Its all about having fun with framing...when you don't have a client with a storyboard close by giving direction.
This image is from the grounds at the Clautiere Vineyard in Paso Robles. We, the lovely Mrs and I, used this winery as our starting spot on our whirlwind tour of East Valley wineries at the suggestion of an old friend and his partner. What a great place...fun wine, fun tasting manager and more importantly a tasting room done up like the mad hatters place on acid replete with adult playroom. Too. Much. Fun.
In their courtyard next to the parking area and the tasting room there's this giant orb nestled under an old coast live oak. From its branches are more orbs, some with dangly bits. Its whimsy in the vineyards. I could have shot this perfectly level or perpendicular but it would have lost its dynamic tension. A careful step around and twist of the camera puts the orbs in alignment and everything else askew. Better composition and just a little hint at the twist of things to come in the tasting room.
It's been a busy week. I'm quite literally battered and bruised. No, I didn't get blown up with LEGAL fireworks which really are a thing here in Missouri. It was a colossal slip and fall on wet grass. Who knew that was a problem here were it's rained at least once everyday we've been here.
More to create shortly on the trip here and on the SoCalAutoBlog. Short version is in 6 days I put over 1k miles on a rental car and covered a lot of SEMO and SIL. In due time rest assured I blew stuff up, drank a lot and just had fun.
Yeay baby...I get around. check the geo tags on flickr as most will tell you where I've been over the most recent years since I joined in 2007. Some prior I manually geotagged, Dude, I do more than meander, I get around.
Its a reward and satisfaction thingy. I enjoy putting my creative energies to use when I get reward and satisfaction out of it. Or are the two the same thing? Satisfaction is my Reward. could be but that requires an analyst to sort it all out.
Since joining the Board of Directors at the Sierra Madre Playhouse I like to think I have had a little impact. Results are more immediate in some places than others. The end result is I hope to reach the citizens of Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valley and let them witness the fun we are having, the most excellent productions and want to join in the fun.
We, the marketing committee had a brain storming session. It started out with some grumbling that we aren't getting impact with our social media campaigns. I pointed out we aren't using them at cross purposes and the MTV generation in particular loves visual/aural stimulation not just 140 characters in a twitter post. I said we need to do more with the YouTube channel we have in place and do something often to keep it fresh and provide fodder for our Instagram, twitter and facebook accounts.
They listened, I with a DSLR that shoots HD video started shooting stuff. Its too much fun putting it all together after we shoot. I'm a noob and luckily Windows MovieMaker is a powerful tool thats stupid easy to use so I get quality results out the door. Better yet, the Playhouse gets media to promote themselves and their productions at no cost other than some time. Time well invested.
Yes, I don't do as much here as I like. I'm actually considering ways I can reinvent this blog and focus it more on my creative endeavors in the arts in general rather than just my personal art. Can it be done, yuppers, just need time to sit and do it. Being the @frazgo brand means I'm always busy...cars, food, the arts and time with the fam not much time left in a day.
Do follow me on Instagram. From the inane to profound to future posts on my various blogs I shoot a lot daily with my phone and instagram immediately. Its a good clue to what you will see here next or on one of the many other blogs that encompass @frazgo.
Big shoots, big events, big anything that requires high res, high quality stuff is always on Flickr. Its a great source for promoting my serious work. It won't go away anytime soon. And as I have a pro-account there, there will never, ever be ads to annoy you.
Lastly...I've ventured into exploring the options out there with video. High quality stuff, not just from a flipcam. My DSLR does HD video and I've been experimenting with it for stuff for the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Follow my YouTube channel.
I suppose tis quite the accomplishment to do that in 8 years with just ART and "blogging on the fly..." stuff as opposed to porn. I don't kid myself, a friends ex specializes in raunch porn his trying to pass off as vintage and he does a million in 3 months. But I took the higher road and did it my way, the way I always do. True to myself. True to those that follow me, never raunch for sake of views.
I'm still blogging everywhere, but here. I do shoot often, love my newish EOS 60D from Canon, it does some pretty amazing stuff, but its still just a tool that enables me to create images. I know when I resort for techniques sake things suffer. In the end its about stunning images, not how you got there.
Recently we took the fam down behind the Orange Curtain for a day of whale watching. Something you just can't do here in the SGV. By far my favorite tour company for that is Dana Wharf Sport Fishing and Whale Watching in Dana Point. Their crew works well with other boats to ensure you see a whale, or two, or dolphins to make your trip memorable. Often they have a Marine Biologist on board and they give you a ton if information and trivia on what you are seeing to make the trip even more fun. Worth the trip. Been with them twice now and both times were pretty amazing.
To follow my daily adventures, or my adventures with commercial stuff and CARS follow me on flickr.
By now if you haven't figured it out, I'll soell it out. Blogging leads to notice which leads to adventures. My current adventure is courtesy the good folks atFord Motor Company who gave me this trip to Detroit. No strings, all opinions are my own.
Last night we got a real treat. Dinner out at the 1903 Piquette Plant where Henry Firs built his first cars. There's even s recreation of his office.