…as if there’s ever enough. These photos were taken at “Flights of Fancy”, vintage aviation steampunk day. The event was held at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome on 9/30, hosted by the Hudson Valley Steampunks and Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce. I was fortunate enough to be the event photographer!
I had the opportunity to shoot with one of the coolest people I know. Her name is Liz and typically, unless she’s at work, she dresses as though she’s stepped out of the 1940’s. Her wardrobe is colorful, unique, and seemingly never ending. The best part: she does it because she can. She enjoys it, down to the weird stares and odd comments, and she doesn’t pretend to be anyone but herself. And, to say Liz looks stunning is an understatement. So, she and I took to Main Street in Cold Spring and had a blast.
Here’s to one of the most awesome people I know. It takes courage to be who you are. Liz, thank you for modeling and keep being you. I can’t wait for the next shoot!
I’m terribly sorry to those of you whom I photographed. I was backed up on work for a few weeks so I focused on the paid jobs first before finishing the ones I’ve done for fun and practice. Here at last are the promised photos!
Also, Steampunk Honesdale was a blast. I’ve never seen such a well organized, full-steam-ahead event in my entire life, much less from a small town. The entire town was in on it, the shops decked out their windows, held steampunk themed sales and specials, and everyone looked happy to be there. Greater Honesdale Partnership, you outdid yourselves. Congratulations on an excellent first time and here’s to next year! HUZZAH!
And, if these are your kids in my photos and you do not want them publicized, let me know and I will take them down. They looked AWESOME, by the way!
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
my ye olde Instant Gram.
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…
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.
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. 🙂