i’m working on my portfolio, want to help?

In case we aren’t already friends on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter: enter the coupon code PORTFOLIO1 at checkout, and get 10% off anything in my Etsy shop. I’m going to run this at least until Friday afternoon; possibly longer but I make no promises.

I’m still trying to get up to 30 “likes” on my Facebook page, which will cost you nothing. I promise it’s not all me begging for money all the time, I repost lots of interesting photo-related links, and photo-related haps in New Orleans and south Louisiana.

first 3 portfolio prints

I got my first 3 portfolio prints from AdoramaPix today, which was a surprise as I wasn’t expecting them until next week. (It would be pretty pricey to get 20 large prints all at once, so I’m going to do 2 or 3 every couple of weeks or so.)

The 2 largest are 11×14 prints, they’re both on Kodak Supra Endura Lustre. This is my first experience with Lustre, and I’m really impressed. I’ve never liked high gloss paper, it just looks cheap and plasticy to me. But matte isn’t appropriate for everything, and metallic should really be used sparingly. This is a really good balance between matte and high gloss, and it looks classy as fuck. These photos were both taken with my wide angle Pink Slim Dress camera on Fuji Superia 35mm. The cemetery is Delino Cemetery in Henry (Delino was my grandmother’s maiden name), near where my grandparent’s house used to be; it was taken in early spring, early afternoon. The house is San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, LA; it was taken the week after Christmas, late afternoon.

The smaller print is on Kodak Metallic, the same paper I got my exhibit print done on. The colors are so bright that I thought, why not just go balls-out. It’s an azalea tree on my grandparent’s property; it was taken in early spring, mid-afternoon. The colors have not been tweaked, that’s really what the tree looks like. (It’s even brighter when you’re looking at the actual print, and not a crappy cell phone pic.) I used the 35mm converter back on my Diana F+ to take this. Photos taken with the converter never seem to come out quite in focus, but it makes up for that by giving everything that’s in direct sunlight a weird glow. I decided to get a smaller print for this, 5×7, because blown up any larger I think it would just be a grainy, hot pink mess.

These prints are all for sale in my Etsy shop, and I may run a special on them next week. BTW, I started a Facebook page for my photography, it would be tons of help if you could “like” me.

20 portfolio photos

So after I got something chosen for an exhibit, I’m thinking the next step should be assembling a portfolio. Well actually, that should have been the FIRST step, but I’m new at thinking of photography as anything other than a hobby, so I’m learning as I go. I read a few tutorials about them, this site was especially helpful. He pointed out that there should be a unifying theme to a portfolio, not just “20 photos that I think are pretty good”: all landscapes, or all black and white, or all portraits. So mine is going to be all photos I’ve taken in Louisiana that I feel encapsulates the intent I came up with for my artist’s bio, that shows the dreaminess I feel when I look at the state through a camera lens.

granny’s property 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

670068-R1-05-3, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

674633-R1-05-19, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

cow cemetery 21, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

9712neg0012, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

3334neg0012, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

674633-R1-15-5A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 7, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

under construction, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

679884-R1-04-20A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

679883-R1-12-12A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

armless jesus diana, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

20 is all I’m going to do, when you’re showing a portfolio you don’t want to overwhelm the person looking at it with dozens of photos. I’m not going to have them printed on all the same kind of paper; some seem suited for high gloss, some for matte, some for metallic. Then I’m going to have them all matted with white 2″ mats. It’s best to have a portfolio matted when you show it, because if it gets accepted by the gallery (or whoever), all they have to do is frame them.

more fun with flickr & old houses

Nah, still haven’t fixed my bicycle yet. What’s the hurry? I’ll get to it when it starts getting hot. March is too windy for bicycles, anyway. I HATE bicycling into the wind.

Here’s another house on the walk home from the bus stop. I like the way it appears to be hidden behind trees and hedges, seeming to emerge as you approach it.




old house with camellias

My bicycle is busted again. It’s the same problem: Something is pushing the back wheel out of alignment. Every time I think I’ve fixed it, it goes kerflooey again, so I give up. I’m taking it to the professionals.

So I’ve been on foot this week, but it’s not all bad. Gives me a chance to look at the old houses along Fremont Blvd., the ones still left wedged between apartment complexes and pocket housing developments. I took these photos of an old house smothered in camellias yesterday on the way home.



in which i force you to look at boring wedding photos

I’ve been uploading and editing whenever I have a spare half hour all week, and I’m still only about 1/3 done. Actually a lot of these are just shots I took around the hotel. I bought myself a premium flickr account, so I have lots of nifty effects to play with. I also saved the original shots (with some small exposure, straightening, and cropping fixes), but let’s look at the funky ones.

This photo was just begging for some vignetting, obviously. I tried taking the same shot during the actual wedding (this was the rehearsal), but there were too many people in the way, I couldn’t see Jamie and Greg at all. Too bad, it would have been really pretty.