Thursday, February 28, 2008

The beginning of something new

Happy Thursday and greeting from a Panera Bread near you! The online store is almost ready and the first of several of my Photoshop actions and textures are ready for release. The first set is going into beta testing and then we're on! It won't be long now, stay tuned as this is truly the beginning of something new for Samuel Barr Photography.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I Luv Analog

As some of you may know I'm a big audio/stereo/music dude. Ever since I was a little boy I always wanted one of those really cool stereo systems like the ones I use to see in the magazines. I got it honest as my Grandmother was a huge music buff and had a really cool stereo system. To make matters worst I grew up listening to music almost everyday. So, when I had the opportunity to purchase some cool gear I did. That was 18 years ago and it looks and sounds just as good as it did when I purchased it.

Well, a fellow photog posted an image of his "old skool" turntable (Technics 1210 MK II) and I was inspired to do the same. I also have one of these babies and still enjoy the snap-crackle-pop of a good record. Although our shots are different after seeing his I had to take a break from nature and wedding photos to pay homage to joys of analog sound. But, what started out as one photo has turned into a small library of stock images. Yes, I got a little carried away.

Are there any other analog sound lovers out there? If so I'd love to hear from you. Be blessed and here's to 45s, 78s, 8-track tapes, reel-to-reel decks, cassettes and good ole' fashioned LPs. :-)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Operation Transformation

Happy Sunday! It is a gorgeous day with warm winter temperatures and a big beautiful sun. Spring is in the air and after all of the crazy subzero weather we've had of late I for one can't wait.

The Spring not only signifies a new season in nature but it also represents a new season in my life. Over the past six years my life has become very sedentary and it has adversely affected my health and fitness. I know the stress, long hours and lack of sleep all play a role but the lack of exercise has been the most detrimental.

So, 2008 (although I actually began back in Sep of '07) represents a year of change, promotion, abundance and growth for me. I am attacking this issue head-on and getting myself back into top shape. This is necessary as life is no good without your health. I am a big proponent of living life to the fullest and believe that you can't live your best life tired, overworked, under payed, stressed and out of shape. Plus, it doesn't glorify God.

Now, some of you maybe wondering why I'm sharing something so personal in such a public forum like the Internet? Well, over the years I've gotten to meet and become good friends with many of you and I know that you want the best for me and will keep me accountable in achieving this goal. Plus, there maybe someone out there reading this post who is dealing with the same issue and could use some encouragement.

So, periodically I will be providing updates on my "road to good health" through my blog. I am looking forward to sharing the joys and pains of this experience as it is my heart's desire that it will encourage someone else that it is never too late to make a change and transform your life. Welcome to Operation Transformation!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I'm still alive...

Hi, I know I've been a bad blogger lately as I've been swamped at my day job. I have some really cool news to share with you so I'll post a more in-depth blog entry over the weekend. Plus, I really miss chatting with you! :-)

The weather is super gorgeous for a winter weekend so I wish you a warm and joyous Saturday. Be blessed!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Batman Help!

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is warm and dry as I just learned that tomorrow we will enjoy 45 mph wind gusts and -20F /-30F degree temperatures. And then more snow. Hey, isn't Batman supposed to handle Mr. Freeze? Well, Mr. Freeze has been seriously kickin' our butts lately. As Robin would say, "Holy subzero suburban living Batman!" Batman, are you there?

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Changing directions...

Happy Saturday! I'm on my way out but I just had to stop and share a few of my latest creations with you. I am moving in a slightly different direction with my imagery and these images represent part of where my wedding photography is headed. But, more on that later...have a great weekend!