Friday, May 28, 2010

Hot Air Balloons

Today it was a wonderful day! Among other things I went to the Kansas City Hot Air Balloon Fair which was a lot of fun. Thanks Tessa for the info!
Lots of colors and lots of enthusiasm around. Boy, I wish I would have been in one of those puppies! Enjoy the shots.









Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Baby Aiden Update


Baby Aiden is so cute and has grown so much since our last meeting a few weeks ago. Tonight I was invited to Beau's home where we had a nice friendly party with grilled chicken, kebab, corn, chips, salsa, Vicky's famous cookies, Zhanna's tasty salad, Randy's moon shine, Boulevard Pale Ale and some tasty Agave christened Mascao?!? Great people and awesome atmosphere!
Before the party I snapped some shots of baby Aiden shmoozin with the ladies from mommy's arms....so cute!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Plein Air Painters Expedition

Yesterday, a beautiful and a bit chilly morning of May, I went exploring a beautiful Iris Farm together with fellow plein air painters. These flowers are really beautiful and I was really stunned by the wide variety of colors and mixes they had on display. There was also a very cute dog running around with a ball in it's mouth and couldn't resist catching that in a fast pan.
I was introduces to this group by a very good friend Mr. Love who is himself an excellent painter and art work connoisseur. Great people, lots of creativity and fun.
Last night I dreamt someone sold me cheap a Zygmuntovics copy of the Titian violin by Stradivari only to wake up and realize to my bitter disappointment it was just... a dream. Where would I have $10000 to pay for that from? Definitely not related to the current post, but still something buzzing on my mind at the moment.
The shots were made with the Lensbaby Composer stopped down at f 5.6 and with the 50mm prime stopped down at f 4, than processed in Adobe Lightroom.
Yesterday the sky was dull and white with even plain light all over the place. It felt like we're sitting under a giant softbox. Therefore, my creative devil urged me to do something...so I enhanced a bit the sky in the digital darkroom :)
Enjoy the shots and happy shooting or painting!









Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mr. Realtor

Mr. Rusty Reid is a great friend of mine. He and his wife Carol are the ones that met me at the airport when I first arrived in the US 4 years ago. They're very special to me.
Rusty is also a very accomplished realtor. If you live in the KC area and need a house, you've got to get a hold of him: www.rustyreid.realtyx.com

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Graduation

Finally, the graduation day has arrived! It was a beautiful journey filled with life changing experiences. Along the way, we've met wonderful people that shaped our life. I'm grateful for the wonderful experience I had at Park University.
In the first photo you can see my pretty wife, all happy and bubbly and in the last photo you'll see our good friends and colleagues Serafim, Gulrukh, again wifey and Katya.
Have a great weekend!


Friday, May 7, 2010

A world of Faces

Welcome to my world of faces... This is my first photography exhibition and I'm very grateful to all who dedicated their time and effort to make it happen.
This exhibition is all about international and global. It's an exhibition of portraits of international students from all over the world dressed in traditional outfits.
It's happening at Park University in Parkville, MO and will be up for the whole summer!
Thanks for looking





Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sunnat & Anna

and here we have another two good lookin' friends...







Shokhrukh and Fiona

Today I shoot two of my friends and their significant other. IT was fun and I had a good practice on the fill flash subject. All was shot with the 50 mm f1.8 stopped around f.4 and flash set to -3 for blending in... Aperture Priority and ISO 200.
Enjoy the shots