Sunday, December 11, 2011

Final Portfolio Post

Artist Statement: Heather Spirik is a Pittsburgh, PA, based music photographer who blends creativity with technical skill to produce well composed images.  Her ability to create images that capture the subject while maintaining a innovative, non-standardized image make her photos stand out from other photographers of her field.  She also is confident in her ability to shoot a wide variety of other subjects in a professional and artistic manner.  She is constantly exploring new tools and learning new techniques to ensure that her photography is of the most advanced and professional quality.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Timelapse - Oh, Christmas Tree!

The Christmas tree!  The dog ran in the way and the chair moves randomly. Oooops!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Assignment: 3D Photos

So I guess these photos will be pretty boring if you don't have a pair of 3d glasses handy, but oh well!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Skylit Drive

Soo, me and A Skylit Drive go back a long ways.  Okay, so, not really, but the story of how I became madly obsessed with them is something I think may be interesting, so here it is, sorry if it bores you.

On, November 19, 2008, around 6pm, I could be found loitering in the South Side of Pittsburgh, waiting in the freezing cold to see my favorite band at the time, Escape the Fate at the Rex Theater.  As I'm standing there, A van rolls up and people begin getting out to unload equipment.  I had looked up the opening bands on the tour and had decided they all sucked.  Since I knew Escape the Fate had a tour bus, I wasn't very interested.  I turned around and ignored them.  Glancing over my shoulder, I noticed someone facing away from me with gorgeous long blonde hair.  Thinking out loud, I said "That girl has really nice hair." Uh-oh.  The "girl" turned around.  It was most definitely not a girl.  I got a dirty look and turned away, just assuming it was some tour member helping unload.  So the night goes on and a band comes on stage.  To my utter embarrassment, since I was front and center on the fence, this band's lead singer was the "girl" I had encountered earlier.  And to top that, they we're really good.  They we're playing a song of their fairly new album, Wires and the Concept of Breathing.  The song was "I'm not a Thief, I'm a Treasure Hunter."  There's a part in that song we're the music get's silent, and the lead singer, whom I now know is Michael "Jag" Jagmin, belts out "Breathe easy, the doctors are about to arrive," before the music picks back up.  He sang that line and I swear I got goosebumps.  And that was it.  I fell in love with this band and their music.  If there are any questions as to Jag's voice, as many people don't like the rock music I do, he has an acoustic project that can be found here.

So anyway, a month short of 3 years later, I find myself preparing to go to yet another A Skylit Drive show.  I think it's about my 8th or 9th time seeing them since that first time.  There was a bit of a fiasco getting there, and I'd tossed around the idea of not going after having my photo pass revoked and not getting a ride, but I went nonetheless.  I'm damn happy I did.  They we're fantastic.  As usual.  And again, they played their good old "I'm not a Thief, I'm a Treasure Hunter." And once again, I found myself with goosebumps.  I'm glad to have had the opportunity to shoot at their shows so often, and I hope one day I'll be able to do so on a professional level.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Assignment: Abstract

Mugshot - ISO 250 - f/3.2 - 1/800

Good for you - ISO 1000 - f/2.8 - 1/160

Felt - ISO 1000 - f/2.8 - 1/160

Monday, October 10, 2011

Assignment: Motion

Ice - ISO 800 -f/1.8 - 1/1600

Shadow Man - ISO 100 - f/36 - 1Sec

Growing - ISO 100 - f/32 - 1 Sec.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Assignment: Bokeh!

I couldn't pick 2, so I picked 3!  The first two are the bokeh shapes that happened naturally and the third is a filter.  (please ignore my dirty camera in the bokeh. blech.)
Mini-Puddle - ISO 400 - f/1.8 - 1/60

Mail - ISO 400 - f/1.8 - 1/60

Filtered - ISO 400 - f/1.8 1/30