Chashots
2 Chas,Copyright Charlie Groh

Chashots

The weather is here...wish you were Beautiful!

($1 to Jimmy Buffet)

Well, as of WBA Finals, field marching band is done for 2014! I'll be putting my WBA shots up medalists first, then alphabetically (unless, of course, somebody makes a specific request!). I will concentrate on the Sunday show initially, then transition to prelims. I will try to get the bands that didn't make the Sunday show up first from prelims. Charlie Frey, at www.freyphotos.com, also shot the Sunday show so you will get truly complete coverage, be sure to check his site out! As usual, my production will be limited by the time I can devote to processing the images...but usually I'll be able to get 'em up within 2 weeks. I'm still short of finishing the last two shows (Westminster and Tournement in the Hills) but will catch up after processing the championships. Your understanding is appreciated, keep checking back, I'll get 'em up ASAP!


PLEASE READ!

The camera I use is in a native format of 2x3, or 4x6, or 8x12...etc. If you buy a print in, say, 8x10, the printer must crop the original...do so with caution as I crop a bit in processing, so there may be little room for you to edit. The pricing isn't that much different, so if you want a larger print, splurge a bit and get an 8x12. But of course you can opt for 8x10. (They will also crop the 5x7 treatment...no solution for this but to go smaller 4x6 or bump it up to 8x12).

Metallic paper is extra-cool, the colors just pop off the paper.

If you see an image with a border/frame kinda deal, it's been sized to EXACTLY the size indicated in the image ID. Cropping is a giant NO for these treatments!

I also will take liberties when I see the opportunity...black and white or other color treatments may appear!

NOTE ON ASPECT RATIO: Sometimes (rarely, though...) I will resize an image in an "odd" sizing...pay attention to the filename and, if altered, the true size will be there; for example..."highschool32x8.2345"...that would indicate the resize is 32x8 inches which can be ordered. These shots are kinda "special"...the treatment is not arbitrary at all...

Another PLEASE READ:

Some of these pageantry venues have lighting that "cycles" in different hertz ranges; therefore the color temperature changes many times a second . This condition makes it impossible for a modern DSLR camera to get the white balance right throughout the performance of any given group (it has to do with the light cycling, fast shutter speeds, and *one* WB setting the equipment is working with). So what I do is try to get a skin-tone average in post production software, but you may see color shifts between shots nonetheless. With so many shots to process in a timely manner, I choose to not deal with every affected image; realistically, I can't and still get these things done. I would be happy to revisit individual shots, feel free to contact me and we'll go from there.

I do some limited mounting, using a wonderful product called Gatorboard that won't bend or warp over time, and standard mounting using high quality matte board, plus archival-quality adhesive. Since I'm a cabinetmaker by trade, I also craft custom frames. So if you want me to do that work, just drop me a line at chasgroh@gmail.com and we'll go from there!