Faded Beauty Photography and Design

  • The Red Chair Meets Orange County Dance

    I recently took part in this years photo project for the Red Chair Project, a campaign designed to promote arts and cultural awareness in Orlando and throughout Orange county.

  • Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

    Check out my recent shoot from this lovely beach south of St. Augustine.

  • Welcome to the New Design of FadedBeauty.com

    This site has been in need of a serious overhaul for quite some time now so I have finally managed to find the time to make it happen.

  • Florida’s Latest Attempt to Criminalize Photography

    Florida recently passed cs/sb 1246, a bill that originally sought to make it a felony to photograph a farm even if you were on public lands.

Film vs. Digital

I was reading through an interview with Clyde Butcher earlier and this quote stood out…

“Just a quick word about the new digital age & I have always believed that the art of photography is a technical art form. With every generation new technology comes into the field & better lenses, better paper, better cameras, etc & Now we have this new technology in the field of photography and it is not better or worse than traditional photography. It is just different.”

This is a very interesting perspective from someone whose career is built around shooting solely on large format film cameras.

I get very annoyed with the perception that film is somehow superior to digital. Yes, film does have its merits. Film is capable of obtaining much finer detail and higher resolution than even the best available digital cameras. However, unless you are enlarging to a massive size this amount of resolution is really just going to waste.

Digital, on the other hand, has its merits as well. Besides the obvious benefits of instant feedback there are some other major advantages over shooting film. To me one of the biggest advantages is the exposure adjustment capabilities of digital. With a “raw” file you can obtain an amazing amount of contrast and dynamic range, especially with multiple bracketed shots.

Before digital SLR cameras were affordable I used to shoot film. In fact, I still have my film camera. Will I be dusting it off anytime soon? Not likely.

The truth about the different technologies of photography is they are all just a means to an end. If your final product looks amazing does it really matter the technological route that was taken to achieve it?

As Clyde said, “…it is not better or worse… It is just different.”

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Winter / Spring Art Show Schedule

The acceptances for the winter/spring 2012 art shows have started to come in. I will be branching out to south Florida for a variety of shows this year. Be sure to add me on Facebook to keep up to date with additions and changes. I will be sure to update this page with specifics such as booth location once I have them. Read More >

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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

A while back I was searching for unique beaches in Florida and came across Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. What makes this beach unique is it has a fairly large coquina rock formation that stretches a considerable distance down the shoreline. Outside of Blowing Rock preserve in Jupiter, this is one of very few areas like this in the state. Read More >

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Fall Art Show Schedule

My fall show season is quickly filling up. Be sure to add me on Facebook to keep up to date with additions and changes. I will be sure to update this page with specifics such as booth location once I have them. Read More >

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The Red Chair Meets Orange County Dance

I recently took part in this years photo project for the Red Chair Project, a campaign designed to promote arts and cultural awareness in Orlando and throughout Orange county. The campaign uses a small red chair from Ikea as a means of creating a cohesive theme to tie together various things of artistic and cultural significance in the local area. This years photo project centered around promoting the various dance troupes and performances that occur in Orange County. Read More>

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John Carter Movie Trailer uses Shiprock as Filming Location

This past weekend I saw the trailer for the upcoming Disney film John Carter. I quickly recognized that one of the clips featured the distinctive form of Shiprock. Being that the film is supposed to take place on another planet, Shiprock was probably a good choice for an otherworldly representation. Read More>

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The Many Landscapes of California

So now that I am done with all the art shows for the spring season I am planning to go on a three week photo trip. This year I have chosen to focus on the beautiful state of California. I will be flying into Los Angeles and making a loop around the state to shoot the many varied landscapes that exist in California. Read More>

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Interesting Choice of Camera for New Progressive Commercial

Kodak Brownie Hawkeye cameraI couldn’t help but notice that in the most recent Progressive Insurance commercial that they chose to use a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye as a prop camera. I can see why they would have chosen this camera, since it has a very distinct and interesting design. However it is still odd to see a camera from the 50s in use today. Read More>

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When Does a Photo Stop Being a Photo?

I took some time out this past weekend to walk around the art festival in Gainesville that I was exhibiting at. With somewhere around twenty-six photographers exhibiting there, I was curious to see what kind of work was being shown. Overall, the predominate theme was of Florida landscape and nature photography. There was also several photographers with their own niches of landscapes and scenery from a variety of regions, florals, and a few unique people study collections. However, the one display that really caught my attention was from an artist whose work consisted of heavily manipulated surrealist images that were very prominently being declared as photographs. This lead me to ask myself the often debated question of “When does a photograph stop being a photo?” Read More>

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I Won Best of Show at Orlando’s Spring Fiesta in the Park!

I was excited to find out this past Saturday that I won the “Best of Show” award ¬†for the Spring Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando. Read More>

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