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LK155

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  1. Sure. $250 per hour, minimum 4 hours. Plus tax. Plus materials. Plus beer. And I maintain all rights to any photos. Best I can do.
  2. No, no, no. I bought it from Brent a few years ago. The guitar, that is. Part of the deal that sent my H525 (formerly Kuz's) to Rich. I think Brent got the blue H150 20th from our friend MM in Vegas. Not sure about that, but it did belong to MM at one point. Got a nice note today from the buyer of my photo. The most interesting thing he said was that neither he nor his wife had any idea what they were looking at before they read the information off to the side detailing the image. So you guys (especially TalismanRich) were right all along....people didn't know it was a guitar.
  3. And, likely the final word on this one..... Yesterday, the gallery sold my Blue Guitar photo. Strange as it may sound, it appears I can now call myself a professional photographer. (yeah, right) My thanks to all for the kind words and encouragement.
  4. Another chapter in this story..... Yesterday we attended the grand opening and awards ceremony for the exhibit. I suppose 'grand' is a bit of an exaggeration since the gallery is quite small. But it was absolutely jammed with people. Like crowded enough so that trying to push your way through the people to see the artwork was a challenge. The art was primarily paintings, with a few mixed media works thrown in. And four photographs. A total of 48 pieces. So speeches were given (blah, blah, blah, clap clap), and the awards were presented, third place, second place, and first place. I had absolutely zero expectations here, and I was absolutely correct. Then they started naming the honourable mentions. First one up, my Blue Guitar photo. Holy crap, what an amazing surprise. Good thing I wore a decent shirt. Fortunately I didn't have to give a speech, just stand around and look humble. One guy (an experienced photographer, in fact) asked me what kind of acrylic surface I had applied to make the guitar look 'all wavy'. None, I told him, that's just the wood. Don't think he believed me. Oh, he says, then that must be a custom-made guitar, right? I told him no, is was not. Don't think he believed me on that either.
  5. Thanks, John. I'm glad you approve. I've found that taking photographs is relatively easy, but creating a unique, interesting, and presentable photograph takes some effort. Cool that the Nikon class had three rules. After I acquired my latest camera (Sony RX10M4) and fiddled around with photo editing for a year or so, I took a course in competition photo judging. Not that I had any interest in becoming a judge, but rather I thought it would be a good way to determine exactly what trained judges consider desirable traits in photographs. What I learned from that course is that a photograph is scored by a minimum of three judges as follows: > composition (space, leading lines, placement, depth), max 3 points > technical merit (colour, light, exposure, sharpness, technique), max 3 points > impact (mood, imagination, subject matter, story), max 3 points > plus a discretionary additional point for outstanding achievement. The three judges' scores are added together, then divided by three. So maximum 10 points, which was apparently never awarded. Their minimum score, for an absolutely dreadful photo, was 5.0. That course was put on by the Ontario Council of Camera Clubs, a sort of governing body for all the provincial clubs, and until Covid, they staged an annual competition. Photos taken by a member of any camera club in Ontario could be entered. So in 2021 I submitted that blue guitar pic. They had over 4,000 entries, from which they selected 900 for further consideration, including mine. From viewing past competition results, I knew that marks of 9 and above were exceedingly rare, and the highest mark ever awarded was 9.5. So I was very interested to see what kind of marks my photo would receive. It took several months before the results were revealed, but I was extremely pleased to see that their three judges gave my shot scores of 8.0, 8.0, and 7.0. I would have been happy with 6.5. I find the whole photography thing requires much less of my time to produce an acceptable result, compared to writing, playing, and recording a song. Getting a song done can take me weeks, if not months, and yet an hour or two editing a photo is usually sufficient. Big difference.
  6. The blue guitar photo turned out so well that I tried it again a few weeks later. This one's the H535, and although this shot's sorta OK, it doesn't have the impact of the blue one.
  7. That particular shot was taken with morning sun in an east-facing bedroom. The guitar was on the floor, and the light was diffused nicely by a semi-diaphanous white window shade. I have learned the hard way to avoid overhead lights and use of a flash. Outside light on a cloudy day isn't bad, though.
  8. Thanks. The print is 20" x 12". With a 3" white mat and fairly small black frame, the finished work is about 28" x 20". They wanted a photo of the photo. I sent them a 20mb copy of the image itself. What's going to the exhibition is the framed print.
  9. Being a member of a local camera club, I've been messing around with photographs for a couple of years. Lightroom is my editor of choice, with occasional assistance from Topaz AI software. Recently I was made aware of an upcoming art exhibition, named Call Out For Colour, at a gallery not too far away, and I decided to enter the photograph you see below of my blue H150 20th Anniversary. This will be a juried exhibition, with cash prize money at stake. The show opens in early March and runs for 7 weeks. Got an email from the gallery last week saying my entry has been accepted. Wasn't expecting this. Out of 220+ entries (paintings, photos, and other works of art), they only accepted 48. Whoopee! The print I'm entering shows this piece of the guitar a bit larger than life-size, and has such amazing depth that it just looks like waves in the wood. Click on this image to see what I mean. Heritage artistry at its best!
  10. What about the idea of an extra long strap and take it right up to the headstock, like on a lot of acoustics.
  11. A couple of months ago I gifted mine (#20, pretty well mint) to son Chris. At the time I consulted with the forum's head Heritage guru on its value, and his estimate was $3K.
  12. The label under the back access cover may tell you what pickups are in it. Simpler than removing a pickup. Congrats. Great looking guitar.
  13. Yes, it really happened. It could be a sign of encroaching senility, but I'd like to think otherwise. For a couple of years now, I've been aware that too much stuff had managed to accumulate in my music room. Seven guitars, two amps, a recording setup, a drum machine, a bunch of pedals. I began to realize that the only guitars I really need are the ones I gravitate to when sitting down to noodle, or to record one of my home-brew songs. So the Taylor acoustic got sold, as did the PRS SE. The Taylor I miss, as it recorded really well and sounded good. Never got comfortable with the size of it, though. The PRS SE went pretty quickly too. And the whole debacle with trying to get the Kammerer cherry guitar across the border to Steiner has been documented elsewhere here. That left me with three Heritages, a Ron Kirn tele, a really nice PRS CE24 from the early 90's, and a Lakland bass. And what did I usually pick up for noodling? Either the PRS CE24 or the red H535. Last month I had a birthday. Not one of those significant ones ending with a zero, but an astonishingly high number nonetheless. That got me thinking that I should keep going on my inventory reduction process. Some of you may know that we have two sons. They always try to organize something to commemorate my birthdays. So I considered.....they both have guitars, both have amps, both play a bit. Why don't I try to help them out? So I concocted a plan. I would gift each of them one of my guitars. No strings attached (well, no financial strings anyway), they wouldn't be buying them. My gift to them. My conditions were simple: take one of my guitars, make an honest effort to learn how to play it, and in a couple of years, decide if it's a keeper or not. If not, it would come back to me. What a deal, right? The choices I presented to them were: the H155 Millie, the blue H150 20th Anniversary, or the Kirn tele. Andrew chose the H155, and Chris the H150. I think that, compared to what they already had in-house, those two Heritages were in a different universe in terms of materials, build quality, playability, and sound. Once they accepted that fact that I was serious about this, they got quite enthusiastic, and those two guitars how have new homes. I've added a pic below of each of them. I'm hoping this turns out for the best. Chris is extremely busy with an energetic 16 month old daughter, so I don't expect him to be able to devote a whole lot of time to learning the ins and outs of that lovely H150. Andrew, on the other hand, has no such excuse. I'll be monitoring their progress, and I have visiting rights to both instruments. So the deed is now done. I still have one too many guitars, and two too many amps, neither of which has been turned on for a couple of years. I've always felt that the most important aspect of parenting is being able to open doors for my kids, and hopefully they'll enjoy the process I've tried to start.
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