Thursday, August 3, 2017

Central European Road Trip 2017: Day 4 of 13

On the 4th day we departed Prague and headed south into Austria. Salzburg, Austria to be precise. It is a long stretch of road between these two cities so we added a couple stops to break up the monotony of the road.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Central European Road Trip 2017: Day 2 of 13

5.5.2017 is the day we logged approximately 12.5 miles on foot. It's the most we walked in one day during our whole trip! I hit the streets earlier than everyone else because I had to pick up a mobile hotspot at DHL. Btw, a mobile wifi hotspot (or mifi) is super handy and more convenient than trying to purchase SIM cards to work in a variety of countries. I took a couple detours to see what was happening in the city. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Central European Road Trip 2017: Day 1 of 13

Sometime last year Amy (wife) and I entertained the idea of doing a vacation in Germany. In May '16 we spent 2 weeks driving around the UK and thought we'd do a similar thing in Central Europe. Except this time we wanted to bring along her parents, Mike and Terri. They had never been abroad and her dad is especially keen on Bavarian architecture so it would be enjoyable for them too. I did some quick searching a found round trip tickets to Munich for only $500/person!!! Uh, yes, please :) Only downside was the flights were out of O'Hare/Chicago. Comparable tickets out of Indy were over $1,300/person! I'll happily drive to Chicago to save $800/person :)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Portraits of my family - a personal project

Last Christmas I was inspired to do a little personal project where I made clean, simple portraits of each person in my immediate family. Grandparents, parents, in-laws, siblings, nephews, nieces, etc. The most common reaction was "huh?!". Thankfully most everyone agreed to participate. My brother, David, and his girlfriend, Emily, were not included in the project because they live in Seattle and weren't in town at the time.

The Setup: I used an Einstein 640 light in a Paul C. Buff beauty dish directly above each person with a reflector under the chin in some cases - others I used only the beauty dish. The background was a large, circular reflector. All the portraits were shot with my Nikon D810 and either the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S or Nikon 50mm f/1.8D.


Friday, December 2, 2016

An evening at Dinky's

Have you been to Dinky's? Do you know what Dinky's is? Last Friday was my first trip (same for my wife, Amy). I had heard plenty about the place, but never stepped foot on the property. I had my camera on my shoulder and managed to squeeze off a few shots while roaming the grounds.

Dinky's is a bit overwhelming to the casual observer. So. Much. Stuff. Anything. Everything. Nothing. Auctioneers are singing their number songs into microphones. People are bidding their hearts out.

Here's what I saw on my first trip to Dinky's

Instagram is my primary outlet for photography so be sure to give @stephen_sproull a follow if you're interested

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Quick trip to Shades State Park

Amy and I made a quick trip to Shades State Park in Waveland, IN to meet up with a couple of friends a few weeks ago. It's always a struggle trying to decide what lenses to use at Shades State Park and Turkey Run State Park for that matter. My default is to go with the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 because it's so wide and wonderful. This time I mostly used the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART lens for something different. Cheers!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Persimmon Festival - Mitchell, Indiana

Accidentally happened across the 70th Annual Persimmon Festival this year. I was driving through Mitchell, IN after shooting landscape images at Spring Mill State Park for a local health institution and noticed all the traffic and people. I grabbed my Nikon D810 with my newly purchased Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART lens and walked around for an hour. 

This type of shooting doesn't drain my energy, but rather serves as a source of energy. I love capturing the mundane. The small town. I suppose it helps that I'm from a small town (Springville, IN) so I feel a certain connection to the lifestyle. 

Mini-ferris wheel 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

David // Fountain Square, Indianapolis, Indiana

Meet David. I came across him last Sunday while location scouting in Fountain Square for an upcoming photo shoot with the band, Goodbye June. He was sitting on a little bench/chair in front of a classic appliance storefront. The whole scene was too good to pass up. After nervously pacing around for a few minutes, I finally gathered enough courage to approach him and ask if I could photograph him. He asked if I wanted him to pose :) I expected a short, friendly exchange, but I ended up talking to him for at least 30 minutes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Street Photography - Part 1 // Indianapolis, Indiana

Yellow Poncho

I shot the above image from my hip almost out of instinct. The kid in the bus stop with the yellow poncho caught my eye.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tom // Electrical Engineer

Nikon D810, Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Tom is an electrical engineer. Tom is the epitome of an engineer - in a good way. Tom has been my mentor and friend for the last 3.5 years. We ate breakfast together on my last day as a SAIC employee and I made a couple portraits of him afterwards. These portraits are an effort on my part to document people who have influenced my life in some form or fashion.

Central European Road Trip 2017: Day 4 of 13

On the 4th day we departed Prague and headed south into Austria. Salzburg, Austria to be precise. It is a long stretch of road between th...