I decided to try out SmugMug.com to display some photographs and for embedding galleries quickly. I'm not getting rid of Flikr but I did want a place to easily sell prints and store galleries that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg.
I debated between SmugMug, PhotoBucket and PhotoShelter but decided that PhotoBucket didn't seem to have the options I wanted and PhotoShelter is a bit too expensive. Though, I'm tempted to switch just on the slideshows that can be done with PhotoShelter. I may just change to them down the road, but for now SmugMug will at least get a shot and fill a need for displaying private content to clients.
I put up some of my portfolio photographs for newspaper work and created a slideshow for it. Enjoy.
Update 1-3-2011: The gallery has been removed because I closed my account with Smugmug. Since trying Smugmug for a month or so I decided it didn't present photographs as nicely as I would have liked so I closed my account. I've moved to PhotoShelter, but there are also some other places that are intriguing too.
A taste of the musical performance about the experience of Woodstock by Shadowbox Partners and Actors Theatre at Schiller Park. Song performed by Amy Lay
In early August I shot stills for the local newspaper from the musical Back to the Garden, and forgot I had planned to do a video. I cleaned some of test video from some of my archive folders and stumbled on this clip and thought I'd share it with some of the photos I took including an almost 360 degree panorama.
I love the singer's voice and the musical was great, at least what I could stay for. I only saw about 30 minutes before having to leave for another assignment. That was a bummer because it was looking like a pretty good show and I loved watching the crowd. BTW the crowd the largest I have ever seen Schiller Park filled. People were sitting over the ridge and had to stand to see the show. Some just sat and listened.
I had fun talking to the cast, crew as they were getting ready for the show. The spectators were pretty cool too. Some were actually at Woodstock and some dressed like they were at Woodstock.
The show combined casts from several theatres and it was a one time performance in Schiller Park, but as far as I know the musical was being performed on stage in either Cincinnati or Columbus probably at a Shadowbox Cabaret.
I shot the video and still with a Canon 7D and was really just trying out the on-camera mic and the abilities of the 7D to do video. The image stabilization feature on the new Canon 70-200 helped out immensely in turning a handheld shot into a completely useable clip. Though you may catch a couple quick hand jerks that the image stabilization couldn't smooth out. That's entirely my fault in trying to anticipate an actor moving or being momentarily distrac -SQUIRREL!- ted.
I recently photographed the raising of the new 20 foot cross at St. Paul's new church in Westerville. It was an interesting event and seeing the turn out of parishners and the dedication of the Corna Kokosing Construction workers who installed the cross on a Sunday was great.
I've never seen a cross installed before but the event pretty much goes as you would probably expect. A blessing, a raising, setting in place and then everyone goes their own way.
The crowd clapped as the cross was set into place with workers turning it into its final position.
The new church will replace another church just east of it.
If only we could have smell-o-vision. The gardens smelled wonderful from the different fragrances of the roses in the Whetstone Park of Roses during the Stop and Smell the Roses event. I submitted most of these photos for publication for use at ThisWeekNews.com.
I enjoy taking photos of nature so getting a chance to take some photos of the gardens at the Park of Roses at Whestone Park for work was wonderful. The weather radar showed rain was going to be moving into the area a few hours after the event started but quite a few people still showed up. Thankfully the rain started out as a very light mist which gave the flowers a bit of wetness like you would see with the morning dew.
Here is a tip for taking photos of flowers. A cloudy day and a bit of mist can really help you see the flowers better and make the photographs more interesting to look at. Bright sunlight tends to increase the contrast of light on the flowers and it is harder to get detail in the areas that fall into shadow.
The volunteer gardeners really do a nice job in keeping the rose gardens at there best.
The sights and sounds of Memorial Day in Powell, Ohio on May 31, 2010. Including the Ohio Flags of Honor display and part of Olentangy Liberty High School senior Madison Mullen's presentation of her first place essay for the national 2010 Voice of Democracy program.