Monday, February 28, 2011

030 Winter Tree Bench

030 Winter Tree Bench, photograph by Nick Schale
This IS from the other day, but liked how it turned out... plus, froze my feet off!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

029 DigitalJuice

029 Digital Juice, photograph by Nick Schale
Think I can get them to sponsor one of my groups someday?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

028 ShadoWalkin

028 ShadoWalkin, photograph by Nick Schale
Went on a walk today, at high noon... you know, the worst time in the world to take photos.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

027 Sunset Tree

027 Sunset Tree, photograph by Nick Schale
On nearly a 5 mile walk with my beautiful Bride, we found this little over achiever. Lookin' all stand out'ish!

Monday, February 21, 2011

026 V-Day Room

026 V-Day Room, photograph by Nick Schale
My wife and I both took tests the Friday of Valentines Day weekend. Her, the EPPP and me, the Photoshop CS5 ACE exam. The next day a conference, not far from the testing location, was going on where I was going to be presenting. So, we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate by staying in south KC and making a date out of it. My exam was the shorter one, so, as a surprise to my Bride I had all 220 'goofy' photos we had taken of ourselves printed off and I taped them all to the wall! I realize that this might seem insane, or freaky, but I assure... I'm not crazy. :) It was a great surprise and we had a blast going through them all, 'where was this one!?' 'ohhh yeah!' 'remember when' etc. etc. etc. We are a couple that love each other, love life, and love to laugh. It was awesome!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


025 CB ROLL, photograph by Nick Schale
So, this is kinda a inside thing... but yeah. It's no secret that I'm a geek, but to what level? Only a few know! Well done CB!

Friday, February 18, 2011

024 Wings

024 Wings, Photograph by Nick Schale
I am a HORRIBLE food critic... but buffalo wings... may be the best appetizer ever!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

021 Stop Ahead

021 Stop Ahead, photograph by Nick Schale
So today I went on a short photo walk around work and about 200 yards in, I looked over my shoulder and got this idea for a composition! It was tuff picking just one photo for today. I'm uploading the rest of the runner up's to my Facebook page.

Monday, February 14, 2011

020 Empty Swing

020 Empty Swing, photograph by Nick Schale
Empty Swing is a photo I like because of the different elements included. Foreground and background to create depth. Framing around the seat... the water creates a frame and even outside of that is a frame with the tree / hills / outdoor fire pit.  The color separation draws focus onto the swing as well. Green/teal vs's the overall warm golden color. Couple elements I wish were different, the bright white snow. The placement of the fire pit (this was someone else house on a walk). Overall, I like the final.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

019 McFeet

019 McFeet, photograph by Nick Schale
"Hey Uncle Nick... check out my feet!"

Saturday, February 12, 2011

018 After Effects Opening Notes

018 After Effects Opening Notes, photograph by Nick Schale
One of our many MANY After Effects Boot Camp KC attendees listens to the opening speaker go over the key elements of storytelling.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

016 Sis' Sweets

016 Sis' Sweets, photograph by Nick Schale
So after a successful conference presentation, I decided to treat myself to a couple of AMAZING creations by Leavenworths own Sis' Sweets! and the are on Facebook. Soooo good.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

015 Will This Never End

015 Will This Never End, photograph by Nick Schale
Will This Never End!? Snow... snow... more snow... mystical groundhog better be right!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

014 Are You Looking at my Butt

014 Are You Looking at my Butt? photograph by Nick Schale
It was down to this photo and another for the picture of the day. I have to say, I originally was going to crop this in post production, but when showing it to my wife she said, "aww, looks like a face."

Monday, February 7, 2011

013 It's Easy Being Green

013 It's Easy Being Green, photograph by Nick Schale
It's easy being green... when you are a Jedi Master!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

012 VX2000

012 VX2000, photograph by Nick Schale
So this was probably my second or third camera to work with. First 'prosumer' camera and have to say... it's still a beaut!

011 Dinner of the Geeks

011 Dinner of the Geeks, photograph by Nick Schale
Had a couple friends over for a geek-fest... here is the geek feast.

Friday, February 4, 2011

010 Hound Dog PRO

010 Hound Dog PRO, photograph by Nick Schale
There are MANY benefits to being a Hound. Hard to put one above those sad puppy eyes that make the heart melt. Especially when the dog is sitting on your Wacom tablet saying, "Why haven't you played with me today?"

Shot with a 50mm f/1.4 on my 5D Mark II. No flash, just the overhead light. Probably five minutes in cameraRaw and poof... here it is.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

009 After The Snow

009 After the Snow, Fort Leavenworth, photograph by Nick Schale
After two snow days, had to go to work today! Pretty cool fog came in for the shot!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

008 Well, at least the sky is BLUE

008 Well, at least the sky is BLUE, photograph by Nick Schale
Well... at least the sky is blue. Lost track of how many times I shoveled yesterday.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

007 Hoth

007 Hoth, photograph by Nick Schale
It won't stop snowing... period. I have shoveled four times and would go back out again, but saw this on the horizon... the end is NEAR!

Monday, January 31, 2011

006 Firefly

006 Firefly, photography by Nick Schale
Yeah, got a bit carried away in photoshop, buuuut it was fun :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

005 Mini-Thoughts

005 Mini-Thoughts, photograph by Nick Schale
Mini-Thoughts' subject matter is my awesome little nephew! Love how the two speedlites show up in his eyes.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

004 Thoughts

004 Thoughts. Photograph by Nick Schale
This self portrait is heavily cropped. The 7D was held by me (wide angle) and triggering a flash I had off to my right. Like how sharp the image came out.

Friday, January 28, 2011

003 Watching for Spring

003 Watching for Spring, photograph by Nick Schale. Fort Leavenworth, KS
I'd like to revisit this spot and get some more photos under different circumstances. Sunrise (as it faces the East) and maybe one with a real dense fog. But for now... with the sun almost at high noon, this is what I came up with. It is an HDR merge of three photos with a tad retouching in photoshop. f/13, 1/250th, ISO200 16-35mm


Thursday, January 27, 2011

002 Half Hour

002 Half Hour photo by Nick Schale
Played a bit with some off camera flash. This shot has two speed lights hitting it, one with a few blue filters stacked on it (left flash). You can notice it a bit in the specular highlights.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

001 This Just In

001 This Just In, photograph by Nick Schale
001 titled This Just In is me telling the world, I am going to give it another shot (multiple puns intended). I will probably be loosening up the rules for myself this go around. Mainly I will try and post daily, HOPEFULLY the shot will be taken that day. If I am unable, I will try and post a photo that has a lot of Photoshop work OR maybe I'll post a Photography tip! Either way, round two... here we go!

Monday, January 17, 2011

2011-01-17 Getting Ready

Bride getting ready for the big day. For the 365 project there are no rules... strict would be take a picture every day and post it. But what about 'post' work? I spend a lot of time retouching photos. So today, for the 365 Project I am going to post a photo I took a couple months ago, but am revisiting it in post production work today.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011-01-16 NB

New Balance.
Besides the seemingly impossible 365 Project... I am also trying to travel 1,000 miles by foot this year. Here is my ride.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011-01-15 i7

Intel's new i7-2600k chip!
So, yes. I know this isn't the most artistic photo I have uploaded. I'm just very excited to start building the my next work horse! *And it was NOT $369.99! Rest of the parts coming this week!

2011-01-14 New Hobby

New hobby?!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011-01-11 Did U Post?

"Did you post yet?" this is proving MUCH harder than expected... and its day 11. le sigh.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011-01-05 Pearl's Guts

My lovely Pearl will turn 5 years old this year! She has had a few upgrades... more ram, more harddrives, different optical drives and graphics cards... but the brain is still the same. This year, she will retire.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011-01-04 Fettster

There I was, sitting uninspired not happy with my mini-photo walk and I heard FREEZE! Ahhh so cute.

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011-01-03 Setting Down

Setting Down. Hopefully tomorrow will bring a brighter day of health!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011-01-02 Generosity

Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. Like how my good friend Bobby took some of the closest people to him to the KC vs Oakland game. OR how KC gave the game to Oakland!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011-01-01 Success

Starting the 365 project! Sick as a dog today (NOT hungover! Sore throat) and Codi is taking the camera to a wedding. Starting out stumbling but heeeeerrrree we go!