Archive for February, 2010

Opening or Closing

Posted in Art Show, Photography on February 28, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Well, in my opinion, the opening went very well last night. Considering I’ve never done an opening before I don’t really have anything to base it off of. I think that actually helped in this case. Just like a lot of my photography, if you don’t know “all the rules” then you have the ability to see things from a fresh perspective, you’re not limited by what you don’t know.

Due to a series of being new to the game, staffing issues, etc., my opening really should have been called a closing since it was held the day before my work came down. Oh well.

Coffee Slingers ( was a great venue and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to show my work. I’m already exploring other venues and I’ll update as I find out more.

I want to thank everybody who made it to the opening last night, it really meant a lot to me. Thank You! I want’ to post photos from the opening but I don’t think we took any. If I find some I’ll be sure to post.

Ready To Get The Party Started

Posted in Photography on February 26, 2010 by thomasrtucker

It’s the eve of my first opening. I know, it’s a coffee house and not a gallery. Hey, this is my opening and I can be excited! Being that I’ve never done one before so I hope I thought of everything. A lot of people have said they are coming. We’ll see. I’d like to think this will be the biggest opening there yet.

What I find really interesting is the number of places that support local artist. It’s a win-win for everybody. Just yesterday there was another call of artist for another local restaurant. Yep, I already responded and waiting to hear back.

Looking forward to the reception and will post photos soon.

A Rose Is Just A Rose-Or Is It

Posted in Photography on February 22, 2010 by thomasrtucker

I have a rose that I set out to photograph during one of our great snow / ice storms this year. I wanted to get the rose-covered in ice. What I didn’t know is the rose would stay outside and take on an interesting sun-dried look. Once my wife saw it she had to have a photograph of it. I can’t say I blame her. Who knew a dead rose could look so good.

Sun-dried Rose

You’ve been warned

Posted in Backup, Photography, Technology on February 22, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Have you backed up yet? I know, I know, I keep harping about backup. Well, have you. Not just your good, high-end photos either. I know many photographers are concerned with their work but what are your family photos and snapshots worth?

A failure, corruption, something is going to happen! Not if but when. Not sure what to do or where to start, let me know and I can offer some tips.

And when you backup, make sure to have an on-site and off-site copy.

Lion Dance

Posted in Photography on February 20, 2010 by thomasrtucker

We had the opportunity to watch a traditional Lion “Dragon” Dance today at Pho Ever in Oklahoma City. What fun! Any time you tell me there is going to be 16,000 fire crackers, I’m in. I decided this would be a good photo opportunity and really looked forward to the challenge. What I didn’t expect was thick, fire cracker smoke and rain.

This was one of those times when I have to accept that I’m not going to get the best shots and have to be happy with preserving the moment. I’m so glad we had the chance to watch the lion dance, it’s something we’ll all remember for a long time.

Lion Dance 002

Oklahoma Art Guild 2010 National Juried – Oklahoma Friendly

Posted in Art Contest with tags , , on February 18, 2010 by thomasrtucker

The Oklahoma Art Guild announces a call for entry to “Oklahoma Friendly 2010,” our national juried exhibition. The 2010 show will be held at the IAO Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan.
IAO’s new location is in the heart of the growing downtown Oklahoma City arts’ campus.

More info at:

Willing to Change?

Posted in Photography with tags , on February 17, 2010 by thomasrtucker

I have now been shooting with my DSLR for almost a year. I listen to several photography podcasts every week. Over the last year I have learned so much from other photographers, who love to share photography knowledge. One subject that keeps coming up is “back button focus.”

Back button focus is a simple concept, change your auto focus from the shutter button to one of the buttons on the back of the camera. For me this would be the AF-L AE-L button located where my thumb is on the Nikon D80. Removing the auto focus from the shutter button offers the advantage of being able to focus and recompose without having to keep the shutter button depressed. Also, you should have more freedom since the shutter button is that, a shutter button. I can give more examples but there are a lot of articles out there already.

The real question is, are you willing to change?  If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a shot, it is a huge change. If you know that making a change like this could or will help you improve as a photographer, will you do it. Will you commit to feeling wierd for a couple of days using this strange new method? So, not only do I ask “are you willing to change” but how much?

New Print Arrived

Posted in Adobe Photoshop, education, Photography with tags on February 16, 2010 by thomasrtucker

I received my first ever canvas print, gallery wrap in the mail today from White House Custom Color ( ) and I must say, it’s amazing. I wasn’t sure what to expect, with it being printed on canvas and all. I can’t even begin to understand how you can get so much detail printed on canvas.

I discovered WHCC on a suggestion from Scott Bourne over at (podcast and blog). WHCC is a sponsor of Photofocus and they do all of Scott’s printing. I now understand why. First, you can get five sample 8×10 prints free. That’s right, free, no shipping, no nothing, free. So, take it from me, get over to and get some prints. Stop by and check it out too.

Opening Postcard

Posted in Photography on February 13, 2010 by thomasrtucker

I have decided to make some postcards to take to my opening. My thought is “free reminders” of the event that would be frameable. The front is an image from the collection and the back is a reminder of the event. I’ve included the back image here:

New Gear Announced

Posted in Technology on February 12, 2010 by thomasrtucker

zoomMediaPlus! – A mobile media products and applications company has announced the zoomIt. The zoomIt is a SD card reader for the iPhone / iPod. In brief zoomIt allows you to view, listen to, and share all of your photos, music, video and files on the go without the need to connect to your camera, Mac or PC.

It’s about time!

The zoomIt is expected to begin shipping in April 2010 with a retail price of $59.95. More info here: