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Shot-Out Road Sign PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Friday, 19 February 2010 23:57

Graphic photograph of bullet holes in a roadsignA graphic study of gunshot damage to a road sign on Edgemont Road, Grandfather Mountain, in Banner Elk, NC.

I love the textures in this photo.  I can feel the sharp edges of the bullet holes, and the rough substrate where the reflective film has chipped away.  The contrast of the reflective yellow against the flat black works for me.

But please, what's the point of shooting holes in a road sign?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:25
 
Virgin Galactic Spaceship Unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 12:12

Yesterday, December 7, 2009, Sir Richard Branson unveiled the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, the first commercial passenger spacecraft. Read more about the event here.

Branson announced Virgin Galactic and his join venture with Burt Rutan in the space tourism business at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in July 2005.  I was at that event, and share these pictures of Sir Richard, and the Ansari X Prize winning prototypes, SpaceShipOne and WhiteKnightOne.

Sir Richard Branson
SpaceShipOne and WhiteKnightOne
Sir Richard Branson gestures while announcing Virgin Galactic, and his vision for commercial space flight, while standing in front of SpaceShipOne and WhiteKnightOne at AirVenture 2005 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 27, 2005 SpaceShipOne and White Knight on display in AeroShell Square, AirVenture 2005, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In September and October 2004, Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie each piloted the Burt Rutan designed spacecraft to altitudes exceeding 62 miles (100 kilometers), claiming the Ansari X Prize for the first successful civilian spacecraft.  The mothership, White Knight seems to wear a smile.

 

These images are available for licensing. Prints are available for the spacecraft image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:29
 
Poppy For Our Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 12:25

photograph of red poppy blossomThis poppy is offered in thanks to all the brave men and women who have served their country, and in remembrance of those that made the ultimate sacrifice. We honor you today and always.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:30
 
Found Photos and Rimshots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 23:08

Sometimes, great photo opportunities just happen.  Too many times, my camera was at home when I stumbled upon a perfect image, and I'd have to settle for recording it in my mind's eye.  I've never found that to be a satisfying substitute.  Have you?

Pattern in a row of bicyclesI now try to bring a camera and a lens or two with me every time I leave the house.  Even to buy shoes.  How exciting a photo can you make on a shoe buying trip?

Sharing the building with the shoe store is vacation equipment rental agency, stocking everything from blenders for that poolside margarita, to beach umbrellas.  And right next to where I parked my truck was a rack of rental bicycles.  The rack forced the bikes into a pattern.  Not being perfectly aligned, and some suffering a little "use" by tourists, the pattern of bicycle headstocks and tires had an organic feel to its rhythm.  But there, in that long row of orange and red bikes, somebody placed the green one, breaking the pattern.  A cool tone among that pattern of warm tones.  A rimshot in the rhythm.  And it's what made my image catchy.  It just wouldn't have been the same without that break in the pattern!

Sing along with me.
One of these things is not like the others.
One of these things just doesn't belong.

A perfect photo found me.  And this time, my camera wasn't home in the closet.


This image is offered for sale at http://gallery.danbeauvais.com/p/details/bicycles5009-13tmdisplay_10.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:31
 
"That Brief Moment In Time" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 02 November 2009 18:37

Henri Cartier-Bresson taught the photography world about "The Decisive Moment."  We aim to capture the peak of the action, frozen for all to see.  An exquisite example of a photo made at the decisive moment was made by St. Louis sports photographer Scott Rovak.  Scott captured a baseball flattened on the bat of slugger Albert Pujols.  He shares his thoughts on his bloghttp://fototalk.blogspot.com/2009/08/that-brief-moment-in-time.html

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:32
 
Camera Repair Recommendation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 02 November 2009 18:23

At a photo event this past summer, I had an accident.  An assembled DSLR camera body, battery grip, and zoom lens tumbled from my truck, falling about four feet onto pavement.  It made a sickening sound, followed by some sounds from me that are best not repeated!

Fortunately, a very knowledgeable friend pointed out that there was an expert camera repairman attending the event, and introduced us.  In the middle of a meadow, Berrie Smith examined my damaged gear.  He noted the obvious damage, then showed me that the flanges on the lens mount and body mount had bent, and explained that this will cause soft focusing on one side of the photo.  From this “field” examination, Berrie created an estimate for the repairs.  Based on the quality of the recommendation from my trusted friend, I had Berrie repair the equipment, and am very pleased.

I’ve since mentioned Berrie to other photographer friends, and have found that he’s widely known and respected.  So, I too am pleased to recommend him.  I hope you never need his services, but I suggest that you keep his number, just in case.

Berrie Smith Camera Repair
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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 23:32
 
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