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Archive for April, 2012


Time for the daily reblog, hope this finds everyone at “just the right time” today to help you take a momentary ..escape!

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With all the summer rushing and blooming around us, I hope to push out a little cooling breeze with this image of Fall and the Icy breath of winter enveloping those warm beautiful colors.

Location: Gatlinburg, TN, USA

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, and an Induro BHD2 ballhead.

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My most new addition to the monochrome gallery. This image was shot at sunrise in Folly Beach, SC, USA and converted to black and white with Topaz Labs black and white plug in for Adode Lightroom.

Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod with an Induro BHD2 ballhead.

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By popular demand, here it is in monochrome! Hope everyone likes this version, please share your thoughts and comments.

Location: Charleston, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70 2.8 lens

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Dawn’s Early Light – before the sun comes up, the light is incredibly soft and delicate. This particular morning I had not yet made it out to the beach and was still enjoying one of those bold steaming hot cups of coffee when this scene begain to take shape as the early light of dawn began to light it up. This place was very special to me and has been for several years (but that is another blog story!), so I felt it was the perfect place to start my photographic day.

 

Location: Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod and an Indro BHD2 ballhead.

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Daily reblog to “take you away” for few moments….

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The setting sun on Editsto Island casts such gorgeous light on tidal flow. So peaceful and relaxing to be here phtographing it. Another long exposure image that would not have been possible without a tripod.

Location: Edisto Island, SC, USA

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro NHD2 ballhead, and an ND filter.

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Shrimp Boats of the CarolinasShrimp Boats of the Carolinas.

Location: Charleston, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, hand held.

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My last reblog of the day, gotta gt some new images edited and up on the web for everyone! Please enjoy the images, more new ones soon.

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And if you look to the right from my position in the image above, you will see this gorgeous sunrise scene! Folly Beach is such a gorgeous area of South Carolina!

 

Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 Tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and an ND filter.

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I have had several requests for another image of the photoshoot with the lovely Pheobe, so here is another. She wanted to do a spin on the Marilyn style and I believe we ended up with several great images from the shoot.

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, soft gold reflector, and mother nature’s own golden evening light.



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The Morris light house as seen at sunrise from Folly Beach, SC. This blog is my first showing of my new life (and second career) after retiring from the US Military. I will be posting many more of my images as I grow into my new life as a photographer, please give me a shout to let me know your thoughts and ideas! I am always looking for new places and new faces to photograph. My home state is South Carolina, and I plan to travel the world again but THIS time, I can take the time, to not only smell the coffee…but to savor the flavors and photograph the beauty around me. Thanks so much for taking the time to veiw my images! Any purchaes made will be greatly appreciated (the funds help to finance my travels), but definitely not required. Please enjoy the images, and bear with me…

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Landscapes and Seascapes


The setting sun’s light on Edisto Island, SC, USA.

Location: Edisto Island, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Enduro BHD2 ballhead.

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Landscapes and Seascapes


One of My favorite places ever for a photoshoot. Either for seascapes or lanscapes, or fashio and glamor; Folly Beach, SC, USA is amazing, and only a mile or so away they also have surfing (I will be posting a couple of those next week), fishing, a marina, and several great places to eat.
This Image was taken just before sunrise and is still one of my favorite images in the gallery. I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and quiet Holiday.

Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA near the Morris Lighthouse
Equipmwnt used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, ND GRAD filter, Induro CT213 tripod, and an Induro BHD2 ballhead.

As always, the images here are for your viewing pleasure and available for veiw in High Res by clicking on the image. This (and all of my images) are available for your purchase to be wall art, puzzles, coffee mugs, whatever you would like them printed on (please select the “buy” button to see print sizes, style, and merchandise available). Showing your support with a purchase greatly helps me to travel and photograph more beautiful images and bring them here for you. Thanks again for your visit and support!


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Attempting another art piece, but this time I am on my laptop instead of my main computer. I hope I have done this image justice, please let me know if this is not of my normal quality. I will have more images out next week when I return to my main computer, as for this wekend, I will be trying to bring all of you some works worthy of your time.
This image was taken in Key West, FL, USA. The starburst effect of the sun is due to a very small aperture along with the filtering effects of the tree branches.

Location: Key West, FL, USA

Equipent used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 50 1.8

As always, the images here are for your viewing pleasure and available for veiw in High Res by clicking on the image. This (and all of my images) are available for your purchase to be wall art, puzzles, coffee mugs, whatever you would like them printed on (please select the “buy” button to see print sizes, style, and merchandise available). Showing your support with a purchase greatly helps me to travel and photograph more beautiful images and bring them here for you. Thanks again for your visit and support!


“I’m not pretty enough because…” A photographer’s perspective


I know I was not going to post any more model images this week, but I have been recieving a few messages from women out there who think they are not pretty enough because….”I have had children, I am too old, I am not tall enough, I am not thin enough or skinny enough…etc..etc..” Ladies (and gentlemen), when the photographer really cares about the portrait work he or she is doing, and YOU care enough to give it your best shot, then yes, you ARE sexy enough, beautiful enough, tall enough, thin enough, whatever your reasons are (or you think they are), CAN BE overcome with trust, care, confidence..and, a little skillfull use of lenses, angles, depth of field, lighting, and a pinch of photoshop.  This topic is of great importance to me because I see and meet women daily who hurry along with thier lives, never stopping to take a few moments for themselves. Never taking the time to capture thier glow, thier smile, their looks, or even thier unique ability to turn the heads of strangers by the simple way the stand or walk. Women, as absolutely amazing as you are, are always pointing out and highlighting thier faults, imperfections, and even insecurities instead of just taking a look around . To see that in fact, they ARE getting “those looks” from across the room, they ARE turning heads, you ARE getting attention! Ladies, you ARE attractive regardless of all those flaws that only you can see (or, pay attention to).

To showcase this point, I would like to present to you Nicole. Nicole contacted me because she wanted to get some images for her husband to re-kindle the fire (so to speak). But she just didnt think she could go through with it and pull off the images she was hoping for.  “after all”, she said, “I have had 4 children and I have not had the time to go to the gym as much as I have wanted to”. She proceeded to list off several of her “flaws”, it took some time. When she was finished, I asked her if she would mind trying one of my favorite styles of imagery; “country glamor”, to see if we could build a set of photographs she would be happy with. On the day of the shoot, she brought a suitecase full of wardrobe, make up, hair stuff, another bag full of shoes, and two of the most important items to ANY photoshoot…a smile, and her courage.  We spent a couple of hours just playing around with poses, looks, wardrobe, ideas, and just talking about her personality, what she liked, what made her laugh. Soon, I began to show her a couple of the images as we went through the shoot. Her self confidence grew by leaps and bounds, and her trust in me to capture her images as she was hoping for (and not judge her by her flaws) was validated. Below are a few of the images we came up with.

And once we got her confidence and trust up there where it SHOULD have been, we decided to head for the river. Now country folks really do love to head for the river so I figured this would go just fine. Little did I know that when a woman with her confidence restored is unleashed, well..you be the judge.

Nicole was very happy with the images we took, and there are MANY others not posted here. These images were taken right after I got back into photography and I was having to learn how to shoot digital (yeah, I am an ole’ film guy), and I had no REAL editing soft ware. These are the pure images after some resizing in photoshop elements (the only thing I could afford back then, and I was using the trial version!), All of this is to show that the most import part about being sexy…is THINKING and KNOWING that you really ARE! And when your photographer cares enough  to bring out that confidence, builds that trust, and shows you that “here, look, that is really you!” Then you will end up with wonderful photographs that you (and that special someone) will cherish for a lifetime. This shoot, as all really good photoshoots go, was fun for all and from what I hear, her husband was also quite happy with the results. And Nicole, if you guys are reading this, THANK YOU for having the faith and confidence in me to capture these images for you!

Now my gear, lenses, software, and lighting equipment have been greatly update (and my software and skills have too) since this shoot. But the fact remains, this woman was worried because she had given birth to 4 children and didnt think she could look hot anymore. I for one beg to differ. So get up, get out there, and be confident! YES you can. If nothing else, it can be the most fun you’ve had with your clothes on..or barely, on, or implied…well, it’s ALL about you, play dress up, dress down, just HAVE FUN and stay safe!

AGE??  Well, a gentleman never asks, and a lady never tells….

TIP: Please make sure you take the time to research your photographer. Check for references, check with his/ her previous clients, look at thier portfolio, and spend some time discussing your goals and objectives for the photoshoot, the location(s), wardrobe. Spend some time on this, the rewards are well worth it! And finally, a note about bringing an escort or someone with you to the photoshoot: as a general rule, by all means bring someone! But also use comon sense, make sure whoever you bring is someone you trust, someone you are comfortable posing in front of this way. They can come along, but remain outside of the actual proximity of the shoot. The options are endless, but your safety is paramount at all times! And always, always, always, …make sure someone you trust knows where you are, let them know if there are any delays (sometime the shoot takes longer than expected), and lastly, let them know when you are safely back home or at least finished with the photoshoot.

Technical update: To make sure your images DO NOT get out where they are not suppose to be; make SURE your photographer has a written model release or contract that is specific on when, where, how, and who will have access to these images. Before you book your session, review the contract and/ or the model release. I require the contract/ release to be signed prior to taking any images: That (for me) is the first step in establishing trust with you, the client. This way you can be confident that any images of you, including any “wardrobe malfunctions” are safe and protected by law against release. The model I have featured here had signed her model release and is fully aware her images will be featured on several of my websites or posts, and she is pretty proud of it! Even though this session was shot in 2007. but several of our images were personal to her, and I respect that. We also allowed for it in the model release and she can remain confident that none of those images will ever be released (except to her).

All of the images displayed here, featured in my blog posts, and posted anywhere are copyright protected. Please do not reproduce without my written consent.

Hope this helps, take care, and stay safe!


Model Portfolio


Starting things off with a splash!
This will be my last Model post for the week, time to get out there and enjoy the Holiday weekend and hopefully capture some great seascape images for everyone to enjoy. Just a reminder to all: Stay safe out there! Hydrate! and USE SUNSCREEN/ SUNBLOCK!

Model: Nicole
Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, and SPF70 SUNBLOCK!


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Summer is here and shooting women’s fitness and swimwear is picking up. I shot this image for a local swimwear company and used the extremely fit and healthy Lindsay as the model for this image. And as it is summer, please be safe and used sunscreen protection! remember to hydrate (beer and alcohol don’t count). Models, when you show up for your photoshoot; do bring sunscreen, do bring cover ups, research the best makeup for your skin and for photography. Ariive on time (normally about 15 minutes early), and I always recommend using an MUA and a Hairstylist at every photoshoot. Good communication between you, the photographer, and all the photographic team makes the photoshoot fun, safe, and extremely productive! As always, stay safe out there!

Model: Lindsay
Location: Wrightville Beach, NC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 lens, soft gold reflector.

As always, these images are for your veiwing pleasure by clicking on the image to get the High Res version. Thanks for visiting and come back often!


Travel


Bridal Viel Falls, DuPont State Forest, NC, USA


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Commerical work for a local custom wheels company.

Model: Chelbie
Location: Charleston, SC USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, two AB400 strobes, softbox, silver umbrella.


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Another image with only the light of dawn for a main light. A soft silver reflector used for fill light but as you can tell, it just wasn’t enought, I definately should have fired a stobe on this one.

Model: Mikal
Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, solft silver reflector, and the light of sunrise over the ocean.


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Mother Nature descends on Key West. Woke up…in the afternoon (big surprise in Key West, right?, only to walk out on the balcony to see this. Grabbed my trusty walk around camera and snapped this shot of a crazy raging storms rapidly moving in on Key West. I did enhance the contrast to show two things in particular: some people have said they can actually see “mother nature” in the dark cloud formation, and two; I needed to bring out the form of that waterspout in the background. I just can’t say enough about Key West, always a true pleasure to visit there (so yes, I do it often!), and the photo ops are incredible.

Location: Key West, FL, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D300, 18-200 VR lens, Mother Natures lighting and fury.

All of the images in my blog are available to you for your veiwing pleasure by clicking on the image to veiw the HIGH RES version. They are also available for purchase as prints, gallery wraps, wall art, puzzles, mugs, etc. Showing your support by purching will greatly help in funding my travels and equipment to better bring more images of this beautful world we live in. Stay safe and enjoy!


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Key West and loving it!
I shot this images about a year ago, and as the saying goes…Key West and Key Wasted, lololol…I can offer little as to the details of this shot. I will say that this was shot while standing on the balcony of my hotel room and I am putting together a travel blog article about this great hotel and all of the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of Key Wesy, FL, USA.

Location: Key West, FL, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D300, 70-200 2.8 VR lens

All of the images in my blog are available to you for your veiwing pleasure by clicking on the image to veiw the HIGH RES version. They are also available for purchase as prints, gallery wraps, wall art, puzzles, mugs, etc. Showing your support by purching will greatly help in funding my travels and equipment to better bring more images of this beautful world we live in. Stay safe and enjoy!


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Phoebe on the beach:
Have you ever looked through your view finder, and wham! you just knew it, or better yet, felt it. That you “got the shot” right there, no in depth post processing, no cropping, no anything? Nearly every shot I took in that brief quickly fading last 10 minutes of light, was just like that. Phoebe was absolutely nailing the looks, the poses, the expressions…and mother nature was casting THE most perfect light on her. I can honestly say that good communication, good karma, and good creative chemistry all came together for this shoot. All of those elements are absolutely essential to capture exactly what you and the model (or client) is looking for. In the case of personal and private portraiture, I have found that establishing trust, confidence, and adding a true element of fun greatly enhances every single session I have conducted.

Model: Phoebe
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Mother Natures very own glowing late evening sunlight.


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Image now available as a print, wall art, etc…please click on the image for the high res version. As always, my images are for your viewing pleasure, enjoy!
Location: Rural South Carolina
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, mother natures divine late evening sunlight.


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Danielle classic glamor and travel image. I have posted this one in color already, but I feel the black and white seems to have more impact. The theme was for some nostalgia and a traveller via sea or land. Commercial work, maybe stock, but a favorite of mine either way.

Model: Danielle
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8, single strobe fire thu an umbrella.


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There is just something about the light at sunrise. This image was shot about 10 minutes after the sun rose over the horizon. Heather is both a fitness model and a fitness instructor and models for swimwear, fitness, and lifestyle assignments.

Model: Heather
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8, and a soft gold reflector for fill light.

As always, I am available for assignments, model portfolio, bridal, and travel photography/ travel writing assignments work.