State Fair Results - Out of State Weddings - New Gear

First I would like to announce if you weren't already aware that I will not have any photos on display at the Iowa State Fair this year. At first I was baffled but after conversing with colleagues who had remarkable entries and were not selected either I felt more at ease. You never know what a judge is looking for, given the short unprepared time frame I had to work with I felt my entries were suitable. Nonetheless I will be pleased to have them to hang on my walls! The card arrived in the mail and informed me that none of my photos were even selected for display at the 2014 Iowa State Fair Salon, I had viewed the PDF posted online a few days earlier and figured perhaps they had missed my name. The positive light of the situation is I will get my photos back earlier and not have to wait for the fair to finish. I still encourage everyone to venture through this years exhibit as all entries are in black and white. I love color and it's vivid ways so to take something I viewed as beautiful and transfer it to black and white wasn't my strong suit I'll continue to pursue story telling and I will definitely enter again next year! Look for the works of my close friends Riley Briggs, Brennan Jontz, and Daniel Auel if you happen to venture through the salon, you wont be let down as each of them have a unique way of capturing an image and telling a story that is beyond a simple photograph. 

 

Next week I will be photographing my first out of state wedding, I photographed the couple's engagement photos in May and am eager to break the ice and start in the Twin Cities. I figure if I intend to move there I should at least start drumming up business. I will be making new business cards that feature the new website as well as my new phone number! I will return to Minnesota for another wedding at the end of August in Rochester! So things will slowly start to take off. If you're one of the closet readers who hasn't interacted with me quite yet or expressed an interest in booking, have no fear! I won't be quitting the wedding scene in Iowa. There are too many gorgeous venues to let slip through my hands and I've built some strong bonds in the past few years and I look forward to only seeing them flourish! 

 

Lastly I am pleased to announce a new item in the camera bag that seems to be shrinking as I manage to cram more lenses and filters into it every day! I decided to pull the trigger on my first true wide angle lens. I got a second hand lens circa 1976 and it is beautiful! I decided to go with a 20mm as going wider has a tendency to make the viewer feel like they are a fish and the barrel distortion gets very distracting. I picked up the Vivitar 20mm F3.8 for $100 off of KEH. It had an excellent condition rating and I couldn't pass up the opportunity as it was the only one listed. It has been a year since I last purchased a lens so I figured I needed a true wide angle as 28mm was previously my widest capability and for small rooms the lens will allow me to remain close and capture more. After all the secret to any wide angle lens isn't to be far away but to be right in the center of the action. The lens allows me to focus at a minimum distance of two inches and it's mammoth diameter makes the A7 look like a toy! I'll post photos taken with the lens in my next post but so far I have been very impressed! 

Dorothy

A new woman has come into my life named Dorothy, she is bigger than my typical preference, she has rough skin and bullet proof glass. Dorothy isn't a divine female but rather a tornado chasing vehicle that I will be trusting with my life this spring as the tornado season starts. I've put in countless hours over the past week getting to know Dorothy and everything that she is capable of. I've spent late nights helping fabricate and get Dorothy ready for everything she will be doing this year. She is similar to a tank with a dash of Ford. I've slacked on my media as a result of the labor and time but the results that Dorothy will allow are far more important than the immediate tasks. I will have the ability to finally chase tornadoes and capture both film and images of one of earths most marvelous creations while simultaneously experience the after math and devastation that something so beautiful can cause. I arrived late to the project as the two true masterminds have been meticulously working on Dorothy for close to two years. Starting originally as a work van the V10 under  the hood, Dorothy is going to see new life. Brennan Jontz and Daniel Auel have poured hours into preparing the vehicle for what is around the corner from constant welding to maintenance so that everything is smooth sailing. It had been years since I last held  an angle grinder and my first night in the shop I was grinding away at the excess around the frame so that the vehicle was good to go for a special  coating. There is a lock down on what can be posted of Dorothy but rest assured these two fine gentlemen mean business. They are both younger than me but Dorothy alone displays the true drive and passion  they both have! I'm eager to continue working with them and for what is in store this summer. My job wont be as convenient for chasing however I'm sure I will get a few under my belt. I look forward to meeting more individuals associated with the Iowa Storm Chasing Network and other enthusiasts. This year will be quite the wild ride so stay tuned for updates!