"So where do you work?" 2021 Edition
In 2021, I had over 225 locations for my work, the vast majority being real estate photo projects (something around 165 properties), but also multiple weddings, surprise proposals, family portraits, corporate facility tours and headshots, The Angolan ambassador's photo op, aerial property inspections, birthday parties, ceremonies of life, pet portraits, and vacations photos (one of the vacations was even my own!). I even started giving some lessons and tutoring others on taking better photos, which combines two of my passions of teaching and photography.
New Telephoto Lens Capabilities
So I have been steadily growing my camera gear collection over the past 4 years, primarily focusing on the areas of photography that I am hired most for and that pay the bills (Real Estate, Weddings, Family Portraits, etc.). This requires some pretty specific gear to get the best results for these types of photo sessions. For my own enjoyment of photography as a hobby though, I've been wanting to get a lens that will allow me to get some better telephoto images for nature and wildlife. So....
I've had it for about 3 weeks now, and have gotten to take it on a few small outings: a trip to the coast for real estate, walking around the neighborhood in the evening, or visiting a small pond after a family portrait session. When I use it with my Nikon Z7ii 45MP camera body, I can crop in even further and still have great clarity in the image. I'm hoping that once sporting events start up again, I'll be able to use this at some games and competitions as well.
Below are some examples of the images I've taken so far with it. If you see an image and would like a print made of it (or you need a new coffee mug with a fancy photo, etc.), feel free to visit my online printing shop for options.
Ever wonder what a wary-yet-sleepy duck looks like when startled?
I've learned a lot about printing options (papers, finishes, color adjustments, etc.) and even more about framing (in particular that it seems to be a nightmare). I've realized that I like making slightly-panoramic images, which most normal frames and matting material dimesions don't seem to believe should exist. I ended up having to cut a lot of my own mat boards and fit them into more standard sized frames on short notice, which made me rethink some of my sizing/dimension choices in future photos.
The opening night itself was pretty fun, if not profitable. My kindergarten teacher (from 25 years ago?) showed up to see me and my photos, which was mind blowing in itself and made the show worth doing. I had some great conversations with some of the attendees about my photos, and people were interested in purchasing them in different sizes online, but didn't see any off the wall yet. The exhibition will be up for another week or so, but it is only open upon a requested/scheduled viewing. If anyone wants to hang out and hear the stories behind the photos, you can either contact me or the gallery to request a viewing through the 16th.
I'm also going to be doing another mini-gallery in Lake Oswego on May 6th. I play french horn in the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band, and during every performance there are booths for local artists set up in the lobby for patrons to visit. Whatever prints I still have from the Brassworks Gallery will get to be displayed at that concert/gallery event as well. I'm also trying to get set up in some other galleries in the area, but it's early on in the process right now.