I know it's been a while…well, a couple of years...since my last blog post here in The Darkroom. I wish I could tell you that I have been super busy working on some really cool photo projects and those projects have been preventing me to update my blog on a regular basis. As it turns out, I have been pretty lazy and have come to the realization that I'm not much of a blogger or writer. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy writing and I will continue to write and post things here in The Darkroom just not on a regular basis. My Instagram feed has become my "blog" of choice and really the only thing I keep up to date. I encourage you to follow me on Instagram for my latest view on the world. www.instagram.com/jpockphoto
As you can see, I have started to make some changes on my website and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. I have been wanting to make these changes for quite sometime and like with this blog The Darkroom, it's been way overdue. While some things will be different, a few things will remain the same…hopefully. When I finish making the changes, I will make a bigger announcement on Facebook, Twitter and of course Instagram.
I don't anticipate any major problems during these changes, but if you are not able to access your gallery from a recent project/shoot I did for you or if you are having trouble purchasing a file or print please let me know.
That's all for now…until next time!
Be kind to one another and thanks for all of your support!
For those of you who have been keeping track, it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post here in 'The Darkroom'. I got a little side tracked and have been working on creating a price list and enabling buying options for my images here on my website. Over the next few weeks, I will be moving some things around and doing some minor tweaking here and there. My goal is to have some prints as well as gifting type items (coffee mugs, key chains, t-shirts, etc.) for sale very soon. I will have of a formal announcement when I get things more finalized.
In the meantime, please let me know if you have questions or have any comments/suggestions. Thanks for visiting and for your support!
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|I got my new business cards in this week and they look AWESOME! They are mini size and are about half the size of the traditional size business cards. Make sure to get your very own “collectable” mini card the next time you see me. They are only here for a limited time (then I’ll have to order more)!|
|Here is a stitched panoramic image of Target Field I created when I went to see the Twins take on the White Sox this past week. It’s a work in progress and a technique I’m still trying to master. Overall this isn’t a difficult thing to make since the stitching part in Photoshop CS5 is automated. The tricky part is knowing how many images to take and keeping the exposure and focus points consistent. After Photoshop completes the stitching, then it’s just taking the time to adjust the individual layers to make sure things are lined up correctly.|
|In the case of this image, I took about 30 pictures using my Canon 6D with a Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L lens. The end result isn’t bad and I like how it looks in it’s current state, but it’s not what I wanted technically. The obvious flaws that stand out (at least me) are a couple of buildings in the skyline didn’t line up correctly, the foul line in along 3rd base is crooked and I didn’t take enough photos to fill up the outer edges of the image and couldn’t crop the image in a proper way to make it a normal looking photograph. Without seeing the image up close it might be difficult seeing the flaws, but they are there. I’m going to continue to work on this image some more, but more and likely it’s going to end up in the archives somewhere and be used as a reference image later down the road. I do have other images I have taken that I need to edit and stitch together. Once I have those images ready I will post them in one of my galleries...if they turn out that is.|
|Just a short post for this week's edition of The Darkroom.|
|Since it's the fishing opener in Minnesota this weekend, I thought I would share a picture I took in June 2006 of my brother Doug and his dog Pepper at the family cabin on Shakopee Lake (near Mille Lacs Lake). I like this picture a lot because it represents what Summer time in Minnesota is all about. Even though the cabin is no longer in the family, the memories and the the good times there will stay with me forever. Good luck to those fishing on lakes in the northern part of the state! Hopefully the ice will be gone by the time you throw out your first cast!|