Thursday, October 30, 2014

Prints

So in case you missed it, I enjoy taking photographs (shocking I know).  What you may not know is that this little photography obsession of mine runs in the family.  My great grandfather bought the family's first camera about a hundred years ago.  My grandmother Margaret quickly learned to love taking photos, then she passed that love onto my father, who passed it on to me.

Photo by Louis C. Hickman, all rights reserved.
Recently my oldest sister and her children have taken on a labor of love.  Their are carefully scanning all the old negatives that my father has stored in negative binders, boxes, and folders.  This is an almost herculean task as there are hundreds, if not thousands, of negatives that my father has taken in his 92 years on this earth.  Not only are they scanning the negatives and converting them to digital images, they are then going through all the images with my father and documenting (as best as he can remember) who or what the photo is of and where and when it was taken.

Photo by Louis C. Hickman, all rights reserved.
I'm so grateful to my family for doing this project.  Recently some of the images that have been processed have caught me eye.  There is a series of airplane photographs that all appear to be taken close together, here at our small local airport.  I loved them so much that I wanted to get them printed and hung on the wall of my stairwell.  I knew immediately that I wanted these images printed on metal.  Metal prints are more costly than photo paper prints, but less pricey than canvas prints.  To me it's worth it because the metal prints come ready to hang on the wall...no mounting, mats, frame, or glass required, and they look really sharp.



Photo by Louis C. Hickman, all rights reserved
So I started by looking at the photo imaging sites that I use the most: My Publisher, Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Canvas On Demand.  None of them had metal print options in the sizes and dimensions that I wanted.  A fellow blogger referred me to Unitprints.com and I found a HUGE variety of sizes and dimensions for metal printing, and was able to order exactly what I wanted.  My sister in law K also wanted a couple of the images printed as well so I was able to add 9 more prints to my order, so I have a total of 20 metal prints in 8x12 and 8x8 sizes, and the total shipping amount was only $5.92.  Seriously?  Seriously?!?  With shipping prices that low who needs to search the internet for free shipping coupons?  I placed my order today and I can't wait to see the finished prints, and show them to my father.  I've got a silver sharpie all ready so he can sign his works of art before they go up on the wall in my home. Once I've got the prints I promise I'll post photographs of the finished product and a review.

To see all the images I am printing, follow this link: https://www.unitprints.com/rd.php?id=68535-191425899023

**This isn't a paid or promotional post, I was just so excited to find a company that offered exactly what I was looking for that I really wanted to share it in case any one else is looking for a new photo print service.**

Friday, October 24, 2014

Election Season

November is almost here and that means it's election time again.

I normally avoid speaking about politics in public, but I wanted to speak about a local county political race that I feel very strongly about.  The following is my personal opinion in the race for the Cache County Treasurer's office.

I can NOT in good conscience vote for or recommend that anyone else vote for Craig McAllister for Cache county treasurer. When I worked in the loan department of a local financial institution he was one of the auto dealers that I worked directly with on a regular basis.  In my opinion he was NOT honest, detail-oriented, thorough with paperwork, trust-worthy, or good to work with in any way. I do not trust him at all and feel ill thinking that there is a possibility that he may be elected to be the county Treasurer.

Frankly I am appalled at the dismal voter turn out in the primary election and extremely disappointed that Denise Lindsey was not elected. Denise is honest, upstanding, extremely qualified, and a hard worker. She has worked in the Treasurer's office and was hands down THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE.  I officially endorse Tyler Pitcher and hope that if he is elected he would keep Denise Lindsey on as an employee of the Treasurer's office so that she can continue to do the wonderful job that she has always done there.

Regardless of who you support, I urge you to research the candidates and issues, so that you can make an informed decision.  Then please, Please, PLEASE get out and vote!  Exercise your privilege as an American citizen to have a voice in who leads us on a city, county, state, and federal level.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It Just Gets Stranger: The Pomelo Project

I've read Eli McCann's blog for a while now, and it is always good for a
laugh.  However, today it is a little more serious.  Please take a few
minutes to go ready about The Pomelo Project.

It Just Gets Stranger: The Pomelo Project:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

You're Going To Get Sick Of Me

Or at least with my love affair with Autumn.  More photos from my fall meanderings.  This time it's apple picking.  The first set of photos were taking in my friend's orchard.  She's in California and couldn't be here to harvest her apples, so she let me and my friend Kelda pick some.  I even turned the camera over to Kelda and let her take a couple photos of me.

The second set was from apple picking in the orchard of my brother in law's parents with my nieces and nephews.  They sent the apples we picked to be pressed into cider and they ended up producing 147 gallons of cider.  I have 4 chilling in my fridge right now, it's going to be a long and delicious winter.

Apple Picking Part 1:






















Apple Picking Part 2:

















Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Last Unicorn

Do you remember the animated film The Last Unicorn?  The film is making a tour around the world.  Tour stops will include a screening of the movie on the big screen, costume contests, book signing and a Q&A with the author Peter S. Beagle, and more.  The best part?  The tour is stopping in Ogden, UT this coming Tuesday, October 21st.  It will be at the Junction on Kiesel Ave in Ogden.  Screening starts at 7pm, book signing starts at 6pm.  If you want all the details on the Ogden screening, or want to find out when the movie will be in a theatre near you, check out the website here:

http://lastunicorntour.com/

On Photography...


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nerdgasm

A friend just introduced me to a website called The Truffle Cottage.  They make beautiful artisanal chocolates.  The themes range from tastefully delicate, to horror movies, to cartoons, to full on geekness.  Check out their website here:

http://thetrufflecottage.com/

Luck

I'm an OK photographer.  I'm working on learning more and improving.  Sometimes in that process I get really discouraged and frustrated.  And sometimes when I think all I'm ever going to produce are mediocre images, I capture something like this, and it makes the struggle all worth it.  Call it luck, call it grace, call it a blessing, but this photo made me renew my efforts to grow as a photographer.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Cache Valley Wishlist

Even though I am proponent of appreciating what you have, every once in a while I find myself saying "I wish Cache Valley had..." and it usually ends up being something like a hammam or a german restaurant or a park filled with hammocks instead of play equipment or a branch of Sanctuary Day Spa or a visit from the Bruges Waffles & Frites bus or a Betty Page store.

Since Zanavoo closed (yes I realize it has been YEARS) I've found myself saying "I wish someone would open up a great rustic restaurant in Logan Canyon".  And then last week this was published in the paper:

St. Anne's Retreat For Sale

Now I'm saying someone should buy that and turn the lodge into a restaurant and the rest of the compound into a B&B.  Anyone have any contacts at Anniversary Inn?  This property has so much potential and it would be so wonderful to have a great restaurant and/or B&B that was available to the public.  So who's got a million dollars they want to sink to buying and fixing up this place?  Don't be shy...


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Get Your Scare On

October in Cache Valley is always filled with lots of fun things to do and see.  If you're looking for some great Halloween/Autumn activities here's a list of things that I enjoy and recommend.  If you know of any seasonal activities that should be on the list, let me know and I'll post them here.

Oh, and I don't want to hear anyone else complaining that there is nothing to do in here this month!

CVCA Gallery Walk - Friday, October 10th

Boo At The Zoo - Saturday October 11th

Cache Valley Halloween Half Marathon - Saturday October 11th

USU Homecoming Parade - Saturday October 11th

Stokes Nature Center Autumn Hike - Saturday October 11th

14th Annual Moondog Ball - Saturday October 11th

Utah Grizzlies take on the Idaho Steelheads at the Eccles Ice Arena - Saturday October 11th

Thriller!  By Odyssey Dance Company - October 14th-15th

Leave It To Beavers film screening @ Herm's Inn - October 15th

Downtown Zombie Walk - October 17th

AWHC Fall Festival - October 17th and 18th

The Wicked Jig - October 24th

Dash in the Dark 5k - October 24th

Race The Reaper Night Run 5k - October 24th

The Howl @ USU - October 25th

The Pumpkin Walk - October 23-25 and 27-28

Pumpkinpalooza - October 27th

Beauty & The Beast by State Street Ballet - October 29-30

Scary Stories on the Lawn @ SNC - October 30th

Whittier Center Halloween Festival - October 31st

Free Scary Movies @ The Logan Library - Mondays in October

Angel Street @ The Heritage Theatre - Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays October 10 through November 1st

Dead End Studios - Mondays through Saturdays October 10-31

Downtown Logan Ghost Tours - Fridays and Saturdays in October (through Oct 25th)

Ebelleste Forest Haunted Miniature Golf - Mondays through Saturdays in October

The Fall of the House of Usher by Cache Theatre Company - Fridays and Saturdays in October (through Oct 25th)

Pick Your Own Apples or press your own cider at Paradise Valley Orchard - Weekends and some Wednesdays in October

10th West Scare House - Fridays and Saturdays in October (special group night on Thursday the 23rd)

AWHC Haunted Hollow - Fridays and Saturdays in October

Dark Meadows Manor Haunted House - Mondays through Saturdays in October

Little Bear Bottoms Haunted River Trail - Fridays and Saturdays in October

Terror Factory Haunted House - Fridays and Saturday in October

AWHC Corn Maze - Mondays through Saturdays in October

Little Bear Bottoms Corn Maze - Mondays through Saturdays in October


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

2014 USU Ceramics Guild Chili Bowl Sale

I know you're been waiting for it...OK maybe I'm the only person who's been waiting for it, but I'll share it with you anyway.  The annual USU Ceramics Guild Chili Bowl Sale is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd.  Check out my post from last year's sale.

Who's hungry for functional art and really good chili?





Monday, October 06, 2014

FALLing in Love With Fall

In case you missed it I love Autumn.  Every year I love it a little bit more.  There is something about the unpredictable weather, the fleeting perfection of light and color, the impermanent nature, and the last gasp of warm weather that comes with Fall that sucks me in every single time.  It's almost, if you stand still in a quiet place and look up at the mountains and sky, as if you can hear the earth's heartbeat at this time of year.

Yesterday afternoon I borrowed my dad's jeep Kermit, and grabbed my friend Heather and we went chasing the autumnal color and light in Green Canyon.  It was one of those perfect evenings that leaves you slightly melancholy when it ends because of its rarity.  Of course we stopped along the way to take lots of photos.