Serious work in the studio

November 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

We don't want any of you to think that all we do is play around with cameras, so we thought we better show some serious work that we do. As part of our investment in equipment, and giving up her "pretty room," Nancy really enjoys taking pictures for people. Now CJ, he does like playing with technology, but when it has an intended purpose, that ain't all bad is it? As a preface to our story, to provide some evidence  that we have been working, here are a couple shots that Nancy took of the set up for our latest endeavor:

CJ took a break just long enough for Nancy to photograph him with this albumPape 0771 CJ with Jefferson StarshipCJ was taking pictures of some 33 RPM LP Record Albums to sell on eBay. Nancy took some photos of CJ working in the studio. Dubuque photographer CJ Pape setting up a shot in the Pictures by Pape home studioPape 0775 CJ setting up the Nexus while shooting tethered to a camera.CJ was taking pictures of some 33 RPM LP Record Albums to sell on eBay. Nancy took some photos of CJ working in the studio.

CJ Pape of Pictures by Pape sets up a tethered shot in their home studioPape 0779 CJ setting up a photographCJ was taking pictures of some 33 RPM LP Record Albums to sell on eBay. Nancy took some photos of CJ working in the studio. Dubuque Photographer Nancy Pape got this photograph of her husband CJ while he was taking pictures of some vinyl record albumsPape 0781 Good shot by Nancy of CJCJ was taking pictures of some 33 RPM LP Record Albums to sell on eBay. Nancy took some photos of CJ working in the studio.

To give you some background; we wanted to upgrade some photography equipment, so we sold some on eBay. That went pretty good, so to create some space, CJ sold some of the computer equipment that was laying around from various builds and upgrades he had done. I mean really, who has 12 hard drives and 9 graphics cards laying around? That went well too, so we decided that we like selling things and were motivated to get organized and get rid of some clutter in our lives.

Which brings us to the record albums. Before he was a photography nut, and before he was a computer geek, CJ was an audiophile. We have had over three hundred 33 RPM vinyl records sitting in three bins in the basement since we have been married. That seemed like a waste. And vinyl is making a bit of a comeback recently, so we thought to ourselves, perhaps it was time for CJ to part with those old vinyl record albums. Plus, our gracious and loving fathers, Earl and Tom, who had moved these albums several times for us over the past 25 years, had collectively and unequivocally warned us that they would NOT move those records anymore. Time to sell!

To move the story along, CJ had got into a habit after his year at Arizona State of buying a couple albums a week, recording them to cassette and packing them nicely in plastic. So the majority of these records had been played once and stored in plastic for over 25 years.

With our minds made up to sell, we opened the bins to inspect the lot. The album covers were bright and shiny, many of them looking like they just came off the shelf at the Astroid. Remember the Astroid? And remember the album art from the late 70s and early 80s, when the Hair Bands were becoming popular? Not only were we motivated to sell the collection, we were excited about taking some pictures in the studio.

It is a joy shooting in a controlled environment. While Nancy will always be a street photographer at heart, we both are adjusting well to a different style of shooting.

We will post a quick slide show with cameo shots of some of the album covers. While we don't expect to make a lot of money, we like to have fun with everything we do. And we hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane...

Approximately one hundred record albums down, two hundred to go :-)


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