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Maple Bokeh Selected for RPS Show

Maple Bokeh

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One of my favorite images from 2010 was selected for the 15th Annual Expressions of Light Exhibit sponsored by Roswell Photographic Society (RPS). The exhibit, located at the Roswell Visual Arts Center (in Roswell Park) opens Friday. RPS will host the opening reception and awards ceremony Friday evening from 7-9pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be will great food and over 70 framed images to enjoy.

Maple  Bokeh is an image that I captured while driving across north Georgia one Saturday in November with my RPS friend Carl Fredrickson. We stopped in Blairsville at a small cemetery alongside the road where three brilliant maples were flashing their vibrant red and orange colors.

The image highlights the detail of a few leaves, their dull golden backsides with deep red veins starkly contrasted against the creamy bokeh-blurred leaves in the background. This was captured using a Nikon 50mm 1.8D lens.

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Catalyst 2010 – Atlanta

Craig Groeschel - Catalyst 2010

Craig Groeschel – Catalyst 2010

I had the privilege of attending all three days of the Catalyst Conference 2010 in Atlanta (October 6-8) at the Gwinnett Arena. Catalyst is a leadership conference that is geared towards the Christian community. While many of the attendees work for a church or ministry, there are a number of people who attend for the leadership focus of the conference. As a result of the my 2009 Catalyst photos being picked up on the Catalyst Blog, I was provided an “all access” pass for this year’s event. The pass allowed me to go anywhere for photography purposes.

Part of a Team

There was a team of about ten photographers shooting the event so I was not alone (thank goodness!). While most of the other photographers were down at the stage or shooting in the staging area/green room, my goal was to capture the event more from the participant perspective. Many of my shots are taken from a seat or from within the crowd. I did take advantage of my access pass and went down to the stage on a couple of occasions.

Event Shooting

Shooting an environment like Catalyst can be challenging. Most of the time I was shooting at ISO 3200 as my preferred lens (Nikon 18-200mm VR) is a 4-5.6 lens, which is not very fast. I did pull out my trusty 50mm 1.8D lens a few times when I was next to the stage which allowed me to drop the ISO down to 1600.

Over the past year, shooting events like Catalyst and North Point Community Church, I have learned to ‘dial-down’ the exposure on my camera. Basically, the camera is seeing all this black in the background and attempts to compensate for that by increasing the exposure. The results are speakers/musicians that are over-exposed. Therefore, I typically ‘dial-down’ my exposure 1 or 2 stops when shooting events.


While there was a lot of great music, the noise that I encountered was the type you find on digital images. Because of the high ISO, there is going to be noise. Fortunately, the Nikon D90 is pretty good at 3200 and so when I process the photos in Adobe Lightroom 3, I slide the Luminance slider to 20 which removes most of the noise.


Catalyst will be using some of my photos over the next few months on their website and in their emails. I have also been able to share my photos on Flickr and Twitter which has helped gain more than 6,500 ‘views’ of my Flickr Catalyst photos (you can also view them on this site’s Catalyst 2010 gallery). In addition Brad Lomenick, President of Catalyst, even Tweeted my “Human Cannon” photo which has garnered more than 600 individual views.

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Food Photography

Wraps, Bleu House CafeBleu House Cafe frequently caters and provides lunches for my employer (the job that pays the bills). Several days ago Bleu House Cafe brought in several large catering trays of beautiful food for an event that I was photographing.

I snapped a few quick shots with my Nikon 50mm 1.8D lens to capture the beauty and detail of their food. The 50mm 1.8D lens is wonderful for providing a shallow depth of field which allows for a small area of the subject to be in focus while leaving the rest in a slight blur. The result makes for a good photograph because your eye gravitates to the in-focus portion.

I composed these three photos so that all you see is the food itself. The repetition of the subject is another effect that adds impact to the photo. Don’t you wish you could have a bite right now? Yum!!

When you are in Norcross, stop by for a delicious lunch. If you have a catering needs, give them a ring, you won’t be disappointed!

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