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tears of a clown: a satirical look at depression showing that even though many appear happy on the outside, they might be struggling with larger issues below the surface. It is not a glorification of suicide by any means, rather a way to hopefully start a dialog about mental issues
Tears Of A Clown: A satirical look at depression showing that even though many appear happy on the outside, they might be struggling with larger issues below the surface. It is not a glorification of suicide by any means, rather a way to hopefully start a dialog about mental issues.

Go Shoot Yourself
Hello, My name is Mark Rodriguez–though some folks on the interwebz refer to me as Godriguez–and I am a self-portrait/conceptual artist from Tampa, Florida. When many people think of self-portraiture the first thing that will usually come to mind is that they are just selfies, and it is a form of narcissism that should be eradicated from the earth. They hear “selfie” and think of dirty bathroom shots with duck lips and shot from a high angle. But a well-crafted self-portrait can in fact be a form of therapy, as has been in my case, and can help tell stories that might only be important to the artist themselves.

coming to the surface: we all have our breaking points and only we know how far we can be pushed before that anger is released. Truth be told, I was having extreme back pains when I took this shot so the emotion in my face is real
Coming To The Surface: We all have our breaking points, and only we know how far we can be pushed before that anger is released. Truth be told, I was having extreme back pains when I took this shot so the emotion in my face is real.

Let me step back and give you a bit of history as to how I began shooting self-portraits in the first place.

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A few years ago my now-wife made a simple request that radically changed the way I thought about what I was doing with my photography and how I could actually make a difference with it. She asked me to create some portraits of our three dogs (two of which are rescues) because they were getting older and we had very few pictures of them that weren’t made with a camera phone. She wanted something that was a little more professional feeling, something that she would be proud to share and hang in our home. I had never photographed animals before, but I was game for the experiment.

Petunia - An adoptable rescue pit bull from Buffalo, NY. Apx 4.5 years old female.
Petunia – An adoptable rescue pit bull from Buffalo, NY. Apx 4.5 years old female.

Thankfully, that first experience was a really positive one. So positive, in fact, that my wife (a long-time volunteer at our local animal shelter) suggested that I might be able create some images for a few of the long-term residents of the shelter that were having trouble getting adopted. (more…)

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Creativity doesn’t come easy, at least not for me. It’s more of a fight with plenty of ups and down. Often it involves climbing to the top of one ladder, only to discover the need to jump off. Through it all I’ve discovered that striving to become more creative is a challenge worth the reward, because it helps us to become more of the person who we were designed to be.

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In my own journey, I’ve found that when the creative spark is ignited we create our best work and lead more meaningful lives. Yet, becoming creative isn’t as easy as it seems. So I set out to write a book on the topic with the goal of helping others to become more creative and alive. And I’m super excited to announce that as of last week, the book has been released! The title of the book is, The Creative Fight. Check out the trailer below:

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Do you want to become more creative? If so, read on!  Below are a few stories, images and ideas that I hope will strike a chord and inspire you to fight the good fight and live a better life. Let me begin by introducing you to the cast of characters that I hope will inspire: Miguel, Andrew, Jack and Chuck. The first character you probably know. His full name is Miguel de Cervantes. But what you probably didn’t know, is that…

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How Your Fast Paced Everyday Life Can Hide Your Passion For Photography From You
You wake up to the alarm in the morning, jump (or slide) out of bed, down your coffee, check your calendar, throw on your clothes (or shower first if you’re lucky enough) race to the bus stop, school, work, event, wherever and go throughout your day trying to catch up, only to realize that you’re late to leave the office for your child’s big game but you hustle and get there just in time to catch little Sally cross the finish line, or start her recital, or take her to tutoring or…

Sound familiar?

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I’m willing to bet that some of you are saying, “Exactly! I don’t have the energy to be passionate about photography. The only thing I’m passionate about is getting into my jammies at the end of the day.” Wait. I digress. Where was I?

Oh, yeah. Here’s the thing. You’re wrong.

I want you to think about all the times when you take a picture of your coffee, fancy plate of food, little Sally coming across the finish line, Grandma acting silly, a sunset at the beach, a flower, or even a structure that’s beautiful to you. I want you to think about the time you went to someone’s wedding (who had hired a perfectly good wedding photographer) and you still felt compelled to get “that” shot.

Do you pause to take those photos because you don’t have enough things to squeeze into the precious minutes of your day? To me, it sounds like you’re passionate about capturing a moment and at those times you might even be thinking…

“I’d love to be able to zoom in on little Sally when she’s on the field.”

Or…

“How long do I have to wait for the guy in the Speedo to move out of my perfect sunset shot?!”

And…

“I wish that wedding photographer would get out of my way because I HAVE THE PERFECT SHOT!”

Haha! (I’m sorry, but I know a lot of wedding photographers and that last one makes me giggle.)

The point is that you are passionate about photography and you are having photographer’s thoughts. So, own it! Love it! Do it! Here’s some of the best advice I can give you about all of it. Ready?

Pay attention to your photographer’s thoughts, give them an extra few seconds and your passion will reveal itself to you. If you take those images, look at them again and enjoy them and appreciate that moment. If you have an extra minute or two, take them into an app or program and have fun with the process. You might as well because you’re passionate about it. ;)

Have a wonderful day everyone!

You can read more of Kalebra’s writings and see more of her photography at ShotWithMyTrustyiPhone.com, and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.

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Hello from Whidbey Island, WA, USA! I’m a fine-art photographer and long-time fan of Scott Kelby. I became a fine-art photographer because it allows me to follow my interests and passions down pretty much any rabbit hole. I’m particularly passionate about alternative and historical processes and combining those processes into modern workflows. In addition to being a photographer, I am a core faculty member at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle. I teach all sorts of classes on black and white film, Photoshop and Lightroom, Visual Literacy, and alternative and historical processes.

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When Brad reached out to me about guest blogging, I spent several days thinking about what to write. At first I thought about sharing some great Photoshop techniques for editing or printing, but then I thought about how this is Scott’s blog and what could I possibly share that’s new? Scott has literally written tons of books about Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography. Then I thought about walking through one of my shoots and post-processing processes. But again, those thoughts of self doubt crept in. So now I sit staring at a blank screen unable to shut off the voice inside my head telling me that I don’t have anything unique and important to say.

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I have a love/hate/more hate relationship with that voice of self doubt. Truth be told, I find it to be a demon. And while there is some comfort in my belief that everyone has that demon-within voice, that knowledge alone doesn’t help me deal with it. Sure, at times it keeps me safe: sometimes making sure I don’t do something dumb, crazy, or too far outside the lines. In some cases, that voice is really valuable. It keeps me from jumping from a second-floor deck into the pool after a few margaritas (mostly not a true story). But for the creative soul, risk and outside the lines are what life is all about. (more…)

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There’s something about an image that captures a moment at its peak. Whether it’s the perfect expression, an event never to be repeated, or in my case, a gallon of milk thrown through the air, a photographer’s job is to capture that perfect moment. I recently shot a billboard campaign for a milk company in which I was tasked with creating four images that captured important moments in a person’s life.

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Each image featured milk splashes, which are an incredible challenge to capture. While I primarily use Westcott gear, when capturing action I turn to my Broncolor Scoro pack with two strip boxes on each side of the subject fairly close in. The Scoro pack allows me to shoot with a T1 flash duration of 8,000/sec., which I have found is the sweet spot for capturing perfectly sharp splashes.

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