Friday, February 26, 2010

The Great Epic Blackberry Shootout of Awesomeness

The Great Epic Blackberry Shootout of Awesomeness

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

This is Benjamin Derkin, friend, comrade, IPS Instructor, and photographer extraordinaire. It just so happened that one day last fall we both found ourselves on location without "real" cameras. Fortunately, we weren't the ones on assignment that day. To stave of the inevitable boredom that must come when you're in a beautiful location without your SLR, we embarked on The Great Epic Blackberry Shootout of Awesomeness to create the most Epic Blackberry Portraits of Awesomeness with, yes... our Blackberries.

Benjamin, of course, took pictures of me with his Blackberry Tour while I photographed him with the Blackberry Storm. You'll find Benjamin's shots on his blog at: http://derksworks.com/photoblog/2010/blackberry-shootout/

I think we're pretty awesome, but then again, I'm rather biased. Regardless, I'm a fan of photographers creating awesome images with the tools they have, be it a pro-SLR or the cell phone in their pocket. Today's not coming back... shoot it while you can!

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin
Someday, I think I just might see Benjamin without an apple in his hand...

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Blackberry Shootout - Benjamin Derkin

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Today's View from Sandy, OR

Today's View from Sandy, OR

Storm clouds
Three-shot, hand held HDR image of the Sandy River valley looking towards Mt. Hood.

I'm still getting used to the fact that I live in Sandy, OR. At least once each day I kind of wake up from a daze, shake my head, and think, "I live here!" It's weird. A really good kind of weird, don't get me wrong, but still weird.

So, today I looked out my window and saw some amazing light and clouds playing on the hills over the river. I grabbed my camera, met the neighbor across the street, climbed out on his deck over looking the valley, and snapped a few shots.

I live here.

Storm clouds

Storm clouds

Storm clouds

Storm clouds

R

Monday, February 15, 2010

My new view

My new view

My new View

Here's the view on a clear day from the deck on my new apartment! Not too shabby!! :-)

R

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I have a car!!

I have a car!!

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After holding out for 28 and a half years I have finally earned the title of "Car Owner." Today I finalized the purchase and registration of my red 1988 Honda Prelude! Nope... it doesn't have a name yet, but I'm sure I'll think of something!

Cheers!
R