New Fine Art Images

April 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The time to create new fine art images as been few and far between, but I recently had time over spring break to do a shoot and begin working on new images. These two images kind of go with the pool series of images that I did over Christmas break. 

Shot with a Sony A7rii and 16-35mm lens, plus a lot of time in Photoshop. The stars in the background are actually under water tea lights placed on the bottom of the pool, then digitally enhanced and multiplied (I had about 30 working tea lights to begin with). Special thanks to Ruuben Becker working as my assistant on his trip here from Aruba, and model Tatiana who came up from Satellite to do the shoot. 

The first image is titled TRANSITION. The second one DARK ANGEL.

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Stephanie's Maternity Shoot

March 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Had a great time today shooting maternity images with Stephanie and Ruuben...


 


A Day At Ravine Gardens

February 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The original forecast for this last Saturday was supposed to be pretty dicey, with rain sometime during the day. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful. I went on a photo outing with my friend Nicole to Ravine Gardens State Park. It was gorgeous with all the Azaleas and Irises blooming. It was a good day to do some color work with the flowers and some black and white work with the landscapes and man made features in the park.

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And of course you have some nice photos of the flowers...

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And some black and white work of the landscapes and park features...

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Underwater Drama

January 11, 2017  •  1 Comment

NOTE: This post contains mild nudity. If this offends you, please go here.

2016 was long and busy year. I did a lot of work for the University, but did not do a whole lot of personal work. Hopefully I can do more in 2017.

This was the last shoot for 2016 and was something I had been wanting to do since the pool was completed earlier in the year. In May, I purchased an underwater housing (Ewa Marine Bag) for my camera so that I can use it in the pool. I have already been using my action cams in their underwater housing to take photos while in the pool (mostly of my cats, who were outside the pool), but now I can take my Sony A7rii and a flash under the water as well. I practiced a few times with flowers to make sure everything would work the way I wanted, but I did not have a model to use as a subject for what I wanted to do. 

Luckily in November, I contacted a traveling model, Astrid, who was coming to Florida the last week of December, and she specialized in doing underwater work. The weather was also with me and it was warm and sunny, that made it easier to heat the pool up to above 80 degrees so that everyone would be comfortable. 

Astrid was wonderful. I wanted to create images that had both a haunted but peaceful feeling, and I achieved that with the help of her posing expertise in the water.  It may look easy to take underwater photos, but I can tell you it is a lot more difficult than you can imagine. There is very limited time to get the shot while both the photographer and the model are underwater, just a matter of seconds. It takes repetition to achieve good results. Trying to coordinate the camera settings, focus, framing, lighting while wearing a swim mask is really difficult, not to mention the model has to concentrate on posing, facial expression, prop usage, etc. 

Taking the photos was just the tip of the iceberg. Post processing was intense. Adjusting the colors, cropping, removal of pool drains were all fairly easy. When you look into a well maintained pool the water looks super clear and clean... until you shoot a light through it... These photos are lit two different ways, the first and the third are lit with an on camera flash, the 2nd and fourth with an Alien Bee strobe on the pool deck triggered with a Pocket Wizard just above the water line. No matter the direction of the light, hundreds of little white specks suddenly show up in the images. Taking them out was the most painful part of the whole process. Each image below has about three hours of post processing time dedicated to them. 

Overall I was very happy with the way the images came out and I look forward to trying it again in the near future.

 

I think this is my favorite shot from the shoot.


Embry-Riddle Art Show Sunday July 10

July 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I haven't had much time so far this year to do much personal work, but new stuff is coming.

In the meanwhile, I will be featured in an Embry-Riddle Aviation based exhibit at the Gateway Center For the Arts in DeBary. The show will run July 10 through September 5, 2016. A reception will be held Sunday July 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Gateway Center. The address is 880 US-17, DeBary, FL 32713. 

I would love to see everyone there.

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