Luke Jeffrey Grundman
*Insert obligatory statement about not posting as much as I want here* Right, now that I have that out of the way, let’s move onto something new and fun. If you did not guess by the title, I’m about to post some photos of a person. Particularly, I am going to slap some images up here of a little dude who was merely a week old at the time of his photo session. Talk about stepping outside of my comfort zone!
Yes, I had the honor of taking photos of little Luke for Blake and Jenelle Grundman. I spent a few days looking at newborn photos to get some ideas, but I also wanted to put my own spin on this. What I found during my research is that most newborn photos are brightly lit, generally come with fades and pastel colors, and usually have the baby in a basket at some point. Thusly, I went with one light and planned to use natural lighting as much as possible, and I ditched color in favor of my favorite monochrome style.
What I learned is that I need a light that adjusts in power. I shot everything between ISO 2000 and 3200, which means I ended up with a good bit of noise. Newborns are not nearly as cooperative as my employees are. The joys of a new family just…made me happy. I learned, I experienced, and I had fun.
I went into this with a whole lotta self-doubt. After posting some screen captures, I was encouraged by a fair amount of people to pursue this further. So, I am considering it. For now, let’s welcome Luke Grundman to the world. A big congrats to Blake and Jenelle as they embark on this new journey. You two are awesome!
*Note: The baby on lunchboxes photo is not a composition of two images. We placed Luke on a shelf that spanned across the lunchboxes and then took the photo. Blake was holding a sheet and using his legs so the little dude wouldn’t roll off backwards. Jenelle is immediately to my left and just barely out of frame. I worked Photoshop to remove the shelf and bring Luke down. So, please, know that we mitigated as much risk as we could to get that shot.
“A life lived for art is never a life wasted” –Macklemore
Hello Once Again
I finally chased the mice out of here and cleaned up the dust from my lack of posting. Yup, it has been awhile since I last wrote anything here and a crazy amount of things have transpired since my last entry. My wife and I made our yearly trip to Arizona for Christmas. We decided to make this a road trip, and that turned out to be a bad idea. While I enjoyed the drive, the truck (Serenity) finally blew the EGR cooler as well as letting us know that she had two bad heads. This led to me sitting in Arizona for a month while my wife came home and held down the fort. It was rather nice to have the doors open and that 70+ degree warmth wafting through the house at Christmas. Serenity is fixed and I am back home.
I have some ambitious goals for 2014, but the biggest time sink this year will be working on our 100+ year old home. This means I’m slowing down on the photography and stepping up my electrical, plumbing, woodworking, and plaster repair skills. I am bummed to step back from making photo magic, but I’ll be glad once this house is repaired and updated.
The housework does not mean I am totally walking away from photography. No, I am actually going to spend my time behind a camera growing and learning. This year I plan to work on my automotive and 4x4 photo skills. I also plan to improve my landscape work and I am starting a project that I have not quite found a good title for, but it is pretty much me driving around and taking photos of things that people have left to time. You know old homes, barns, buildings, stuff like that. It’s not really urbex, but rather traces of history that people have left behind and time and nature are reclaiming.
That about summarizes my absence. I’m currently evaluating my camera gear, making changes, and bringing the fun into all that I do. Being busy, it’s good for the mind, body, and creativity!
“A life lived for art is never a life wasted” -Macklemore
Toy Wars Finale
Today is a big day as it marks the official end my Toy Wars 2013 battle with Jon Stolarski. Sure, I will still take some photos of toys, particularly in two weeks when I am in Arizona. However, as Jon and I are hoping to put a book together in time for Christmas, I must now “dump” the last of my images that I have held onto.
As I’ve said a few times, this “war” was never really about besting one another, but pushing our creativity and skills further. There is a bit of a solemn feeling as I bring this year to an end. I’ve learned a lot thanks to watching Jon work in his studio, talking to people about my art, and just lugging toys to states such as Colorado, Utah, Indiana, Georgia, and Arizona. What a crazy great year for fun and experimenting!
Here is to hoping that 2014 sees yet another battle, and maybe another participant or two. Until then, I sincerely thank Jon Stolarski for helping to make this year the most fun I have ever had photographically. Keep rockin’ dude!
Be excellent to one another!
Taking Care of Business
Time to tie up a few loose ends that I have dangling off my to-do list. The first being I have a winner for the limited edition canvas print from the Extra Life for Kids fundraiser. The winner is Jim Denham. When I contacted Jim to let him know he was the lucky person, he did not miss a beat and asked if I could donate his print to a sick child as well. The same thing happened last year when Brian Arsenault and his daughter asked for the same thing. It is amazing at just how big of hearts you people have. I will be working on a special photo for this donation and will share it once it gets the Jimmy stamp of approval.
The second item is that the Toy Wars between Jon Stolarski and myself is ending as of December 1. We chose to do this so we could put the Toy Wars images into a book and offer it up to all those people who never grew up. We are still working on pricing and such, but we hope to have it available in time for Christmas.
Next up is an announcement on the Colorado Fall Color Tour. Rick Louie was kind enough to ask me to be a part of this for next year, and I have accepted. I will drive a second vehicle so that we might bring even more people into the great Telluride and experience the greatness that are the Rockies in the fall. I had a wonderful time with this tour this year, and I cannot recommend it enough. If you’d like to sign up, head over to the Fall Color Tour website to find out more info. I hope to see ya there!
Lastly, 2014 is shaping up to be one crazy busy year. A good amount of trips is already in the works, and I’m still looking for a convention or two to try and sell my photos. This is on top of a house remodel, landscape work, downsizing and moving into a travel trailer, and preparing to move to Nebraska in 2015. Life, she is never dull!
Be excellent to one another!
Extra Life for Kids 2013 Wrap-up
Extra Life is now in the books and I must admit that this year was much more fun than last year. The day started out with Ross and myself lugging in our computers, snacks, drinks, and such and then setting all that up. By the time 8AM rolled around, we were in a game of Awesomenauts and Extra Life was underway. When 10AM hit, Blake had the Twitch.TV stream up and all three of us were being entertained by a game of some sort.
For 25 hours, we played all kinds of games and made a whole lot of jokes at the expense of each other. Ross and I kept racing to try to bring in donations, with Ross being a bit more successful at it than I was. Of course, I could not go on about donations without mentioning that some ass-hat decided that Extra Life was a great target for a denial of service attack. This happened twice, mind you. I am still floored as to why someone would do that.
When 8AM on Sunday finally rolled in, we were all fairly spaced out. However, we made it through the event and we managed not to kill each other. We even played Ring around the Rosie at 5AM. I have no idea how we are going to top that, but I’m sure we will try! With that, thanks to everyone who supported us in some form!
Now for the final totals for 25 hours of gaming!
Beyond 2 Souls
Ghostbusters the game
Path of Exile
Star Trek: Online
Food and drink consumed:
Leftover Halloween candy
Chicken dinner (Thanks Jenelle)
1 cinnamon roll (Thanks Jenelle)
Beer bread and dip (Thanks Jenelle)
1 2liter of Coke Zero
I’ll announce the winner of the limited edition print next week, so if you donated, keep an eye on your email as I should be contacting someone soon!
Be excellent to one another!
I know it is sad, but I am still recovering from my 25 hours of playing video games for Extra Life for Kids. This year I was lucky enough to join two friends for the event, and that made it a lot easier to plow through the times where I just wanted to close my eyes. It was a great time and I will have a more in-depth post about it later this week.
What I wanted to say today is simply: Thank You! Thanks to Blake and Jenelle Grundman for hosting Ross and I during this event, providing bountiful food, and bringing plenty of laughter. Thanks to Ross for being there to game and help poke fun at Blake. Thanks to Keri for jumping into a G+ hangout so we could chat from many miles away. Most importantly, thank you to all the donors and supporters. Thanks to all of the kind donations, we managed to push past our $1,600 goal on our donation drive. This money goes to sick children stuck in crappy hospitals. The amount of tweeting, Facebook link sharing, and just general support from friends was out of this world. Seriously, just THANK YOU!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go embrace this coffee stuff to get through this day.
Be excellent to one another!