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Happy Saint Patty’s DAY: DAILY DESIGN CHALLENGE

Todays word was EIRE, thanks to the folk at Dictionary.com

So I spent all day thinking up a concept for this word, and let me tell ya this one was a doozy.

So I found out that EIRE means:the Irish name of Ireland. 

And with the current holiday (many of us went out drinking to celebrate) I figured making a Irish Brew Pub Logo would fit this word to a “T”.

I threw in some iconic Irish symbols and wham, bam, here is the final concept!

EIRE-ABBEY

 

Let me know what you think! Im always looking to improve these designs as I am currently interning for a marketing/design company!

Fell free to join in the fun! Post and Share your designs!

Colorado sunset, Best Camera #14

I find that springtime produces the most beautiful sunsets. And that Colorado is the best state for them, you can’t beat the Rocky Mountains for a more epic backdrop. Oh, and you can’t argue that God isn’t a huge fan of our state (orange and blue)!

It was extremely hot today, and very dry. So the evening set up a perfect scene for tired Coloradans across the state.

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Best Camera #13

While traveling to Estes Park last weekend for a photo adventure , I whipped out my trusty iPod. It’s amazing the image quality that you can get out of mobile multi media devices these days.
Rumor has it the next iPhone will have a12mega pixel camera! Image that! What innovations will that bring about, no one knows.
Anyway, here are the shots that were captured. I especially love the one of the dog sitting in front of the restaurant we ate breakfast at! It’s very fitting seeing that the name is the barking dog!

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Back to the Basics

Upon reflection, that is reflecting on my past work, I realized that I have been forgetting to focus on the most important part that make a good photo. So I have gone back to the basics, reading and studying composition, from different sources.

Some are from past greats (Bresson, Bourke-White, and Adams), and some are new professionals and writing books on composition techniques. Each time I look or read about great composition, it points back to simple ideals. A clear subject, and a strong contrast. Sure there is way more that goes into composing a masterful photo, but sometimes the most simple composition can compete with the greats.

So I have challenged myself to look at the mundane around the house and focus purely on composition techniques. Subjects that are prominent and don’t fade into the background (or foreground), clear and clean leading lines, and prominent framing.

Here are some of the results from my perusing around the house.

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This was a challenge, but it forced me to stop, and consider my entire shot. It slowed me down and made me consider the surrounding elements (leading lines, focal planes, contrast, etc.) rather than just the subject. It was a wonderful experiment, and I learned some valuable skills for when I go out into the field to capture other wonderful moments.

It goes to show you that even the everyday household objects can create some interesting subject matter. So I challenge you to take out your camera (it doesn’t have to be any fancy dslr, just check out my other photo challenge) and start shooting away! You’ll be amazed at what you find!

P.S. if any of you found this interesting and would like to learn along side me as I explore composition techniques, or would like this to be a new subject, please vote on the poll! This allows me to get your opinion, and helps me know what interests you! Thanks again for the support and remember to stay creative!

The Best Camera 10.5

“Photography reproduces an image from what God has made for all to see.”

Today is now the second week in a row to start off with crazy snow flurries. Last week as I drove home, I past this old pasture, a rundown plot of land that is nestled next to bustling suburbs.

I have passed this area far too many times over the past twenty years, never thinking twice about it.
That is until last week.

The scene was set up perfectly, fresh glistening snow, bone chilling air, and grayscale encapsulating the world. As I drove by I saw a lovely pair of horses, huddled next to each other.

I cursed myself for forgetting all of my cameras, and missing such an opportunity.

So today was a second chance, the snow was falling all around, the crackle of frozen ice underfoot and whistling wind edged me own ward.

Unfortunately the horses were being feed and holed up for a chilly nights slumber. So I missed my golden opportunity. A hard lesson to learn…

“The best camera is always the one you left at home.”

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The Best Camera Challenge #10

It has been a while since I uploaded some photos from my faithful little Ipod. I have been exploring a lot of various tools for capturing images, mainly sticking to more technical devices ( analog and digital slr’s). I find that they are easier to rely on, especially when a split second is all that matters. So whenever I find myself in pickle and in need of camera I turn to old faithful(ipod). So here are a few that I have captured, spur of the moment and edited after the fact. Enjoy!

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Doors Open Denver 2013

I recently joined a photography club near my job (ski shop, not really hard work, but who says work has to be hard), mainly to meet with like minded people and learn more information about my hobby. For any native Coloradans reading this (whats up 3OH3) Denver Photographic Society is a tight knit group of avid photographers, with a plethora of knowledge (over 65 years of active service). The club has multiple lectures and classes, as well as site field trips each month. As a new member I was overwhelmed by the large amounts of new opportunities laid before me.

Anyhow, after our last meeting I learned from the club of a event being held in Downtown Denver. Doors Open Denver, a weekend long event where numerous Architectural buildings (both public and private)  were open to general public. The kicker… a photo contest for the best architecture shots of the wonderful downtown scenery.

I couldn’t resist the challenge of pushing my creative juices to their limits. So I stuffed my day pack with both digital and analog cameras and headed out to capture the winning photo.

I journeyed all over the city for half the day, from walking down bustling streets, to desolate back alleys. Snapping anything interesting that came into the view finder, I realized how much fun I was having at little to no cost. Along my travels I met interesting people with fantastic stories to tell.

Although the sun was not cooperating with me, I found that with a little post production magic I came away with some great black and whites. As they say, a photo is worth a thousand words.

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After editing several photos, a few stuck out, and with a little more work I put on the finishing touches. Here are the four photos that made the grade and will be heading to the cutting room floor. I hope that you enjoy the photos, hopefully you are told a tale, or at least taken away to a special place for a moment. If so, please head over to Denver Arts Interactive and please vote for any of my photos. It is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely your fellow photog

Philip Mondeau

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Best camera day 8

Snow snow and more snow! It was another bone chilling day, with spurts of snow showers and wild winds.
Though the weather was dreary, I made the best of it by getting my hair trimmed, in preparation for tomorrow’s job interview. I’m ecstatic, and ready to give her all I got.
Tomorrow’s plans aside I snapped a few shots of today’s chilly atmosphere. I was hopping to capture the warmth of inside, contrasted to the icy weather outdoors. Enjoy!

-the apps I use to edit my iPod photos are; snapseed, camera+, wood camera, and my favorite slow shutter camera.
Snapseed is strictly a dumbed down version of photoshop for free. While slow shutter allows one to leave the shutter open for extended periods of time. With this app, light paintings and long exposures are only a snap away.

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Belated day 7 of the best camera.

So the weather out here has be oh so frightful, but my bloggers the fire was so delightful(cheesy, yes I know). The snow was pounding Denver all weekend long. I was feeling very lethargic, and caught up on some great movie relaxation time.
Therefore I have only one photo to show you all.
This is a strobes photo of my new baby, a Konica auto reflex tc. A beautiful analog SLR , that I picked up from my favorite coworker. I love this new toy and got it for an unbelievable price more on that later.

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