Thursday, February 26, 2009

Frank's Hot Sauce

Yesterday I had to shoot an upper quarter team's concept on Frank's Hot Sauce. Tim helped me via email (thank you!) on the type of setup I'd need. They gave me a picture of the concept they were after and I was able to get an idea of the lighting from it. I aimed a strobe with a grid (at 200w) straight down on top of the table for the interrogation type of effect. I'm not sure what's going on with the preview of these photos though because they're coming out a little funky... almost a little greenish and there's definitely more fill on the faces & chair when I pull them up apart from the internet...weird.


ski lift

I took this while ridding the ski lift up the mountain. These were my uncles skies. I rigged my camera up in a big ziplock bag so i could snowboard with it. While ridding the lift i noticed the light coming through the trees onto his skies. I thought it looked cool.

Room in a Vase

It's like a ship in a bottle, except interactive.

This was a cool house that was built in the 20's and this room had a ton of windows in it that light up.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Club Pringles

yeah, I got bored and couldn't waste valuable rented time with PPR's fisheye lens. If you can't tell what is going on...its a pringles can fit over the fisheye lens. Poked holes, 30 second exposure. 1st one has some added cigarette smoke.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Without a shadow of a doubt...

I caught some more shadows around 5:45-6:00pm. The light was being diffused through trees, then a screen, then a window. My ISO was at 800.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Baby on bench

This image might be too small... but I am having trouble uploading images.

I love this natural lighting.. I took it around 10 am...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Branch lighting

I like being home because it means I can be back with the trees and dogs. I got home around 3pm, so these pictures were taken around 3:45 or 4 in the afternoon. I will always love the shadows of trees.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Private Selection

A friend of mine had a beautiful idea: shots of her youth. I complied, and we had a wonderful time. The room was only big enough for two heads, one with a soffbox and one with a silver bounce back umbrella, a standing reflector, the rest of the equipment, the model, a small set of pillows-sheets-and-blankets, a stylist and myself. The room got pretty hot. Since I am forbidden show any of the images to anyone ever, but can use select ones for classroom purposes as long as that purpose doesn't involve the internet.... well, here's all I can post. But it gives some idea at least, you'll have to use your imagination for the rest.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

From the Beach

Hey ya'll, here is a link to some photos I took while in Florida this last weekend. Mostly typical beach photos but I couldn't help myself. Don't believe the old adage about not shooting into the sun. I actually prefer if for creating drama in the scene. Also, notice how I shot at a very wide aperture and very high speed on the close-up images of the tide. Things get very crisp when shot at over 1/1000 of a second and by metering off the direct reflection of the sun I was able to bring the extra ambient light down creating an interesting effect. This keeps the shadows crisp but makes the light look softer rather than your usual harsh beach light.

I thought this made for a cool series. I tried to get Sarah to hope down and bounce some light on his left side but she wouldn't do it.

Monday, February 16, 2009


I went back home this weekend and visited with the parents and the dogs. As I was packing my things up this morning, I couldn't help but notice the light that was streaming in the through the windows by our front door. The light was coming through and casting these really great shadows from the stairwell. As you can see, my dog, Chloe, was excited that I was on the floor, and I think that she adds a little something cool to the picture.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

arabia mtn

Got to love the sunset shots. This was taken as my friend and I were leaving Arabia Mtn.....never to return least for another REI reshoot anyway.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Blue Sky

The sky this late morning made me really happy. The clouds were looking quite nice and I liked how the many jet/plane streams were mixing together.

HDR with a little extra photoshop action

I took this shot last summer I think. 7 shots. 2/3rd stop increments. It took forever to do and the scene isn't even that I edited in a fire. wierd, I know.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

HDR Oakland Cemetery

I think these are 5 different exposures.

Just gettin jig...

Just me getting jiggy for the camera. I really liked playing with low-key lighting and experimenting with the light. Feel the love...


Kung-fu mania! These images are leftovers that I either feel cheat the assignment or don't fit in the series. Enjoy!

The Contellations

This is a band that wanted me to shoot for them. It was at the 40 watt in Athens. The lighting in there was only about 40 watts. So it was a bitch to say the least. I was not using a flash shooting wide open at 2.8 and 1600 ISO. Out of 300 I got about 30 decent ones.


This dog is rad. Just lovin the sunlight. Taken around 2:30 in the afternoon no fill all kill.

This was one of my out takes for the REI shot, all I did was bounce some light in to their faces with a 5 in 1.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fun with subjects

This is Addison one of my best friends, has been for awhile. When this assignment was given to us my first subject in mind was him. He was a lot of fun to work with. Taking portraits of people has been one of my favorite assignments since we started. Its a good way to meet people too.

Low Key

I know that this isn't the stereotypical lighting for a portrait, but I really like how the light is only falling on the right side of her face. I have others that have better lighting, but I just like the mood that this light created. I was using a large soft box to the subject's left side and a 7" honeycomb grid on her right side that was slightly behind her.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

lucky and free lighting

I thought this shot was pretty cool. I didn't take it, but I wouldn't mind finding a spot like this where the sunlight creates something unique to use.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Will Crockett Seminars this week

In case you haven't seen the flyers for this around school I thought I would direct you to the two seminars being held this week by Will Crockett. They are both free so check out both of them if you can. One is on Wednesday 6pm to 8:30pm and the other is Saturday noon to 4pm.

Dan Winters

Hey Ya'll, Dan WInters is a renowned portrait photographer who's images of celebrates and interesting people have been published in Esquire, The New Yorker, GQ, and many more. He does a lot of editorial studio work which you should look at for inspiration. Check it out.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I want this place for a studio

I realize this is a perfectly imperfect shot with its blurriness, distracting objects, etc in it, but the irresistible way the light falls in the window and spreads out among the inside is hard to ignore. Yes, I'm sure that everyone in the class has had enough Matty Cakes to last them a lifetime, however, can you imagine if instead of a bakery his place was a studio?


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Interesting Look...

I'm a fan of David LaChapelle, and this photo of his really strikes me as a badass shot. I love how the room is lit on this, and I'd definitely like to try this.

Lights Bouncing

MMMmmmmmm.... light reflecting off water.

In order to expose her correctly I had to blow out the sky so I had fix in photoshop later but I thought it was cool.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

This is a photographer names Nick Veasey and I thought his pictures are very unique.