Monday, December 28, 2009

Holiday Indulgence


Well the holidays have come and gone again, and if you are anything like me, you threw your routines and normal eating habits aside and indulged in the fruits of the season...more like treats and sweets than fruits if I'm being honest. But everything has a time and place, and for me and feasting, this was and is the time. But as do most people, I vow to get back to my regimen of healthy eating and following of a schedule as we welcome the start of a new year, or in this case, a new decade.
Wishing you all a blessed new year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Longing for Hawaii

Well the rain has went away, which is fine with me, but it did provide an opportunity for some fun photography. Water we know can be very hazardous to our equipment, but if we can avoid the pitfalls, it can provide us some beautiful images. A little different than rain, the ocean (when I lived in Hawaii) was a great photo playground. Man I miss Hawaii. The warm, clean, clear water. Even using a disposable underwater camera I was able to get some incredible shots of dolphins, turtles, and fish. Hmm. I really should bust some of those images out of storage and post them. I think I will. Stay tuned.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Calendar...done!

My calendar project is now finished! Well there is a little gluing left to do but, it has all been shot and printed. This image was one of the final art projects/shots I did. With an xacto knife I was able to cut through about 50 pages at a time in this book. It was about 800 pages. It was tedious and took me a while, but I got the effect I was going for and ultimately I think it would make for a pretty good hiding space. But I don't hide stuff in books at my house, so forget what you are thinking. You won't find it! Well I wanna finish up the gluing (actually its rubber cementing) so I will blog ya later!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fish In a Barrel...sort of.

My calendar project is now nearing the end. For this shot, I put my beta fish, John Redcorn to work. He actually lives in a much larger bowl, but I still think that a coffee pot makes for a rather interesting habitat, and definately fits the bill for the theme of my calendar...objects used in ways other than originally intended.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Technologically Inadvanced















I have to admit, I have taken some of my favorite images using lo-tech point and shoots and even with the camera on my phone (the last three posted images are examples). I don't even have a fancy iphone or anything...yet. Getting a new phone is on my agenda, but thats another story. So this serves as reminder to me, and hopefully you as well, that regardless of the technology in our hands at the time- shoot away! You just never know what kind of awesomeness you might end up with!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Don't You Just Love Photography?




















While photographing a tire swing for my calendar today, I realized something...I was having an absolutely great time! We sometimes get caught up in doing what we have to, what is required, and without even knowing it, time passes and we possibly did not enjoy the projects, places, or people we encountered. We were so focused on what we had to get done, that we did it, and moved on. Like a machine. Today, this was not the case, although it began that way. Get an old tire. Find a good place to put up the swing. Drag all the necessary tools and equipment with me. Hurry while there is daylight. Once I discovered my little gem of a park, and strolled around and found the right tree and spot in the park, is when the fun began. Working, building, and constructing something was just as much fun as the result of what my labors would bring. Although not quite small enough to actually swing on the tire, photographing it for my calendar was loads of fun. I did not expect this experience from this shot that I was trying to get, but so far, probably the most fun I have had working on this calendar. And all from a dirty old tire, some rope, and a beautiful tree in my new favorite park.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Strobe Play



Here is a peek into the studio shoot we did last week with some "real action heros". This shoot was a whole lot of fun. The "real action heros" had some incredible moves which made for some great entertainment and great photos. I thank them. I also need to thank my five (thats right, five!) assistants for their amazing support and help in making this shoot spectacular. Lets do it again sometime soon!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Studio Portraits



Well, my calendar is about 1/3 of the way complete. To celebrate, I worked with a real live model for some studio portraits. It was kind of nice to interact with someone, having been shooting mostly still life for the calendar the last few weeks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pen/Pencil Holder

Its not what coffee mugs were intended for, but they hold pens and pencils with the best of 'em.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Good 'Ol Fashion Checkers


Checkers is way more fun when you substitute candy for the boring, original game pieces.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Windchime

Ever seen a windchime like this one? Definitely using items for something other than their intended purposes. I should be posting some other calendar ideas in the upcoming days so be watching for those.

Friday, October 23, 2009

CD Cover


These are a couple of shots for a CD cover project. The actual cover will be black and white. I used a few items to represent warmth and energy.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Shots of Glasses


I took these photos while having a drink in a friend's bar. I liked the way the glasses looked hanging above the bar with light reflecting and shining through. I like abstract, and who doesn't like wine and martini's?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Drive By
















I took a couple of abstract photos up in L.A. that I really like. I was just riding around with my cousin one night and took a few shots out the window of the car.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nice Props
















It seems pretty rad to have a collection of old planes and helicopters right on campus. Who knew? I am not sure what yet, but I am thinking there could be a pretty cool shoot using these as props...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Calendar Ideas

I am going to be shooting a calendar with the theme- "objects used in ways other than their original intent." This is one idea. Newspapers are made to read, but if you are short on funds or time, they make great wrapping paper too!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Building #1

Although not the most esthetically pleasing building I have ever seen, this is one of the two winners for my architecture assignment. Its location allows easy access and it is not a heavily trafficked area which should allow me to shoot uninterrupted.
I processed a second set of negatives today and had nice results, thus giving me a greater confidence with that task.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Architecture Weekend


I am gearing up to shoot my architecture assignment this weekend. This building is one possibility, but the more I look at it the more uncertain of it I am. I did process the film from Shoot #1 yesterday, and it appears that I got what I was looking for.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Blimp


While shooting our assignment, the Goodyear blimp made a few passes overhead. The shoot went very smooth and I will be processing the film tomorrow so that I can check out the results.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Scouting Locations



These are a couple of campus locations that may be used for the first assignment that we will be shooting tomorrow.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Repetition?


This was quite a sight. Never in my life have I seen so many yellow cabs (and cab drivers) in one place. This parking lot was full of them (maybe 50 cabs). I just thought it made for an interesting interpretation of "repetition of shape".

Saturday, September 19, 2009

4x5 Fun


Today I went out into the field to orientate myself with the 4x5 camera. The "love affair" has begun. It is an amazing camera with some elements that take some getting used to. Viewing the image upside down for one. This definitely forces you to take your time and really double check to make sure you are capturing what you want to capture. The sheer size of the camera is another "new" to me. Luckily, this trip into the field came with a nearby parking ramp. All in all, my first experience went well and I look forward to continuing this relationship.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Engagement Shoot




I was recently hired to take some engagement photos for the young couple featured here. They had only one real request, and that was that we shoot at the beach. It was one of my first shoots in which I was giving direction to people and not just moving inanimate objects around at my discretion. We quickly reached a comfort level with each other that allowed their personalities to come out, and me to capture some of the ideas and visions I had for this shoot. In the end it was highly satisfying knowing that the client was extremely pleased with the results.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Repetition of Shape


While contemplating ideas for a calendar project, I realized that I love the repetition of shape, whether it be architectural in nature or simply footprints in the sand. A trip to the supermarket revealed an entire world of repetition. One soda display, a clever repetition, caught my eye.