Revisting the Art of Mastering Selfie Failure

Another banal attempt at mastering the art of the “selfie” through experimentation with lighting, posing, and angles. Ultimately all I think I managed to succeed at is making myself look like a demented chipmunk. (Yes, I know I am taking this way too seriously. It is me… what do you want?) I suppose I should be thankful that I find this outcome to be more amusing than anything else.
 

Jiu-Jitsu: A Test in Flexibility

Jiu-Jitsu: A Test in Flexibility

So the fine people Team Octopus Sandy Springs had been trying to convince me to shoot some photos of their other programs, and can I just say that I so do not understand Jiu-Jitsu. Don't get me wrong: I respect it as a form of martial arts. However, I don't know how to do it, frame it, or shoot it. To me it looks like a bunch of people in pajamas wriggling around for 30 seconds followed by a flip or them trying to make out.

Artist and Painter Jonathan Hightower

Artist and Painter Jonathan Hightower

Made a new friend tonight, Johnathan Hightower, who does the amazing murals at the Team Octopus location in Sandy Springs. Incredible to watch him do his thing and just create detail and art using nothing more than a brush and a bit of pigment; especially once you realize he sketched all of this stuff originally freehand. Truly envious of that kind of skill.

Jesus Portilla: Master of the Pads and the Ring

Jesus Portilla: Master of the Pads and the Ring

Jesus is one of my favorite trainers at the gym both to work with and to photograph.  He has this poise about him that is commanding and comforting and you can tell that he is really trying to help you improve your skills.  When I saw him working with this guy (sorry I don't know his name) in the ring, I took it as an opportunity to try and capture that and also experiment with the lighting to get the most out of the photos.  More specifically I tried to frame and angle my shots so that the light was falling across his face from the side instead of from above, and overall I think it helped