Archive for June, 2008

a world record

Posted in inspiration, photography on June 29, 2008 by chris

Met a world record holder yesterday. Kevin Young holds the world record in the 400m hurdles, which he set in Barcelona in 1992. He ran the 400 in 46.78 seconds, and he did so by developing a technique that gave him a 9-foot (!) stride.

His company (Phewsioneering) was in town for the past few days putting on some training clinics in conjunction with Adrenaline Sports USA, and I was assigned by a local publication to document some of the happenings. Paul from Adrenaline Sports was very helpful, and Kevin and his partner Ed Lovelace from Phewsioneering were very accommodating for the photographer that kept interrupting their training session for “just one more” shot. But I think the people that actually had to run and work out in the 95-degree heat appreciated the extra couple minutes of rest…

NAPP

Posted in design, inspiration, photography, photoshop on June 24, 2008 by chris

I’m a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. I’ve belonged to the organization for nearly 3 years now, and it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made; I’ve learned more about using Photoshop for design and photography than I ever learned in school.

NAPP is a great resource if you’re at all interested in learning more about Photoshop. Check them out!

design practice

Posted in design, photoshop on June 24, 2008 by chris

although i don’t get to design as much as i’d like to during the normal workday, i try to keep my skills sharp by learning a new trick or technique at least once a week.

this one’s from an idea of making the subject of a photo appear as if she’s breaking into pieces (or assembling, depending upon your point of view). on the left is what i started with, and you can see that i extended the canvas and the background to give the pieces somewhere to go. the pieces were made with an x-shaped pattern brush (and the pattern was sampled from the original photo).

recent work

Posted in photography on June 21, 2008 by chris

i freelance for a local publishing company a few times a month. i’ve had 5 shoots so far in june: a portrait of a local guy who invented “fold-tuk” collapsible cookware, 2 fishermen for a story on fishing on the james river, an event shoot for an after-work party for a local company, and a portrait shoot for a local band called Buttercup. i’m really happy with the way the buttercup shots turned out.

vacation

Posted in photography on June 7, 2008 by chris

in ocean city, nj for a few days. sleeping in, playing golf, sitting on the beach, eating pizza, having beverages, and forgetting about responsibilities for a few days.

this is the empty end of the ocean city boardwalk, leading down to the fun stuff. it’s extremely rare to see it so barren, so i had to take a picture while i could.