21 September 2011

2011 Cleveland National Air Show

I had a coupon code from Shutterfly for a free 8x8 photobook. One of the cool things about Shutterfly is that once you order a book (or 2), you're on their list and you get some ridiculously sweet offers (free shipping, 20% off, 50% off, free books, free photos, free cards). I'm sure they count on you ordering other things while you're in there getting free stuff (but I usually don't).

Anywhoo, enough of the babbling. Here's a book I put together for the Cleveland Air Show this year. Looks pretty sweet. Can't wait to get it. There's something about holding a book of your photos in your hands. Makes it almost seem....real. Like I'm actually a pro-photographer.

It's pretty wicked.

Alright....that's all she wrote.

Have a great rest of your evening (or day, or whatever happens to correspond to where you are presently).

20 September 2011

Thunderbirds are Go!

Apologies for not having updated this blog as much lately, but I've been actively working on building the photography business. For details on that, please click over to the facebook page and click LIKE--TwistedZenPhotography

As you may or may not know, this is the 3rd year now that I've gone to the Cleveland National AirShow. I used to go to airshows all the time as a kid, but have recently picked that passion back up. 

All shots were done on a Nikon D50 using a 70-300mm /5.6 lens that I borrowed from my good friend and mentor Jerry over at JKuamooPhotography. Check out his work, I've learned a lot from him and he's taken me under his wing as I've worked on growing my photography skills/passion (and business).

The shots below are of the US Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team. 
They were taken at the 2011 Cleveland National Air Show.


All images are Copyright ©2011 Todd Skaggs/TwistedZen Photography 
All rights reserved.

08 January 2011

Old Skool Digital

So...on FB or somewhere, I mentioned that I found my old Kodak DC120. And by 'mine' I meant the one that the former exec. from our company gave me (Because I was in to 'collecting weird electronics' as he put it).

I thought it would be neat to take pix on it (using the 16MB Compact Flash Card) I had and see what they looked like.

In an experiment I like to call 'Old Skool Digital'. Due to the funkiness in which Blogger uploads photos, these are not in chronological order.

In general, I found the flash to be WAY too powerful, and don't really know a way to dial it back. I did find that the lens is threaded and will take 37mm filters/lenses...which amuses and delights me greatly since that's also the threading on the 3CCD Panasonic Video cameras I have. Yay.

I'm not sure how regular these OSD posts are going to be. I think with natural lighting, the camera will do better.

Another oddity, when I put on the telephoto and wide angle lenses that I have, I can see them in the view finder...so it became apparent that it's not a 'through the lens' view finder...which means I'm not going to know what kind of shot I get until I actually shoot it. Again, interesting.

Not sure that this will evolve in to much more than a novelty, but it amused me for a day...and that's a start. :-)


30 July 2010

Columbus Skyline

Yesterday I was asked to shoot photos for a CD Listening Party for the FlyMental Family of artists. The shoot was at the River Club Restaurant which, in my humble opinion has one of the most amazing views of the Columbus Skyline that I've ever seen. I had a hard time focusing on shooting the party because the skyline was so amazing.

I managed to get in quite a few shots, though (many of which can be found here).

Here's a couple of my faves:

As the evening wore on, the moon decided to peek in, literally, like an eyeball over the city.

I'll try to get more shots up this weekend. There's a couple that I think might even be good enough for stock photo kinda shots.

If I don't talk to you before hand- have a great weekend (I'll be busy shooting something I'm sure! :-)


19 July 2010

Favorite Pic of the Weekend

Had an interesting weekend this weekend.

Saturday morning started with a photo-shoot of dogs. Five to be exact (with 4 others to be photo-shopped in at various points in the process).

I have never shot that many animals before so it was very interesting to me. Learned a few things about the shoot.

1. Pets (and small children from what I understand) can NOT be reasoned with.
2. Artistic License has no place in a commissioned shoot until AFTER the shots are delivered that the client wants (luckily I think I'm gonna be ok with this one).
3. Always pack toys that smell good and make interesting noises (I think this holds true for animals and small children).

I do think the shoot went well, and the pix were well received for the most part (I'll post some here when the final product has been delivered).

I did to a set of 'after the shoot' shots. Those can be found here (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=68898&id=1422790453&l=688502cec9)

I also shot 100+ photos at Tommy's soccer tournament. Those can be found here (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=68925&id=1422790453&l=4ba2aae99a)

I actually had some good action shots (but still getting used to dialing in action settings, cheated a bit and used the pre-sets).

I think though, out of all of the shots this weekend, the shot below is my favorite.

And with that, I'm off to bed.



31 May 2010

Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day I thank my Papaw...I thank my Gramps...I thank my Dad. All of these men served our military...put themselves in harm's way and lived through a hell I will never know. Just so I could sit here in the land of the free and bitch about how tough life is (it isn't).

These men are my personal heroes. And to all the men and women who have served or are currently serving our nation, Thank You. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed nor are they unappreciated.


27 May 2010

Goodnight Moon

I know it's been a while since I've posted. Hopefully the above moon shot, taken with a borrowed Pro Optic 500mm f6.3 mirror reflex lens will hold you over for a bit longer until my Mexico shots are in some reasonable semblance of order.

Massive post on the way soon (I promise!)