Photo Contests

On A Ledge

Entered on 07/18/15 – SOAphoto Contest Link: MilesBlaine_BumbleBee


Entered on 07/18/15 – ViewBug Dark Portraits:

Lone Ranger

Entered on 07/18/15 – ViewBug Faces And Places:


I selected these images because they were my favorites from this semester, also they were the ones that best fit the various contest parameters.

Each images was edited minimally.  The On A Ledge photo was not edited, Dusty was sharpened and adjusted for contrast and exposure, and Lone Ranger was a composite of three bracketed images for an HDR effect.

I really like the ViewBug platform.  You can upload up to 10 images per day and enter one photo per contest per day with their free membership.  There are literally hundreds of contests to enter.  The prizes look awesome and people have already started giving me feedback on my work.  It’s really cool.

The SOAphoto platform is ok.  It’s very basic, but covers the basics well.  You can only upload and submit one photo per day, which is kind of a bummer.  I’m excited to see how each of these contests work out.


Photo Book


This photo book is a compilation of my best work from this semester. Each of these photographs represents hours of work. In total, I’ve spent approximately 120 hours this semester, planning, practicing, shooting, editing, and refining my work.

Throughout this semester I’ve revived and refined a passion for photography that I’ve always had but sidelined for various reasons. I love being able to capture moments, places and experiences so that others can see and enjoy them. The best part about this photo book is that I’ll be able to share highlights of my work with as many people as I like. Click on the cover image above to scroll through a PDf file of my book.

Light Painting

Light painting requires a dark space, cool objects, and things that light up.  Like flashlights, or glow sticks.  Oh, and it also takes some patience and imagination.

These pictures were taken as part of a lab assignment.  There were about eight stations set up throughout an auditorium on campus.  Each station had a different camera, so I just carried my SD card from station to station.  I had about eight minutes at each station to conceptualize an idea and execute it, all while in the dark, switching between different cameras.  It was a fun challenge.

I think I’m still not quite getting the theory, or essence of light painting, but it’s given me some neat ideas to think about.  I think the idea is to use the light to not only showcase the subject in unique ways, but to take advantage of the versatility of the light source.  You can create some very unique compositions by having multiple light sources which, in a way, act independently because of the open shutter.  You can achieve some extremes in shadow and highlights which are not possible with traditional, quicker shutter speeds.  My current struggle is not over exposing the shot with too many light sources.  To combat this, I decided to take multiple images from the sam position, focusing on one specific subject or angle at a time.  This gave me the ability to make composite images.  The image of the glowing bottles for example is a composite of two different shots.








Photobook Spreads

These two spreads are my first idea for how I’ll layout my photobook.  I’ve played around with different fonts but I think I’m going to keep looking.  I like this one, but I can’t help but feel there’s something else even better out there.

As for color, I tried to add color, even black, but I just didn’t like how it affected my images.  I might try a very faint off white or grey instead of just white.

On the first spread I wanted my text to mirror the image of the tire to the left.  The middle line for the spread is exactly where the left photo on the spread below ends.  The photo left photo of the cowboy on the second spread is full bleed.