So I set out this week to see if taking pictures and blogging with them is viable or even recommended from an iPhone. Last week I commented on a great app for the iPhone called Photogene and I have to say that this little application makes all the difference in the world.

Although the images straight out of the iPhone are usable, Photogene allows you to adjust and tweak the images so they have a much better value in terms of presentation and overall interest and appeal.

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I have often wondered if it is possible to run a blog stricty on Mobile Phone pictures. The quality of pictures coming from mobile devices can, at times, be quite remarkable. Over the next few weeks I am going to experiment with shots taken from my iPhone to see their viability as a real media source.

In my quest I have come across a great application for the iPhone called Photogene. Photogene is the first application that I know that allows you to capture, crop, and correct your photos all from the same application. Photogene also allows you to frame and caption your photo making the options almost endless.

Saturday morning found us at the base of Buffalo Mountain just outside of Steamboat Springs. It has been an almost weekly ritual for us, at least as much as our schedules will allow.

This particular Saturday found us with a couple of inches of new snow and a lot of sunshine! With two doctors, a lawyer, and an engineer, you would think that somebody would have brought some sunscreen. We weren’t so fortunate. As the day went by, all of our faces to pretty red.

I was especially excited for this ski day because Braiden was finally done with hockey and was able to ski with us.

Braiden’s first run was pretty grim. He hadn’t been on skis in over a year and a half so to say he was a bit rusty was an understatement. After a couple of runs and some instruction from Bill, Braiden was making some nice turns and really enjoying backcountry, powder skiing.

Here is a video that I put together of our day on the slopes.

On the 14th of January, 2009 a remarkable hockey game took place. For the first time in CHL history, the Colorado Eagles hosted the All-Star Game and presented a brand new, unique format. This year, the Colorado Eagles challenged the league All-Stars to a dual. How can a regular team beat the best players in the league? Evidently teamwork and chemistry is better than raw talent.

The lighting in the Budweiser Events Center is quite good for shooting hockey. Most images were shot at ISO640, 1/640, f2.8.


Wow, has it really been that long since my last post?! Well, I have been really busy taking a lot of pictures and buying some new gear!

I have been doing quite a bit of Backcountry skiing and have managed to take my camera along on several occasions. When I get a chance, I will link some photos in to the site.

I have also began work on becoming a Mac convert. I have had so much pressure from the photo & video community to switch to Mac that I finally took the plunge. Overall, I must say it has been a pleasant experience. There is a lot to learn, but things have come up to speed quickly and easily so far.

I just have a few minutes here to get caught up on a few things, but there has been a lot going on in the photo and tech areas these days. First, and propably foremost is Canon began shipping the highly anticipated 5D MarkII. Early reports have been very favorable and it looks like this camera is going to be a real winner!

I like printing books of my major photoshoots and vacations. I like the idea of scrapbooking, but sitting down with pictures, scissors, and glue is not that appealing. I recently found an online company that combines the best of both technologies. The company is called Scrapblog and can be found at http://www.scrapblog.com. I am currently editing my first book so I can’t comment firsthand on the quality, but I have it from a good source that the quality is outstanding!

I was recently presented with the opportunity to shoot the CHL All-Star game and I am really honored. I have quite a bit of hockey related photography items to discuss, but I will save that for next time!

This week has been spent processing a lot of photos that were shot during last week’s Team and Individual photo shoot for the Mountain States Renegades.  I have spent quite a bit of time trying to iron out my new workflow using Lightroom 2.1 and Photoshop CS3 together.  For the first time in recent memory I did the entire photoshoot in RAW. Using Lightroom on the front end really makes shooting in RAW nice and easy.  I always shied away from shooting in RAW exclusively due to the extra headache in processing and managing the RAW file. I even went one step further and made a commitment to importing all files in Adobe DNG format. DNG seems to be the way to move forward with RAW since pretty much all RAW formats are unique to not only the manufacturer, but often times unique to the individual camera. DNG is to RAW files what PDF is to documents.

One shot from the team and individual photo shoot stuck out for me.  When my son first started playing hockey there was a kid on his team that was a year older than him.  Our paths crossed many, many times over the years and I got the opportunity to shoot this nice young man with his younger brother.  I think the image speaks for itself.

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I also did a photo shoot for the local High School Sadie Hawkins dance this weekend. Although we didn’t make a ton of money at the event, we still had a good time.  There was a young couple that took the meaning of Sadie Hawkins to a new level.

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Cool Sites

Here are some cool sites that I came across this week.

Lightroom Forums.  What can I say, a great place to answer questions and get advice regarding Lightroom.

A guy I ride motorcycles with had a revolutionary idea that he was able to execute on pretty successfully.  He was doing a ‘semi-live’ ride report using his iPhone and a flickr account. As his ride would progress and as cell phone service would dictate, he would upload photos as he rode. The link on the ADVRider website would be automatically updated as he added photos. Here is his thread.