"Because nothing worth knowing can be understood by the mind." Woody Allen

Friday, March 31, 2017

A COUPLE OF PORTRAITS

I am posting a couple of portraits I like. The first is the actor Kenneth Wayne Bradley who came to my house/studio last October for an amazing photo session. I don't believe I posted this particular image.



I took this one earlier this week, Tuesday to be exact. I had lunch with these gentlemen at Manuel's in downtown Austin. The man on the left is Monte Montgomery. If you're not familiar with acoustic guitar players, Monte has been named one of the 50 top guitarists of all time. And he was named Best Acoustic Player on the planet 7 years in a row. (Acoustic Guitar magazine)

The gentleman on the right is Gigi Piaserico, a fine guitarist and friend from Verona, Italy. A lot more casual than the top one...a street portrait if you will. I like both.

A grand lunch and great conversations.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

END OF FIRST QUARTER

It's that time again, the end of the first quarter. At the end of every quarter I look back and select some of my favorite images.  Here are twelve images made since January. Click the first one and then just scroll through.  















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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

FLOWER ARC

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FIRST FLOWERS OF SPRING


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My first spring trek to the Georgetown Sunken Garden. I couldn't get there until almost noon and the sun was already blazing so I had to hand hold 24"x36" silks over the flowers to control contrast.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

YELLOW DUST

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It's been one of those weeks. Just too busy catching up and clearing my plate...and trying to stay inside because that yellow fuzzy stuff is flying around. I had to hose off my windshield this afternoon  -  covered in yellow dust.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

MY ANJULI FAVORITE

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One of my favorite shots from Anjuli's shoot.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

HAPPY SAINT PAT'S

   

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Cedar Park City Hall takes on the Saint Patrick's Day spirit.

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ANJULI

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of photographing Anjuli for her senior pictures. It was a lot of fun...she was a blast to work with. I think we got some really good stuff.
Here are some examples.




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                                                                 Anjuli and Kashmir

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

LEFTOVERS

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Several leftovers images from last month's trip to San Francisco.






                        One of the many "borrow and ride it" Google bikes on Big G's campus.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

CLOUD STUDY

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Here's another image from yesterday's cloud studies. The raggedness of the top and bottom of the frame contrast with the manicured banks.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

WIND AS SCULPTOR


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The wind isn't really invisible...you can see how it is carving out shapes in the cloud structures.
You can just imagine the wind pushing upwards, swirling and sculpting.

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

GRAPEFRUIT

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I was cutting a grapefruit this morning and the light from the kitchen window looked about as good as it can get.

Camera on a tripod, white balance set to cloudy, ISO 200, ss 1/50th @f2.8.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BEHIND THE BOTTLE

Yesterday I posted an image of a bottle of Bogle wine which I took Monday morning.
Here are some pictures of the setup.

Bottles are the hardest thing to shoot in product photography because of the inherent reflective nature of the glass. It reflects everything around itself.


Behind the bottle is a panel of black cardboard and behind that is the main key light. The blue light seen in this image is doing only one thing...illuminating the label. Camera on a tripod with a Nikkor 50mm lens set to manual. UV filter removed. Shutter tripped with cable.


Here is the main light, an ARRI 300w fresnel pointing at the back of the black panel. The light pours around the sides and comes toward the camera. But then I have white panels that reflect that light back onto the bottle.


This smaller ARRI 150w is fixed with a snoot. That's the black tube attached to the front. The opening is about a half inch in diameter but that was making too big of a circle on the bottle. So I took some Black Wrap which is like a heavy duty aluminum foil but it's matte black and can withstand being placed next to a hot bulb.  I cut out a piece that fits right behind the circle and then
with a sharp pencil poked a hole the size of the pencil lead. That little stream of light hits the label.


The overview. You can see that I controlled the light by making two corridors of spill light that
were reflected back to the bottle.

Final image. Controlled light, controlled reflections. ISO 200 f1.8, 1/30th ss. 3200K white balance.

All images
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Monday, March 6, 2017

THE SHAPE OF GRAPES




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About a week ago I picked up a bottle of this Bogle 2015 Chardonnay and was pleasantly surprised. It was very smacky  tasty. But what I also noticed was the shape of the bottle. The character line was classy. Not too much neck, a long slow taper towards the middle. I really liked the shape.

So....I decided I wanted to photograph the bottle, try and capture it's character. Picked up another bottle this weekend. (bonus - it was on sale)

Started the day around 7:15am with a strong cup of coffee - prepped my little office studio with backgrounds, stands, lights, gobos, glass, snoots, etc.

By ten o'clock I had my image.

Tomorrow I'll show a bit of behind the scenes and what was involved. Glass bottles are the hardest things to shoot. Looking at the front of the bottle, you have 180 degrees of reflective surfaces.
You have to light to enhance the shape and at the same time keep you, your equipment, and everything else in the room from reflecting in the bottle.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

CAPURRO'S



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Several posts ago I had another angle of Capurro's near Hyde Port...a lot tighter shot with a waiter standing out in front. Because of the heavy overcast the colors didn't have to hide behind reflected sunlight. Again, usually a scene with hundreds of tourists...Super Bowl Sunday can do this.

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