New look for AndyBuckner.com + Collages + Polls!


To celebrate the new look for my blog, I put together a few collages with a some of my favorite photos from each of these categories: Portraits, Nature, Automobiles, Athletes, and Animals.

Be sure to take the poll at the bottom and vote for your favorite! Also, leave a comment with your thoughts on the new look & feel of the blog!

This change up comes in anticipation of the new year and my recent relocation to the greater Denver, CO area. The change has made me and my family happy, so this is a bit of a happier look for my site! 🙂

Best viewed LARGE, so click to enlarge.

Portrait Collage
Portrait Collage
Nature Collage
Nature Collage
Automobile Collage
Automobile Collage
Athlete Collage
Athlete Collage
Animal Collage
Animal Collage

 

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Evening at the Irvine Great Park


I thoroughly enjoy spending time at the Irvine Great Park in South Orange County. Yeah, it isn’t turning out to be what the original intention was, but it is a very nice park still. This orange balloon below takes patrons up high into the sky for a great view of the surrounding area. I still have yet to make it up since on this trip it was not flying due to visibility issues. Even when it is stationary, it is still a pretty site. If you are ever in the area, give this place a look if you have not already!

My other photos from this evening were full of my 2 dogs, so I will spare you those..or you can check out my Instagram linked on the right –> 😉

See ya!

Irvine Great Balloon

Mushroom View

 

Pretty Girl Portraits + Pretty Girl Poll


Catchy title, right? Got you in here! But hey, at least I am not lying.

So I was able to spend some time in the studio a few weeks back and I am just now having the time to share them with you. I was really happy with the way the session turned out. These two lovely ladies happen to be sisters, good genes if you ask me! For this particular session, we did not have an overall theme we were shooting for, but really just going with the flow and seeing what we could create. With that in mind, check it out below and let me know what you think!

BTW, the first and last picture are the same image, just one is B&W obviously. I felt like this particular image worked so well in both styles that I had to show both to do them justice… Poll below for which you like better, I am super curious at which is preferred in the eye of the beholder!

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I & A Studio Session-95_2

I & A Studio Session-23_2

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I & A Studio Session-36_2

I & A Studio Session-200-4

I & A Studio Session-45_2-2

 

Azra in the studio


I recently spent some time in the studio and had a blast. I got some great shots that I will be showing you over the next few days.

Here’s one that is so simple but beautiful at the same time. It reminds me of a Calvin Klein piece!

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Those darn camera phones!


In the spirit of technology topics, being that this week is the annual CES gathering (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, I wanted to touch on cameras on phones. As most of you are aware, this is fast becoming one of the most competitive areas in the mobile arena, let alone the photography arena!

Top tier phones today have cameras that rival DSLRs from just a few years ago. Just do a Google search for ‘Smartphone vs. DSLR’, you will find a ton of review and opinions. You will undoubtedly read about the Nokia 1020 which is the current Smartphone king with a 41MP (no, that is not a typo – Fourty One.) camera and the ability to shoot RAW! Wow! Don’t get me wrong, this is not a DSLR/camera phone comparison or debate, rather I am just pointing out how good cameras are on phones now-a-days. Smartphones are still a ways off from realistically replacing the need for a full-time, purpose-built camera – which may never actually happen for the serious shooter. I for one, am happy all of this technology is moving forward because it will drive the DSLR market to innovate in hopes to keep their market share….and it helps make Instagram feeds a bit more interesting ;).

I took this photo below with a now 2-3 generation old phone in early 2011, the Motorola Atrix 4G. I got to be honest, I really like this photo! If I had taken this with my Nikon D7000, I would have been happy! At the time this was taken, I did not own a DSLR and this phone was my window into photography. It peaked my interest so much that I ended up doing my research and buying the DSLR I own today. I am happy this camera drove me to take better pictures and rewarded me when I was able to achieve that goal! It moved me along on my Photography journey.

With this week’s CES phone processor announcements and the Mobile World Congress around the corner, things are only going to get WAY more interesting! Don’t forget, which I do often, that cameras don’t make engaging images, people do.

Go into the light


I’m a little late to the spooky party…but here is my contribution to this devilish time of year! Believe it or not, this is actually in Hawaii! A forest high on the side of a Volcano in the clouds. It was pretty serene actually, but it came out kinda creepy if you imagine it being Halloween on the night of a full moon and a Werewolf chasing you….

 

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The Capes Family!


If you are following me on Instagram, you would have recently seen an image of me prepping my photo gear for a shoot… well, this is the family I was heading out to hang with! Meet the Capes Family. I fun-loving group who pulled together for mom’s birthday present – these photos! We had a good time and the park that we went to had plenty of beautiful fall colors in action.

Check out the pics below and let me know what you think! Clicking on an image starts the gallery viewer. Happy Fall! 🙂

Maui Portrait


After a good time in Maui recently, I have a few photos I will be sharing. This is a portrait I really liked taken during a beautiful sunset.

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The best camera…


…is the one in your pocket, or the saying goes something like that. While I will leave that up to debate for you guys, here is a picture from my HTC One X cell phone. Not too shabby, right? This was taken at the gardens inside The Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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