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Labor and School

September 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This week marks two events on our calendar in Michigan: Labor Day and the start of school. Labor Day celebrates the achievements of we Americans...

accomplished through our labor. Most of our accomplishments would not have been possible without the knowledge gained through our school education, so tying these two together seems only fitting. Being educated provides us the knowledge and ability to be able to do the kind of job we want. 

(Many other character qualities are necessary to secure and keep the kind of job we want also.) 

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.  ~Horace Mann  

To commemorate both I am highlighting one of my favorite school programs, which teaches students practical 

skills needed for several kinds of jobs. Kent Transition Center has programs in Business Administration & Technology, Facilities Maintenance, Hospitality, Landscape/Horticulture, Retail, and Transportation. Their students learn the skills on campus and then go out and complete internships in actual businesses. By the time they complete their studies, they are ready to be hired into real jobs. KTC has businesses and 

organizations all over greater Grand Rapids that take in interns every year, testament to the great job that the staff is doing in preparing these young men and women for the work world.

Take GREAT Photos This Weekend

August 29, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Got fun plans this holiday weekend? We're going camping with friends. The guys plan to take in some fishing and we girls plan to find some great photo ops. What would you expect from me!?!

Seriously, you can take great photos of your family and friends this weekend too. All you need is great lighting and God provides a perfect light source for us all. The sun! All you need to do is be mindful of where it is. Here's an example.

You see, photographers know a secret that most other people don't. We basically use about four different lighting patterns to create great images. One of them is called loop lighting. It is called loop lighting because the light creates a little loop just to the side and below the person's nose.

Pay attention to where the sun is, especially if it is a bright sunny day. You want the sun in front of but to the side of your subjects, like this little diagram.

As long as the sun is at that angle from your subject's face, you can shoot from any angle and get great lighting. Notice that the angle of the sun (see large pink arrow) creates on the photo. It is about 60 degrees, not 90 directly overhead. This creates the loop just below and to the right of this subject's nose (see green arrow and gold loop). Even if you are photographing inside, remember this same rule applies to your light source.

A second secret that photographers know is about using flash as fill instead of your primary light. As long as the sun is not hidden by clouds, it will always be brighter than your camera's flash. You can get dark shadow if it is too bright, so using a flash will soften shadows. (It will also help balance between sun and shadow if you are under tree branches.) It will also create a little light reflection in your subject's eyes that we photographers call "catch lights". 

How key are these to great photos? They are two ingredients in a photo that judges always look for in images that photographers submit in contests.

So get out there and photograph your friends and family this holiday and enjoy the last few days of summer. But remember, great expressions make the best photos! So enjoys lots of fun and laughter. 

See you after the holiday weekend!


GenCon: The Real World of Fantasy

August 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Last Wednesday through Sunday 56,613 gamer nerds attended GenCon 2014 in Indianapolis, enjoying over 14,000 events. If you check records online you will see the unique attendance listed as 56, of them was me... and I don't qualify in the gamer nerd category. Josh was there for the whole time with 5 other friends. I only attended for one day for the express purpose of photographing one of our wedding couples to include images in their wedding photo guest book. Of course, I couldn't help but photograph others, who were gladly posing for everyone's camera. Being in Indy for this event was a photographers dream. It offers these nerds an opportunity to dress like their characters, "break away from day-to-day molds and expectations, and explore a side of themselves they seldom if ever experience." (Connie Rohne, Artist Statement, September 2013)

Here are some of the fun costumes we saw. 

Maybe next year, you will want to go also.

Fantastical Fantasy

August 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Image by Beth RooseImage by Beth Roose

This past week has been filled with fantasy. I went to Indianapolis and photographed next month's wedding couple at GenCon. I also photographed other characters while I was there. Josh attended the convention with other friends. While there he photographed several also. We will share some of those images in my post tomorrow.

Another assignment this week was to create a fantasy image for another photographer with an image she shot of a model. Here's the image.

Beth asked me to take the model image and "turn it into the figurehead of a old-fashion sail boat like the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria... and give them huge monarch butterfly wings to match  their tulling to act as the sails.. and then the other sails on the ship have" wings like butterflies, similar to "Departure of the Winged Ship" Vladimir Kush.

Everything else used in the photo was either shot by me or created with Photoshop. This was the first time I did a job like this for someone else. It was challenging to see the concept in her mind as compared to the concept I got from the words we shared. I way underestimaged the amount of time that it would take to pull all the parts together, mainly because they didn't exist until we worked our way through the concept. So I learned a lot about talking to someone to understand their concept and be able to visualize it for them.

I don't plan to take one more jobs like this, but I'm sure I will continue to create fantastical images.

What does this image make you think of?

Mysterious MagicFigurehead Butterfly Ship




Painted Roses

August 13, 2014  •  1 Comment

This summer has been particularly good for my garden. Each day I'm greeted by amazing beauty outside my front windows and door. The exquisite beauty constantly amazes me and reminds me what a great Creator God is. Laying awake tonight I decided to get up and play with some of my photos. These paintings are the result. A simple phone photo becomes fine art. I love the softness of the painted look. What do you think?

Reflections by Rohne is a mother-son team. We understand the dynamics of loving relationships. Our passion is capturing the moments and expressions of your relationships, with the love of your life, your children, your parents, your siblings, your friends, your co-workers, your teammates, and your customers. Together we are able to capture the emotions and details of your story.

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