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Crabtree Creek Timelapse

Posted in environment, North Carolina, photography, raleigh with tags , , , , on April 4, 2011 by killahfunkadelic

I recently discovered this beautiful time lapse video compiled by Raleigh photographer Forrest MacCormack. An entire video compiled of stills shot at 1 second intervals– Forrest captures some gorgeous scenes that offer a fresh take around Raleigh’s Crabtree Creek, Lassiter Mills falls, and the Neuse River. Check it out.

UPDATE: Here are Forrest’s notes on shooting and editing the video— check out Forrest’s blog here.

Photo Op: Raleigh Wide Open

Posted in art, culture, music, photography, raleigh with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

rwo1rwo2rwo3rwo4rwo5rwo6rwo7Thousands came out to celebrate art, music and food and a newly revitalized Fayetteville Street Mall at Saturday’s Raleigh Wide Open. Although the North Carolina State Fair was going on simultaneously on the other end of town, and rain drowned out events for a couple hours, for the most part it did not dampen— er, damper— the events which also coincided with the music of Cherry Bounce Festival.

If that wasn’t enough, Krispy Kreme also debuted its new downtown location and Wheel of Fortune drew a large crowd with local tryouts for the show. The day culminated in a fireworks display over the newly opened plaza (with some fantastic new art installations) that provides a newly opened clear view between the State Capitol and the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center on opposite ends. See more on Raleigh Wide Open by the News and Observer.

Clayton Visual Arts Exhibit Sept 1-30

Posted in art, culture, photography with tags , , on September 4, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
"Rusty Chains" by David Kilian

Rusty Chains by David Kilian

Clayton Visual Arts’ annual Art Faire is currently exhibiting its annual juried art competition at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, North Carolina. The show features works across all mediums from a wide variety of area artists, and the pieces are quite impressive.

This author was honored to have been selected for an Honorable Mention with the above photograph, Rusty Chains, shot last September on a road trip up the California Coast following the scenic California State Route 1 from San Diego to San Francisco.

The exhibit runs From Sept 1 through the 30th. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Photo Op: Vegetables

Posted in food, photography with tags , , , on July 23, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
A simple overhead shot with bounce fill

A simple overhead shot with bounce fill

Ever since news arrived last summer of our son’s expected delivery, my wife Sonya started journaling about the whole pregnancy experience, which has now evolved into a Raleigh thrifty parenthood blog as we learn how to best provide for our family in a socially responsible and budget-conscious manner. Entries touch upon parenting subjects such as cloth diapering, decorating, renovating, and more recently recipe experiments.

As a dutiful and loving husband, I’m more than happy to help out with the occasional photography assignment for the blog. Last night, she had an idea for a new entry about the bounty of our local CSA‘s weekly haul (we got a double share this week) and subsequent recipes had us posing vegetables as interestingly as vegetables can possibly be posed. Now as a three month old, our son North has become the grounding center of our universe. Our North star, if you will. So it comes as no surprise that he ‘found’ his way into this latest picture.

To set up this shot was actually fairly simple: Sonya did a great job staging the larger vegetables on a clear circular platter and placed the arrangement on a picnic table. The creme pea shells were piled next to the platter, and North got in on the action resting on the pile of peas. Of course Sonya made sure North’s pockets and hands had the appropriate props.

To shoot, it was simply a matter of standing on the picnic table bench and holding the camera overhead, about 3-4 feet from the subject with the lens at 18mm. The light was soft to begin with as it was dusk, so for fill light simply used an attached SB-800 strobe with its diffuser, pointed backwards (or upwards in this case). As it happens, over the picnic table there is an overhanging eave painted white that worked as a fantastic reflector. The resulting fill was nicely balanced.

So what have we learned here? If you want to make vegetables a little more engaging, just add a cute kid.

Raleigh Designers Downtown Market and Joan Jett Saturday

Posted in art, culture, music, raleigh with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

Saturday July 11 is shaping up to be a good Saturday here in Raleigh, starting with a return of Designers Downtown Market, on the 500-600 block of West Street from 9-3. Started in 2005, this semi-annual event has grown to a local Raleigh favorite, this time around featuring 46 talented crafters, artists, designers, photographers and artisans selling their wares in a small tent city next to Ornamentea. If you get the munchies, concessions will be available from Queenie’s Weenies and LocoPops.

Then head on over to Moore Square for Raleigh Downtown Live, with legendary rocker Joan Jett & the Blackhearts headlining, and The Bleeding Hearts playing a total of five sets. The Raleigh Bud Light Downtown Live series is free and always draws a good crowd. Full schedule:

2:00pm- Doors open
2:30-3:50pm – Panyelo
3:50pm -The Bleeding Hearts
4:15-4:45pm – Schooner
4:45pm -The Bleeding Hearts
5:10-5:40pm – The Beast
5:40pm- The Bleeding Hearts
6:05-6:35pm – Violet Vector
6:35pm- The Bleeding Hearts
7:00-7:30pm – The T’s
7:30pm- The Bleeding Hearts
8:00-9:00pm – I Was Totally Destroying It
9:40-11:00pm – Joan Jett

Raleigh Designers Downtown Market Returns March 21

Posted in art, culture, design, raleigh with tags , , , , on March 17, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

Funky artistic finds at Raleigh's Designers Downtown Market

Raleigh NC's Designer's Downtown Market

After a solid weekend of monsoon rain postponed the original date, Raleigh NC’s Designers Downtown Market is rescheduled to return on March 21st on the 500-600 block of West Street. Started in 2005, this semi-annual event has grown to a local Raleigh favorite, featuring more than 40 talented crafters, artists, designers, photographers and artisans selling their wares in a small tent city next to Ornamentea.

Scheduled to run from 9am-3pm, come out and check out the funky art wares, prints, crafts, jewelry and more offered by local creative artists and designers — every show is different and there is always a great energy when you go.