The Fire Balloons

Published July 17, 2017 by KEPRI

I believe “The Fire Balloons” is a Ray Bradbury short story, published in The Illustrated Man.

Anyway, I finally got to attend the Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival, after years of saying I wanted to go. The best part: I went with the Hudson Valley Steampunks! We are a Meetup group, run by two awesome ladies who go by Dolly and Birdie. The steampunk in me couldn’t be happier. What was possibly more entertaining than the festival itself was the work I did in Photoshop afterwards! I had some fun in post production with a few quick fixes. Here are the results!

And, if you’d like your own vintage photograph, and enjoy the fictional 19th Century world that is Steampunk, come on down! This coming weekend (July 21-22) I will be vending at Steampunk Honesdale. That’s in Honesdale, PA. They’ll even have a locomotive!! In addition to selling my terrariums I will be offering vintage photo sessions. That means I will be offering professional shots and an 8×10 print of YOU in costume! Antiqued to look like the images below, of course. The price? Only $20! So come one, come all, dressed in gears, leathers, ‘n lace, and celebrate an awesome past that never was.

 

If, by chance, you absolutely must follow my every move, have a gander at
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Logee’s!

Published May 17, 2017 by KEPRI

Thank you, Dante and Aaron, for giving me a wonderful Mother’s Day! We visited Logee’s Tropical Plants (my favorite nursery/garden center) and then went on to Providence, RI since we were so close.

I enjoyed using my macro lens. Actually, I had a lot of fun with the macro and got some nice shots. Sometimes I surprise myself!

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The Steampunk World’s Fair

Published May 8, 2017 by KEPRI

As some of you may know or suspect, I am a devoted steampunk. I love the style, etiquette, and the overall self expression. For some it is simply an interest, for others it’s a fun diversion, and for weirdos like me it’s part of our lifestyle. I don’t (usually) go out with goggles on my head or anything, but I’ve had a fascination with the Victorian era since I was a kid. I have enjoyed building, tinkering, and creating things for as long as I can remember. Repurposing is an essential part of steampunk and well, I’ve pretty much done that my whole life. I probably get it from my grandfather, honestly. The man is 93 and he still builds contraptions (including furnaces) out of whatever he has lying around in his basement. It’s actually pretty amazing.

If for some reason my introduction has not already given you a good idea of what steampunk is, just picture Abraham Lincoln, but with an arm cannon. That’s steampunk. It is a fascinating and fun world of sci-fi, historical fiction, and steam-powered technology. It relies heavily on Victorian era etiquette and fashion, accompanied by Nikola Tesla and H.P. Lovecraft. Hand forged weapons are a must, while internal combustion engines are unheard of (that would then be considered dieselpunk).

Sooooooo, being the devoted steampunk and photographer that I am, on Saturday I attended the Steampunk World’s Fair in Jersey. I’ve known about it for years and at last had the chance to go! I went with my boyfriend, the airship pirate and had a great opportunity to work with the K-1. I shot with flash, which was another learning curve with the new camera. You know, full frame vs. cropped sensor and all. I did have the punked-out Pentax K-x with me, though, and got several compliments as a result! My awesomely hand forged Nerf guns and my costume were also complimented. Sky Captain Kira Hawke (my original character) would be proud.

Alright, I’m going to stop talking about myself now and show you the pics. If you want to get good at portrait shooting, incidentally, events like this are the place to do it. They offer no shortage of opportunities to photograph people. The fact that they are heavily costumed, outgoing, fun, and almost always open to having their photo taken, is a huge bonus. Just ask permission first!

Without further adieu, the photos…

Vermeer the Pentax K-1

Published April 17, 2017 by KEPRI

I finally shot with Vermeer, my brand new Pentax K-1. I got out to the greenhouse this morning, watered the plants, added some mist, and away we went. I was using the 100 mm macro lens and the Pentax 540 flash. It might not be purple, but what a great fucking camera. Also, I really like succulents and have about 20 of them.

Here be Faeries

Published April 7, 2017 by KEPRI

I visited Dover Stone Church in Dover Plains, NY yesterday with my son and boyfriend. The foliage is just coming back and everything was pretty green so it was quite beautiful. I swear the place is enchanted by fae. I highly recommend visiting soon, once the leaves pop and it’s a bit warmer. It’s one of the area’s nicest attractions!

I shot with the steampunk Pentax K-x. The K1 came in today so I haven’t shot with that yet. The nice thing about shooting with the punked-out Pentax is that it has no LCD screen. I bought it knowing that the LCD didn’t work. What I like is that it forces me to rely solely on my knowledge, not what I see on the screen. That way I’m not lazy and it honestly makes me a stronger photographer.

I highly recommend taping over your screen once in a while, especially if you are just starting out. Set your ISO and white balance and just toggle the aperture and shutter speed. You might surprise yourself. 🙂

Moving up in the world

Published March 14, 2017 by KEPRI

Since the retirement of my beloved purple Pentax, I have set my sights on a new love: the Pentax K1. I am in need of a full frame camera and a few lenses. While I can afford most of the expense myself, I am asking for a little assistance. In exchange I offer you my services and expertise. If you’d rather have digital or stock photography instead of the listed rewards, please contact me via my email, listed in my About page up top.

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