My Feature in an Online Magazine

4 04 2010

Here is the link to the OTS online magazine.  One of my pics is page 6, then I am featured on pages 82-87.  Thanks Marc and Robin Binder!





ALexandria

4 04 2010

First time model Alexandria did an great job in front of the camera.  She had contacted me about modeling and I suggested we did a test shoot and see if she really liked it. Modeling is work and involves a ton of patience.  She was good at taking direction and was eager to learn and improve.  I am looking forward to our next session as we are planning  to shoot to build her portfolio.





Hidden Secrets

3 04 2010

There has always been some profiling and stereotyping that goes along with people with tattoos – especially women.  This set hopefully breaks away from that a little.  I tried to show the model – Sarah, as a working professional-before you saw the tatts.    She has a brain, she goes to college, she can do most anything any other business woman can do-the only difference-she has ink. But that ink covered up, she doesn’t get the weird looks of disgust, apprehensiveness, or the automatic “come hither” looks from guys.

People have their reasons for wearing ink  and having other body modifications done. The meaning of this art is usually significant only to the wearer, but does give the rest of us some cool art to look at.

Click on each pic to enlarge!





Old School vs. New Age

1 03 2010


Stera is the model in the image above-yes, twice. This is a composite, meaning there were several images that were combined to make what you see here.  After shooting one character, she changed and we shot more.

I like challenges like this. Making it all seem real. The store front that you see here is not anywhere in Palestine I can tell you that! It is a drop in, that makes the image better.  The actual background is pretty ugly!

Here is one of the original files that I started with. See the ugly vacant store? It just wasn’t going to happen! After some digging around I found a decent store front and dropped it in.

Tips for this type of images: Keep your camera on a tripod, use same focal length,  make the light make sense!





Doll Face

2 01 2010

I like  still life photography because they hold really, really still- and they don’t seem to mind!  It also gives me a chance to work with the light endlessly.  This doll was made by a  family member and I wanted to photograph it for a book showcasing all the dolls she has made. This shot was made using a strobe with a 10 degree grid and I like the fall off of the light.  The grid allowed me to light the doll like a spot but with soft edges, and  not contaminate the black background with light spill.  Using an umbrella for this application would have given soft light but would have illuminated the background making the black -not so black.  When deciding what light to use in a setting-the method of controlling the light is just as important as the angle, f/stop etc.





A New Look for Love!

1 01 2010

A Lovely Couple

I love to play with light. This image was taken with an Alien Bees strobe- bare bulb and a 7 inch reflector directly behind the couple. More than 20 shots were taken until I found the sweet spot I was looking for.

Because of the camera angle, the soft light wraps around the young lady’s face and her expression is captured nicely. The profile and the harder shadow shows masculinity in his face.  This is such a great portrait. It shows their closeness as a couple and is a little different than the normal portrait look.  Today’s younger people are looking for something different and you must experiment a little to find that new look.  So now I have another trick to add to my bag.  Continually experimenting with light will pay off!





On the Mountain

20 12 2009

Sometimes I like to stray from people photography and get some landscapes. This image is from my place here in Palestine.  We call it the mountain, but its really just a large hill.  This shot is well after sundown and the start of what is called the blue hour. The sky is a gorgeous blue and with longer shutter speeds, it captures the saturated colors well.

It was nice to just go out and be quiet for a little while, which I think everyone needs that from time to time.  I did have a photographer friend shooting there also,  and it was great just talking shop and hanging out.  Well after dark we were experimenting with 20 to 30 second exposures, but we couldn’t feel our fingers anymore.  So we try that again when it’s a little warmer, and I’ll post the results.