All caught up. Oh, and the Grand Canyon.

07_24_2012 GrandCanyon05I figured out something else that I need to do in my quest to fully switch over to my Mac…import my fonts.  My logo as you see above is a font that doesn’t come standard and I vaguely remember a hassle with getting it onto my PC.  Now I need to figure it out again.  I should have done it today but I just can’t face it at the moment.  So don’t laugh but I got on my old computer, downsized this photo, which by the way is my favorite of my Grand Canyon images taken last summer, added the logo, saved it and then emailed it to myself, re-downloaded it onto my Mac and uploaded it onto my blog. It sounds worse now that I’ve typed it out.  Oh well.  The whole point is that I’m pretty sure I’m all caught up with my fine art pics.  If you want to you can see more of my Grand Canyon images and other scenic work on my online Fine Art Boutique. Here’s the link.

http://www.illuminephotography.com/scenics

On the upside I figured out how to copy and paste, how to have multiple web pages open, and how to bookmark my website host.  I’m getting there.

Sidenote:  I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to get these Grand Canyon images done…it’s kind of bugging me now.

Anyway, it’s a beautiful day and I have miles to go before I sleep so best wishes to all and I hope you have an adventurous day!

It’s a Mac Mac World

photoIt’s been a week and a day since I took my last step of abandoning the Android/PC Universe and stepping squarely into the world of Apple.  Within the last year I have switched to an iPhone, iPad mini, and now my new MacBook Pro.  I kinda love it.  Of course I will love it even more when I have figured the darn thing out, though to be fair most of my head-banging frustration has been about software {curse you new crop tool in Photoshop CS6!!!}.

It’s interesting how different EVERYTHING seems to be on my Mac.  I spend a lot of time staring at it blankly trying to figure out where things are.  Oddly enough my biggest stress has been figuring out my email.  I may be horrid at social media but I am VERY good about checking my email and I have a “system“.  Needless-to-say  I have been kinda bad about switching all the way over and I keep checking my email on my old PC.  No more!  I just spent an hour this morning organizing mail into folders {didn’t know you could do that} and deleting about a year’s worth of old messages that popped up when I made the switch.  I’m very proud of myself.  On a sidenote I did get all my info and music transferred over all by myself so I’m not completely hopeless.

I figure the best way to make a change is to just throw yourself in so I am trying to make myself switch completely over right now.  I wrote my first journal entry on Sunday and other than spending about ten minutes looking for the right justification tab I did great.  I designed an album page in photoshop and the new crop tool defeated me for about an hour but I eventually prevailed {yeah, I’m ordering a Kelby book to help me with Photoshop as soon as I finish this post}, and today I am blogging.  There was a few minutes of panic when I realized I didn’t know how to find my own blog without my old bookmarks but I found it.  Thank you google.

My favorites parts about my Mac….It’s so darn pretty!  Clean, and sleek, and streamlined.  It’s perfect for a minimalist like me.  Also, when I plugged my Wacom in, it worked!  I didn’t have to worry about installing the driver software that I’ve misplaced, it just worked.  It’s blindingly fast and the retina display is gorgeous.  Also, it glows.  The keys and the cute little apple in the back.  Silly perhaps but that’s just a little sparkly confetti sprinkled on top of the delicious cupcake of life.

Now, I’m off to order more software and edit a wedding.  Life is good!

Not Really About a Temple Pic

 DraperTemple05This post isn’t really about these images of the Draper UT LDS Temple.  Well, it is and it isn’t.  You see, last summer I had something hideous happen.  The kind of thing that you hope will never EVER happen to you.  But it did and I had to deal with it.  So on August 22, 2012 I bought a new camera, a Nikon D800 to be precise.  Now don’t get me wrong, I wanted this camera anyway, I just wanted it on my terms.  I have dreams that are grandiose to say the least and so I chose to view this whole situation as the Universe giving me a push out of my possible complacency.  More like a catapult, but hey it did the trick.

Moving forward a couple of days to the 24th of August.  I decide to have a positive attitude, make the best of things, and take Leap of Faith {that’s what I named my camera}  out for a spin.  I spent an hour or so outside of the Draper Temple as close to dusk as I could manage, though sadly the skies wouldn’t blue that night…there may have been fires, can’t remember.  Anyway, I get my images home, download them, pull up my Hulu queue for a happy editing session…and find that my Photoshop won’t open the RAW files.

I’ll save you the boring details, suffice it to say that it is now February 8, 2013 and I finally got those darn Draper Temple RAW files from August 24, 2012 opened, edited, uploaded and now blogged.  5 1/2 months.  Good times.  It’s interesting for those few among us who see life as a movie to note that on film I would have played this a whole lot differently.  Hopefully in a few years I can zip through the years right now with a montage set to a snappy musical beat.  The truth is, life isn’t fast or easy.  Things don’t just fall into place.  We work our tails off and take one small step at a time.  But that’s okay.  You just can’t get discouraged.  So here I am, with my snazzy new camera that takes video and a new updated version of photoshop that I’m not really bothering to learn because I’m switching to yet another version as soon as I get my new Mac this week…but that’s a story for another blog post.  In the meantime, I think I’ll see what’s in my Hulu queue and finish my Grand Canyon pics from last summer.  I can take my next step forward on Tuesday.

Happy dreaming.

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Sundance 2013 Wrap Up – Top 13

I have been wracking my brain about how I would wrap up my Sundance 2013 experience and I finally thought of just posting my favorite ten images from the festival and adding a little explanation to go along with them.  Of course I got stuck narrowing it past 13 then I thought well, 13 is my favorite number, it’s Sundance two-thousand 13 and voilà, 13 it is, problem solved.  So here we go starting with 13.

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Number 13 January 19, 2013 Inequality for All Q&A.  Listening to the Q&A made me want to see this film!  The gentleman holding the mic is noted economic police expert Robert Reich and standing image right of him is director Jacob Kornbluth.  This film did win an award and I have hopes of seeing it.  Perhaps it is the world economic situation right now that makes this so poignant for me.

01_22_2013 SAwards008 Number 12 January 22, 2013 The Shorts Program Awards and Party.  This was held at the Jupiter Bowl which is a bowling alley.  They covered about four lanes with the stage and it was such a fun event.  I was all worried about where to stand and how not to get in anyone’s way but it was so fun and low-key.  I ended up sitting right in front of the stage on the floor out of sight of the instant feed cameras and cranking my ISO up so I could go handheld.  Major ab work out but oh so fun!

01_25_2013 Marc42Number 11 January 25, 2013.  This was my crazy day where I wrapped four theatres, two venues, three events, the festival insider pro volunteers and the transportation hub then stayed up all night editing (except 4-5:30 am when I tried to nap) and got my images in on time to my editor at 9:30 am the next morning. Boo-yah!  Awesome, awesome day.  Loved it!  Anyway, on my shot list was volunteers having fun doing their jobs and the volunteers at the MARC theatre were hysterically fun!

01_25_2013 Misc06Number 10 January 25, 2013.  Another image from the awesome day.  I forgot to add ambiance shots to that list.  We were always to be on the lookout for ambiance shots and I count this as one though I guess the real story is that these are darling friends of mine who came to visit and walked up and down Main Street with me for an hour or so.  I was so grateful to all of my wonderful friends who took the time to message/text/call/facebook me while I was at the festival.  It was a brilliant experience but I did have some lonely and tired moments and it made a world of difference to be sent a kind thought.  Thank you friends!!

01_25_2013 Trans06Number 9 January 25, 2013.  Yet another from that day!  I needed images of the transportation system.  People using the ap, looking at the map, talking to the transportation liaisons, and having fun riding the shuttles.  These ladies were only too happy to oblige and I had so much fun talking to them as we shared a shuttle for awhile.  I may never see them again in this life but they brightened my day and we laughed together.  That’s one of my favorite things about Sundance.

01_17_2013 DayOne35Number 8 January 17, 2013 Day One Party at Legacy Lodge.  I believe this was my second official event and it was a blast.  Crazy, crazy packed.  This event is where I ended up ducking through the service doors and getting lost in the kitchens and having to have the awesome workers back there help me get out.  I was trying to get from one area to another and that was the only way I could think of, it made me laugh.

01_23_2013 VolParty81Number 7 January 23, 2013 Volunteer/Staff party at Music Café.  Every year they have a volunteer appreciation day and put on a party to say thank you to the volunteers and staff.  I believe this year there were 1830 Volunteers, then add the staff.  I know (from Film Church) that Kenneth Cole had 2500 jackets made.  The party was fun and my favorite part of this image is that you can see one of our Drivers, Dooley, front and center (he has the red creds around his neck and my logo is half on him).  He is the nicest guy!

01_28_2013 BofF053Number 6 January 28, 2013 Best of Fest Screening at Rose Wagner in Salt Lake City.  This was my last festival gig and when I went home and took my credentials off for the last time it was a sad sad moment (I so loved my credentials).  This night was extra special because my best friend Josh Allen, who was the one who got me involved with Sundance in the first place ,just happened to be there.  I got to see him first and last days of Sundance 2013, perfection!

01_17_2013 Artist_Table14Number 5 January 17, 2013  An Artist at the Table event at New Frontier.  My first official Sundance 2013 event and at New Frontier where all the art exhibits are, what could be nicer?  This event was a kind of kick-off event for the festival and I was told that it is their biggest fundraiser of the entire year.  There were lots of importants there and festival director John Cooper did a kick-off toast.  I like the colors in this image.  I was joining in and being “artistic”.  Fun, fun, fun!

01_17_2013 Artist_Table30Number 4 January 17, 2013 Another image from the Artist at the Table event at New Frontier.  Our shot list asked us to capture each exhibit and I was struggling with this one because it was very dark and it’s a film projected on a dome.  You go in, lay down on the comfy’s and watch the film above and around you.  I needed to capture not just the film but the people watching the film.  I’m smashed against the entrance with my tripod (so dark) trying to stay out of the way and to find something to focus on {it was all black at first with what looked like shooting stars}.  A nice lady came up and started talking to me and I kind of told her what I was doing and how I was struggling to focus and she said that there would be a really neat part coming up with seals and that it would be a lot brighter.  Sure enough, I got a bunch of images that I really loved and this was one of my favorites.  A little later she asked if I got what I needed and I thanked her profusely for her help.  It was only at a later event that I realized I had been speaking with the artist.  Sundance is awesome!

01_20_2013 Signage63Number 3 January 20, 2013  This was my epic day of capturing every single sign on main street for the Sundance marketing/signage department.  My official with me was so nice and patient and let me do “pretty” shots as well as basic.  I figure if I’m going to take pics of signs I still want them to look artistic.  This is the Music Café venue which is, of course, one of my favorites.  I was able to photograph three different performers there during the festival.  See the red and black cubes in front of the stage?  Those are chairs and they’re squishy.  Big squishy cubey chairs.  Still fascinated by those.

01_22_2013 Ambiance01Number 2 January 22, 2013  I am SUCH a sucker for street performers.  They add so much flavor and color to well…anything.  I love that there were many at Sundance.  I also really love the lighting in this one.  Perfect afternoon/early evening light, my favorite.  Image left you see Michael, an Insider Pro volunteer so I got Insider Pro AND ambience! 😉

01_19_2013 MainStreet20aaaaaaaaand Number 1 January 19, 2013 Opening Weekend Main Street night ambiance.  So many things to make me love this image.  Opening weekend Main Street is crazy nuts and so much fun.  I’m up on the balcony by (I believe) Wah So so I can get a shot of the people and the cars and the lights.  I’m on tripod and dragging my shutter to blur the lights of the cars to try to convey the feeling of excitement and energy and motion that was going on at the time.  It was also a fun night because I ran into my brother Ben, who was there for press (Deseret News).  I got my pay-it-forward gloves from a kind stranger (have I mentioned I love Sundance) and it was actually my 17 year wedding anniversary.  Ironically we spent our honeymoon in Park City and stayed at the very place where I was given Sundance Lodging.

Well, that’s my Sundance Film Festival 2013 wrap up.  It was an amazing experience.  I made new friends, had incredible adventures and worked really really hard (my favorite part).  Here’s looking at next year!!