Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tip Tuesday #3

Here we go! Are you ready for this shocking revelation?

Don't be afraid to get dirty! Sometimes to get the really great shot, you have to get down and dirty! During a recent lake shoot, I literally laid on the ground in the middle of a grove of trees to capture the blue sky with the bare tree tops. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to get the shot!

I have ended up dirty and muddy with soaking wet feet but I got the shot I wanted so it was worth it! However, one word of caution, if you are out shooting in a dusty, windy environment and you find yourself needing to change lenses please go inside a building or at least your car because dust is your cameras enemy numero uno! Also if it is raining take care to protect your investment by using a camera cover! Don't have one handy? A clear, plastic shower cap (like you get at a hotel) will work just fine!

OK, so enough about tips and onto the photos for today! I know that I have been obsessed with fire lately but so has Spencer! He has been working on his motorcycle for, well, a good 3 to 4 years because he built it, tore it down, reworked the frame and rebuilt it all in between tours to Iraq, moving home, and working.

So now he is to some of the final stages which include painting the tank and fender which brings us back to fire, true fire! Mike Lavalle at Killer Paint developed a technique called True Fire and I have to say it is amazing. While Spencer was in Iraq the second time, I bought him the how-to DVD and he has worked hard to master it over the last few months.

Last night he finally clear coated the final paint job!! YEAH! It took him three times painting these to get them where he wanted them and I am so happy that he is done, finally!! When he asked me to take pictures, I could not resist sharing them with you! Enjoy and I will post pics of the bike when it is done later this winter or early spring! Trust me when I say, these pictures do not do the paint job justice! Wait until the bike is together and I unveil it in full sunlight!!


Memories Of Mine said...

Hi, how cool is Petula? I am glad she introduced us.
Great tips. I must remember to wear old clothes. I sat in wet sand tonight in my linen work pants. Woops!
I look forward to seeing more of you work.

Unknown said...

I am so glad you and Liss "got together!" You both are so talent that I am extremely jealous. :D

That fire technique is so cool and I can't wait to see the finished product.

Michelle said...

Just beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project. I bet the hubby will be happy when it's all done. Are you going to ride it with him?

Tim said...

Hey Jo,

Bumped into your blog from Lisa's at Oh boy Oh boy Oh boy. So glad I did too. That gas tank is AMAZING by the way.
I love your blog and hope it will be ok if I follow along. Please feel free to stop by and visit us as well. If you like what you see, we would be happy if you followed us too.

I look forward to coming back often!

God Bless

Soulsearcher said...

Thank you for the wonderful tips! Although I am just an amateur, I enjoy learning all there is to know about taking care of one's camera.


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