I’ve done it…

A photograph is more than an image frozen on paper or plastered on your computer screen; it is a recording of a moment in life.

I have a professional website. After a few jobs, I realized that I need a place to show the images and allow the clients to purchase prints. So here it is: R Howard Photography.

I guess that means I’m on my way to being a professional. Wish me luck.

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I am including this shot of the butterfly for a few reasons: 1) It’s my favorite butterfly image so far, and 2) a butterfly seems appropriate right now because it represents new beginnings.

My dream is to create images that evoke some kind of response, that elicit emotions, but it is larger than that. I want to make an impact with my camera. I want to make a difference, even if it is in one person’s life. I don’t know how I will do that yet, but I believe in the power of the photograph.

A photograph is more than an image frozen on paper or plastered on your computer screen; it is a recording of a moment in life. When you look at the picture, your mind and heart see more than just an image, because you remember that moment and you recall the emotions you felt.

Even if you do not know the person in the photograph or have never physically experienced the scene portrayed in the picture, there could be something the image that touches you.

I want to capture those emotions; more than that, I want to convey those emotions.

My 1st time on the ice… Thank you, Daddy!

Today, my older son and I took my granddaughter (umm…his daughter) ice skating. It was heartwarming to watch him teach her; he was patient, encouraging, loving, and fun.

I believe that if more children could spend time with their fathers, our world would be a lot better place.

My younger son became a father two days ago, and I can’t wait to watch him teach and play with his daughter. I know that he too will be a patient, encouraging, loving and fun father.

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2:28 PM: It's slippery. It didn't look slippery from behind the glass.

2:28 PM: It’s slippery. It didn’t look slippery from behind the glass.

2:29 PM: Hi, I think I might like this…maybe…um, not so sure.

2:29 PM: Hi, I think I might like this…maybe…um, not so sure.

2:30 PM: This might be fun.

2:30 PM: This might be fun.

2:34 PM: This is awesome fun.

2:34 PM: This is awesome!

2:38 PM: Might be getting the hang of this.

2:38 PM: I might be getting the hang of this.

2:54 PM: When your legs get tired, you can count on Daddy for fun!

2:54 PM: When my legs get tired, I can count on Daddy for fun!

3:22 PM: No need for the walker!

3:22 PM: No need for the walker! I’ve got Daddy!

My favorite models

I haven’t posted shots of my favorite model recently; now her little sister joins her and I have two favorites.

For the first two, I was practicing off-camera flash.

Halloween Candy Overload

Halloween Candy Overload

The leather couch reflected the light horribly, so I added a sheet as backdrop.

Day after Halloween...see the chocolate face?

Day after Halloween…see the chocolate face?

Granddaughter #2

She's starting to flirt with the camera.

She’s starting to flirt with the camera.

Just for fun, the night-before-full-moon. Did you know it’s known as the Beaver Moon?

It will be a full moon tomorrow night.

It will be a full moon tomorrow night.

Autumn in the Desert

It’s been a while since I’ve posted pictures just for fun. Her are a few from today’s walk through one of our state parks.

I always giggle when I see this cactus.

I always giggle when I see this cactus. Remember Cousin IT? Here’s his 2nd cousin once removed.

I love it when the sun is the "just right" position.

I love it when the sun is the “just right” position.

Autumn in the desert

Autumn in the desert

Bragging Rights

I had set a goal for myself to enter some photographs in the State Fair. To begin with, I was pretty darn pleased with myself when I sealed the package to send the pictures to the competition.

WooHoo! Second Place!

WooHoo! Second Place!

I was even more pleased today when I trekked to the fair to check out the photo exhibit, giggling inside when I saw that my image of a teahouse in the Yuyuan Garden in Old Shanghai had won 2nd place the black & white category. I just stood there with a silly grin plastered on my face, staring at the red ribbon on my picture, and stopping random strangers to tell them, “That one is mine!”

Someone bought this picture!

Someone bought this picture! My first sale!

My grin grew bigger as I made my way through the other displays to the large color prints. Wow! All of my submitted photos are on display, which is an honor in itself because only those pictures awarded a certain score are exhibited.  My grin broke into a huge smile when I saw the Big Blue Ribbon on my cityscape that indicates that the picture sold.

The reflection of trees in water was hung upside down, but I think I like it like that. The old shoes, one of my favorites, earned a respectable score.

 

They hung this one upside down (like this) and I think I like it that way.

They hung this one upside down (like this) and I think I like it that way.

This has always been one of my favorites.

This has always been one of my favorites.

Simplicity

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I think this is a white sulfur butterfly (please correct me if I’m wrong). It just might be my favorite because it’s low-key. It doesn’t advertise its presence with brilliant colors or rapid movements; it simply goes about its life, doing its job without creating much of a fuss.