Archive for February, 2008

February 29, 2008

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 D

by Kyle Smith

Houston Mayor Bill White spoke at San Jacinto College’s South campus this past week and I took some photos only using available light. I shot at f/2.0; ISO1000; 1/50 to 1/80. Enjoy…

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February 25, 2008

Play dat funky music white boy….

by Kyle Smith
February 22, 2008

Kinda Kinky…

by Kyle Smith
February 22, 2008

Cutest kid in the world…

by Kyle Smith

We were driving around the other day and Nicole sat in the back with Jackson and shot this video on her cellphone, I’m pretty sure Jackson now qualifies and the cutest kid ever….Enjoy!

February 20, 2008

Wedding Photography. Cheers…

by Kyle Smith

For the past few years I’ve moonlighted as a freelance wedding photographer. It’s been pretty fun but now that I don’t have as much free time it has become a chore. There’s just too much extra time and travel required. Some have suggested to simply raise my prices to make up the difference, but when you raise prices people expect a certain standard of quality. Now I’m not saying that I try and produce garbage for my current clients, but if I screw something up they can’t complain as much as they could if I charged the going rate.

So with all that said, I will no longer be doing weddings. I have three clients left for the year and then I’m done, for now at least. I might still take on the occasional family portrait or baby portraits, but no more wedding ceremonies, receptions or events for that matter. They’re so exhausting and then when you’re done you have 1200+ photos to sift through.

Now that Jackson is here, I just don’t want to spend anymore time away from him than I already have to. Now I’ll just turn all of my photographic urges towards him, making him the most photographed kid in the world.

It’s been real, it’s been fun; but it hasn’t been real fun…

February 15, 2008

Good art is in the wallet of the beholder…

by Kyle Smith

Last night I covered an event at the Art Alliance Center of Clear Lake. It was pretty fun, the show was a nationally juried show titled “Opposites Attract”. It showcased artwork that was high in contrast either by color, content, or whatever other bs those artsy people come up with. I somewhat enjoyed the show, mainly the photography. I still just cannot grasp how some squiggles on canvas is art. Some are aesthetically pleasing but that’s kinda where it stops for me.

And honestly the photography was a bit disappointing as well. There was a photograph of a car with a reflection of clouds on it, now I get the opposing factors (pollution and nature) but the photograph just looked amateur. And then there were some photographs of origami, now they were nice b&w prints but they were priced at $7,000. SERIOUSLY?!?!? I’m in the wrong business.

I think the highlight of the night was the conversation I had with the South campus president. After the initial welcome presentation and a brief staged reading from “The Taming of the Shrew” by Café 21 Theatre, I walked over to the South campus prez. and asked her if she knew of any other presentations for the night and this is how the covo went from there:

“Didn’t you just have a baby?” asked Mrs. President “Yes, I did,” I responded. “Well then why are you even here?” asked Mrs. President. “Well, you guys requested a photographer tonight and I’m the South campus photographer,” I responded. “Well I say you should go home,” declared Mrs. President. “Are you sure?” I questioned. “Absolutely, go home and enjoy your Valentine’s day,” stated Mrs. President. Then I said, “Well if anyone asks I’m telling them you told me to leave.” Mrs. President responded, “Bring it.” And so I left.

I don’t know about you, but she’s quiet a rare find when it comes to upper administration in higher education. At least I know she’s got my back.

Here are some photos from the night. Not trying to boast, but I did manage to get some nice shots with a shutter speed of .3 seconds hand held (not all these are @ .3 seconds, they range from .3 to 1/50 all @ 1600ISO (the first two are @ 2500ISO) and different f-stops to compensate the shutter speed)…

February 8, 2008

Romantic movie montage…

by Kyle Smith

They’re having a woman’s retreat at our church and I managed to acquire the task of putting together a romantic movie montage for it. Enjoy, but whatever you do, don’t cry too much…

February 4, 2008

Daycare…

by Kyle Smith

Well, Nicole started back at the grind today and we took Jackson to his first day of daycare. Being the photographer I am, I completely forgot the camera!! I really was kinda upset about this, but what can ya do?

I didn’t think it was going to get to me as much as it has (not forgetting the camera, but leaving him at daycare). I feel like such a punk for just dropping him off with these people he doesn’t know. Thankfully Nicole knows pretty much everyone who works there because oddly enough, they all took care of her when she was in daycare.

One good thing about him being at daycare is he’ll probably get on a schedule, FINALLY! It seems like no matter what Nicole and I would do he just wouldn’t get on a schedule. Well I can’t wait to see him tonight, I wish he could talk so I could ask him how it went, haha.

Oh yea, here’s a photo of him in the bath the other day, nothing special except that it’s a picture of him…