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30 Day Photo Challenge

I suppose I should write a blog post about this. At the start of this week, Colleen roped me into doing a 30-day photo challenge with her. I took this as an excuse to make a page to showcase my personal projects, which can be found at projects.kitfphoto.com.

Day 2 - Rocks

So far, I’ve done Books, rocks (right), “in my bag”, water, and close-up (below). I’ll be revealing the title for the site on the day I upload it. When it’s over, I will upload a gallery on my SmugMug site with larger images. I’ve inserted a couple of pictures from the project, click through to go to the page on my project site.

I hope you enjoy it! And if you are looking for more photos, don’t forget to check out my gallery at Kit F Photo, and contact me if you would like to use them.

Day 5 - Close-Up

New host, new theme!

It’s been a while since I have posted. I guess it is time to do that! I’m still in Philadelphia, looking for work, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any photo or video work done.

I’ve converted my kitfphoto.com email into a Google Apps account to let me manage my calendars and emails more easily. It’ll also mean better meeting invite handling. Also with the Google Apps account comes a new YouTube page for my professional work. As for hosting, I am now with Lithium Hosting. I’ve been recommending them for a while, but I never switched over myself for some reason. But now I am! They transferred everything over very quickly, and was a speedy process. And now when I go to my cPanel I don’t have to have so many SSL errors! Great host.

I’ve also taken a few photos, which are below.

 

The baseball stadium and the picture to the right are of a new park in Philadelphia. Penn Park is located near 30th and Walnut. It seems okay for sporting events, but doesn’t seem like  the type of place to “hang out”. But it has a good view of the city, which unfortunately is kind of hard to photograph during the day.

The other photos are from the Bryn Mawr campus, which I must say is a really nice campus. As always, you can see these pictures larger and more at my gallery!

Lastly, I’ve been volunteering for some video work, so expect to see more on my YouTube portfolio soon!

Morning River Band Show

Well I’ve been in Philly for 3 months now. A couple of prospects on the job front, but nothing quite set in stone yet. But I’ve been shooting some events, the most recent of which was the Morning River Band’s CD release show. Here are a few shots:

 

 

More pictures after the break.

 

So all in all, I had a lot of fun shooting the show.  It seems there is a lot more opportunity for a good shot unlike a wedding.  I also shot the Fourth Wall Arts Salon for my internship, which was also a lot of fun.

Well that’s just about what I’ve been up to. I’ll be sure to post more often when I get gigs. Don’t forget, if you need anything shot, head over to the Contact Page to hit me up, and we can work something out.

Motion Photography

Kind of oxymoronic, yes? I was inspired to do this fromme-toyou on tumblr.

 

Instead of an instant of time, you capture a moment. Here’s my first shot:

To do this, I basically took a short (20 seconds or so) video, and opened it up in AfterEffects.  I created freeze frames of each state of the lights and alternated the transparency to mimic the original video. I stabilized it by rotating and moving the freeze frames to match best I could, and masked out all the portion of the images that didn’t change. You can still see some unstable bits, but they are relegated to the lights themselves, instead of the entire image.

I’m looking forward to trying more of these types of experiments out!

Change of Place

Well I’m finally in Philadelphia! Trip up was rather uneventful. Which is good, I suppose. But Philly has been great! Though it seems the heat has followed me up from Texas.

 

Took a few photos of the surrounding neighborhood, which can be seen on my gallery site. More after the break.

So I’ve been settling in pretty well. I’ve been parking my car out in the free parking areas of South Philly, which is only a 10 or so minute walk.  In other news, I recently had an interview to intern at Outbreak Creative Group, and it went well. Hoping to start there soon.

I much prefer living in the city with public transport and things within walking distance than life in a small town, having to drive for 10 minutes to get anywhere remotely useful. Also I joined a couple of photography meet-up groups, so I’ll be working on my photography a lot too. I’ll be sure to keep it posted here! I guess that is all.

Switching Systems

Well, I guess it’s time I’ve written another blog entry.  I’ve decided to sell off all my Pentax gear and switch to Nikon.  Why?  Mainly AF performance and the CLS, which is Nikon’s fancy wireless flash technology (it stands for “Creative Lighting System”).  And by “decided to sell off” I mean “already sold off”.  So I’m waiting for the camera I want to get into stock.  The camera I’m considering?

d7000

The Nikon D7000.

Why Nikon?  Well, like I said, better autofocus performance and the CLS. 

First up, autofocus.  With my K-7, it was a great camera, but honestly, it was a huge pain to focus on anything relatively fast.  The D7000 has a brand-new AF sensor for Nikon. While not as fast as their top-end cameras, it comes very close.  The Nikon cameras I’ve played with focus VERY fast, and are very accurate.  Much better than me struggling to find focus on my K-7 with only 11 focus points.  The D7000 has 39 points, so it will be much easier for me to fine-tune my focus.

Next, the Creative Lighting System.  My favorite book I’ve read on Photography has been the Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally.  The images he can make from just a few simple TTL hotshoe flashes are incredible.  And I know 99% of that is the person behind the camera, I feel very limited by the control in wireless TTL flashes that Pentax gives.  And with the K-7, it was very unreliable.  CLS offers complete control wirelessly with the flashes.  I can change the exposure settings and even dial them into manual mode.  In manual mode, I can control the flash’s output from the camera.  With Pentax, I had to walk up to the flash every time I wanted to change a setting.

And of course, there’s the rental sources that comes with choosing a more popular system.  I had only found one place to rent Pentax lenses online.  With Nikon, however, I’ll have as many choices as there are rental companies it seems.

Lens selection and price also plays a role.  Pentax produces very few lenses for its digital cameras, while Nikon has a huge selection. If I wanted an inexpensive prime lens, I’d have to go with an older, manual lens.  For autofocus, there was no “thrifty fifty” 50mm f/1.8 lens.  You had to dole out for the more expensive f/1.4 lens.  A better lens, sure, but not the best thing for budding photographers to have to buy.

 

nikon35

That’s the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G.  Not a “thrifty fifty” exactly, but on a crop camera (meaning the sensor is smaller than 35mm film would be), it pretty much turns into one.  It’s a good focal length since it comes closely to what the human eye can see.  I’m pretty much giving up every other lens for this, but I think it’s a good start. I already ordered mine for $160 refurbished straight from Nikon, USA.

 

sb700a

Finally, I plan on eventually getting the SB-700 flash when it becomes available.  It’s Nikon’s newer mid-range flash, offering very easy to use controls and many features.  I plan on getting it over the older SB-600 simply because of the easier controls, even though it’s not really as strong as the SB-600.  It pretty much just came out, so it’ll be a few weeks before I’ll be able to get my hands on one.  It runs about $100 more, but I think it’s worth it to be able to use it as a commander for CLS (where it dictates the other flashes how to behave) and also simply for the easier controls and interface.

Oh, I almost forgot.  The D7000 has a fully manual video mode, with up to 1080p at 24 frames per second.  The main reason I’m choosing the D7000 over the older D90 is because the D7000 includes a mic-in jack, which I need for video recording.  Onboard audio is a big no-no for video.

 

So there you have it, I’m switching systems.  In other non-photography news, I’ll probably be moving to Philadelphia soon to find work.  It will be easier to start there since my sister lives here and I will be more comfortable with family there than on my own in some other city.  From looking at jobs, it should hopefully be easier to find a job in my field, whereas here I’d be a “Floor Technician” or a “Sales Clerk”.  I’m sorry, but I actually want to do what I want with my life instead of resigning myself to a job I hate for the rest of my life.  Life is too short to do that.

 

PS, don’t forget to check out kit.im and Kit F Photo!

After Effects

So I got a new hobby! Been practicing video editing and effects in After Effects.  Really got started in it for my last project in school.  I’ve been developing a demo reel and here it is so far:

Kit F Demo Reel from Kit F on Vimeo.

New page for my After Effects info can be found here. So other than that, I haven’t been up to much. I’ve taken a few self portraits.  Those are up over on Kit F Photo, so go check them out!  Links open in new tab, so go ahead and click!