I was digging through some of my archived photos this morning and found this image. Actually three different exposures of the same image. Composing HDR images of landscapes and cityscapes is so much fun!
The preparations were set for a beautiful day at the Preston Community Center…
Jonathan Matthews of Kwanchai wedding planner | event design | floral design
Contessa Catering did a lovely job with the food too! Delicious with a wonderful variety for everyone
Places everyone! Every hair in place, the perfect dress adorned by the perfect bride, and we’re almost ready!
Bride’s Hair by Scotti Provo
It’s GO time! Elisabeth being walked down the isle by her loving son. The laughter, the tears… what day could be more perfect?
Images copyrighted by Richard Wood of kapchur.us photography. Please request permission to download or use these photographs.
Hello! Most of the time I basically just post photos of the events and people I photograph, but today I wanted to share a fun experience not ENTIRELY having to do with posting photos.
First off, here are the requirements for building your own Hackintosh:
When my boyfriend moved in Seattle in December he said he wanted to help me build my own Hackintosh (PC parts running Mac OS X). At the time I had a perfectly fine, fairly new iMac and was perplexed as to why I would want to get rid of a perfectly good iMac. I wasn’t sure this home-built machine would actually work NOR was I sure what the advantages would be. The iMac had an Intel i7 3.4gHz processor, 16gb of ram, 3TB Hybrid drive, and lots of other fun goodies. I had only purchased it in March 2013.
Well, after a month or so I sold the iMac since we only owned one desk and I primarily used my Macbook to process my photographs. He was upset that I sold the iMac “for him” since he also had a power PC that he had built from scratch, which I decided would make better use of the one desk we did have.
Then, it happened. I decided in March 2014 to leave my cushy corporate finance job and strike out on my own to “focus” solely on my photography business. (Another long story for another post)
Being that this was going to be my sole source of income I wanted to use all my tools to their fullest extent and decided it was a mistake to sell my iMac. I started shopping for a new one, even contemplated buying the new Mac Pro (if only I had $5,000 laying around). Then, I decided that I would take the BF’s advice and attempt to build my own Hackintosh.
There are a number of great websites and forums dedicated to the complex art of building and managing a Hackintosh system. I highly recommend Tonymacx86.com. They have GREAT posts they create monthly on recommended hardware purchases for each of the various builds of the Mac system. They also have downloads to help you install the Mac OS on your system for the first time. And they have downloadable tools to make sure all your (or at least most) hardware drivers stay up-to-date.
Problems I ran into:
Upon initial installation (my very first installation of this kind) I had TONS of stupid simple problems because I wasn’t FULLY reading or paying attention to all the various details about the setup of the system from TonyMacX86.com. In specific there are settings that need to be changed on the motherboard BIOS before you can start. Also another IMPORTANT issue is that I installed all my memory, but you need to only use one stick of memory until your system is completely up and running.
My first “real” issue came when the update came from Apple for an upgrade from OSx 10.9.2 to OSx 10.9.3. I hadn’t read all the details about CHECKING THE BLOG before updating the OS. This update crashed my system because the video drivers were broken for this hardware configuration. Even after I got the drivers fixed I still had major issues. I failed… I installed Windows 8.1… this was two weeks into my new system.
After another two weeks I decided to go BACK again to my Hackintosh and tried re-installing. I was much more careful this time and some of the installers from TonyMacX86.com had been updated. This time ran for another two weeks before I started tweaking with settings to get stuff running faster… well, I did SOMETHING that, once again, bricked my system. BACK to Windows 8.1.
After yet another two weeks on Windows 8.1 and researching how much a Mac Pro was going to set me back I decided to give this Hackintosh ONE MORE TRY. There were yet more software updates available on TonyMacX86 and… I really hated doing all my photo editing on a PC. Even if I was using the same software, it seemed like the results were slightly different.
So, that’s where I’m currently at! I’ve been running OSx on my Hackintosh for yet another 3 weeks or so now. Even upgraded my Wifi card to a new AC model (see below) and have everything running beautifully! No lockups, no hangs, no random re-boots. I hit power and she runs! And she’s fast! At this moment, I love my Hackintosh!
So, with all that, here is the hardware I’m currently running:
I chose not to install a DVD/Bluray bay because I have an external that works great on USB 3.0
I also chose not to install a Card Reader in any of the bays because I hear that my USB 3.0 model will actually work faster than an internal model if I were to install it.
And my talented BF even airbrushed one of the side panels of my box!
If you’re going to try this setup, READ READ READ! Be patient! Don’t install anything critical on your system until you make sure you have all the bugs worked out for your configuration! Feel free to drop me a comment if you have any questions of concerns. Would love to help if I can!
What a fun evening! Perched atop the Smith Tower in Pioneer Square (the first actual “sky scraper” west of the Mississippi), these gents celebrated their nuptials and something else that many of us pray to ever celebrate, 25 years of being together! Isn’t that beautiful!?! These guys have waited many many years to officially tie the knot and I’m so pleased I could be there to kapchur it for them.
Best of luck in an even LONGER happy future!
I had SUCH an amazing time photographing the #GoGreenSEA put on my GoGreen Conferences and King County at the Washington State Convention Center on April 30. It was great to receive so much immediate feedback from the organizers and to have the conference participants actually seek me out to have their photo taken! That’s mostly because of one very fun “feature/service” I’ve integrated into my offering, live streaming photography! Granted, I don’t post ALL of the photos, but I do post a couple per hour. My camera is WIFI enabled, so I stream the photos to my iPhone, do a quick edit and within minutes of taking key photos I’m uploading them! It’s REALLY fantastic! Everyone loves to take photos with their iPhones and Androids to show via social media while their attending events, why not have a “real” camera post some AMAZING photos during the event? GOOD PLAN!
We were all a little scared of how these photos were going to turn out since the weather was NOT cooperating! It was raining! This shouldn’t be a surprise in Seattle, but usually we try to schedule around the rain… sometimes it’s just not possible! On this day, I was SO grateful it was raining! What beautiful photos of a beautiful couple! Thank you Chris and Jaron!
Last April 2013, I had the great honor of photographing and exhibiting the first Intersections: Boyd Diversity exhibit by Social Outreach Seattle that accompanied a VERY large group of LGBT and allied citizens in Seattle for a broad discussion of Body Diversity in the LGBT community. Here’s the original series of posts I made about the exhibit and the “stories” of many of the models: http://kapchur.us/?s=SOSea
With the very first posting about the exhibit I had a commenter, David, who asked the same question a couple times and each time I replied my reply drifted off and never reached his ultimate point. Every time I started reading his questions I went deep into my own philosophical mind about the overall exhibit and missed his one MAIN question: “Why did you choose the pose that you did for each of the models?”
The question was right there, in black and white, every time and I still somehow missed replying to it! So, here’s my reply:
I hope this helps to explain some of the creative process that went into the selection of the various poses in the exhibit. Like David suggested in his original question, yes there were LOTS of poses and hundreds of photos to sort through. It was an essential part of my job as the photographer to select the pose and lighting style that would fit that model into their body story.
I hope you’ll have time on Wednesday night (2/26/2014) to join Social Outreach Seattle for our next photo exhibit. Here’s a link to the Facebook RSVP page! “Lesbian Life Forum” and BODY DIVERSITY PHOTO PROJECT at City Hall“
Israel wanted to do something special for his fiance, Nick. So, we devised a plan! We did a Dudoir shoot… which, by itself, would have been great! But, then we also created a coffee table book for Nick!
When it was time to do the shower shoot I tried very hard to convince Israel that he had to do it in cold water… alas, he wouldn’t fall for it. So he got comfortably warm water!
It might sound odd, but I’ve talked with lots of photographers and videographers who thoroughly believe they are in direct competition for “prime real estate” during a wedding ceremony. It’s also not uncommon for the photographer to not even realize the videographer has been hired until the day of the event.
So, why is there competition? Well, mostly because of interference from one or the other… or both! Either the photographer is in the videographer’s way, or the videographer shows up too often in the photographers shots or perhaps the videographer “stakes out” the best location to record the ceremony. It certainly isn’t about money. After all, still photography and “the talkies” are very different art forms and require very different skill sets to do well.
Another possibility is for the couple to appoint one or the other as “in charge” or as having a higher priority. It could also mean that the wedding planner is appointed the “authority” and coordinator. This would probably cause some hurt feelings, but it all depends on the couple making everyone aware THEY are the buyer and have ultimate control of the day’s events.
All in all, if you’ve hired both a photographer and videographer, do yourself a favor and introduce them. This will ensure they both respect one another and have your final results top of mind at all times.