Or, Beauty in Nature. This is an image of a good friend of mine (not a model, but works in skin care). She is Native American and wanted to create images of personality and handiwork. It took about two hours to capture this image. We waited first for the winds to calm down and the insects to relax and stop making ripples in the lake. The we had to wait for a rain shower to pass. Eventually, I got about waist deep in the pond and brought the camera just over the top of the water. As if it was meant to be, the winds calmed, insects and aquatic life became still, and I fired off three click of the shutter.
I have been asked to consider writing a “how to” book on the creation of some of my images. Just out of curiosity, I may give it a go. I am considering not only going in to detail about camera setting, lighting, and location information as well as going into more detail about communication with the models in regards to image creation, collaboration on wardrobe, style, settings, posing, etc. I feel I would probably bore people to death, but I have been asked several times, now so I am thinking maybe I should just go for it. Any comments or ideas would as always, be greatly appreciated! Until next time, stay safe and Happy Holidays to all! You can view the image in HiRes HERE
Wow, it has been a LONG time since I have posted! So, a brief update for all my friends and followers, I have FINALLY completed my military service and I officially retired in July of 2012. I went right in to being a full time college student and completed my BFA in Photographic Imaging at the Art Institute of Charleston, SC. After completing my degree I returned home to bask in the glow of ease of retirement. After a lifetime of high adrenalin lifestyle and travel, simply setting at home, sipping coffee, learning to cook (a more refined meal , not just learning how to operate a digital microwave, lol!), daily yard work, listening to music, and of course, taking photographs; I have been accepted into the Masters Degree program for Creative Writing (fiction). So once again, at 53, it’s “back to school” to chase down another childhood dream of becoming a writer. So this post is three fold, I am posting to let you guys know what I am up to and that I am still kicking! And, to send a shout out to anyone and everyone who can help me in research and ideas for creative writing. I have many character to create, plots to devise, environments to create, and ladies…while I feel I can write in the male point of view, I would deeply appreciate each and every one of you who can assist me in the female perspective. And finally, to any of my author friends out there (fiction, non fiction, poets, etc…) Please send me a shout if I may lean on you for support, assistance, tips, tricks, collaboration, etc.
I plan to still post images here but please be aware that I hope to use this blog for creative free-writing, daily writing practice, and also as a medium to test out ideas, concepts, character ideas, etc. You have all been amazingly supportive of my photography (over 2 million hits on my website!) So please continue your support, encouragement, and above all else…Happy Holidays! Stay Safe! And let someone know how much they mean to you!
To see my latest imagery, please visit my website Here and click on the BROWSE button, pick a category (or two) and enjoy!
Thanks again everyone!
Location: Studio, Charleston, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, BHD2 ballhead, Two B640 stobes, 38″ softbox, 68″ inch PLM w/ diffusion sock.
Software: LR4, PS CS6 ext, TopazLabs Black and White Effects.
Hello to all of my followers, friends, and visitors! Just a quick note to all of you that currently, my Instructor is keeping up busy with portraiture and fashion imagery. For those of you who more prefer my Landscapes and Seascape, many more of those coming soon! Please bear with me as I try to hone my skills with this style of photography. Thank you in advance!
For all you fashionistas, fashion designers, designers, and wardrobe specialists; please take a moment to offer any constructive criticism that will help be to deliver better quality imagery for you. Photographers, as always, your input is deeply appreciated. I am truly “shooting in the dark” as far as camera angles, lens choices, and location selection. I am simply going with my gut instinct on what I think might work well for the image. Post processing was geared for more of an “edgy” look (as opposed to portraiture), so let me know if this works or if it is a “no go” in the world of fashion. Thank you so much to everyone who has been kind enough to follow my plunge into this new career path! I had no idea this path would be so consuming yet filled with wonderful caring people! Thank again and have a great wekend!
Location: Charleston, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens, soft gold reflector (camera right).
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 lens.
Attempting to use a classic lighting technique with the perculiar lighting style of photographer Horst P. Horst. Obviously I have a ways to go before i arrive at his level! But I do feel I have captured the essence of what I was after in this shot (lighting style wise). This was my first attempt so be looking out for a much more expanded upon version of this style of image and lighting technique.
Many thanks to RaeAnn (my lil Texas Tornado) for her help in creating this image.
Location: Charleston, SC (Studio work)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, one monolight camera right.
Location: Charleston, SC (Studio work)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm lens, two monolights, one PLM and one Softbox.
Another image from the collection. Feedback, constructive criticism, and comments greatly appreciated. Only a couple more and the set will be complete. Thanks so much to all my followers, visitors, and collegues for all your support and assistance as I try and grow in this challenging profession!
Location: Loris, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 lens, soft silver reflector.
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm 1.4 lens, Nikon SB900 speedlight camera left.
Peaceful seas and a gentle breeze at Sunset
One of my favorite images! A huge hello and thank you to all of my several new followers, and great big thank you to all of my dear long term followers! I hope this image finds each of you safe and heppy and much hope for a safe and productive (drama free) work week!
On a side note, it has come to my attenton that several of my images are being used on other websites (business and personal). I need to take a moment to remind those individuals that my images are copyright protected and unauthorized use is prohibited by law. For those of you who want to use my image, you may surely do so provided you link the image back to my website and please give me credit as photographer (I would not steal your work, so please do not steal mine). If you want to purchase royalty free rights to use the images or want to purchase prints for your home or office: please see my About page for info on how to do that.
On the bright side: My school has bestowed upon my a Mimiya medium format camera with a digital back! So now, I need to find a few locations to shoot seascapes and landscape! If anyone if familiar with Coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and even Florida…please send me your suggested locations. I will do my best to get some of them uploaded for your enjoyment!
Thanks to every one of you for your time, suggestions, input, consideration, and suggestions! Have a safe week everyone!
And on the lighter side
Some of my favorite subjects are the weathered remnants of this pier. For years these great timbers have greeted and parted the incoming and outgoing tides. The sea’s salty caress has eroded and chipped away at these once sturdy wooden goliaths. Yet still they remain through wind, rain, storms, low, and high tides. Maybe I spend too much time observing and thinking of how these old weary wooden stakes remind me of life….or maybe I should spend more time here just enjoying the lady of the sea as she constantly caresses and quietly takes from everything she touches. When she is peaceful, she conveys such a wonderful sense of calm and harmony. And when she is furious, she brings such a sense of perspective at just how small we really are in the grand scheme of life and nature. Still, I find it most theraputic to watch aas she slowly erases the lines in the sand, cleans and heals the scars on her shores. And, brings a fresh start to everything she touches.
Maybe, I should not sip as much wine while I am photographing seascapes…lolol !!
Have a safe (and peaceful) Easter Weekend everyone.
Portrait of a Pachyderm
I was able to capture this image after waiting patiently for nearly an hour. This big guy finally decided to give me a much appreciated short span of his attention. The more I waited, watched, and studied this huge subject, the more I was simply amazed by the texture and roughness of his skin. The fine details of the texture on his forehead and trunk were amazing. I found it quite magical at how gracefully and silently they can move their great frames and bulk! Heartfelt thanks to this “gentle giant” for his time and cooperation at my attempts to capture the moments he offered my lens.
Equipment used: Nikon D700, nikkor 70-200 2.8 lens, nikkor x2 teleconverter.
Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Labs Details Extractor, Topaz Labs Black and white Effects 2.
Kodiak Bear Play
I can relate to this Brown Bear…it’s the way I feel before coffee! lolol…had a great time photographing some Nature and Wildlife this weekend. It was the perfect excure to try out my new Nikkor x2 teleconverter (I am just not real comfortable actually being this close to all those claws and teeth!)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Nikkor x2 teleconverter.
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VR lens, Nikkor x2 telecoverter.
When I first saw this portion of the fire station, my first thought was, “looks like all the bunker gear is taking a break”, to which one of the firefighters responded, “Recovering!” lolol…
This is image number two of a small series I did to honor our brave and tireless FireFighters and Emergency Responders. Based on some feedback, I feel I may not be finished with this series yet. More on this next week. For now, I hope you enjoy the image and remember to say thanks, and stay safe out there this weekend! Oh, and have a Happy St Patricks Day everyone!
Equipmnt used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead.
** A HUGE thank you to all of my followers, guests, visitors, and commentors! Photography for me is made extra special when I see and hear that my images are appreciated. The input I recieve from my guests and commentors helps to inspire me to look in other directions, and to see things in a different way and light. Then bring those thoughts and ideas to my imagery. So thanks again to each of you!
Rainy Day Travel
No matter where you go or how you get there, it’s the good and the bad that make the journey worthwhile. In the words of Frankie Beverly and Maze, “Joy and pain, are like sunshine and rain”.
Hoping everyone has a safe and happy Friday and also a wonderful and safe weekend.
Location: Charleston, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens
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Sending a shout out to all my Borthers and Sisters in the Fire, Police, and Emergecy Services. Thanks to all of you for your time, dedication, and sacrifices. As a former Professional Firefighter, Paramedic, and Law Enforcement Officer.. I know first hand the challenges you face. I ask all of you to dedicate a moment of time to honor and remember our Fallen. And, to remember those who still answer the call. A demanding life that takes it’s toll every day.
Thanks again to each of you! Stay safe and NEVER assume!
Wow, I took this shot 2 days ago, and already I have been asked, (by several), to make it available as a poster. I must be getting a little bit better with my photography (thanks to you guys!) As you all know, the artist is his/ her own worst critic. So what do you guys think?
Image shot with a Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens. ISO 200, f/9, 1/125 sec,
Key light: Einstein 640 via beauty dish.
Fill light: Einstein 640 via parabolic reflector with silk screen diffusior
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