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Bringing Things Up To Speed

I’ve been away for the past week and have fallen behind on the blog – so I thought I’d take a few minutes to bring it up to speed. I just got back from spending some time in St. Francisville, Louisiana. I attended a painting workshop with a couple of very talented artists- Darrell Chitty and Jeremy Sutton. It was a great learning experience and I think it really brought my painting skills to a whole new level. I stayed at a couple of very cool plantations while I was there. This one was located about a mile off the road – literally in the middle of nowhere. Its about as “getting away from it all” as you can get. I managed to get one of my 4040 Portraits done there also. I set the camera on the nightstand and took a photograph in the room – sitting in an antique chair. I used a painting technique I learned to give it a dark, moody feel. Here is what I came up with…
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Week 12: Puzzled

As I was sitting at the computer this weekend trying to come up with this week’s 4040 Image, I noticed the old Rubik’s Cube sitting on the bookshelf. Believe it or not, I’ve actually solved that thing several times. I figured it was the perfect way to celebrate my love of All Things Eighties!
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Week 12

Week 12 I’m starting to realize that this project would be a lot more fun if I didn’t wait until Monday night to start on that week’s portrait. Hopefully the panic stirs the creativity. This week, I decided to go with a painted portrait. To make it interesting – and because it was getting late – I decided to limit myself to only 30 minutes of paint time (as opposed to the usual 4 hour or so). I ended up with a so-so image, then brought it into Photoshop to tweak it a little. I over-worked it a bit and realized that the brush strokes were becoming very pronounced… and I kind of liked it. As I pushed the effect further, I ended up with this almost VanGogh-like image.
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Old School

Week 11: Old School Every once in a while, I kind of miss the old days – when I worked in an office and had to wear a tie every day. There is something so classic about the coat and tie. Unfortunately, nowadays – the only time I wear a tie is when I’m going to a funeral or a wedding. I decided to break out the coat and tie – plus go even more old-school by adding the hat. After playing around with the strobes for a bit, I decided to just use the modeling light and go for more of a blur – rather than making the image sharp and crisp. After several takes, I ended up with this cool image. I gave the shot an antique look by taking away the color and adding some grain. I love the mystery of this shot- it is almost abstract.
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Week 10: Infrared

Week 10: Infrared This week, I decided to go in the opposite direction from last week. I used the infrared camera and got this really crazy image: The infrared camera is wild because you never know for sure what someone is going to look like. In my case, the eyes got really spacey looking and my hair turned blue. I was wearing a brown t-shirt, by the way. Certainly not the best I’ve ever looked – but a good addition to the collection.
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Fellow 40: Cheryl

With 4 kids, Cheryl’s life is all about lugging kids and equipment from place to place. She came up with an image concept that really illustrates this lifestyle!    If you think this image is great – you should see her Christmas cards every year.
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Week 9

Ok, I’ve got to be honest. Up til this point, things were going pretty smoothly. I would come up with a concept, start to photograph it and about halfway through the shoot, come up with a better option and change directions. A little frustrating, maybe, but it seemed to be working. This week – not so much. Without question, this was the most difficult week so far – and that is including jumping through the snow last week! Of course, I had waited until Monday to work on this week’s image – nothing new there. However, this was not the usual Monday. I had a session this morning and had to pack up everything to leave this afternoon. With only a few hours to get everything done, I seriously considered bailing out and just doing something tomorrow. Just being honest here! Finally, I came up with a kind of dumb concept and decided to churn it out quickly – knowing that my “good” idea would appear during the session. Unfortunately, the session came and went…. no idea. I loaded the images into the computer and there was nothing… absolutely nothing worth using. Now I had even less time – and
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Read All About It!

Very cool week for the 4040 Project. On Thursday, the Plano paper had an article on the front page – outlining my 40@Forty Project. The next day, the Dallas Morning News had an article in their NeighborsGo section. So exciting – the more people following along, the merrier! If you want to read the article, you can find it here: http://www.neighborsgo.com/stories/35617
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Frostbite

Week 8: “Frostbite” A couple of years ago, I spent a traumatic, but educational week in Maine studying with photographer Arno Minkkenen. Arno is known for his self-portrait work, including a series of images done in snowy, winter settings. When I started the 4040 Project, I kind of had this in the back of my mind, but wasn’t sure if the opportunity would ever present itself. I had such a great time in Montana last week, that I knew I wanted this week’s 4040 Portrait to incorporate the whole Montana experience. While driving back to Helena from Whitefish, we stopped somewhere along Flathead Lake and created what I THOUGHT was going to be this week’s image. It wasn’t that stunning, but did a good job of capturing the whole “40” thing. Thinking we were done, I switched out of “photographer” mode and settled in to enjoy the rest of the road trip. About 20 miles outside of Helena, the temperature started to drop and we were driving through a lot of snow. Heather and I discussed pulling over and creating a self portrait in the snow, but since I already had this week’s 4040 done, I decided against it. As
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Favorite So Far?

What is your favorite 4040 Portrait so far? Take this poll and let your opinion be heard!! The poll only allows me to have 5 choices, so hopefully your favorite is among the ones I picked. Larry CLICK BELOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE http://survey.constantcontact.com/poll/a07e2ih026hfu8tv008/start.html
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