Daily Grind Blog

General musings related to nothing in particular.

Monday
Dec052011

The Psychology of iPhoneography vs Conventional

How Using the iPhone Can Influence Creative Choice

Several years ago I was trying to make a point that it really doesn't matter which camera you use and that what mattered most was your own vision. In an attempt to prove this (partly for myself) I set out to do a small collection of images with my old Motorola cell phone. The results made the point I wanted, but the lower resolution became somewhere restrictive. 

"Calypso" ~ Veracruz, MX © 2011 Skip Hunt (from Mexico 2011 Winter)When the iPhone came out, I couldn't wait to take it for a spin and after loading one up with apps, I took it along to make images to illustrate a motorcycle trip through the Southwest toward California from Texas. It was actually the 3rd generation iPhone 3G that got me started, and I mostly took it for an easy way to upload images live from the road.

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Sunday
Nov272011

Code for $50 Off!

Code good for $50 off thru 1/1/12 on entire gallery! 

"My Pretty" ~ Washington, D.C. © 2011 Skip HuntGood news! I've added dozens of brand new images from recent travel's and am offering $50 Off on all orders for a very limited time! This promotion is the best one I've ever offered and is good through 1/1/12!

Click HERE to visit my online print gallery.

Over 1000 images are eligible for this discount!

Use the following code on check out to
get $50 taken off your order:

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"May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart!"  

~ Eskimo Proverb

Thursday
Nov242011

Seven Days In + Mexico

SEVENDAYS-IN

Thrilled to now have a collection on Seven Days In

These 7 images were all shot on an iPhone and edited on an iPad during a 2 month journey in Mexcio during the Summer 2011. Travel blogged on this site HERE 

I also shot a regular camera on this trip and you can see images from that gallery HERE

What I really love about this collection is the elegant way the Seven Days In designers have presented them. 

Have a look at the collecton HERE

Wednesday
Nov162011

Now THIS is a "Cat Woman"!!!

This video is such an adrenalin rush to watch. Simply incredible control of one's own fear and absolute mind focus.

It's hard to make out what she's saying, but I found this transcription:

1:31 If I kneel down, they will come towards me because I’m the same size as them.
1:50 I do this to show you how cowardly they are, not to tease them, but also to raise my own adrenaline. As soon as you turn around, they attack you. If you try to make eye contact, they get scared of you.
2:08 If you run, you’re prey. As soon as you turn around, they’re scared, they stop.
2:47 I think they’ve had enough, they’re too scared of me.

I wonder if her techniques would work with people?

Wednesday
Aug242011

Start Spreadin' the News! DC/NYC 2011

"Lincoln" ~ Washington D.C. © 2011 Skip HuntJust got back from traveling a couple months in Mexico that I blogged HERE and editing photos from this trip HERE and now packing to leave again for D.C. and N.Y.C. for about 3 weeks in total.

I was in D.C. to see one of my images displayed in the Smithsonian Castle last year and really enjoyed touring the galleries and driving around the Virginia countryside near my sister's place in Hamilton, VA. I just felt a bit rushed I guess.

Travel blog for this trip is HERE

Saturday
Jun252011

Off to Mexico!

And... We're Off! 

"Toy Box" ~ Zacatecas, Mexico © 2011 Skip HuntMexican Adventure Begins

Welcome to the Jungle: Heading to Mexico in a couple of days. Not going on the motorcycle this time, but flying to the furthest airport from Austin, and then wandering my way back up North in which way I can. Most likely by bus, trains, hitchin', walking, Quien sabe?

I'm excited to be heading back to the Yucatan because the last time I was there as before digital photography I think. Although, I recall going there sometime around 2000 to shoot some video of pink flamingos in Celestun, I must have been completely focussed on moving images because I don't have many recent stills. This time it's all about the experience and some experimenting.

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Friday
Jun172011

Go West Photography Exhibit!

June 17th to August 21st

"Grandfather" ~ Zion National Park, Utah © 2011 Skip HuntBeautifully printed on 100% Cotton archival paper and displayed luxuriously bare at images from the book Skip Hunt :: Go West at House Wine in Austin, Texas. 

Prints are available for purchase and will be on display through August. A limited quantity of signed Go West books are also available for purchase at the counter. 

"Fine art photographer Skip Hunt of Austin, Texas traveled Westward via motorcycle in search of the exotic within the mundane. He found so much more! This issue contains the entire set of chronicles from Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona. What began as a curious wandering with no particular path or direction, became a powerful life-changing adventure. Sometimes we must become lost before we can truly find our way."

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Wednesday
Jun152011

Lao Lotus

"As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world"

- Buddha

"Lao Lotus" ~ Luang Prabang, Laos © 2011 Skip Hunt

Tuesday
Jun142011

Let The Sunshine In

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
The Age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!

Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in

~ The 5th Dimension :: "Age of Aquarius"

"Age of Aquarius" ~ Puerto Escondido, Mexico © 2011 Skip Hunt

Tuesday
Jun072011

Paralyzed with Fear & Indecision

Once again, paralyzed with fear and indecision. Don't want to stay put rusting and it's known that travel creates a crisp awareness. But the fear is strong. It slithers up and asks in an acidic whisper, "Are you a fool?" "What will you do for money?" "Why can't you grow up and settle in?" "Why don't you just give up already?" "Do you really think anyone is interested in anything you have to show or say?" "What makes you think anyone wants what you have to share?" "Haven't you seen in the news how dangerous the world is lately?" "Do you really want to chance it?"

Then a faint memory of late afternoon light passing through a moving bus window curtain glimmers. You can just barely catch a glance of a strangers eyes as you both stop... for just a moment and become the same within the chaos. You make out the shape and sound of foreign late-night street echo. You're alone and wild in the desert watching the sun set as a full moon rises.

It happens this way every time. You know what you have to do, but once again you teeter at the precipice and gaze into the water below. Will it be ice cold? Will you slip and make your last mistake? Couldn't you just be just as content staying in the known?

The fear is strong, but in an instant you're mercifully reminded of what it once felt like to be free... alive... and absolutely AWAKE!

"How the Light Gets In" ~ Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah © 2011 Skip Hunt

 

Thursday
Jun022011

Memory

"Mothership" © 2011 Skip Hunt

The idea of cellular memory makes me wonder if ALL cells hold some sort of memory. And perhaps an entire place can hold memory and or some sort of data?

I've wondered this for a good while because of some experiences I've had from ingesting plants that gave me information that I have no clue where it came from. So obscure, yet accurate but with no evidence of how it had previous been learned. Did I ingest memory? Or was I just tuned into it briefly?

This memory or data doesn't seem to be something you can put your finger on or point a microscope at, so if it exists beyond this speculation... I'm betting it lives in some kind of frequency. Not to get all "hippy" with it, but I think it's completely plausible. And if so, then it's seems equally plausible that focussed thought could use and or otherwise manipulate it.

~ Skip Hunt :: Austin, Texas

Wednesday
May182011

Shelly the Party Dinosaur

The week in South Padre is a wrap! Not sure what's next on the menu, but I stopped on my way back to drop a fresh phone blog by my new girl Shelly the party dinosaur. :)

Thursday
May122011

Paying Attention

"Lost Self" ~ Port Isabel, Texas (c) 2011 Skip Hunt

Last night, (or was it the night before last? I can't remember. The lazy days are already running into each other.) ;) I road my motorcycle down the road and into Port Isabel in search of an easy late-night cheeseburger. The street seemed darker than it should of been, but I paid little attention.

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Tuesday
May102011

The Sea

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." ~ J. Cousteau

Why is it that when I feel the most clear and believe myself getting closer to truth, I stop and ask, "Wouldn't a drink be nice about now?". Why not just stay in a state of focus instead of seeking to hide in an intoxicated fog?

This time I managed to resist, but what is it about truth's edge that makes you try to dull it?

Perhaps it's simply too cozy napping in the bliss of foggy ignorance.

Image (c) 2011 Skip Hunt


Tuesday
May102011

This is the end...

"This is the end. My only friend, the end."

Road from Austin to Port Isabel yesterday. Spending a week chillin' & riding around South Padre island.

Already burnt to a crisp from wind & sand, but I don't care. Just feelin' free.

Image (c) 2011 Skip Hunt

Wednesday
May042011

Motorcycle Tour of Texas, Mississippi & Louisiana

That's a wrap for the TX/LA/MS motorcycle tour. Two weeks of camping out, zig-zagging from Austin into northern Louisiana, into Mississippi and then droppin' back down into Louisiana. Returned through the intercoastal highway and backwoods of southern Cajun country with a final stop in Galveston, Texas. 

Overall, an awesome trip blogged HERE 

I was also testing a new compact camera. The Olympus XZ-1 proved to be a splendid camera to travel with and I can't wait to take it out on my next trip. Not sure where that will be quite yet, but stay tuned!

The images in the travel blog were shot and edited with an iPhone 4, but here's a gallery of the Olympus XZ-1 images HERE And if you dig that, check out the beautifully printed photobook published HERE

"Five & Dime" ~ Natchez, Mississippi © 2011 Skip Hunt

Monday
Apr042011

Boating with Peaches & Herb

Went boating April 3, 2011 with my friends Neely, Brook and their new dog Peaches on Lake Austin.

A good time was had by all. :-)

Skip Hunt
Austin, Texas

Sunday
Mar132011

Mexico 2011 is a Wrap... On to Louisiana & Mississipi via Motorcycle!!!

Mexico 2011 was a blast, but it's time to close the book on that trip and start another one. I just set the entire Mexico 2011 blog to read now in chronological order HERE

This time I'm heading out toward Louisiana and a bit of Mississipi. Though, there's really no real plan other than I'll be traveling with a friend this time. He's an evangelical Christian (Church of God I think) and I... well, I'm not an evangelical. Should make for some good camp fire chats. ;-) 

Louisiana & Mississipi blog is HERE

Just published "Mexico 2011" Issue!

Of the 127 images shot and edited with an iPhone 4 for the 20/20 publications, this collection represents my favorite 64.

These images were made and edited from the road in Mexico while backpacking for a month in January and February 2011.

Best of Mexico 20/20

MEXICO 2011 :: Skip Hunt Issue 1: Best of Mexico 20/20

20/20 is a printed series with 20 pages and 20 images by Skip Hunt. Of the 127 images shot and edited with an iPhone 4 for the 20/20 publications, this collection represents my favorite 64.
All rights reserved © 2011 Skip Hunt

Find out more on MagCloud

Wednesday
Feb022011

Smithsonian Channel Update!

Sell Art Online

I just got another email from a Smithsonian Channel Rep with the air date for the show that will have my image that is currently displayed in the Smithsonian Castle through February 2011. Here's the info she sent me:

Dear Skip,

I wanted to let you know that the TV program Smithsonian Spotlight: Picture Perfect will air on the Smithsonian Channel on March 6th at 10am, followed by a primetime showing at 8pm on March 8th.

Hope you can tune in to watch the show.

Best,
Monica
--
Mónica Pinzón | Associate Producer
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL HD

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Wednesday
Feb022011

Another Dead Coca

"Another Dead Coca" :: Coatepec, Mexico (c) 2011 Skip Hunt