*It’s a Leoparty, the catty side of conceptual collaboration.

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Months ago, I sat down with my fellow ELK Collective cohort, Ms Erin Cry, to whom I’m also somewhat of a life coach for reasons unknown, and we discussed fun concepts with which to entertain ourselves.  As conversation continued, and as concepts began to amalgamate, we found ourselves diving deeper and deeper into morbid, soul scaring territory.  I blame the drinking.

Luckily for us, earlier on in the evening, we discussed ideas centered around obsessive tendencies.  If I remember correctly (and largely going off of what I assume my chicken scratches/”notes” translate to), crazy cat lady,  secret identity and leopard rocker turned into what you see before you.  C’mon in to see more.

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*Topaz Adjust On Sale for 50% off!

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Topaz keeps offering deals.  This month, it is Adjust which is probably the marquee plugin for them.  A little bit of everything from toning filters to sharpening and contrast boosting filters.  With the new release by way of version 5.1, Topaz Adjust has further streamlined the interface to fall into line with the other recent updates and releases.  Download the free trial or buy Topaz Adjust HERE.  Enter the code “augadjust” at checkout through August 31st to get 50% off (normally $50, now $25!).

Come on in for a bit more insight into this affordable and cool detail enhancement plugin…

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*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge #6; “Animals”

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“Fenton in the Morning Dew” by Graham Gibson (visit Graham HERE)

Welcome to our 6th monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge.  For those new to the family, in collaboration with Heather and Mathieu from MirrorLessons, we have facilitated a monthly, photographer driven challenge where the winner each month gets to choose the next theme.  The theme this month, as chosen by last month’s winner Graham, is “Animals.”  Interpret that however you would like, use whichever gear you would like to capture an image with, and submit that image to the theme threads in both the TRP Flickr Group thread and the Mirrorlessons Flickr Group thread.

Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, August 31st at which time Heather, Mat and myself will choose our three favorites and put them up for a vote.

This being our 6th challenge, we will be taking all 6 monthly winners (this current cycle included) and putting them up against each other for a Champion of Champions giveaway with the image receiving the most votes getting something sent to them on behalf of myself, Heather and Mat for all the participation and inspiration we’ve seen generated through these last 6 months.

So get to it!  Everyone is invited to submit an image to both flickr groups with the winner showcased on both this site and Mirrorlessons as well.

Happy shooting everyone,

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*Congratulations to Graham Gibson for winning our July Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Long Exposure!

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“Highway of Lights” by Graham Gibson

Congratulations to Graham in what ended up as our tightest vote yet, edging out tvhow and Samuel Dorado by a combined 4 total votes between the vote here and the vote over on Mirrorlessons (click here to visit Heather and Mat).

All three images chosen this month were beautiful.  Samuel’s had a dark and uncertain serenity speaking to the unknowns associated with isolation in the vast expanses of the open ocean at night making for both a calming and unnerving aesthetic.  tvhow balanced various elements in ambient nighttime landscape, gelled flash and hand spun, flame laden steel wool in a composition all bisected by a mirroring of the composition in reflection.  Graham’s image of the Bay Bridge, with traffic fleeing the perspective of the viewer and traveling to an etherial yet gothic cityscape balanced and contrasted tones and space in the warm glow of traffic leading us to a cool horizon through and over the dark sea below.

Great shots all, and thank you to everyone who submitted their shots as well.  Each month the bar continues to be pushed, and hopefully this helps to motivate us all in upping our game.

While we wait to hear back from Graham on his decision for the theme for this month’s challenge, visit Graham on Flickr HERE.  Graham has been entered into our 6 month giveaway which will take place after this month’s challenge.

To enter into this month’s or any future month’s challenges, all one needs to do is to join the TRP Group HERE and the Mirrorlessons Group HERE, and submit your image to the discussion thread for the corresponding month as they’re posted.

Check back in to see what the future holds, or find me on Facebook and Twitter to get alerts as they are posted.

Thanks again to all and happy shooting,

Tyson

*Project Runway season 13, Congrats to Korina Emmerich! #designerkorina

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As a normal, male human being (arguably anyway), my relationship to reality TV has been close to nonexistent over the years.  Sure I watched a couple early seasons of Real World when I was a kid, but I feel it was as much to do with the lack of choices back in the day (I didn’t have the internet to keep me company) as it was with an actual interest in watching people spurred into arguments or uncomfortable boundary pushing for the purpose of entertainment.

As a photographer, I will admit that I enjoy shows like Project Runway (and Next Top Model) because I do enjoy watching creative people actually create. Having dabbled in fashion photography myself a little bit, I’m always interested to see the industry from the inside out, plus Mrs Squeeze loves this stuff, so it’s much easier to get her to watch TV with me.

Enter season 13 of Project Runway.  Okay wait, let me take a couple steps back.  Years ago, I met Korina at an annual Portland Fashion Show founded and run by Erin Cry (now a cohort of mine at the ELK Collective) and her friend Elizabeth Mollo, called Doom Town.  Korina was going to school at the time, involved in the show, and I’d been asked to photograph said show.  A little while later, Korina asked me to shoot her senior collection.  Being that I’d just started to wade into photography in a serious way, it was an awesome collaboration and experience (hopefully for the both of us and the awesome ladies who modeled).  Korina moved from Portland to Brooklyn to pursue her fashion career, and wouldn’t you know it, while shooting with our friend Erin this last week (more on this shoot coming to a blog near you soon), she told me that Korina was a contestant this season!  Pretty awesome, and may I say that those of us back in Portland are very excited for her.  Get it girl.

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*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our fifth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Long Exposure

 

Alright, another month done, dusted and another great round of beautiful images.  Here are our three finalists for this month’s theme, Long Exposure.  Vote down below and make sure to visit Mirrorlessons to vote there as well.

Our finalists for this month are as follows:

“Just Right” by Samuel Dorado (visit samgold photos on flickr HERE)

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“Fire and Ice” by tvhow (visit tvhow on flickr HERE)

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“Highway of Lights” by Graham Gibson (visit Graham on flickr HERE)

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Voting is closed, even though I can’t disable the poll.  Totals as of Wednesday morning are:

Highway of Lights: 18

Fire and Ice: 10

Just Right: 8

which sees Graham edge out tvhow by one solitary vote and Sam by 3 votes!!!  This is the closest result we’ve yet had.  Great shots everyone!

Voting will run through August 5th, so vote for your favorite both here and over on Mirrorlessons.  The winner will get to choose our theme for August’s challenge and we begin the process again!  Each month’s winner will also be entered into our 6 month giveaway where we will take the winners from our first 6 months worth of challenges and vote on our overall favorite, so keep an eye out for your chance to win future challenges.

Thanks to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons and everyone who has continued to provide us with beautiful, inspirational imagery and stay posted for next month’s challenge!  Our photography family continues to grow with each month, and that my friends is awesome.  Keep being inspired and push that creativity.

Happy shooting,

Tyson

*Congratulations to Giovanni Tabbò, our winner of the June Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Nature!

Congratulations Giovanni Tabbò!  The winner from a very beautiful grouping of wonderful, nature images.  Visit Giovanni HERE to see more of his images, connect with him and befriend him.  I love that I’ve made so many connections across the world through photography, and I hope to continue to do so.  We’re all a few key strokes away, and there is much beauty to be experienced through another’s lens, so don’t be shy.

Giovanni is now entered into our contest of champions where he will be entered into a 6 month vote from our first 6 monthly winners with the title of ultimate champion, and some free stuff on the line.

Thank you to everyone that entered images on both our Flickr group and Mirorrlessons threads, and thanks to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons (click here to visit them) for the continued cooperative fun.  Every month, we grow more and more connections within our constantly growing family, so please keep it up!

Stay tuned for this months theme, to follow shortly.

Happy shooting and again, congrats to Giovanni for this well deserved win.

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*New Kid On the Blog! Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 lens, first look.

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Hi all.  Sorry for the lack of activity on the blog.  Lots of things happening in the Robichaud camp of late, many of which have required a large amount of time, energy and emotional involvement.  All’s well, and one thing I’ve been really wanting to share is a quick look at this new micro 4/3 gem.  The (Panasonic) Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 aspherical micro 4/3 lens is the fourth Leica branded lens for the micro 4/3 system, and much like the others I’ve shot with, brings with it a unique signature.  Boasting a fast f/1.7 maximum aperture setting, and a 30mm equivalent field of view in a solidly built little package, it should prove to be another success for the system.  An odd focal length, but one that if embraced, can give someone a unique wide angle that moonlights as a semi-standard a-la the more traditional 35mm focal length.  I have always been a 35mm lens fan, and not a fan of the 28mm lenses, rather opting for a 24mm as my wide angle and the 35 as my semi-wide/standard focal length of choice for all around shooting, this lens has forced me to reassess my past comforts, but to be fair, the Oly 75mm falls into that same category, and I love that one, so I’ve found room in my heart for odd focal lengths in the past.  Okay, let’s take a quick look at this little lens…

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*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our fourth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Nature.

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2: “Leaf in water” by Sparrow Ulm

3: “Di primo mattino a Parazzuolo” by Giovanni Tabbò

Time to vote for this month’s winner!  Our fourth, dual blog monthly contest is in the books!  Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons as well as myself have chosen our favorites from this month’s submissions, and it was not easy.

Vote for your favorite below.  The voting will be open until July 5th both here and on Heather and Mat’s site HERE (link coming soon), and at that time, the winner of this month’s challenge will be entered in our 6 month winner’s vote for some freebies, and get to choose our theme for next month.

Vote, share, and visit Mirrorlessons.com to vote for your favorite there too.  While you’re at it, click on any of the images above to visit their creators and say hello.

If you’ve not yet, connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr to be a part of the coming challenge themes and a chance to win some cool stuff.

Thanks all and happy shooting,

Tyson

 

*Congratulations to Nuno Quina, our winner for the May Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Closer!

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Congratulations Nuno!  Another awesome image chosen from a grouping of great shots.  As the winner of our May challenge, Nuno will get to choose our June theme, and as a monthly winner, Nuno has entered as a final contestant for our 6 month giveaway.  Visit Nuno Quina here to say hello, become his friend and see more of his work.

Stay tuned for Nuno’s choice for this month’s theme!