Monday, December 21, 2009

12.21.09 Pic theme: Cookies!

Cookies.
 Possibly my favorite word in the entire English Language, and I would bet I'm not alone!
Well in case any of you were wondering where I was and why I hadn't posted all weekend it was because I  was snowed in with my girlfriend watching her bake these amazing cookies.


Fresh out of the oven


Cooling


Iced and ready to eat.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12.16.09 Pic post theme: Old Buildings




Scotch Rd. Barn


Valley Forge Cabin I



Valley Forge Cabin II


Valley Forge Cabin B&W


Valley Forge Utility Bldg.


New Jersey Barns


Bear Tavern Rd. Barn


Washington Crossing, PA.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

12.15.09 Pic post theme: Past Glory

So much I love about these images. I was recently asked to venture down to historic Franklin Field, deemed to be the oldest stadium still operating for football by the NCAA. It was built for $100,000 and dedicated on April 20, 1895 for the first running of the Penn Relays. Also home of the first scoreboard ever built (that same year) as well as countless other neat sports history. How far we've come from the first scoreboard and stadium built for $100K to "Jerry's World", the billion dollar Cowboy Stadium!  
Anyway, I was asked to find certain qualities that might be considered hallmarks of the Penn Relays to give as a gift to a former Penn Relay star. Of course nothing ever goes as smoothly as it should and for whatever reason this stadium, which is usually open to the public, was closed this day and I was only allowed to venture in a few feet. Ahhh, but adversity is the main ingredient in opportunity! Instead of hiking to the furthest top bleacher seat for the standard wide angled panoramic shot (as I had intended) I found a good spot for some action and went about capturing the feeling of competition, the motion of sport, and in the end the shapes of memories.























Friday, December 11, 2009

Mr. & Mrs. Claus

Tonight my girlfriend and I are celebrating an early Christmas by making Christmas punch (she better remember the Captain Morgan!), eating a red and green pizza, watching a bunch of classic Christmas movies she's been DVRing AND opening all the silly gifts my folks sent to us! Fun! We are spending the actual holiday in Arizona this year and didn't want to ship or lug a bunch of stuff back and forth... ANYWAY, in the spirit of Christmas I present Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Traditionally the last float in the San Antonio river parade, this series was actually quite difficult to shoot. Good things come to good people, or something like that ;)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kitchen Troth 2

All the conveniences of a modern kitchen! Andrew Jackson's Tennessee home, The Hermitage, featured this very large kitchen located in an attached building. This is one half of a kitchen that would regularly employee 10 or more cooks to keep up with Jackson's famous hospitality.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Chartreuse


Finding expressions like this is what I love most about shooting weddings. 

Mason (double fisting the drinks) has just been introduced to champagne with a dash or three of a very rare and very tasty chartreuse by an amazingly creative bartender friend of mine (Chris Bostick, not pictured http://www.blueprintcocktail.com) while chatting with Shawn, a whisky distiller from Virginia... good booze were drunk that day my friends!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

12.05.09 pic post: Snow!


From biking the tow path and taking pictures of kayakers to bundling up for the first snow fall of the season within 24hrs.



Friday, December 4, 2009

12.04.09 Pic Post : Scudder Falls Kayakers

Well you would think that after all those years in sales I would know
to have a card on me at all times, but when you take off on your bike and think maybe you'll shoot a few fallen branches or some flowing water one doesn't expect to network. As luck would have it I came across this little group of kayakers at Scudder Falls and I have no way of getting these great shots to them. So I am throwing this out there onto the interwebs. Maybe someone will recognize or maybe they'll google Scudder falls and find me.





Thursday, December 3, 2009

Groomsmen's gift


After shooting so many weddings it was nice to be in one for a change. Of course I couldn't NOT take pictures, so I took the opportunity to play with a fun little lens that I've wanted to use more at my weddings. I will probably post more here soon, but in the mean time one can see more on flickr.

The wedding was held on a beautiful fall day in Austin, TX. The groomsmen all wore tan suits and we were given these great ties... I may have a new "work uniform" ! Thank you Dalton & Kasey!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

River lights

Another first of the day. In this miracle of the inter-webs I have learned to link my flickr page to my blog. Glory Be! Now the two have no need to be independent of one and other :)

12.02.09 Pic Post Theme: Black and White San Antonio




The Alamo at night


Spooky Alamo


Riverwalk fountain


Haunted hallway in the victorian section of the Menger Hotel


Well not in San Antonio, but taken during the same trip :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

12.01.09 Pic Post: Family in San Antonio

What a great trip I took last week to visit family and friends in Texas.
I am absolutely smitten with my beautiful and intelligent niece and nephew!






and just to prove we were actually in SA:


Sunday, November 29, 2009

11.29.09 Back in the saddle pic post: Tyler Tree

I hope everyone had as great a Thanksgiving week as I did. My girlfriend and I
traveled down to Texas for a wedding and a few nice dinners with family and friends. I'll be posting a few
pics from the trip soon. In the mean time to get back into the swing of the daily pic I present an image
captured during todays walk through Tyler State Park.

Tyler Tree


Thursday, November 19, 2009

11.19.09 Daily Pic Post: Foamhenge!

Not in danger of being dwarfed by any dwarfs, Foamhenge is a larger than life sized replica of the
famous Stonehenge, done completely out of...wait for it...Foam. This is exactly the kind of stuff you want to stop for on a road trip. Location: Natural Bridge, TN.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

11.18.09: Daily pic post. Back on Track


Due to technical difficulties I was unable to upload images to this site, but we are back on track.



Monday, November 16, 2009

11.16.09 Not quite daily pic post! Dakota

I truly love pet portraiture and yesterday's "sitting" (not much sitting with a 5 yr old pup in the park!) was
no exception. More images of this happy dog to come.


Friday, November 13, 2009

11.13.09 ALMOST daily pic post: Grounds for Sculpture

I suppose it was inevitable that I would miss a day. Sorry Nov. 12th., I'll try to make it up to ya!


So today's picture comes from a place I consider to be one of the true gems of New Jersey and in fact the entire United States. Grounds For Sculpture, for those of you that don't know (Hey, I didn't), is the creation of sculptor and philanthropist J. Seward Johnson.  An area of land the size of an amusement park, GFS showcases beautiful sculptures from a multitude of artists in a mostly outdoor setting. Johnson is an amazing artist and one of his recurring themes is to create wonderful versions of impressionist paintings cut into the landscape of the park.

Where you Invited?
by Seward Johnson
2001 Painted Bronze

J. Seward Johnson's Were You Invited? is based upon French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir’s nineteenth-century masterpiece, The Luncheon of the Boating Party.  In this specially designed and landscaped environment, viewers can actually step into the scene and mingle with the diners.  In addition to the members of the Impressionist’s boating party are four figures seated around another table at the far end of the tableau. Joined in convivial conversation are realistic representations of sculptor Johnson himself with artists Bill Barrett, Red Grooms, and Andrzej Pitynski.  A dashing character in period costume brandishes his cane and addresses those at the table asking, “Were you invited?”  Phillip Bruno, collector and art gallery director, posed for this gentleman keeping out the party crashers.  Since 1994, Johnson has been creating lifesized three-dimensional works based on well-known paintings that, as Johnson has said, “allow an intimacy with the paintings that the paintings don’t allow themselves.”

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11.11.09: Daily pic post: Architecture series in black and white


I don't know why, but I had this fear that once I switched to digital I would somehow loose my love of black and white. They would be less real, less powerful. These images calmed those worries.









Tuesday, November 10, 2009

11.10.09 Daily pic post: Pet portrait


I love animals and pet portraits are one of my favorite things to do.

If anyone is interested I offer a great pet sitting package complete with all images hosted on a
password protected website for online proofing and easy print ordering system with various unique printing options and a DVD with all the edited images.
Email me for details: trclarke1@gmail.com

Monday, November 9, 2009

11.09.09 Daily Post: Series: Cars

Most images shot using the Lensbaby selective focus
lens system.





Elvis' 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4