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Journal Entry: Fri Oct 28, 2011, 8:52 PM
Hey....so, been gone quite some time.  Not dead, just life interrupting photos.  Slowly crawling back to reality and hope to rejoin the wonder that is this group.  Need to fix the journal I see and actually post again.  Hope you've all been good.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Heel...............

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Happy New Year!

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 2, 2011, 2:39 PM
Happy New Year everyone!!

Hope the holidays were good for y'all. I personally had a blast and can't wait to see what 2011 has in store..

I've decided to change how my posts will go down for a bit. I'm going to try to post shoots in series, with identical post processing for each set. I'm hoping it will help push me a bit with regard to direction. I have a tendency to get caught up in multiple styles and techniques, and not really refining a single thing.

The first series I'm posting was shot in Cleator, AZ and was a whole lot of fun. I hope you enjoy..

Cheers!

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Vulture + Turkey

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 24, 2010, 12:10 PM
Well, I've finally managed to un-bury my workin butt long enough to have some camera time. For those of you who I either missed thanking or thanked twice, sorry.  Lost track of where I was for a bit.

I managed to get lost at Vulture Mine, near Wickenburg, AZ. The place was unreal. The deal on this place is as follows:

The Vulture Gold Mine was discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg. Henry sold the mine after a few years. The Vulture, however, went on to become the most productive gold mine in the history of Arizona. Vulture City grew to a population of almost five thousand people. The mine sparked the development of Arizona and the city of Phoenix.

The Vulture Mine produced gold worth more than 200 million dollars. The exact amount is unknown. Some say that nearly half of the Vulture’s gold was stolen. "Highgrading" or theft of the high grade ore was common at the Vulture. At least 18 men were hung on the Vulture City’s hanging tree, nearly all for highgrading.

When President Franklin Roosevelt closed the mine in 1942 (WW II) people left believing they would return in six months. The mine never reopened. Almost overnight a once thriving community became a ghost town. [source:www.jpc-training.com/vulture.h…


I'll be posting work from this place soon.

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, have a great Turkey Day!

Cheers

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Feature 2

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 15, 2010, 11:05 PM
Mono/Toned content for this one. Fits the season in my humble opinion. Enjoy.



Mirage by C-IP path through cuckoo woods by awjay _untitled by samuilvel
The Distances I Will Go... by As-The-Stars-Align winding road by Mayfair710 Waiting patiently by vbagiatis
:thumb175548874: Life is uncertain by Menoevil Throw those curtains wide by travellerwolf
After the rain by CountessBloody The Deck Chairs by robcherry Industrial Art by adityapudjo
Old Pier At Dusk by DenisOlivier :thumb172456241: Corn Crib by dubtastic
before the dawn ii by warnaiman KinderAugenBlicke I by calis shadows of the past by Kidy-kido
Defence Down.. by Eukendei time's arrow by lostknightkg Coming Home by o-BlueMoon-o



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October

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 7, 2010, 2:57 PM
October. My personal favorite month. I will take Halloween over every other holiday every time. Time to creepify the homestead and start the festivities early. :-)

Should also start throwing some more stuff out soon. Finally catching up around these parts....

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Tick Tock

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 22, 2010, 8:29 PM
Well, it's been weeks now that I've been locked down by that wonderful thing called a "job". All good, except absolutely no time for anything fun. The next few weeks will likely yield the same result. So, if I haven't thanked you for taking the time to check my work, I'm truly sorry. I'm making a comeback, albeit at tortoise speed.

Once I get over this massive hill, I think I'll look to making some changes; Journal style, ID, content. Venture out a bit and kill the comfort zone. Write that CSS tut I promised a friend here I'd do. Stop being overly picky and just post.

Hope you all are doing great and I'll be back soon!

Cheers!

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Feature 1+Hearty Welcome

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 21, 2010, 8:51 PM
So, I've finally got off my dead buttocks and put a feature together. There's so much great work I've faved that I'm definitely going to have to do this more often. Consider this one of many...and enjoy!



Color

Marsian Waterscapes by soulofautumn87 Vestiges by xavierrey lin's fence 2_hc by Mayfair710
Train Tracks by ZeeGrizzly cloudscape by eocjtlels that autumn feeling by adamlack
Mirror In Time by RSphotoArt R.I.P. Dio... by shotsfiredimagedown Orange Raindrops by Jessica-Lorraine-Z

Mono/Toned

Doll Parts by JonhyBlaze .: D e d a l e :. by oguzceng Windy Tree by Dreampixphotography
dying beauty by Kidy-kido :thumb175263186: The Expanse Within by As-The-Stars-Align
Imaginary vision , act II by CountessBloody :thumb171088484: Fate by Trippy4U



And last but most certainly not least, check out the work from this new member to dA. The work is stunning right out of the gate, and I for one am looking forward to what he's got up his sleeve next. Welcome to the group man!



:iconmeekman76:


And the dark bells tolled by Meekman76 Follow the light by Meekman76 To think and to ponder by Meekman76


Cheers!!

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Community Outreach

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 13, 2010, 10:02 AM
This one is for those of you who work with cameras that have inter-changeable lens capability (eg DSLR).

I'm faced once again with the daunting task of choosing a new piece of glass for my rig. Why daunting you ask? Well, mainly because I'm getting to be a stickler for performance, and my budget sucks. This puts me in a position I'm sure many of you find familiar. Find the lens that kicks ass but doesn't send your bank account screaming for mercy.

My previous search for a UWA lens lead me to a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. I love it. The darn thing is mind numbingly good. But, it made my 18-55 Canon "kit" lens look like an ugly third cousin. I've been scouring the Interwebs reading review upon review and I've come up with an option, I think. I've got my sights set on a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM. However, the reviews are either glowing, or garbage. I have no opportunity to rent it either.

I'd love to hear back from anyone shooting Sigma glass, or really any opinion/advice on this subject.

Cheers!

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Rant

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 29, 2010, 9:51 AM
I was asked to join a group here on dA not too long ago. I don't typically join groups, as I don't really have the time to keep track of them let alone post content into my own profile. But, I was asked, and the group seemed cool so I joined. Rules were standard, only a few posts allowed per week, only your best stuff, etc, etc.  They seemed particular about the content they would accept, standing firm that this was an "art" group, and work would be rejected if it wasn't up to their standards. OK, no issue there either.

Fast forward to today. Two submissions of mine in a row to these "critics" were declined, no explanation. Got it, they don't explain why...whatever. Most of my stuff submitted in the past was immediately approved, so I was a bit puzzled. Then I started looking at the work in their gallery, and I think I get it now. I don't fit their model anymore. I believe their new "art" model consists of the following:

1. Find an attractive person. Preferrably female.
2. Place attractive person found above in front of anything (building/grass/steaming pile of garbage/whatever).
3. Grab camera and take photo. Note, photo itself can suck horrifically bad as long as attractive person is in it and somewhat in focus.
4. Post process. This can be done poorly as long as attractive person isn't removed.
5. Submit!  Instant work of art!

I realize that this is all subjective, and moderators can have whatever opion they want, but don't ASK ME TO JOIN, then go about REJECTING EVERYTHING because it no longer meets your new, craptacular standard.

Bullshit.

Bye bye "art" group. I'm glad I don't fit there anymore.

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Cleaning house + Subjects + Mini Poll

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 30, 2010, 11:00 AM
Hey there!

So, I think it's housekeeping time, so a gallery re-org, new ID, and features roll are in order. Hope to get most of this tackled over the break.

The trip to Tucson yielded some pretty decent results, and I hope to have more stuff posted soon. Subject matter is primarily religion/old building/grave based so hopefully it ends up cool.

I've really been digging reading about images lately, when the artists post info. Whether it be direct info on the subject matter, or lyrics, or anything really that helps reflect mood or give history, it's all good. I'll likely start including more info on my future posts. Do you dig that or no? Comments in either direction would be great.

Cheers!

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Southern Exposures

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 25, 2010, 12:08 PM
Well, the northern territory trip flopped a bit with regards to shooting, and I hope to make up for that this weekend.  Heading South to Tucson.  I took some great inspiration from :icondennissnider: and rented an EF-S 10-20mm lens. I have a feeling I'm going to dig this glass a lot.

Hope all of you have a great weekend!

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Forest + Camera

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 10, 2010, 9:00 AM
Well, happy to say I'm bailing out of the office shortly to head up to the pines. Hopefully I can find something decent to aim my camera at since I haven't had the time or scenery to do much as of late.

Hope all of you have a great weekend and keep up the inspiration!!!

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Work + Work + Work

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 24, 2010, 7:44 AM
As I'm sure those of you that check my stuff here are aware, the amount of posts/activity has gone down a bit as of late. I've been the happy recipient of work related burial and the day job has become a big "time vampire". In addition, my design work has kicked into high gear so I expect the next few weeks here to be slow. Hopefully I'll have a moment this weekend to crank out a few pics from my recent desert romp, and I'm sure next month will afford me some extra time to post and check out all the great work from you.

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Skin + Work + Features

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 12, 2010, 12:45 PM
Well, ye olde Journal has been skinned with something that will remain for a while, and aside from some minor glitches, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm still planning on writing a tutorial for custom skinning, hopefully soon.

My posts will likely slow a bit in the next coming weeks, due to the fact that I've been retained by the amazing band HOGJAW to design their second album. And this time around, I'm hearing that they will also be releasing it on Vinyl, which I for one am SUPER excited about!

And finally, I'm definitely going to run my first feature soon. I'm really looking forward to showcasing some of the amazing works I've come across here on dA.

Cheers! :-)

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Journal Mashing

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 30, 2009, 1:38 PM
Well, so far this has certainly been an interesting few days. I decided to take a crack at modding my Journal via CSS and some of my images.  There is a whole lot of info out there about this, some good, some not so good. I'm not new to coding but most definitely not a CSS Ninja.

So, after some head scratching, eye strain and coffee, I've finally got a base to work from and understand the workflow and upload process. I'll be expanding on this Journal and revamping/reskinning as this current one is just temporary.

Once I've got this completed, I may write up a quick tutorial in the hopes that it will help someone else out.

A big thanks to =ENwings for the basic code!

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Hello fellow Deviants!

I've been a professional "lurker" for quite some time now, and figured it was time to put the Big Toe in the water and share for a change. My goal is to hopefully give a small piece back to the huge community that continues to inspire and educate me in my creative endeavors.

Art has always been a key aspect of my existence, and I admire all mediums from Oils to Digital to Metalwork, etc. Lately I've been working more in digital mediums, and will soon be posting some that work. With that will be comments regarding my process, plus any helpful tips I can think of.  Eventually, I will post some tutorials, textures and wallpapers, with the hope that someone out there will glean some knowledge or inspiration, as I have for so long.

Cheers,

~heelontheshovel
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