Friday, December 24, 2010

Digital Artistry

I thought it would be interesting to display a before and after photo depicting the process of digitally correcting and 'painting' a photo. This photo underwent several stages of correction prior to the artistic fun process. Often, a poorly presented photo is merely a diamond in the rough.

You can click on the images to view them larger.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bikes Blues and BBQ Calendars Have Been Delivered!

The BBB Calendars have arrived from the printer and are now on their way, a little close to the wire for the holidays but I think we're gonna make it. Whew! Fun side note; Bikes, Blues and BBQ's home page is now featuring the December shot from the Aponi Calendar on their home page, that rocks! The November page was previously featured on their home page for several months. Much gratitude for the honor goes to BBB. Harley Holidays to all, 2011 is gonna be GREAT!!!!

Visit Bikes Blues and BBQ online:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

RidePics.Net New Blog

Joe Skaggs, Action Photographer and owner of has been shooting roadside for over a year in the Eureka Springs area. His new blog will be incorporated into his website where he also houses an online photography store. Congrats on your new blog Joe. See you on the road soon (well, more like this spring!!!) Visit RidePics Blog >>

2 Wheels Grill on the Pig Trail Blog

2 Wheels Grill on the Pig Trail, located just outside of Eureka Springs, AR on HWY 23. Visit their new blog. A website is in the works, will keep you posted! Visit 2 Wheels Grill Blog >>

Friday, December 3, 2010

Aponi Website Revamped

I'm proud to announce my studio website has been overhauled and is all bright and shiny new. I have been so pleased with the look and feel of my photography blog that I decided to convert the entire site over to compliment and provide continuity. Have a look, I hope you like it!

Monday, November 22, 2010

2011 Calendar Featuring Photos of Bikes, Blues and BBQ

Colorful photography by Aponi Studios with 14 stunning scenes from the 2010 Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally. The 13 month calendar measures 11" wide by 17" long when open. Full color on glossy 100# paper. Includes BBB and Bikes, Babes & Bling Dates for 2011 and national holidays. $20.00 per calendar AND shipping is free when ordered directly from our blog by December 5! Secure Paypal Checkout. No Paypal account required (debit / credit card / Paypal accepted).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Roadside Shooting at Lake Wedington

It was 60 degrees this late November day, what better way to spend it than sitting by the lake at Wedington Woods? Some nice photos, testing the location, it's a definite THUMBS UP! Look for scheduled roadside shoots at this location starting up again this spring.

2010 was a great shooting year, 2011 will be even better! See you on road this spring :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Logo for

Logo designed for my good friend Joe at

Six Foot Banner Produced for Equine Clinician

This banner was created utilizing two photographs by Aponi Studios. Final product measured 6' and can be hung indoors or outdoors.

A Poster for Mounted Fury Jousting Troupe

This photo was shot by Aponi during the Renn Faire at the Washington County Fairgound's rodeo arena. The subject was cut out and placed over layers of parchment paper and the stormy skies, with two additional layers of borders consisting of leaves and hand brushed vignette. A final layer of dark shadows was used to give the parchment paper layer a lighted stage effect.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friends of Frederik, the Magnificent Friesian Stallion

Twin Springs Equestrian Center of Siloam Springs hosted a spectacular exhibition performed by an exquisite Friesian Stallion; Frederik the Great. The performance was held on October 24 before an audience of well over 200 spectators. Act I consisted of Frederik performing at liberty to the fitting music 'King Acrisius' and concluded with a majestic bow by the stallion. During Act II Frederik was ridden by Stacy Morrison of Equus Manor in Centeron, Arkansas, demonstrating sophisticated dressage maneuvers. The powerful, athletic stallion was an utter delight to behold as he moved around the arena executing each maneuver with grace and elegance.

Frederik later returned to the arena unsaddled for a brief session of questions and information sharing by owner Stacy Nazario. The performance concluded with a sharing of roses as spectators lined the arena rail to meet the magnificent stallion. All who participated in the event were moved by his beauty, power, noble presence and gentle demeanor. The event was free to the public and was held out of demand by the stallion's many Facebook fans numbering over 3,000. The purpose was to provide enjoyment and sharing of the rare and stunning Friesian breed, and notably, a beloved stallion adored by his fans.

Frederik was the first boarder at Twin Springs Equestrian Center over three years ago, states Cindy Savage, the arena manager. Since Frederik has moved home to his own private barn, he continues to hold a special relationship with his friends at the arena. Frederik visits Twin Springs about monthly utilizing the indoor riding facilities. His friends at Twin Springs claim they are blessed by his presence.

Frederik is a Dressage Grand Champion imported from the Netherlands. He is 16.1hh tall and weighs 1,400 pounds, though his power and presence will leave one thinking it is more. He is a standing stallion at Pinnacle Friesians located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Those interested in stud fees, booking for shows, promotional advertising, photos shoots or purchasing posters and other gift items can contact the owners at:

Pinnacle Friesian's Website:
Twin Springs Equestrian Center Website:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Galleries Completed for Bikes, Blues and BBQ Photos

Currently being processed:
  • Friday on the Pig Trail in Eureka Springs (2 Wheels Grill)
  • Saturday afternoon on Dickson Street
  • Sunday afternoon on the Pig Trail in Eureka Springs
To join the list to be notified when all galleries are complete please send your request here >>

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bikes Blues and BBQ on Dickson

The rally is winding down, it has been a fantastic few days and I have shot many thousands of photos from Devils Den, Dickson Street to Eureka Springs. Galleries will go into full production starting tomorrow morning so please check back often. I'm off this morning to conclude the final day of shooting from Pig Trail Harley Davidson and back to Eureka Springs to shoot with Joe Skaggs of Here's to a great rally and a safe trip to all on the way home!

Photo: Dickson Street on Saturday

Please allow up to 7 days for photo processing and upload. Come back soon!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Biker Pup at Bikes, Blues and BBQ

This pup is a crowd stopper. Sitting quietly in a nice leather backpack, his owner said that this dog is followed across the internet as he travels from rally to rally, no one with a camera can resist taking his photo (I can testify) and then post them on the internet (double testify). What a cutie!

Galleries are now being processed, divided by day and location. Please allow 3-7 days for image processing and uploads.

Aponi Studios on the News


Sunday, September 19, 2010

5th Annual POW MIA Tribute Ride

On September 18 the 5th Annual POW MIA Tribute Ride was conducted from Lokomotion Fun Park to Avoca City Park. The ride culminated with a ride-by in front of a newly erected memorial in honor of those deserving military heroes who have sacrificed. The memorial was funded by local veterans organizations, businesses and residents donating money, labor, materials and time. The gallery is still being produced, most all riders are now online with scenes from the ceremony to be loaded over the next day or so. This was a very moving event, the riders expressions of tribute were clearly evident as can easily be recognized from the photos. It was an honor to have been invited as a photographer for this event.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bikes, Blues and BBQ Shoot Schedule

Aponi Studios will be shooting from various locations throughout Bikes, Blues and BBQ this year. See you on the road!!!

9/29 Beaver Town Inn. shooting at the swinging bridge north of Eureka Springs in Beaver HWY 187. website>> map>>

9/30 Devils Den. shooting on the switchbacks on both sides of the park. website>> map>>

10/1 War Eagle Mill. shooting at the mill just south of Hobbs State Park Cty. Rd. 98
website>> map>>

10/2 Poker Run 2 OKLA shooting from Prairie Grove map >>
The rest of the day on Dickson Street

10/3 Pig Trail Harley Davidson website >>

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dickson Street and The Square in Fayetteville, AR

A nice photo of the bank on The Square in Fayetteville. This shoot was done for a website in production for, currently in development by Aponi Studios.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A few favorites from the Sheriff Ralph Baker Poker Run

These photos have obviously had some editing and enhancements applied to them. While this is great fun, it is also time consuming. It is only possible to do a few as examples (and for my own enjoyment!) when processing event photos. Any photo can be enhanced as seen in these samples provided. The Sheriff Ralph Baker Poker Run has been divided into three galleries and can be viewed by clicking here >>

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sheriff Ralph Baker Memorial Poker Run 9/4

Saturday, September 4 Aponi Shot participants in the Sheriff Ralph Baker Memorial Poker Run. The ride started in Huntsville at the Square, went north to Beaver, and then around Beaver Lake finally ending at Jose's on Dickson. I perched upon a post of the swinging bridge in Beaver at the Beaver Inn catching riders as they crossed from 10am until 1:45pm. Great shoot, fun perch, groovy bridge, awesome bikers! Hey there were a bunch of cool cars too!!

There will be a total of about 400 photos in this gallery when completed.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21: Pig Trail Harley Davidson 4th Anniversary Party

I was on my way to the Iron and Ink Bike Show / Swap Meet when I drove by The Pig Trail Harley Davidson dealership... whoah!!! Harleys Harleys Harleys... I had to stop. Well, I never made it to Avoca, but had a great time browsing Harleys, biker watching, motorcycle stunts. COOL! It was their 4th year anniversary celebration; bike show, trophies, battle of stunt bikes, a water slide, concessions and bikes, bikes, bikes and more bikes. I regret I didn't make it to Avoca, so many motorcycles, so little time. VERY awesome shoot; many incredible bikes and lots of very nice people who didn't mind to stop and pose (or pose on the fly!). Perfect day!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bikes, Blues and BBQ 2010

September 29 - October 2 Aponi Studios will be shooting on the road for one of the nations largest bike rallies; Bikes, Blues and BBQ. Our shoot schedule will include Devil's Den, the Pig Trail, Dickson Street and other locations. Details will be posted on the 'I Shoot Bikers' Calendar. What an exciting event!! Event photography will be available online. Royalty-free-for-personal- use digital downloads can be purchased for 10.00 each, with other photo products available as well.

Devils Den 8/15/2010

Today was my first day shoot at Devil's Den. I'm addicted!!! I found a few key spots to shoot from, worked out the best angles, experimented until I found just the right camera settings, and met some nice people while breaking at the restaurant. I was given a few puzzled looks, some friendly waves, and a few smiles. The shoot was a great success. I am very eager for the next shoot. I finished off the afternoon by paddling around Lake Devil in a canoe with my 7 year old son. I love my job :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Musicians, artists...

I think it is time to shoot more musicians....

Friday, August 13, 2010

Teen Shoot at Battlefield Park

This week consisted of another fun shoot with a high-schooler named Jordan. We did the shoot at Battlefield Park in Prairie Grove. Lots of great pics, I think this one is my favorite. I really like the rustic logs and porches for a setting, the black and white photos were especially nice against the logs and grains in the wood. Challenges? Primarily the heat... it was about 100 degrees, but Jordan kept smiling anyway :) Good job!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Aponi Loves Farm Calls

This summer I was invited to 4 Mile Creek Gaited Horses farm in Velvet Ridge, AR. It was about a 4 hour drive so we were forced to shoot with the sun high in the afternoon sky, by the time I arrived. Leaving early was thwarted by the birth of my collie's 6 pups which ensued about the time I had hoped to head out. Critters! Ah well, the birth was uneventful and 6 healthy pups were born (more on that later). When I arrived at the farm to start the shoot, the family had carefully bathed several of their herd stallions which were to be featured on their new website, all squeaky clean and tied standing in a row awaiting their shining moments. Shooting a line-up of 5 stallions can be trickier than one might imagine. It would seem an inviting mare lingered off in the distance just close enough for the stallions to be aware of her presence. Everyone had a saucy mood as if to say "pick me, pick me... no no pick me!" None-the-less, the shoot went very well in spite of the challenges. The horses were delightful, I even felt some heart strings being pulled for a handsome gelding they were presenting for sale. mmmmm more pasture.... Thanks to the Mahans for a great shoot and a very enjoyable afternoon, not to mention Mrs. Mahans impeccable hospitality and delicious pot roast. Visit the Mahan's website at

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Teen Photography

This was a fun shoot which just so happened to fall right after a cleansing early morning rain, giving things a shiny, clean look and great natural filtering from the light cloud cover. This happens to be my son who I roped into a practice shoot. I have another teen shoot scheduled for this week, looking forward to it. Teens are fun to work with, they either naturally enjoy being in front of the camera, or quickly warm up to it during the course of the shoot.

Motorcycle Photoshoot

This was a private session traversing from Prairie Grove to Devil's Den. What a fun gig and an awesome person to shoot; a good sport willing to stop his bike anywhere and pose... from sidewalks to scenes at the Battlefield park, even asking the rangers if we could park on the grass for pics, sadly they declined. That's alright, a little photoshop magic did the trick :) This shoot inspired the background to my blog, great pic. I love the grunge feeling of the brick wall with the bike parked on the sidewalk. Thanks for the fun shoot!

Bikes, Babes and Bling 2010

On July 3 a bike event was held in support of breast cancer in Fayetteville, AR. The event was called Bikes, Babes and Bling and was geared toward women bikers. Congregating on Dickson Street, the familiar rumble resonated throughout the day in spite of a steady rain. By the time I arrived in the late afternoon participant numbers were few, but it was hard to blame them in the constant, unyielding rain. Still, rows of bikes could be found parked in front of bars and restaurants along Dickson Street and I was happy to have been able to get a few nice shots. See you again next year, ladies!

Click here to view the slideshow: