Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Crave Photography - Free Workshop/Lens Contest

To Photographer friends:

I just entered a contest to win an all expense paid 2 day in person workshop + a free 50mm 1.4 lens from Crave Photography.  Check out her blog for details on how to enter.


There are 5 different ways to enter so check it out, and good luck!

Monday, May 14, 2012

To my Friends and... Fans(?)


Building a business is a mixture of many emotions: excitement, nervousness, frustration and passion.  There is paperwork, contracts, money issues, apointments, meetings (you get the picture).  When you own your own business you work as your own boss.  If you keep yourself in the public eye, you become more recognized for your talents and you climb that hill towards Nirvana.  But... if you slack, you end up having a nervous breakdown in your bathtub, shaving your head at a local barbershop and attacking the paparazzi with an umbrella.  (Sorry Brit... it was just a good example).

Starting is the hardest part because you really don't know what to do.  Over the past year I have painted and photographed volunteers, dancers, animals, the world around me & coworkers (which just so happen to be two of my best friends).  It's like being a singer - it doesn't matter if YOU know you can sing, you have to show everyone else that you can sing.  I had to show, and still have to show, everyone that I'm striving to be something better than an amatuer.  God bless the amateurs because yin & yang.  There has to be a balance.

I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey so far.  The last year has definitely had ups and downs, twists and turns, but if I'm creating, I'm happy.

To my friends & family:
Bless your hearts.  You have given me the opportunity to turn you into living canvasses.  Some of you enjoy it more than others but what matters to me is that you were willing to let me embark on something new.  No matter where I go, how big or small my business becomes, you are the ones who were there from the beginning and allowed me to create and grow.  You're dear to me and I'll repay you someday - I promise.

To my fans/"like"-ers on Facebook:
I don't expect everybody to love my work.  Some things I do are conventional but I love the non-conventional.  My makeup and art is a far cry from Olan Mills and some of my more conservative friends might find it outside their realm of "like".  That's ok!  But thank you to everyone who has liked my work because your "like" is an advertisement for me.  I have people all over the US who have taken the time to tell me they appreciate what I've done so far and that's pretty incredible.  I'd tell them personally but some of them don't speak English.  At least art and math are universal, right?  (And thank God for art being in that category because I still add on my fingers.  I grew up in a trailer, I'm doing my best here.)

So thank you all.  Here's to the future - yours and mine.  May we all find our way, our destination, and enjoy the journey towards it. 

<3  Ricky Barnes
Ricky Barnes Designs

Friday, May 4, 2012

Painting with Light ft. Catatonix

Have you ever seen a photo like this:

These are extended shutter shots.  Your shutter opens and allows light into the camera lens where it is "recorded" as your picture.  On non-point-and-shoot cameras you can adjust the shutter speed to achieve different results.  A longer shutter speed allows more light to enter the camera but if the camera moves, anything stationary will blur.
If you put your camera on a tripod and set your shutter speed at, say, 10 seconds, you can achieve a photo similar to the one above.  The tripod keeps the camera steady so the objects that are stationary (street lights, and city scape) remain in focus while the moving cars head/tail lights blur into lines of light; Hence the term, "Painting with Light".

A friend of a friend produces tracks.  I recently found out the style of music is called Dubstep.  I don't really know what that means but his name is Thomas Moore or, Catatonix on SoundCloud.  We took advantage of an evening at home, listening to his new track-in-progress, as an opportunity to paint with light.  Here are some of my favorites from the night:


This technique works with anything that makes light; sparklers, lazer pointers, flashlights, glowsticks (as above), etc.  I think the most amazing part about the pictures we were able to create is that they show paths.  Everywhere the light is, Thomas hands were and you can follow the paths.

Here a few of my other favorite Painting With Light photos done by other photographers:
davidyuweb on Flickr
leaves.on.the.wind on Flickr
pixquik on Flickr
davidyuweb on Flickr

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