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Human / Nature Connections

Posted in Announcements, Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

I’m starting work on a new series of images of people connecting with nature and I’m looking for people who want to collaborate and work with me to create and capture these images. I’m looking for interesting and willing subjects.  Professional and aspiring models and talent are welcome. I’d also like to collaborate  with stylists, assistants, production pros, technical rigging / grip pros, and video camera operators. The point is to make a body of work to market to potential clients and through the process build a team of freelancers who could come together on later commissioned commercial shoots.

While I very much appreciate the variety, convenience, and creative energy of the city, nature has always been my “church”, so to speak. The moments in my life when I’ve felt the most “in the moment”,  spiritual, and/or  alive, have always happened while exploring the natural world.  These moments are at the core of who I am: such moments motivate and inspire me as a person and a visual artist.

Imagine this… hiking for a few hours on Kauai’s incredible, steep, and majestic Na Pali coast and then following a winding trail up a lush forested valley where tropical citrus smells fill the air. At the box-canyon end of that valley I relax floating on my back in a large pool of water below a giant gently flowing waterfall.  I look up at the falling water and the towering cliffs covered with green moss and tropical plants, a few puffy clouds float by on a blue sky far overhead. The day is hot and the mist of the waterfall sprays over me. The cool water of the pool supports me. I float and wave my hands under the water to slowly turn myself, still floating. This world spins above me. A perfect moment….

Those moments are why I get outside into the natural world. That is what inspires me and makes me feel alive and connected.  I imagine it is the same for many others.

Here’s another description of a more recent “perfect moment” I had while climbing a multi-pitch free climb in the central Washington Cascade range…

I’m alone on a steep cliff face, grunting and straining to reach that next hand jam to help move myself up the cliff wall. Nothing extraneous enters my mind. It’s just the rock and it’s every feature within my reach and my movement, my breath. I’m connected to my partner a hundred feet below by a thin rope, I can’t see him below the bulge in the rock face. I focus, I pull, I stand, I move up, I place protection, and again, up, again and again… and then suddenly I’m there. There is no more “up”. I’m at the top after a steep hike and several hours of climbing!  The world opens up, my focus widens, and I look around. I take in the amazing views surrounding me, the sun, the breeze, the clouds, the trees, the birds fly by. My body feels tired but strong. I take it all in and I realize my place.

Another perfect moment, a connection with something bigger.

As a photographer and videographer I want to create, capture, and tell the story of those moments, those moments that inspire us to keep on getting out there again and again. Your moments. How do you connect?

What are your perfect moments in nature? What do you do to “get out there”? Where is your favorite place?

I’m looking for people to collaborate with on this project. If you know of someone that might be into this or if YOU are into this, let me know. Let’s talk. Tell others who you think might be interested to contact me.  As I create these stories in images, videos, or multimedia I’ll be posting them here, so stay tuned.

Hikers, runners, climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, surfers, campers, artists, skiers, snowboarders, snowshoe’rs, rowers, jumpers, travelers, canyoneer’rs, explorers, scientists, sailors, boaters, swimmers, paddlers, off road cyclists, walkers, birders, hunters, fishers, divers, yoga people (yogi, yoginis), cavers, are all activities I would consider. And I’m sure I missed a few so don’t be shy.  Any age, any ethnicity, men women, children, alone, or with others.  I’m willing to travel to make these images and I’m dedicated to making them great images that capture and communicate those moments.

Tell me how you connect with the natural environment. Tell me about your perfect moment(s).  Models, actors, talent of all types, real people, hard core outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, hard men, hard women, and those who take a more relaxed approach (not so “hard” men and women)  are all welcome, as long as you have that passion for connecting with the natural world and want to collaborate with me to make some photographs that tell your story.

Tim McGuire

Office 206-438-3175 or Cell 206-390-3301

tim@timmcguireimages.com

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Blurb Books

Posted in Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

While I’m not a great book designer yet, I do find the tools and price point to create really nice looking books on Blurb to be a great outlet for my creativity.  I have a new book in process which I hope to finish up in the next two months.  These are the two I have done so far.  Check out some of the other amazing books on Blurb.  It’s cool!

My Portraits Portfolio

By Tim McGuire

…and a small gift book for my father to remember a camping and hiking trip we took in the North Cascades.

Three Days and Nig…
By Dick, Andy, and Ti…

There’s just something fascinating about roots and trees

Posted in Creative Process, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

I’m constantly drawn to trees and roots. They just fascinate me with their shapes and sometimes alien forms and textures.

I’ve been walking by these for years when going climbing at Exit 38. I finally stopped to take some HDR photos last weekend. I also stopped to photograph this tree stump which I see as a metaphor for the struggle between man and nature or maybe better, mans attempts to dominate nature…

Tell me what you think.

Tim

Working on a New Portfolio

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

New Portfolio 20100322 – Images by Tim McGuire

Experimenting with HDR

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

From time to time I go running and for walks in Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. It really is a beautiful park. I was interested in trying out this HDR photography (High Dynamic Range) technique so last week I went to Discovery Park and a few other places to make some test shots.  HDR is made to capture contrasty scenes through multiple exposures and combine those different exposures to make one High Dynamic Range image.

I bought Photomatix, a software program many people say is useful for doing this technique and I tried following the instructions I found on Trey Ratcliff’s tutorial on HDR as well as those instructions I found on the Photomatix website. Both resources were just OK and left a lot of details out.  The software also seemed a bit “buggy” but maybe I just didn’t know what I was doing… I was frustrated they didn’t have very detailed instructions of how to using the Photomatix plugin for Adobe Lightroom using RAW files.  I guess Trey wants people to buy his book.

I will keep trying this technique because if done well it can make some truly unique imagery.  I found there is definitely a learning curve and not every subject works well for HDR.  I’ve found that complex and detailed subject matter combined with movement (tree branches moving slightly in the wind) can be somewhat problematic.  Wide angle lenses and chromatic aberration can also cause problems.

Here are some samples of what I came up with that afternoon.

Crackin Up

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

I made these images today and kinda liked them.

Addicted to Cracks

Posted in Creativity with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

Over the last year I’ve been attracted to photographing cracks in sidewalks, streets, walls… whatever.  Here are a few of my newest “Cracks In Pavement” series.

To me the images are about urban decay or possibly the nature of life… or the life of nature… even in those inanimate objects like a concrete sidewalk.  They have a life too. Everything deteriorates.

Tell me what you think.

Tim McGuire