Wow! I can’t believe this is the last week of October already. This month has blown by almost as quickly as the colorful leaves have been dropping off the trees around the neighborhood. And at the end of the day, the only thing changing is the date on the calendar.

I took October off from shooting high school sports to give me time to focus on some other photographic and personal projects. I made some progress in some areas and didn’t move forward in other areas. Such is life!

The past ten days have been the most fulfilling. I took a week off from the day job to coincide with my kids’ Fall Break from school. So they came and stayed with Laura and I for nine full days. As can be expected, it was an adjustment for all of us as we get used to being around each other 24/7 for the first time since their summer vacation. Some old habits crept up and created some unnecessary tension around the house, but such is life with children. 

I did get out and do a couple of photo sessions during this blogging hiatus. The first was a test with a local Realtor to see if I would be a good fit to work with her to photograph the various properties she will be listing in the Indianapolis metro area. It was a learning experience for both of us, but I generated a number of images that I liked from the near-empty house.

The second session I had was a baby shower in scenic Nashville, Indiana last weekend. For those of you unfamiliar with the scenic rolling hills of southern Indiana, Nashville is home to numerous artisans, shops of all kinds, and Brown County State Park which is generally considered the park with the best views of fall foliage in the state. I was fortunate that my GPS routed me around the town and along some back roads so I didn’t get caught behind the plethora of motorhomes and motorcycles which have the potential of backing up traffic for miles on end during this time of year. 

At home, I even began the long-overdue process of going through the hundreds upon hundreds of negative/slide sleeves that I have been moving from one place to another from my days of shooting film. I’m going through and scanning and archiving the high-quality (AKA keeper) images and discarding those which are either no longer relevant or just downright stink. So far, a lot of the images I have been looking back are ones from my college days at Indiana University; it’s amazing to see how far I have developed as a photographer since then.

I won’t admit to knowing it all—in fact, I know I still have a lot to learn. Photography is an art form which takes a lifetime to “master” and I am nowhere close to the end of my lifetime (I hope!). To that end, I have also been taking time to learn via webcasts, books and magazines to continue to broaden my photographic knowledge. In a little while, I will also be taking the time to begin planning out the schedule for the post-processing group training I do for my local camera club. (And by teaching, I am also learning.)

With two months left in the calendar year, I am going to gear up to return to the hardwood court as high school basketball kicks off here in the Hoosier state and start shooting again. I’m also going to finish getting my equipment unpacked and organized after the move and be ready to hit the ground running in 2016!

This past Friday, I was blessed enough to be one of several photographers participating in the Indy Meetup Photo Club’s annual gallery show at the Indiana Landmarks Center in downtown Indianapolis. The theme for this year’s show is “Historic Indiana…It’s Many Faces.”

I ended up displaying a total of 12 images ranging from a historic church just outside of downtown Indianapolis to some famous faces from previous Indianapolis 500 races. It was interesting to see how the other photographers took on this theme. 

Last Wednesday was the hanging of the artwork. I had some help from my Creative Director, Laura, in getting all of the images hung on the wall space. (The below image is from the Eric Scott Miller Photography Instagram feed.)

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Of course, I got my photo snapped during the night, too.

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Laura and I left the gallery on Wednesday and I immediately felt a sense of relief as we left the Landmarks Center. The light breeze took the stress of the show preparation and blew it off my shoulders. All that was left to do was wait to see how the overall show—and, of course, my images—would be received by those attending the First Friday show.

Thankfully it was quite a success. There was a steady stream of people coming in to the Landmarks’ Rapp Gallery looking at and discussing the images on display from the various photographers. It was great to see the work of other photographers, as well.

Of course, I couldn’t let the night get away without a photo of me with 11 of my 12 images on display. (Number 12 was filling a gap in another portion of the gallery.)

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I am taking the week off from updating the blog. 

This Friday, I am participating in a First Friday art gallery show and need to focus my efforts on editing images, matting prints, and framing them. Needless to say, the dining room table is going to look more and more like a framing gallery this week.

Watch for a new post on Monday, October 5th.

Monday night, the varsity squads for the Center Grove Trojans and the New Palestine Dragons faced off of the soccer field.

The Trojans came out with a fury, scoring 13 seconds into the game. It would remain 1–0 for the balance of the first half.

History would repeat itself as Center Grove struck again in the first minute of the second half to take the score to 2–0, which ended up being the final score of the contest.

Here are some selections from the first half of the game.

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To see the entire gallery from the game, visit Varsity Views.

Wow! 

When I showed up for the JV matchup between the Center Grove Trojans and the New Palestine Dragons on Monday afternoon, it was already 4–0 in favor of the Trojans. Little did I know Center Grove would chalk up another five points in the second half to shut out the Dragons with a 9–0 victory. What a match!

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To see the entire gallery from the game, visit Varsity Views.

One of my favorite concert venues in Indianapolis is 8 Seconds Saloon on the city’s west side. The place doesn’t look like much from the outside—it truly reminds me of an old skating rink—but inside…well, that’s a different story. 

Flashback to June 14, 2013. Country music star Phil Vassar rocked the house with one of the most high-energy, non-stop entertainment performances I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I was glad that I brought my camera and was able to capture some fantastic memories from the evening’s show.

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What a way to spend a Monday afternoon!

Avon High School faced off against Brownsburg High School in a freshman football showdown. It was sunny, a light breeze was blowing, and the temperature was just about perfect for this photographer. The freshman put on quite a show for the fans in attendance. 

Here is some of the first half action from the game.

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To see the entire gallery from the game, visit Varsity Views.

I had the pleasure of working with Peyton earlier this year at a Focus On Studio open house. She is such an easy-going person and was fun to work with. She had an infectious smile which made the time spent together in the studio go by quickly. As you can see, the collaboration produced numerous great images.

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A while back, I learned about Project Semicolon on social media (as I am sure many of you have). Why a semicolon you might ask? The dictionary defines a semicolon as:

a punctuation mark ( ; ) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.

So when a writer uses a semicolon, he is combining two thoughts into one. It means there is more to the sentence than the portion before the semicolon. It means the story isn’t over yet.

And that really struck home with me. The story isn’t over yet.

Several years ago, I battled a severe bout of depression. To the point where I nearly committed suicide. It was a very dark time in my life where I felt utterly alone and helpless. The only thing that kept me from following through with my plans to ram my car into something hard and stationary was a photo of the kids which had slipped out of place and wound up on the seat next to me.

I realized that my life did have meaning, regardless of how dark and stormy that particular period was.

So…fast forward to Friday, July 31st. I found myself standing outside of Metamorphosis Ink in Broad Ripple waiting to get my first tattoo. I was told to expect pain and discomfort due to its placement, but I wasn’t bothered at all. In fact, I felt proud to be getting the semicolon permanently etched onto my skin to help those around me remember their story isn’t over yet, either.

So why am I telling my story? Because yesterday (September 10th) was World Suicide Prevention Day. And maybe…just maybe…my story may help someone else realize their story isn’t over yet, either.

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If there is an emergency, or if you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, please call your local authorities (911), contact a mental health professional, or call and talk to someone at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).