"Yea, all which it inherit - shall dissolve, and like this insubstantial pageant faded, leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff as dreams are made on - and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Tempest Act 4 William Shakespeare

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Looking at some of my earlier film images is starting to play head games with me. In the sense that I've dusted off my old Olympus 35mm film camera and have started putting together some lenses. I acquired my Oly OM-1 back in 1975 and used it exclusively for about....thirty years. Yikes. You can imagine how many negatives and transparencies I've amassed.

Shooting film is just around the corner. I still love my digital machines but that film look, the real film look keeps me up at night.

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Monday, August 29, 2016


Both of these images are scanned photos shot on film. The top one is from a series of production shots on a short film I lit and the bottom one is an early personal one of my wife. The look of film still enchants me. I love the ease of digital which is great when shooting weddings or fast moving events where you end up with hundreds of shots and the editing and posting is just a matter of a good workflow. But I miss the days when you had a roll of 36 shots in your film camera and you had to make each one count. Both these images are just the one shot.

I've mentioned in another post that I am slowly (s-l-o-w-l-y) going through thousands of film shots from early in my career. Every so often a gem pops up.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016


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Working the table tops again.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Not so pretty from back here. That's why it's important to either sketch the scene prior or have a
good idea of how you want the final image to appear including the lighting.

Notice: black duvy clipped to shades. Two pieces of black foamcore pony clamped to C-stand, camera on a tripod with cable release. Leafy plant on right up on cribbage to adjust for the right height and angle to picture frame.
This was shot with a flash, the room is dark. There's a little light coming in through the shades but not enough to register at ISO 100.

Alternate post process.

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Monday, August 22, 2016


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I woke up this morning with an urge to shoot something on my crafts table. After rummaging around the vegetable and fruit drawers I arranged them on the table thusly.

The only light is an Arri 300w fresnel fitted with a double scrim from the left. I placed two black pieces of foamcore together and with the light behind them I slowly pulled them apart until I got about a 2 inch sliver of light. Covered most of the slit with full CTO. (heavy orange filter)
left a little open on the bottom and slipped a piece of 250 diffusion over that. (that's the whitish blue light hitting the lime on the left.)

Shot with the D7000 on a tripod, tripped shutter with a cable release. Used a Nikkor 35mm/50mm DX lens at ISO 100, f3.5 at 1/20th ss.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016


Made these images toward last year. I did post some at the time but can't remember precisely which ones. And since nothing else is happening at the moment with this heavy rain....

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Thursday, August 11, 2016


Portraits are a passion with me. Finding the right light for every different face is a challenge I gladly embrace. The face is in front of me, I have to find the right spot, grab the most beautiful photons I can muster and point them all in the right direction. 

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Monday, August 8, 2016


I had the privilege of capturing Nelisa's Quinceanera this past friday. The celebration of a young girl turning fifteen, celebrated in Latin America and a huge event in the Hispanic culture. A festive time to be sure. It was truly a day and evening to remember. The mother selected me to capture this event and I was really honored. Plus it was a blast to shoot.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016


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Carpet of bluebonnets from many years ago....six years actually.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016


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Designing things with a shot of java, a glazed old fashioned, and Justine.

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