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Digital Art. Bird Reflection.

Here is a digital “painting” I have been working on. Let me know what you think!

Mirrored Bird Landscape

 

This is the final version. I liked the color effects of the first one but it felt just a little too photoshop’d for me. Below is a more natural version, which I really love. You have to look closely to even realize it is two photos put together and that both of them are mirrored.

 

 

Mirrored Bird Landscape WM

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Macro. Installment 002.

The second installment of the macro photography is a little bit on the shorter side. Strawberry and a Kiwi. Enjoy.

IMG_2638 (3) IMG_2638 (1) IMG_2655 IMG_2676 IMG_2693

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A Walk in the Park

Not to long ago a friend and I went to find a new hiking trail. It was narrow and over grown. I was hoping for wide open and on top of a mountain. I did manage to find some cool images there. It’s amazing what you can find when you take a minute to look at what is there. My favorite part – the random blue bridge with graffiti in the middle of the woods.

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New Los Angeles Prints

I have seen the Hollywood many times. I have seen downtown Los Angeles many times. The goal for these photos was to try and capture both in a way that is a little more artistic and different that normal.

What I learned while taking these photos is that every day we pass things that we take for granted. Maybe it’s downtown Los Angeles for me but maybe is the old coffee shop on the corner for you, or a tree in a park you always run by, or even the neighbors dog. These, by no means, are the most amazing pictures ever taken of Los Angeles but what they did for me was help me open my eyes again and see whats around me when most days I just let it fly by.

Here are some more photos. They have been listed for sale on [etsy] and on [www.bluegiraffeimages.com].

 

 

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Macro Photography | The Final Result

The Macro Experiment. Could a Lens Reversal Ring that cost less than $10 provide quality macro images.

Equipment: Canon 5D, Tamron Zoom Lens, and a Lens Reversal Ring.

Prologue: A few posts back I talked about a method that would convert any zoom lens into a legitimate macro lens. No filters, no magnifiers… all done through the lens. The method… turn it around and shoot through it backwards. It didn’t seem possible. The first tests I did were before the reversal ring so I had to hold it in front of the camera. It worked enough to convince me to spend $10.

Commence the experiment. I gathered random household objects (including my girlfriends eye – still very much attached to her) and a small light I had lying around. As I photographed and got the hang of it I became more and more excited. The lens created such a stylized look, not to mention got in very close just like any good macro lens should.

Conclusion: Worth it? Hell, it would be worth it if the ring cost $50. It’s an amazing style and gives you the ability to shoot with a macro lens. In some ways it might be better than a macro lens because you can just keep the ring in your back pocket while shooting and if you need to grab a quick macro shot just screw it on and flip it over.

Here are some images. These prints are slowly becoming available on my website [www.bluegiraffeimages.com] and on [etsy]. 50% OFF still going on for about another week. If you don’t see it – let me know and I’ll create a listing right away.

Was the experiment a success? Let me know what you think. Go and experiment yourself and let me know how it goes. Here is a link to the reversal ring I purchased but you will want to check the size of your filter thread for your specific lens.

I tweet @bluegiraffeimgs. Follow for special discounts and codes.

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First sale on ETSY

ETSY First Sale

Well… I have made my first sale. To my mother.

I have realized that when I go and buy something I look into the success that person/business has had before me and what people thought of it. So I needed a little help to start showing some activity at the store and my mom can always use a good photograph of mine.

As I think about what makes a small business something you want to buy from, it becomes more and more NOT a small business. Everything you have to put into it, all the things you have to worry about people thinking when they come there, having 1 bad review cripple you, etc. Basically it boils down to first impressions being you’re ONLY impressions. Especially online.

Think about when most of you go to Target. You don’t think about the credibility of the store or that one random item you pick off the shelf. You don’t call your friend asking if they liked their toothbrush they bought last month. Now, I realize I’m making a stretch in comparing the two and that Target is a time and time again proven store. But it is more about how the mind works when buying something – most of the time with every right to think that way. There is a check list we go through in our heads before purchasing something, Target has just proved themselves enough to allow us to enable the 1-click purchase.

This has been way more of a learning experience than I ever thought it would be. The best part so far is getting to connect with everyone and being pushed creatively and always finding new inspiration. Plus, it’s better than my pictures just sitting on my computer.

Side note: Stay turned for an updated macro posting. I think you’ll enjoy it.

@bluegiraffeimgs

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueGiraffeImages

www.bluegiraffeimages.com

And here is the print I sold my mom. It is of my sister at Malibu beach when she was visiting from Ohio.

Sister KCACO Malibu Beach

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The ETSY Journey. So far.

ETSY Storefront

ETSY. It’s a great place but man is it a whole new world. One more social network. One more place that I have to work to get people to find me.  Over the past week or so I have been putting my store together. Adding listings, then changing them, then deleting them, then adding them again. I mean they’re only 20 cents a listing so why not right!? Wrong. I want to figure this ETSY puzzle out so that I can set it and forget it. Or do I? Can you open a store on ETSY and have a build it and they will come way of thinking? I’m starting to doubt it. Sure, its only been a week but if it was as easy as taking pictures, uploading them and waiting – everyone would do it.

I’m not sure if you guys are on ETSY either as a buyer or a seller. But if you are, and you have any tips please let me know. Even if you’re not check out my store and let me know what you think as an outsider.

[click here] to visit my store. Andddddd if you happen to be looking around and need a print for your house, well everything is 50% off right now! Use code: “BLUEGIRAFFEHALFOFF”. Please contact me with any questions. One thing I do know is that sales and reviews help A LOT when people are looking to buy something.

Thanks to everyone for their input and likes on the last blog, means a lot. WordPress, unlike anything else so far feels like a small community.

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Starfish Photography

Not to long ago I posted some test macro images of a starfish. Here is a starfish still in the water.

Found a couple older starfish images. I think they came out very nice. Check them out. Dont forget about my 50% off SALE. CODE: “BLUEGIRAFFEHALFOFF” Available to use on MY WEBSITE or ETSY.

Starfish in Malibu

 Starfish in Malibu

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NEW PRINTS

I wanted to post up two of my newest additions. They are called “Pelican Stare Off” and “Sail Boat” (second name is far less creative, I understand that).

All of my prints are on a huge sale right now to try to get my store going. Use code “BLUEGIRAFFEHALFOFF” when checking out at etsy or bluegiraffeimages.com. Share to friends and family, anyone can use it.

Follow me @bluegiraffeimgs for the latest updates on sales and postings.

Pelican Stare OffSail Boat

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Selling Photography Update – 50% OFF Offer Included

I’m starting to get the hang of this whole entering the online world thing. I thought real life was confusing! It has been fun, I have lost sleep, I check my iPhone for emails every 30 seconds, and I constantly check my stats. With that said, it’s been great. Just the few people I have been able to connect with so far has been amazing. I love seeing other people’s work and being able to share mine as well. It’s almost like having a street you can walk down and just see what everyone else around you is doing. If you don’t use WordPress for that, I encourage you to. Even if you’re not a seller, or a creative, or making anything you opinion almost matters the most!

If there is one thing I have a love/hate relationship with its “likes”. LOVE: the fact that I can put something up and someone likes it enough to say so, even if it is just the click of a simple button. HATE: I have no idea how much you read, what you looked at, or what you thought. It is like going into a store and giving the owner a thumbs up and then walking out. They know you liked it, but WHAT did you like. Facebook has put us in to the mind-set that we just click “like” on everything we see. Now, I don’t comment on everything I see but I try to be interactive a few times a week with people. Every experience thus far has been great and I really think I have made some of them very happy.

So now to the online store. The thing that started this all. You can read more about this in my about page but basically I graduated college a few years ago. Since then I have been making minimum payments on my loans and its going so slow that my grandchildren (I don’t even have kids yet) will be paying for it on their wedding day. I thought if I could sell photography online, even if its only some extra money a month, that could speed up the process that much faster. So, I did just that. All profits will go towards my loans. Directly to Miss Sallie Mae.

Here’s where you guys come in. We, all of us, have this wonderful amazing world at every single one of our fingertips. With the click of a button things go viral, with the donation of a few dollars on kickstarter people’s dreams come true. I need sort of a kick-start myself. I opened an ETSY store and I am slowly adding my prints up there to be available for order. If you guys are in the market for some wall art or know someone else who is I am offering 50% off my prints to start showing some sales and hopefully eventually leading to a few good reviews. This will really help when non-pressers look at my page. I don’t have all of my prints up there yet so if you have seen something here on my blog, let me know and I can upload it for you or hang in there and I will be uploading more over the next few days (it’s better to space out postings). If you would rather the same code works on my website listed below.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY ETSY STORE

CODE: BLUEGIRAFFEHALFOFF   EXPIRES 8/27/12

Please tweet, like, share, comment, press, blog, print out and snail mail, whatever it takes. Thank you all so much for so far keeping me encouraged on this new journey.

@bluegiraffeimgs

www.bluegiraffeimages.com

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