Unreleased Photos, Behind The Scenes & Random Thoughts

Posts tagged “#versatilitybyrnj

Falling Skies

Streams of smoke and fire rain down from the heavens illuminating the night sky.

Night Jumpers 3


Moss

I know most people think moss is gross, and I totally get it, but I happen to think it’s pretty interesting. I love all the details! I also love the growth patterns and colors. I actually have quite a collection of moss photos I’ve accumulated over the years. Here are some of my most recent moss images taken at a park near my house.

(Click Each Image To Enlarge)

moss widescreen 2 blog

nature moss widescreen 2 blog

rooftop moss blog


Working With People/Marquetta Poolside

I get asked these questions so much now that it drives me crazy!!! So once again I will address this subject hopefully for the last time?!

“Do you still shoot with people?” Yes!!!

“Are you retired?” No!!!

I really don’t like unnecessarily placing labels on things, especially myself, but if I had to label myself I’d say that I am foremost a portrait photographer. Portraits are what I love to create. Over the past 3 years I’ve taken time away from shooting people as much to concentrate on the other styles of photography that interests me. Because of this decision the local public seems to think that I no longer shoot with people, even though I still post people pictures! Shooting with people, models and children is still what I love to do, but the truth is, I’ve had so many issues with the models AND people where I live that I’ve basically been forced to stop working with them. It’s not that I want to stop, it’s more about being tired of all of the drama in order to do what I love. I know that nothing is perfect and as long as you deal with people there will always be problems, but it should never get to a point where the drama outweighs the fun and starts to steal your joy away. Well that’s exactly what started happening to me. So I made the conscious decision to become extremely selective in who I work with as well as what I post. I know that this has definitely confused many, so to clarify my position, I LOVE SHOOTING WITH PEOPLE!!!

I also love shooting on the street, and I love shooting nature. These are the different styles of photography that interest me the most. But, as long as I have a camera I will shoot ANYTHING that I think is cool, fun, or sparks my interest. I never limit myself as far as what I capture even though I might concentrate on one style more than others at a particular time. What I want people to understand is that my current work reflects my environment. There isn’t an abundance of street photography or nature photography opportunities here, but those opportunities are more readily available to me than capable models are. The bottom line is this, I’d love to shoot with more people, but, until they can act right I will continue to focus on the other areas. As long as I’m busy working on something I’m happy so it’s all good to me!

Now, here is a photo from my most recent test shoot with a beautiful young lady named Marquetta. This was a very loose and fun shoot despite the number of difficulties we encountered. I’ll admit, working with her made me miss all the model shoots, and made me want to jump back into it full steam, but…we’ll see…only time will tell? Honestly I’m not very optimistic about it. I’m just going to keep moving forward, and if I happen to meet people along the way that want to move with me then we’ll do to together. If not, I’ll be fine. I’ve always been a loaner so I’ll always have myself to fall back on.

Marquetta Pool 1f blog


Morning Blossoms

I really love flowers. I love photographing them even more! Unfortunately there isn’t an abundance or variety of flowers where I live. Walking to my car I spotted these beauties and jumped at the chance to snap a few shots of them. I love all of the bright colors and how the flowers were lined up repetitively. I really wish there was a much wider variety to choose from so that I could build a nice collection to share. Until I can find more I guess these will have to do for now? Anyway, I hope everyone has a great weekend!

orange flowers 2 blog

orange flowers 6 blog

orange flowers 3 blog

orange flowers 5 blog

orange flowers 1 blog


Suspicion

For whatever reason there are always certain images that the artists who captured them favor more than others. This particular image is one of my personal favorites! I’m not exactly sure if it’s the expression, the details, the moment, or all of the above? But, there’s something about this shot that just makes me really happy. This photo is actually apart of a small series that I’ll be posting very soon, but I had to share it on it’s own first. I know other’s might not feel the same way that I do about it and that’s ok, I certainly enjoy looking at it so I figured “why not?” If  you’re viewing this post I hope it at least makes you smile too? Have a great weekend everyone!

(As always please click on the image for a larger view)

suspicious dog 1 blog


Bird Portraits: Part 2

My second set of images in a series of local bird portraits I’ve taken over the past few years.

This time it’s a brown Muscovy Duck

(Please click on each photo for a larger view)

Slickhead Redface 1 blog

Red Face Duck In The Rain 1 blog

Redface Half Screen 1 blog

Red Face Duck 2 blog

Redface Slick 7 blog

Mudduck 2 blog

Mudduck 3 blog

Redface Slick 1 blog

Redface Slick 3 blog

Redface Slick 4 blog

Redface Slick 5 blog

Red Face Duck 3 blog

Redface Slick & Friend 1 blog


Good Morning Thursday!

Good Thursday morning everyone! I just thought I’d drop in and share a few shots from an early morning walk. I hope everyone enjoys their day!

real big tree 1 blog

untitled-11 blog

acorns everywhere 1 blog


Bird Portraits: Part 1

The first in a series of local bird portraits I’ve taken over the past few years.

First up is the multicolored Muscovy Duck

(Please click on each photo for a larger view)

Painted Face Duck 4 blog

Painted Face Duck 3 blog

Painted Face Duck 1 blog

Geese In The Rain 15 blog

Geese In The Rain 14 blog

Colorful Mask 2 blog

Black n Red Mask 1 blog


Breaking The Silence

Wow, my first post in quite a while. This is totally unlike me, as I like to post regularly to stay consistent as well as challenge myself to continually post something. I never planned to stay away for so long because, I really do enjoying blogging. Real life just has a way of changing your plans for you. I’ve made some huge changes recently prompting me to do a lot searching deep within myself. I’ve had both personal and professional difficulties that I’ve been forced to address lately. As artists we’re often confronted with periods of downtime that can lead to huge slumps and even depression. These issue tend to work themselves out with time, and or a healthy dose of inspiration. Unfortunately right now this awkward predicament is my current status. I’m stuck inside a difficult battle within myself. My creativity is in a fierce fight with my reality. My heart wants to be set free but my mind won’t allow me to become too lost in my dreams. I already have the answers that will solve most of my issues, but right now they’re just out of my reach. No worries though, I will continue to push through until I’m closer to where I want to be. Until then I won’t force a thing. I have tons of photos accumulated over the years that I will share as the mood strikes me. I’m confident that eventually I’ll be back up and running at 100% creating even greater work!

If you’ve supported me over the years I sincerely thank you. Things are tough right now but they’ll get better. Stick around!

With all that said, I’d like to share a peaceful image I captured one morning while out enjoying the soft, gentle breeze. I try to find any little moment I can that will ease my mind, allow me to relax and enjoy myself.

water tree long 1 blog

 


Daydreaming

Wishing it were me…flying away!

Flying Over The Park 1b blog

 


Park Dwellers

I see these little guys every time I go out to the park so I try to capture a few shots of them each time. It’s actually a lot harder than it seems because they’re so fast zipping around constantly. It’s a fun challenge to try and freeze them in motion or get in close enough once they’ve settled down. The last time that I ventured off into the park I took lots of shots of just the squirrels, but here are a few that I happen to enjoy.

Squirrel 5 blog

Squirrel 4 blog

Squrriel 6 blog

Squirrel 7 blog

Squirrel 1 blog

 


Happy 15th Birthday Nas!!!

It’s mind blowing how fast time flies right before our eyes. I can recall everything I was doing at 15 as if it literally happened yesterday, and now I have a fifteen year old son…it’s crazy! It’s almost like watching myself growing up again in another body! Anyway, I’d like to wish my son a very sincere Happy Birthday today! I love you Prince!!!

Nas Test HS LR 1 blog

 


Focusing

Just a few shots where I focused on the subtleties of the neutral tones and small details of random objects at a local park.

Wood Focus 1 blog

Wood Focus 2 blog

Wood Focus 3 blog


Mobile Home

Here’s an image I shot a few weeks ago of a man walking a bike with what appears to be all of his personal belongings? It was created by shooting through the window of a moving car along a busy street.

HL Biker 1 blog


Morning Stretch

Good morning! I hope everyone enjoys their day and their weekend!

down the tree 1 blog


The Streets In Color

A small collection of random sights in the downtown Columbus area specifically focusing on colors, shadows and reflections.

Puddle Reflection 1 blog

Light Through The Window 1 blog

Flag In The Wind 1 blog

Alley Stuff 1 blog

Construction Guys 2 blog

Fancy Clothes 1 blog

Poor Sad Dog 1b blog

Secret Squirrel 1 blog

Branch Shadows 1 blog


Burnin’ Rubber

An intricate pattern of contrasting tire tracks against the cold winter concrete.

burnin rubber 3 blog

burnin rubber 5 blog

burnin rubber 4 blog

burnin rubber 8 blog

burnin rubber 1 blog

burnin rubber 2 blog

burnin rubber 6 blog


Ambitionz Az A Ridah

A young homie shows off his cool new Tupac skateboard last weekend while visiting the skatepark.

Pac Board 2b


A Cool Winter Afternoon

I love the mood that winter weather can create. Cloudless deep blue skies and a crisp breeze. I can look at this photo and still feel the air all around me. Refreshing!

Marvins Market 1 blog


Mondays…

This is how Mondays feel…enjoy your day!

Always Sleep 1


Downtown ATL

Last weekend I spent some time with my younger brother walking and taking photos in Atlanta. The weather was freezing cold and I loved it! It really reminded me of home with it’s strong crisp wind and moody overcast skylines. The only thing missing was the downpour of snow that’s usually taking place up North this time of year. Surprisingly I didn’t shoot as many images as I would have liked, but I’ve really scaled back on the amount of images I shoot lately. Anyway, here are a few of the shots I liked. I believe I saw some more that I might add to this post later? I really love posting but I’ve been trying to be good and go to bed at a reasonable time. In fact, I’m sleepy right now so…good night everyone!

(As always, please click each image for a larger view)

Downtown Atl 1 blog

Downtown Atl 2 blog

Atl Graff 2 blog

Atl Light Streaks 2 blog

Atl Light Streaks 1 blog


New Year/Morning Frost

I know that I’m late, but I hope everyone has been enjoying the new year? It hasn’t been much of a winter for those of us who actually appreciate a winter season, but it has been cold the last few days. When I woke up this morning I was finally greeted to a yard full of frost. This is a little more like it! Truth is, this just really makes me miss shooting in the snow even more…

frozen morning grass 4 blog

frozen morning grass 3 blog

frozen morning grass 1 blog

frozen morning grass 6 blog

frozen morning grass 8 blog


The Hidden Little Kitten

While out at the local park shooting images of ducks, geese, and pigeons, I decided to venture off into the woods to shoot a few landscapes.

Upon entering a heavily wooded area this little kitten immediately noticed me. There were actually 2 kittens. One was all black with striking yellow eyes, but was extremely shy so he ran off the moment he spotted me. This colorful kitten was far more curious. He watched me as much as I watched him. He allowed me to get a little closer to snap a series of shots before becoming cautious of the clicks from my camera and running off. I was pleasantly surprised to find these 2 kittens living in plain view among so many different birds. They seemed to coexist in total peace. A family of ducks crossed the path directly in front of these cats without any incidents. I figured maybe the cats have lived there for a while and the birds are accustomed to having them around? Whatever the case, after my initial shots the brave little kitten would never allow me to get close enough for more in depth images again. Both he and his partner kept their distance from me no matter what trick I tried to employ.

I did manage however to capture a few images that I liked, but this particular shot stood out so I’d like to share it now. I’ll be sure to look out for this little guy and his friend the next time that I visit the park.

(Please click for a larger view)

Kitty 6c blog


All Of The Lights

Holiday lights from the street.

Christmas Bokeh 1 blog