I’m Now on Flikr and Instagram!

Not a huge update, but I wanted to let everyone know that I started up a flikr page as the new host for all my images. I am really enjoying the service as it is easy to embed images back to my main site as well as share on other social media pages. Please check out my albums and favorite a few photos if you have a flikr account. Here are some recent photographs from a visit to the Oakland area of Pittsburgh:

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phipps at night

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Not as exciting, but still worthy of note, is that I also put together a profile on Instagram. I really have no intention of posting photos that weren’t taken on my DSLR and edited, so this service is not as valuable to me as flikr. There are workarounds that make uploading images from PC a possibility, rather than strictly using the app, but they are somewhat limiting. Maybe I’ll warm up to Instagram with more use. The plus side is that there are a lot of people on there and it is really easy to interact with followers.

I have a huge back catalog of images that I’ll be going through and will be adding them to my Flikr site as I see fit. As it stands now, I could easily add a new photo every day well into next year. I am also on Facebook. Once I hit the 5000 friend cap, I might consider starting up a proper dedicated page for my music and photography. Until then, feel free to add me on my normal facebook profile.

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The Site Gets a New Look + Photos

I updated the look and layout of the site, which, in my opinion, looks a lot more streamlined than the older version. Everything is essentially all on one page: music, photos, everything else. Speaking of photos, I decided to feature my photography a little more prominently. I now have various galleries available to view on my home page. If you don’t feel like going there right now to check it out, here’s a sampling of some recent images I’ve taken this month so far. These pictures were taken in either Frick Park, or McConnell’s mill, Pennsylvania- all in the span of two weeks. The fact that there is so much snow in some photos and it is so green in others really illustrates how quickly the weather can change in this part of the country!

A Trip Out West: Landscapes of Colorado and Utah.

Notice: All images are the exclusive property of Trevor Richards. They are made available for your personal viewing enjoyment only. No images are within the Public Domain. The photographs may not be copied, reproduced, redistributed, manipulated, projected, used or altered in any way without prior express written permission.

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Allison and I just returned from a 10 day camping and hiking trip through some of the national parks of Colorado and Utah. This was our first trip that far west and by far the most distance driven in such a short amount of time. When it was all said and done, the car odometer said we drove 4,021 miles, about a thousand more than I originally thought, an understatement that was mainly due to fuzzy math combined with road fatigue.

Over the course of the trip, we traveled through the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, and West Virginia; passing through a handful of major cities, including Toledo, Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Kansas City, Topeka, Indianapolis, Dayton, and Columbus. We visited and/or camped in a handful of national parks, including the Colorado National Monument, Arches, Canyonlands, San Juan National Forest, Canyons of the Ancients, and Mesa Verde.

Yes, all the cliches about the west are true. Everything out there is huge. Any sense of space and distance gets thrown out the window once the field of view is determined by miles instead of feet. Its a strange thing to see something that’s fifty or a hundred miles away. Its also a strange thing to drive thirty minutes in one direction and the skyline more or less stays the same. Its hard to explain.

Luckily, the camera can help fill the gap where words fall short and this was definitely a good place to take pictures. Everything seemed to frame itself on its own, especially in the dramatic landscapes of Southeastern Utah. I’ve joked before that a novice photographer in these places could drop a camera, have it go off, and the picture would turn out looking like a postcard. This place is just so visually interesting that its really hard not to take a good picture.

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This was also the first time I really committed myself to exclusively shooting in the RAW format, which I think really paid off in the long run since I had some flexibility in white balance, exposure, and saturation, among other things. This also gave me the chance to choose between black and white and color versions of different scenes, rather than being married to one or the other.

Shooting in the harsh daylight had its downsides, but the extra light allowed me to mostly shoot in iso 100, f10 on most of my landscape scenes. I think I was able to get a few as high as f16 for that extremely crisp in-focus look. Most of the time I was shooting hand-held because we were often hiking and I didn’t want to lug a 5 pound tripod in addition to a 20 pound day-pack. It was a nice learning experience, for sure.

All in all, I think I shot about 1300 photos, many of which were doubles or even triples of me trying out different exposures. That said, these landscape shots are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Allison has a ton on her cellphone too, so I am sure there will be a follow-up post coming soon.

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