Category Archives: Photography

Sarah Donner and the DoubleClicks

Ventured out of hibernation to attend the Sarah Donner and DoubleClicks concert.  Had a great time and enjoyed actually setting down the camera for a bit.  I have a lot of pictures of The DoubleClicks from various other concerts, but this was the first time seeing Sarah Donner.

Enjoy the shots!

Adventures at Baltimore Comic-Con!

This last weekend I went off to visit Baltimore and see what their Comic-Con had in store.  I wasn’t dressed up as anything as I was mostly there to promote the comic and take lots of pictures.  Both of these things were done!

You can see the photos here:

Shore-Leave!

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This coming weekend I will be at Shore-leave, a fan run convention up in Hunt Valley Maryland!  If you are in the area, come by and say HI!  I’ll have a number of pieces from the Nerd Prints up in the art gallery, and I will be all over the floor (not literally, I know where that floor has been.)

Also, keep an eye out for our Lost Trooper! It’s been 10 years since I joined the 501st with this scout trooper armor, so it’s making a special appearance at Shore-Leave.

Click the links to find out more information about the con!

JCCC4 Day 6: All the feels.

_DSC3131This is going to (probably) be my last posting about JoCoCruiseCrazy 4 as these are the last of the photos to be processed.

Day 6 was a hugely emotional day as it was the last of the cruise and probably the last we would see many of the new and old friends we have seen on the ship.  I wanted to make sure I took as many “Monkey Shots” as I could so that I would have photos of everyone!  Hugs were given, tears were has and some of you have impacted this monkeys life more than you know.

Can’t wait to see you all again next year.

ON TO THE PHOTOS!!!!

So, here are all the links you will ever need:

Want to give me money? Here’s How!
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

FACEBOOK QUESTIONS
A lot of folks have asked about my “Facebook Ban” Just know, it’s not so much a BAN as an advisement.  Facebook has some really wimpy rules when it comes to Photographers rights.  Also, Facebook compresses the hell out of photos and makes them look like crap.  THAT BEING SAID. If you Really really really want to set a photo as a profile picture or share it with someone via facebook, I won’t stop you or sue you or anything. (But I reserve the right to say “Tsk Tsk” to you in person.)

JCCC4 Day 4 and 5! Sooo Many fezzs!!

_DSC2351Day 4 wasn’t a huge process seing as how most of the photos were about Artemis, and I already did those.  (Did I post about them? Now I forget.)

ANYWAYS, Day 5 was the all important FEZ Night! (It has a much longer name, but I am tired and have been staring at fezzes all day.)

As per usual, here at the LINKS:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not download the photos and then upload them somewhere else (like Facebook).  FB kills the photos with compression and you lose the attribution.  Instead, feel free to LINK to the photos on my gallery or on Flickr.

Want to give me money? Here’s How!
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

 

JCCC4 Day 3: Monkey portraits, Turtles, and Concerts! Ooohhh Myyyy…

_DSC1484On the third day of JCCC4 my JoCo gave to me… A Day in the Grand Cayman Islands!

On this day Sarah and I ventured off to see the Cayman Islands turtle farm and encountered many monkeys on the way.

 

 

 

 

 

As per usual, you can find the photos here:
My Gallery:  http://www.wizzersworld.com/gallery/index.php/Road-Trips/JCCC4-Day-3
Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/wizzer/sets/72157642057688624/

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not download the photos and then upload them somewhere else (like Facebook).  FB kills the photos with compression and you lose the attribution.  Instead, feel free to LINK to the photos on my gallery or on Flickr.

Want to give me money? Here’s How!
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

 

JCCC4 Day 2 Pictures: Scrimshaw, Pomplamoose and more!

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Well, another day done!  You can find the photos in a few places:

And broken into specific events:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not download the photos and then upload them somewhere else (like Facebook).  FB kills the photos with compression and you loose the attribution.  Instead, feel free to LINK to the photos on my gallery or on Flickr.

Want to give me money? Here’s How!
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

 

JCCC4 Day 0 and 1 pictures are done!

_DSC0376Still working on all the rest but I finished up day 0 (the pre-cruise) and day 1 (boarding and first concert).

 

 

 

 

 

You can find all of my photos on Flickr here:

Day 0: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wizzer/sets/72157641872741745/
Day 1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wizzer/sets/72157641876517234/

Or in my gallery:

Day 0: http://www.wizzersworld.com/gallery/index.php/Road-Trips/JCCC4-Day-0
Day 1:  http://www.wizzersworld.com/gallery/index.php/Road-Trips/JCCC4-Day-1

All of my photos are Creative Commons license:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not download the photos and then upload them somewhere else (like Facebook).  FB kills the photos with compression and you loose the attribution.  Instead, feel free to LINK to the photos on my gallery or on Flickr.

Now, the fun stuff.
If you like the photos, and you want to provide me with any sort of compensation, please do! I can accept payments through Square or Google wallet very easily.  Both of these options provide you the ability to send money via E-mail address (spetrucelli@gmail.com).  Please feel free to send along whatever amount you feel comfortable with (even if it’s 0.00) Now with added Square Market!!  http://mkt.com/steve-petrucelli

Also, here is a fun video preview I did of all the photos: (Watch it in HD for best results)

JoCoCruiseCrazy4 – Yeah, that happened!

I had the opportunity to spend 6 amazing days with 850 people who understand, love, enjoy, care, and appreciate everything about geekdom and nerdom.  I can’t tell you all the feels that well up inside every time I think about all the people I met on the cruise.

I know that some people will say “It’s just a convention, but on a boat” or “It’s just hanging out with friends while you cruise” but really it’s that times 10000.  Every room you go into there is a SeaMonkey doing something they love to do.  No one judges, everyone is welcome.

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Each year the official talent puts on an amazing show with amazing events that scatter across the week. You go for this show, but you stay for the Shadow Cruise.  The Shadow cruise is all the events that all of the attendees build around the official events.  We have people who are artists from every field who put up shows, exhibits, classes, and art to share with everyone else.  In many cases, it’s a fan run show that has some other stuff that the official people do.  And it’s THAT that makes the cruise special.

This year I brought my own talent and tried to make it available to folks by doing what I called the “Humble Indie Photographer Bundle”.  This meant that I made myself available for folks to have their picture taken anywhere at any time.  Lots of people took me up on it and, after sorting, I have close to 1000 pictures to process to show for it.  In payment I accepted everything from a “Hey thanks!” to drinks, to a couple bucks.  All of the photos will be posted to Flickr under a Creative Commons licence for everyone to see.

If you know I took a picture of you, and you want to provide me with anything in payment, Please wait until the photos are up! (You never know, they could look like crap!) I’ll be working throughout the week on getting them up as fast as possible and then post here when they are all done.

Thanks again for making my cruise experience another for the memory banks!

Project 365 status: Complete!

Reflections (P365-31)What a year!  As you have probably read in my New Years post, this year has been quite the roller coaster.  So many ups and downs that I probably would not have even remembered them all if I hadn’t been doing this project.  On of Dec 31st 2013, I took my last Project 365 picture.  It was one that we had planned, probably from the beginning of the project.  My buddy Louis and I both started P365 on Jan 01 2013 and have had lots of conversations through the year about “What should I take a picture of?” and “I am out of ideas!!” also “Why did we agree to this!!”.  In the end I am glad we stuck with it though.  I look back on some of my earlier shots and can actually see a lot of progression in technique and style. (Quick Edit: Louis wrote up his post about P365 over on his site: http://www.gamutofgeek.com/i-need-to-figure-out-my-picture/ )

There are a number of types of shots that I don’t know that I would have done had I not been forcing myself to take something every day.  By the end I really started to see myself shooting in 4 different categories:

  • Life event – Something significant happened that day and I wanted to document it.  Usually this was something like a concert, or event we went to see, but occasionally was something like “we went to see a movie”.
  • Outdoor Artistic - This was when I wanted to capture something outside in good lighting, and usually had to travel to get, or at least spend some time getting the right shot.
  • Indoor Artistic – If weather was a limiting factor, or I just couldn’t get out, I typically went for a new style or technique. These shots often involved a lot of set up and there is a certain style to them.
  • Lazy – Let’s face it, getting a shot every day is tiring.  Some days there just isn’t much to shoot and life has beat you up.  So I would just grab the camera and take a picture of something/anything.

We had some pretty lenient rules set in place before we started:

  • Using the DSLR was primary, but falling back on a Cell phone was ok (Sometimes you just don’t have your good camera on you)
  • Midnight was not the cut off, before you went to bed was.  (When we started, Louis was working a late shift and would often be up till 2-3am)
  • Try and do something different each day

One of the big issues I had in the project was the time change when I was going to and from Kuwait earlier in the year.  There was actually a huge scare involving day 35.  You see, I apparently suck at numbering.  I was constantly getting my day number mixed up (until I found this website to help me with it) so I would usually use the picture from the day before as a reference.  Well, with dateline crossing and time shifts, also being up after midnight, my numbers were always getting messed up.

Emergency Breakfast! (P365-35)Some time in August, I went into the Flickr set and did a manual count, only to find that my pictures were off by 1 day.  Not just the numbering, but the actual total count was missing one.  I was crushed.  I traced the issue all the way back to Feb 5th.  This was the day I traveled back to the states from Kuwait and apparently lost almost an entire day in the process.  I freaked out and started looking everywhere for any pictures I may have taken.  Thankfully I found that I had taken a picture of my breakfast that Sarah made me.  The time frame matches up and I was saved.

After that I was much more diligent about numbering.

So now that I am done, I am planning on taking a small break from carrying my camera around everywhere I go. (Even though Sarah bought me an amazing new camera backpack). Now it’s on to projects that I can focus the theme.

Some advice to anyone willing to try P365?  Do it, but go out and explore!  Work on something new each day, be it a location, a technique, a style, etc..  Explore Flickr and find some types of shots that you want to try and then do them.  Most importantly….. document your life with it.  Lots of stuff happens around you, grab a picture of it, but don’t forget to experience it too.  When you have the picture, put the camera down and enjoy the show with your own eyes too.

Enjoy the pictures!

 

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