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Portraits

Dec 21, 2012
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An artform I truly enjoy. Maybe I should do it more. I don't know. I think one can have a ton of fun doing this. I do, and have done alot of it, but for some reason it seems to play a second cousin to most of more like journalistic stuff I do. But I think truly there is a portrait shooter in there somewhere. It is real fun making that connection with the subject, making it a team effort. The only downside of doing an actual portrait shoot is that if the person does not like it. That is the upside of the journalistic shoot. I get to take a portrait and it is not for the sitter, but someone else pays the bill. Perfect. Does not matter if the sitter likes it, just so the one paying does. Works for me. Usually works out that way. Fun to do. These shots are in no real order, just wanted to post them cuz I have run across them, and really like them for different reasons. And it really is all about me. So, a bit of a short break for jeez why does somebody not buy something. Oh, nevermind.

Thanks for dropping in, I really do appreciate it. aaron.jpg2_SWA6112.jpg_SWA4162.jpgmarla060.jpg

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WildWest, maybe

Dec 21, 2012
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_SWA8092.jpgPart of the wildwest quick draw shoot I did a couple years back. I can't stop thinking of these guys, and gals, and how much fun they have and the dedication to their sport. I really do have to search out more of this kind of thing. I think the portraits can be awesome.quickdraw_BTS.jpg

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HeavyMetal again

Dec 06, 2012
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So, this is a new way to post I guess, actually an upcoming hanging. Nothing glamorous, six shots in my chiro office. But they must get alot of people through there in a day, so why not. A small blurb and six shots. These six are just a few of this whole collection, I have several more. This is a project I worked on for a long time. Not steady obviously, but whenever I would see this old stuff, would try to stop. So, here goes.heavymetalblurb.jpgstar3566.jpgwire3648.jpgteeth4227.jpgstar3479.jpgchain3593_copy.jpgfourlevers3558.jpg

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Ranch House

Nov 28, 2012
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God don't ya love this sign. One of my fav's besides the top hat one. This was shot in New Mexico on the way to the Carlsbad Caverns. Now there is a place to see, wow. Truly worth the trip, I do have that logged on another blog, a travel blog I do, infact some of this stuff, these signs will show up over there as well. www.crackof10.com  I just lover everything about this sign, how it is faded, yet so precise. Crazy.IMG_0053.jpg

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Bishops sign

Nov 28, 2012
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There is another shot of this sign further along the list. Closer up, but I do like to show sometimes the area the sign is in. Not always, as at times it takes away from things, have to shoot with a too wide a lense, it is about the sign. I shot this one awhile ago, it is in Washington I think. I wanna say it is on the way to Moses Lake, but Ken will have to tell me on this one. Ken, navigator and riding buddy, he forgets nothing.bishops.jpg

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Looked so Old

Nov 28, 2012
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I am pretty sure it was, but then on the otherside of this sign it was not as peeled and faded. This is obviously the sunny side of the sign. Guess I shoulda gone in and asked how old it was. I just stopped and fired off a couple shots. It was a blistering hot day this day that is sure. This was just shot this last summer. Summer of 2012. I just loved how it all came together with the blue and the black.mufflers.jpg

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Hungry

Nov 28, 2012
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Guess there are just times when we need to be reminded to eat. This sign was huge, on a roof of a building. I wanna say it is Oregon or Washington state. My memory for sure is not going to be around as long as these signs. I truly do need to start keeping notes where and when I shoot these things. But this one was just too graphic and in some ways out of place to just let it go.eat.jpg

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Top Hat

Nov 28, 2012
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I love this sign, has to be the best one in my mind, though I do like them all for various reasons. But this is just so out of place. It just seemed that it was way too classy even now for where it was, let alone in the heyday. Run down all around it. There is a couple shots of this sign in this collection. Close up and further away. Sometimes I think it important to show the surrounding of the sign. Specially get ones like this.hatmotel.jpg

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Great Colours

Nov 28, 2012
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I liked this shot for how it looked with the colors. Just all comes together. I would like to know how much some of these signs must have cost and how long they were up before the buisness was not there anymore. I like that they are left behind though, makes for a far more interesting journey is for sure. ojogas2.jpg

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Looks like an Ant

Nov 28, 2012
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Strange this one. It was in the same parking lot as the one above it, the light looks the same. An old gas stop on a freeway think it was in Texas somewhere, along a freeway. We did not do much in the way of freeways, avoided them, likely though that is where the great signs are. Anyway, this guy was so busted up, it just looked so forlorn somehow. But it looks like an ant somehow don't ya think. Just a strange set of lines in this one.busted.jpg

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