new camera backpack that I think will do nicely for the amount of equipment I’m planning on having. Well… let me rephrase that. I think it will do nicely for the amount of gear I plan on bringing with me when I TRAVEL to shoots, such as going to another town or state to shoot a wedding or an event. I’ll need to bring a few lenses with me, a few flashes, a tripod, and all the other miscellaneous accessories one needs to do a good shoot. I did a lot of researching, reading and comparing and finally decided on the Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW II pack from B&H. It’s a decent price, not too expensive, and has all the features and storage room I think I’ll need for a while. If I blow up and become super famous (lol) I’ll upgrade then, but for now I think this one is perfect for me. Here’s a link if you wanna check it out! http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1140971-REG/lowepro_lp36874_pro_runner_bp_350.html