Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Creative Reuse of Horseshoes

I recently made these for 2 friends for Christmas.

I had acquired some horseshoes from the last farrier visit to the barn, and decided to put a few to good (re)use. I cleaned them with some diluted detergent and a stiff brush. Once dry I used a wire brush to remove any remaining residue, or loose metal.

The horseshoes were then repainted with metallic paint, to regain their luster. I then picked out a range of beads appropriate for each of the recipients. The beads were then strung on 24 gauge wire, and wrapped around the shoes. Wire was also bound across the top, for hanging purposes. The final touch was the attached pendant, which read, "create, dream, soar."

Originally I wanted to photograph them outdoors before giving them out, but the weather has been pure crap to try and set something up. So I grabbed a small stool, and placed it near the patio doors to our deck where the most natural light was coming in. I placed one piece of wood across the top of the chair, and leaned the other against the wall. I was pretty satisfied with the results, and I think it probably worked better than my original setup for outside.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Best of Autumn 2009

I love shooting Fall foliage. Walking through the crunchy leaves, the sweet mixture of smells, watching the colors change from week to week. This autumn saw lots of color, which meant plenty of photo opportunities. Here's some of my favorite shots.

Hector Falls. This waterfall is tough to get, as it is often has low water. Not this day!

Drops 2 and 3 of Hector Falls. Can you imagine the view from those houses below??

Series of small pools at Watkins Glen

Another series of small pools at Watkins Glen

Red maple leaves

Bridge along the Gorge trail at Letchworth

Fillmore Glen

Fillmore Glen

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Finding a Photo Opportunity

I actually took the shot below at a state park, believe it or not. I was shooting Cavern Cascade at Watkins Glen, and after you walk behind the waterfall, you have to go up those stairs to continue up the gorge trail. Normally there is a ton of people, and shooting right there is next to impossible.

So I was shooting the falls from the opposite angle, and noticed how the stairwell was empty...dark..and the rocks were glistening with all the moisture. Maybe it's the fact we were 2 days from Halloween, but I was like damn, I've got to get this shot.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Doodleswap

I tried to doodle some old window clings I had. This series was done in metallic ink, on black matte board.

Halloween Swap 1

Halloween Swap 2

Halloween Swap 3

Halloween Swap 4

Halloween Swap 5

Halloween Swap 6

Halloween Swap 7

Halloween Swap 8

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Doodle Swap #3














Tuesday, July 7, 2009

100 Habits of Successful Freelance Designers

I'm very honored to have some tips and work featured in the latest book released from Rockport Publishers. "100 Habits of Successful Freelance Designers: Insider Secrets for Working Smart & Staying Creative", authored by Steve Gordon, Jr. and edited by Laurel Saville.

Released in May of 2009, the book showcases work from from a small list of international contributors, coupled with tips directly from each designer. It is the first book my work has been featured in, and hopefully the start of greater things to come!

About Steve Gordon, Jr.
Steve Gordon, Jr. has been a professional graphic designer for the better part of a decade. He's run the full range of the career path with experience from in-house design at internationally recognized Fortune 1000 companies, agency and studio work, to now working as a independent designer and creative consultant, RDQLUS Creative.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Several months ago over in the lounge on the HOW Design forum, the Traveling Roadshow thread celebrated its 3rd Anniversary. The roadshow thread is a place bursting with creativity from designers, photographers, illustrators and other artists as they share their work.

HOWies ksavage and ladycupcake, who are fellow thread contributors, collaborated to create a limited edition set of magnets to commemorate the anniversary. Soon to be released to the public, this set of 12 magnets features some of the best work seen in the fridge over the past 3 years. All proceeds from the sale of the magnets will be donated to Operation Nice.

Pictured below in greater detail (L-R)
Row 1: Von Glitschka, Mickey Rat; Keith Bowman, The Lawbreaker; Janet Little Jeffers, Ampersand; Mary Ferguson, The Frog Prince
Row 2: Jeope Wolfe, Jeope's Seal; Steph Doyle, Wulfpack on the Rabbit; Geoff McManus, Roller Skate; M, 'A' for Apple
Row 3: Marco Echeverria, Mad Bomb; Joe Blend, Summer Travel; Jeff Andrews, Twitter in Blue; Judy Rozbicki, Autumn Rain

Information on purchasing details will be posted soon, so stay tuned!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Buttermilk During High Water

Can't believe I almost forgot to post photos from Buttermilk! A few weeks ago I managed to make it there after a heavy rainfall, and the creek levels were the highest I've ever seen. I did some longer exposures, and got a series of shots in the 8 to 20 sec. range. With the high water volume, they are quite impressive.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Doodle Swap #2

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Watkins Glen 5/26

Lucky for me Ih ad my rain gear yesterday when visiting Watkins Glen (including my Lowepro backpack with rain shield!). The park wasn't too crowded, but the gorge all but emptied out once it started raining. I didn't take as many shots as usual, since there were few dry spots on the gorge trail. Here are a few of my favorites though.

Rainbow Falls

Cavern Cascade

Pluto Falls

Small Cascades