Italy Bound!

13 09 2010

Wow!  I have finished!  I placed 3rd runner-up in the class behind Damian AhChing, who won best portfolio, Gustavo Romero, who was 1st runner-up and Brett May, who won 2nd.  I was followed by Janet Kelley, 4th runner-up, Amanda Gardner, 5th and Deanna Washington, honorable mention.  I feel honored to be listed among such talented photographers.  To be honest, I never would have made it without the patience and encouragement of Kim Harkins, now the ‘former’ head of the photography department at Gwinnett Tech.  She is following her husband to California, where he has accepted the presidency of Orange Coast College.  Congratulations to Sheri Finch, who is now the ‘new’ head of the photography department.  Don’t blink, things change fast around here!  TTFN SDG

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Ray Patenaude, Veteran…Thank You for Your Service!

6 07 2010

We just celebrated our nation’s birthday, Independence Day; I’m surprised at how many Americans don’t know or remember our roots.  Our freedom was paid for in blood, the blood of brave individuals who sacrificed everything to defend a country where people can live, work and worship as they wish.  I’d like to thank all the men and women who have served in the Armed Services for all the generations of our nation.

A photography friend, Joan Genest, has donated her uncle’s war memorabilia (seen above) to Warren Mott’s Millitary Museum.  Thank you for sharing him with all of us.  Also at the museum are a number of other displays of very noble individual’s efforts in keeping us, and most of the rest of the world, safe and free.  Happy belated Fourth to all my fellow Americans!  TTFN SDG





Mott’s Military Museum

24 06 2010

To all of the PPA Print Competition folks, I stopped off in Groveport, OH on my way to Michigan and visited Warren Mott’s Military Museum.  Warren gave me way more than the 50 cent tour.  I was awed, inspired and humbled at the quality of the exhibit and the number of items people from all over the world have donated.  If you are ever in Ohio, or even close, I highly suggest you visit the museum.  Warren is, not only an amazing photographer, but a unique and compassionate individual.  I am honored to call him my friend.  TTFN SDG





Re-Shoot: Amaretto

18 03 2010

This is my alcohol re-shoot.  I think it turned out great!  I shot it in the corner of my roll-top desk at home with one main light in front, no gels, and a mini-slave behind.  I had to experiment with the mini-slave.  Turning it toward the bottle blew it out; so it is turned away from the bottle toward a gold reflector card.  I love my husband!  He stayed up till 2am after returning from a long flight from London to help me troubleshoot.  What a guy!  TTFN SDG





Advanced Commercial – Alcohol, Wine and Spirits

15 02 2010

Most of you know I don’t drink as a rule; but I do make a mean Amaretto cake!  For this assignment, Amaretto was the logical choice because I already had a new bottle I picked up in the Dominican Republic.  Speaking of which, I’ll be returning there in about three weeks to photograph the kids at the Lighthouse Christian School in Los Alcarrizos.  Fun times ahead!  TTFN SDG





In Honor of the Olympics!

14 02 2010

Lindsay Grogan’s Journey to the Paralympics...  This was my final Multimedia Project video from last fall.  Lindsay was a great sport to allow me follow her around, ask her questions and photograph her.  I wish her luck as she begins the road to the Paralympic Games once again.  TTFN SDG





Winter Quarter – Portfolio Development

13 02 2010

This quarter at GTC, I’m taking Advanced Commercial, Portfolio Development and History.  Here’s a quick update on each class…beginning with Portfolio Review.  We had to present all the images from the past we thought might make it into our Portfolio Book.  After culling 30,000 images down to 250, the instructors, Mrs. Kim Harkins and Ms. Sheri Finch chose 15 images they liked.  Some will need to be reshot; others will need to be tweaked in Photoshop.  Our portfolios consists of the following sections:  A.  Black and White/Color Techniques  B.  Commercial Applications  C.  Portrait/Wedding  D.  Advertising  E.  Specialized Study.  The above images have been turned in for section A. B & W/Color Techniques, which is comprised of the following image selections:    1st quarter images, Photojournalism, Kodaliths & Monochromes, Zone Prints, Darkroom Techniques, Color Portfolio, Landscapes.  The first image is an HDR composite taken at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.  I took nine exposures; but this image is only using five of those exposures.  The second image was taken at Notting Hill, near London, UK.  TTFN SDG