Meet Thea. I’ve known her for the better part of a decade. She’s incredibly smart, having worked on her doctorate in neurobiology. She’s also graceful on a ballroom dance floor. I had the chance to photograph her, as it turns out, on the same afternoon that I photographed Gabe and Jennifer. I saw the red dress and immediately saw this glamour idea in my head. Then she pulled out the gloves, and that just solidified it.
Yeah, it was a great day! We got a couple of different looks across the afternoon, and I couldn’t be happier for her.
I had the pleasure of doing some portraits for Jennifer and Gabe last week. She hadn’t had portraits done in a long while. He’s an actor and also a code warrior in the Bay Area. I was really pleased to have the opportunity to do these portraits for them.
More after the jump.
Coming off of the macro electronics shot, I had that frame of mind when it came to this.
We haven’t finished our transition to LED lights yet, and so I decided to make this shot of a Christmas light as I was setting up the decorations around the house.
How I did it, for those who might be interested in such things, are behind the cut.
Over at Project 52, the assignment came in: Shoot an editorial concept shot to layout on the topic of the Origins of Halloween. My idea was to have a shot that mimicked being done in the late afternoon setting sun.
Last week, I showed you some recent still life work.
By now, most of you know I have a fondness for Hands Of The Craftsworkers. I make a point of working to get those kinds of shots wherever and whenever I can. You might remember that a couple of weeks ago, I showed you the glass master from Murano, Venice, Italy. The craftsmen in today’s article are from Waterford Crystal, in Waterford, Ireland.
I had the pleasure of meeting people who own and operate Ristorante Il Molo in Vicenza, Italy. Some friends in town have cultivated a very nice relationship with them. These friends grow basil on their balcony at home, and have been known to gift the staff of this restaurant with it, just because they can. The basil photograph, above, was done on their balcony in the dawn / daybreak sunlight. The staff had never actually done a full group shot in the entire time they had been open. As a photographer, I couldn’t let that situation go by without asking if I could solve that for them. Yes, given some of the other things we were doing across the day, I just so happened to have had a camera with me.
Then we sat down for the meal. Oh, my. We had the faggotini, pasta with clams, pasta with calamari, swordfish, and beef that was done to perfection, followed by cheesecake, and Limóncello to top it all off.
I’ll tell you about the ravioli and rolled pizza after the jump. (more…)
On the island of Murano, part of Venice, Italy, I had the opportunity to photograph the artist at Vetreria Guarnieri doing a glass blowing demonstration. My Kidlet was mesmerized, so much so that she sat through a second demonstration. She was so riveted in fact, and asked an intelligent question or three, that the glass master took a bemused interest and let her blow a glass bubble. He’d better be careful. He might end up with a new apprentice!
I treated this like a mini-assignment, and did the post-processing as if I were allowed to light it, rather than take what was given in terms of lighting. There are a few more images after the jump. (more…)
It has been said, by people much wiser than I am, that given the choice of getting a new thing or getting an experience, take the experience. I did that recently, and have pushed myself further along life’s learning curve because of it.
I took much of this summer and did some portfolio development. Most of you won’t care about that, and that’s just fine. While traveling in Italy we stopped at a small bistro in Pisa for dinner. Big surprise? Not at all!
I had a stuffed pizza, which filled my plate. Honestly, I was expecting a small calzone, but this thing was bigger across than I thought it would be. But that’s not the important part. The important part was the opportunity I missed right after ordering.
Our waitress went off duty between taking our order and the food arriving at our table. We were eating at an outside table. Imagine the visual picture: She was in the neighborhood of 20-24 or so, 5’10”, and blonde. Her normal uniform for the restaurant she works at is black pants and a white shirt with an apron. (Even the guys wore this color scheme.) Now she was walking out to her black Honda motorcycle, putting on her black leather riding jacket. She climbed onto the bike, tucked her black helmet under one arm and started texting someone (boyfriend? who cares…) with the other hand. The sun was behind her, back/side-lighting her hair / rim-lighting the bike. I so very much wish that I had my camera out, because that is one of the strongest visual images I had the entire trip that I didn’t photograph. Even if I had the camera out and asked her if I could take the picture, the edge of the seating area would have been in the way. Still, it was a strong image. [Edit: Maybe I’ll sketch that. It’s been a month since then, and it’s still a strong mental image.]
Onward we went, and we came across a gelato place that wasn’t too crowded. The gentleman behind the counter was quite friendly. Having just had one image go by, I was not going to let this opportunity slip by without at least trying to get the portrait. And thus, I got a chance to meet Mr. Lombardi of Gelato Di Pendente. His gracious smile and welcoming demeanor made for a great portrait for him and his shop.
Now, of course, one shot deserves a detail follow-up. That opportunity arose the following day at Venchi, a gelateria in Vicenza. Again, I offered to make a portrait for the owner/operator, but she politely declined. She did, however, allow me to make a detail shot of their delicious choices. She was quite pleased when she saw the final image you see here.
More to come.
I realize, coming off of my last post about Baby Ada’s hands, that you might think that I like to work in black and white. Yeah…I’m guilty! I do like the look of it. It still reminds me of growing up, chemicals for developing (Yikes, my eyes are watering just typing that…), and the wonder and amazement of seeing a print appear on paper…every time. Would I go back? Not a chance, but I digress! (*Grin*)
Recently, over at Project 52, we were given an assignment to shoot something Black and White in Black and White.
I had the idea to shoot two concepts, one depicting something of a story, and the other more of an “art for art’s sake” idea. The first idea below is the art for art’s sake idea. It’s a common design, and the concept resonated with me fairly strongly. Yes, that is salt and pepper in a rounded cutting board.
I’ll show you the other idea after the jump. (more…)
I was inspired by a photograph taken several years ago by the wedding and family portrait photographer David Ziser. (Here’s a link to the original article.)
I remember wanting to try something like it for a long time, but as happens, I had forgotten about it until just recently. I had the opportunity present itself in the middle of a forest earlier this month. I was photographing some candids and “Hey, I was here” kind of shots for myself, sitting under a tree with the newest addition to a friend’s family. As we were all sitting there, I saw this image form in my head quite clearly. It took me until I was already home and starting to work on finishing it that I remembered the original source inspiration in Mr. Ziser’s article.
So, yeah, just for fun and as a proof of concept, here is baby Ada’s hand, with Mom.
A couple of entries ago, I mentioned that my wife was being honored for her many years of service to the living history re-enactments we both participate in. Just for fun, I thought I would show some of the shots from that ceremony.
I consider myself to be an editorial, portrait, and light-commercial photographer. I don’t necessarily consider myself an event photographer (i.e. weddings, etc.), but I can tell a story or two. That is how I approached this event; as a story unfolding, complete with preparations being made right on through to the end. With that in mind, here are some of the highlights of the event:
After the jump, I would like to introduce you to Brenda The Braider.
In my last entry, I described how I did a quick portrait of Kat’s hands without a lot of gear; just using natural light and available tools. My next subject was Marion.
Marion is the leader of a belly-dance troupe that performs in several living history events across northern California. I loved the texture of her hands coupled with the accessories of her outfit.
One more, and a portrait of the artist after the jump.
Meet Kat. Well, okay, meet Kat’s hands…
This is Kat. She was making a set of custom gloves to honor my wife for her many years of service to living history re-enactments. Kat hadn’t quite finished them before the presentation day, which was fortunate for me in that I got a chance to make a few images that capture her hands in action.
As many of you know by now, I have an on-going personal project of seeing people’s hands doing what they do best. I specifically wanted to side-light this artisan’s hands to highlight the texture not only of her hands, but also in the fabric. I did not have a lot of equipment with me at the time of this shot; just my camera and a little quick thinking. I’ll tell you more about it after the jump.
As part of Don Giannatti’s Project 52 this year, we were given the challenge of photographing a CD cover for George Crumb’s “Black Angels.” This is a piece of music for electric violins, viola, and cello, as well as metal thimble, tam-tam (a type of gong), crystal glasses of various sizes, maracas, and a few other things. Many people find that it is a difficult piece to listen to, sounding more like sound effects than music. The form leans heavily on sevens and thirteens. The challenge: Visually bring out the idea of the string quartet and/or the imagery of the piece of music itself.
I know CD covers are square. I like the way this looks at this crop.
Here is one possible treatment for that.
Over at Project 52, the assignment came in: Shoot a concept shot of Power.
Since this is a learning opportunity, I saw this as a chance to expand a little in a direction I don’t go in that often – towards a graphic art composite more than straight-up portrait or tabletop work. The model is Cheryl, and I met her at the Phoenix workshop I wrote about recently. I took the base shots of her there.
When someone says, “Wow, she’s a ball of fire, that one!” I don’t think they quite had this in mind. (*Grin*)
As an aside, it was this assignment last year that led to this self-portrait:
Over at Project 52, the assignment came in: Chocolate. Make a menu item that screams chocolate. Color. Square. Go.
If you want to know how I did it, I am happy, and humbled, to have been featured on Don Giannatti’s Lighting Essentials blog. You can find that article here: