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Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Holidays!!!

Hi all,

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I hopr the upcoming year brings you great joy and peace.  For the photographers out there I pray that you will continue to grow in your passion and find success in your chosen endeavor.  I plan on releaseing some equipment reviews and will be posting up some photos from recent photo shoots that I have neglected to update my blog with.  One of my New Years resolutions is to stay on top of the blog more and kep some interesting posts coming your way so stay tuned and thanks for checking in.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A fantastic peak into an awesome 30 career of Bruce Dale who has shot for the preeminant journal of some of the worlds best photography.

30 Years of BAD Pictures from Bruce Dale on Vimeo.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Joe McNally - Empire State Building

Check out this video done of a famous shoot by one of my heroes of Photography Joe McNally. Joe scales the Empire State building to get the shot. His determination to get the shot no matter what is very obvious in this clip. He appears to be shooting with an F5 which is a 35mm film camera so there are no little windows to show you what you just took so you can do it again. I have met Joe in person not that he would remember me nor would I expect him to but he is one heckuva guy and an excellent teacher.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Walking on Water

Mind over matter is a common saying but I would have not believed this if I had not seen it here.  there are so many great life lessons to be seen and heard in this video.  Believe in yourself and your abilities and you too might walk on water.  Check it out and stay sexy ya'll.

Well start selling those DSLR's now the first card in the house of digital image capture is falling.  Those old  Canon EOS 1V's and Nikon F6's might just start to skyrocket in price soon.  I'll take my Mamiya II anyday.  Long live film.  Check out the article below where Kuwait has now banned the use of digital single lens reflex cameras in public places.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Social Media Gone Very Bad!!!!

For those of you who have to check Facebook every minute to make sure you are not missing a post or must have the constant stream of short snippets from Twitter or your day is not complete. This video is for you.  I have to admit I am guilty also.  Enjoy!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Amazing Retro Ink Press Printing that blows the mind,

In a day when we expect to immediately see the image we captured in ever increasing pixel density I find a video that demonstrates a completely hand done printing process to be extremely refreshing.  The final quality of this print was mind blowing try capturing that kind of dynamic range with even the most expensive of digital backs.  Paul Taylor of Renaissance Press is truly an artisan of the highest degree and the fact that he is keeping this process alive.  Watching his hands at work as the flew across the metal plate etching was amazing.  Please watch and enjoy and as always stay sexy!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Guest Blog Wednesday featuring John Loengard!

Here for your viewing pleasure is a guest blog post from ScottKelby.com by John Loengard. The reason I bring his insights to you is because he is so highly revered by one of my favorite photographers, Joe McNally. He gives some great insight into why he was such a successful editor. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to check out the links for Scott Kelby and Joe McNally.

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring John Loengard!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gregory Heisler whiteboards his Rudy Giuliani Time Magazine cover

Check out another great whiteboard presentation by Gregory Heisler. This guy is so down to earth and a great teacher. I really appreciate that he is willing to share his techniques on lighting since I might not ever get the chance to photograph Giuliani in my lifetime. Enjoy and stay sexy.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Commercial Photographer Joey Lawrence - Photography Techniques

A great interview with an extremely talented young photographer who is able to capture some amazing images. I think there is some great wisdom in the things he has to say even at his twenty years young.

Commercial Photographer Joey Lawrence - Photography Techniques

Friday, July 2, 2010

Independence Day for the Greatest Nation on Earth

As we venture closer and closer to the day when we celebrate our independence from another nation I ask that we should all reflect upon what we have as Americans. Whether we differ in mind or spirit we live in a nation that embraces diversity of people and backgrounds. This great country beckons for us to become what we want to be and does not choose our lot in life. Through sweat and hard labor we can shape our futures and not have an oppressive government determine our future for us. We each pull ourselves up by our bootstraps daily and venture into the great nation hopefully not asking what this country can do for us but what can we do for ourselves. This is the greatest nation on earth just ask all of those who wait patiently to gain admittance as citizens so they can realize their dreams for themselves, their family and their new country. We are truly fortunate to live in this great land from sea to shining sea. Please view the link below it is inspiring.

Happy Independence Day from GoDaddy.com!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Gregory Heisler shooting Derek Jeter. This guy shoots as many covers as a tourist takes photos at Disneyland. He is phenomenal in his approach to lighting a scene and meticulous. This is what can be accomplished when you have a mastery over light and Profot would not pick just anyone to represent them. The thing about this lighting setup is that it is really subdued and subtle. See what you think and stay sexy.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Chase Jarvis TECH: Complete Workflow for Photo and Video

If you hold yourself out to be a pro or just really want to make sure all of those family photos are preserved and will not disappear with the next act of God then check out this excellent video form Case Jarvis and his workflow. I emulate much of this workflow just on a smaller scale since Reebok and Nike have not contacted me yet for a five figure corporate shoot. There is no excuse for screwing up a clients images if you are being paid by loosing them under any circumstance. Educate yourself then conquer the world. Stay sexy ya'll.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Welcome Ryder Henry

I had an awesome photo shoot recently with an incredible little boy. The moment this little guy got to the studio he stole the show. I shot this little guy for about one and a half hours and he was so good and accommodating the whole time. I can definitely see how he would immediately capture the heart of anyone who would have the honor of meeting him. I had instructed his parents to be prepared if he began to protest and we would call it and come back another day but he never put up a fuss one bit. Both Matt and Christy were the best. It showed they were definitely proud brand new parents as well they should be with a little boy like Ryder. It was my pleasure and honor capturing Ryder's first photos. Enjoy the slideshow!!!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Florian Schulz's Nature & Wildlife Photography Tips - Taking Nature Photos

Another excellent interview by Marc Silber with German Landscape and wildlife photographer Florian Schulz. The images Florian turns out are truly inspiring to me. the way he stalks his shots sometimes taking days, weeks or months of revisiting locations until he comes away with shots he is proud of is what high quality photography is all about. He has a dedication to his craft and it definitely shows in his photos. You will not be disappointed after watching this video so sit back, relax and absorb. Peace.

Florian Schulz's Nature & Wildlife Photography Tips - Taking Nature Photos

Monday, May 10, 2010

What's In The Bag w/ Jim McHugh- Fine Art photographer needs instant grat

Do yourself a favor and check out this phenomenal photographer, Jim McHugh as he discusses his process for capturing his images. I was glued to this video as he uses Graflex 4X5 view cameras with Polaroids. This is photography at it's essence. I have said many times that the resurgence of film will be rapid and drastic as people move from the instant gratification of digital to the center of the art form again. I love shooting film and digital but the nostalgia associated with my film work is a pure love and respect for the medium. This will be a real treat. There are three parts to this interview please watch them all.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wow two posts for today I must really have nothing better to do but I really needed to pass this on to you. I get a news feed from The Strobist and he turned me onto this video that is almost one hours worth of excellent learning about a on location commercial shoot that could normally cost you but is provided for free by Photoshelter. Photoshelter has some great learning for free so check em out and enjoy this excellent on location lighting session. Guess I really really really need an Elinchrom 74" Octa now. Of course a slew of Profoto 7b's wouldn't hurt either. Enjoy and stay sexy ya'll.
Hello out there in the vast wasteland of the internet. I was doing some research on what kind of video experience I could gain from DSLR for additional offering to my clients and came across some other fantastic videos. I am a Nikon shooter by choice so I am particularly interested in what a Nikon can do for me and am quite impressed. I am not looking to go into the videography business but do believe the ability to capture short high def video clips has a lot of great potential for not only journalism but all of the other photography disciplines I partake in. So I thought I would post some of those videos here on the blog for you to enjoy. These are amazing videos generated by very talented creatives and I can only hope to aspire to this level of accomplishment. So sit back and enjoy the shows. Till next time stay sexy!

This first video is by Vincent Munier and is titled Summer Variations. Amazing wildlife coverage from this talented photog. This video was shot on the Nikon D3s

This next video is from Bill Frakes and is titled All Over Down Under. This video was shot
completely on the Nikon D3s and I think you will agree will take your breath away.

This final video is by the talented Ami Vitale and is titled Mirages. This video was shot
completely on the Nikon D300s and is amazing also on it's execution and craftsmanship.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Marc Silber Interview with Hunter Freeman

Here is a great interview with photographer Hunter Freeman. I love his concept of keeping things simple and removing the clutter from you photos to increase impact and interest without overload. Lots of great info in this interview so enjoy and subscribe to Marc Silber's blog to keep updated on future episodes.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nocturne by Vincent Laforet

This is an absolutely incredible show of the capabilities of the modern DSLR when it comes to video reproduction. I am an avid Nikon shooter but I have to admit that Canon is at the head of this game with their 5D Mark II and the new 7D. Their 1080p movies although without the feel of cinema film are fantastic when put together as well as Vincent Laforet does. This video is all available light with no supplementary lighting at all. Also the video was shot at 6400 ISO and if you can find any noise I think it is negligible. So sit back and enjoy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Walk in The Park

Had a great day today hanging out with the photoministry from my church. Glad to see all those that could make it and hope those who could not are doing great. Also had a great time hanging out with my good friend Dan and then going to Oggi's for a little after the photo shoot chow and adult beverage. It was a great day for some interesting photos. The sky was overcast badly for much of the morning and we even got a few sprinkles here and there however, when I see those gloomy skies I immediately think of HDR. HDR just seems capable of making a low contrast, dreary sky into something magical. I am always blown away by the way the processing can bring the best together and yield some mind blowing images. I hope you enjoy the pics, they were rushed a bit and I tried a few new tweaks here and there. For anyone who is wondering, I start my workflow in Lightroom (Currently 2 until the full release of 3 comes out). I then select the photos for processing and export to Photomatix then it is back intoLightroom (I love the Photomatix - Lightroom integration). After the import back intoLightroom it is off to Photoshop where the final curves adjustments, levels adjustments, masking and noise reduction (Noiseware by Imagenomic <----- Love this does an awesome job) is completed. Of course Photoshop (CS4 by the way) is tightly integrated with Lightroom so the pics are saved right back into Lightroom. Well that about sums up my workflow. Honestly most of my wedding, event, corporate etc. etc. workflow can be easily handled in Lightroom but HDR requires a lot more finesse to get a final product I am happy with. Well gotta go gonna loose an hour of sleep tonight from some reason or other. Till I blog again you stay sexy.

Monday, February 8, 2010

My Next Lens Just Arrived

Well Nikon finally made some new lens announcements and since I am not honored to be among the testers I am learning of it first hand and sharing with you. The lens I now lust after is the new and just announced, drumroll please, Nikkor 24mm F1.4 ahhhhhhh. This is a lens I have been desiring for some time now. I love my 50mm F1.4 but in certain situations just wanted something wider. I currently have the 14 - 24mm F2.8 which is a phenomenal lens all on its own but can not throw focus like a F1.4 and after all an F1.4 has 4 times the light gathering ability so you can shoot at two full stops less in ISO in order to preserve image quality. I love using F1.4 at weddings especially to get those natural light moody shots and let's face it getting a shot with just candle light is plain awesome. I will be first on the list to get this lens when it is released and will post some work with it as soon as I can. Until next time take care and God be with you. By the way I apologize for not being on here as much as I wanted to but life happens. I promise to keep new information and work coming at a greater pace in the future.

Here are some of the Stats:

Main Features

  • A fast, wide-angle lens with a fixed focal length of 24mm at the maximum aperture of f/1.4
  • Fast lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 that allows users to capture images with beautiful blur characteristics
  • ED glass and aspherical lens elements are utilized for a new optical design that achieves high resolution and good balance in terms of aberration for pleasing blur characteristics
  • The adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare
  • Quiet focusing with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Two focus modes selectable - M/A and M

Till next time take care and stay sexy!!!!!!!!!

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