3ClixPix – new photo site

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Consider this your invitation to visit my new photo site: 3ClixPix.com

As I’ve mentioned before, I finally gave in and signed up with SmugMug. Finally giving in means parting with some $$ in hopes of making that $$ back, but nothing’s guaranteed. I had another name I was playing with, it was unique and very uncommon. I decided to pull from my Swedish roots and use the word “fotokonst” as a brand name. Fotokonst translates literally as “photographic art” – which is what I like to call what I do. I had a native Swed confirm that my google translation was indeed correct. I wasn’t really happy with that name, but I decided that I’d try to make it work. I created a logo, water marked all my images on SmugMug, began looking for web domains that I could use with it. In the back of my mind I kept thinking that I’d have to explain the meaning to people and I didn’t really want to have to do that.

I like HDR. True HDR requires multiple exposures blended into one. I’d say most HDR photos are a combination of 3 exposures (sometimes  5, 7, and 9 are used but I just think that’s over kill). Ok, so that’s where I got the 3 from. Now, what sound does one usually associate with a camera? Right! It’s the shutter sound, or the click of the shutter opening and closing. That’s where the click came from. Finally, because I’m such an awesome speller feller, I thought I’d spell both words incorrectly, just to stick it to the better spellers out there! (and I thought my spelling had a better graphical presentation) I was very surprised that the domain, 3clixpix.com was available. I wholeheartedly consider that availability a gift from God and a divine nod to proceed. I purchased the domain from NameCheap.com  for cheap and am seriously thinking of moving my current domains and websites to their hosting. I’d do it today, except for the fact that I just renewed domains and hosting.

If you do take me up on the invitation, I’d love to get your feedback on the look of the site, layout, organization, and anything else you wanna tell me.

Thanks!

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Day for Night

thought I’d share this.

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My mom fell in love with this picture I took in 2011. We were on the family beach trip to Myrtle Beach and I wanted to try my hand at some long exposure shots. I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t). This came out pretty well I thought and she just fell in love with it. My dad had it printed out at 24×36 at Snow Photo in High Point.  Here’s a link to it on flickr.

Time: 10:22pm in August of 2011

Tech specs: Single image HDR shot in RAW with Canon 20D, f/3.5 @ 30sec, 18mm, iso 100

Processed: Photomatix & Photoshop

Flickr

So I joined Flickr a while back. I’ve been posting new stuff at least once a week, sometimes two or three times a week. I LOVE me some flickr. Such cool stuff from all over the world! It frustrates me that there aren’t that many cool places around here to shoot cool stuff. I really like water, reflections, clouds, ocean surf, that kind of stuff. Winter is pretty much here too, so that makes things even worse. Snow is cool, so maybe we’ll get some of that this year.

If you’re interested in checking me out on flickr (like anyone ever reads this crap) here’s a link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoovdaddy/

Here’s one of my new favorites that I took on Black Friday as I was on my way to find a few things. This was taken in my home town of High Point NC. There’s not much there these days it seems. The Furniture Market is still there and that’s a big part of the local economy. But like most places, there’s lots of abandoned buildings, overgrown grassy parking lots, even the mall is practically gone. Anyway, back to the photo… this is the train depot. I don’t think I’ve ever been here. Hard to believe I lived in HP all my life and never went down to the depot (at least I can’t remember ever going – which isn’t saying much since I can’t remember much anyway!) I shot 3 RAW exposures with a tripod,  merged and processed them in Photomatix, took it into Photoshop and did some levels, and chroma work, oh, and I use Topaz Denoise to clean up any noise. With this version, I treated it a little extra with some textures from Skeletal Mess (he’s on flickr). I think it’s cool. It’s funny though, how as a TV guy and now a hobbyist photo guy I try so hard to get images as clean and crisp as possible, only to turn around and “gunk” them up. It’s called art… I guess.

 

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