Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Architecturally, a disaster, but still a building so highlighting textural features was still desired. Doing this in HDR seemed to be the natural choice given the bizarre context. The moving clouds from the multiple exposure was a bonus and contributed to the calamity of the scene.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sooner or later you’ll be photographing something reflective or shiny. If its convex or concave, it becomes even more of a challenge, as the subject will reflect its surroundings inescapably. With most things like jewelry, appliances, or even chromed motorcycles.....a white tent enveloping the subject will solve most reflections and create the illusion of shinyness and the look of polished gold, silver or chrome. This floodlight however just didn’t work in a tent as the mirror finish took on a milky white appearance that didn’t accurately record the chrome finish. After experimenting with clear plexi on white and white plexi as well as aluminum and stainless, the best choice was simply foil wrapping paper, giving the very surface needed to reflect the best attribute of the bulb. Lit simply with a softbox and umbrella, the detail of the rough surface is also accentuated. Another lucky break finding just the right background, but as I’ve alluded to before, luck is the residue of preparation and design.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bliss recipe

Really loving those little speed lights. Adjustable down to 1/128 power. This one was just outside frame and @ 1/16. Add a little fill, long exposure for ambient, add Chardonnay crackers and cheddar.

Friday, May 6, 2011

I've had the pleasure of photographing Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, Trevino, Floyd, and other great golf industry leaders over the years. This most recent rising star has a quietude the others did not. Maybe because he's so young, and not as exposed yet, but already winning 4 PGA tour events, Dustin Johnson is destined to be one of the greats. He posed briefly for me on a recent video shoot.