Browsing Through Old Photos

I spent some time recently browsing through some old photos in my Lightroom catalog and found some images that mean a lot to us personally.  Looking through old photos in the catalog was a lot of fun and gave me a chance to redo the post processing with the current version of Lightroom.  

The photos are from 2004 and 2005 taken with the original Canon Digital Rebel and the nifty 50mm f/1.8 lens.  The image quality still seems pretty good to me even after all the improvements in camera technology since then.  I'ld like to think my post processing has improved since then.

Watching Daddy Head To The Car

Father And Son

Climbing Just A Bit High

On Top Of The World

Who?  Me?

Help-Portrait At The Little Lighthouse

For several years our PHOTOG group has participated in the worldwide Help Portrait event held the first Saturday in December.  Help Portrait is about finding a needy group, taking and printing their picture.   This year we worked with The Little Lighthouse, a Christian Developmental Center providing tuition-free educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs from birth to age six.

We’ve worked with a variety of deserving groups in the past but this year’s group was very special.  The families that participated touched all our hearts and we were inspired and rather awed by the work done by the Little Lighthouse.

I was also impressed with the work of our organizers and PHOTOG members.  I worked alongside a couple dozen other photographers to provide family portraits to 29 families comprised of 124 individual family members.  We set up five studio photography stations with strobe lights, backdrops, photographers and assistants.  We set up three editing and printing stations.  We provided greeters to register the families and runners to deliver two printed 8 X 10 photos, a frame and a certificate to allow them to have the photos duplicated at any photo lab of their choice.  At the end of the session we broke down the equipment, packed it up and loaded everything into vehicles.


Christmas Cards 2015

I spent time yesterday searching through my Lightroom catalog for some appropriate photos for this years Christmas cards.  This was done of course after several days of spousal requests.  Putting up Christmas lights and ordering cards from Mpix filled a couple of items on the honey-do list yesterday.

The Christmas Card project started with searching keywords or other text in the Lightroom catalog to find photos that might be useful.  I used keywords like "Christmas", "Winter", "Snow" and "Ice" in my search and also did a text search on titles and descriptions to get an initial selection of photos.  I then added them to a new collection "2015 Christmas Card", did some further sorting and tweaked some post processing before uploading five to Mpix.  I made my final pick after trying them with various card templates on the Mpix site.

A project like this really makes me appreciate the value of adding keywords and ratings to my photos after a photo outing.  I often add titles and descriptions to photos I've selected for post processing and posted to flickr, Facebook or otherwise used.  I have spent countless hours adding keywords long after the fact but it proves very useful when trying to find a specific photo or type of photo.

Here is the selection of finalists for this years card.

Mark Your Calendar! Tulsa Photography Exhibition and Reception.

Join us for our Photography Exhibition December 8, 2015 through January 20, 2016 at the TCC Center for Creativity at 910 South Boston, Tulsa, OK.  You are invited to a reception December 10, 2015 from 7 to 9 PM.

Nearly 60 photographs by 26 photographer members of PHOTOG (Photographers of Tulsa Oklahoma Group) will be exhibited.  PHOTOG is an Oklahoma not-for-profit organization.

I have three works in the show and plan to be at the reception.  Many of the photographs are offered for sale - just in time for Christmas!

Model T's at Tally's in T-Town

Last Saturday was one of our periodic PHOTOG social outings known as "Breakfast At Tally's".  It's always a pleasant event combining good food, a Route 66 Cafe and plenty of conversation about photography.

The same day another local group selected Tally's for breakfast - The Model T Ford Club of Tulsa.  The arrived a little later than us, which allowed several of us PHOTOGs to prowl around their cars with our cameras after breakfast.  A rather nice bit of serendipity for us!

Tally's Cafe